Questions tagged [pokemon-sword-shield]

a turn-based strategy role-playing game developed by Game Freak for the Nintendo Switch, and the 8th generation of Pokemon games. Players take on the role of trainers: traveling through the Galar region to catch and train Pokémon and compete in the Pokemon League. Use this tag for questions about Pokémon Sword/Shield specifically.

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Can I Breed Non-Galarian Pokemon?

I wanted to breed for a High IV / Good Nature Shiny Farfetch'd (Yes I know, odd choice but I have my reasons), but when the first egg hatched a Galarian one came out, even though I used a normal one. ...
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How to make Oleana appear in Crown Tundra?

There are reports of Oleana appearing in the Old cementary. From what I can tell online, the requirements are: Finish the Crown Tundra story content Receive the tip from Peonie referencing her at the ...
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Pokemon sword game card and digital expansion pack [closed]

Trying to help my son. He has a gamecard for pokemon sword. He purchased the expansion pack from the online store and can't get them to work together. Can anyone help me. The meltdown is real.
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How many unique Pokemon in SWSH + DLC + Zarude?

I'm trying to see if I ran all the unique Pokemon in SWSH + DLC + Zarude what my total Pokemon would be in Pokemon Home. Base Pokedex = 400 Armor = 211 (but there are overlaps with base pokedex) ...
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How does the secret save backup feature in Pokemon Sword/Shield work?

Recently I was researching save management in Pokemon Sword/Shield, hoping that the Switch release of the game would finally allow for multiple saves to be created. Sadly it was not the case (you can ...
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Dynamax Adventures - shiny odds connected to story completion?

There is a lot of info out there about shiny odds in the dynamax adventures. Screen Rant, wrote: At this time, if the player has all four Pokémon slots filled, the chances of a shiny Pokémon without ...
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Can the Master Ball be traded as a held item?

I have just got the expansion pass for Crown Tundra, and am wondering if it's possible to trade master balls to my main game in order to guarantee I catch legendary pokémon on the Dynamax Adventures. ...
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Can Spiritomb be encountered without a Nintendo Online account?

Spiritomb can be caught in the Crown Tundra DLC. It requires you to speak to 32 trainers online. However, I don't have a Nintendo Online account. Given this, is it possible to encounter Spiritomb by ...
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Selected Pokémon has not been obtained in this save file & cannot be withdrawn?

After having transferred a Mew and a Mewtwo to Pokémon Home from Pokemon Go, I tried then transferring them to my Sword boxes: But I got the error message: The selected Pokémon brought over from ...
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How to access pokedex entries for Max Lair Legendary Pokemon?

So, something that I've noticed when playing the Crown Tundra DLC for Pokemon Sword and Shield is that many of the Legendary Pokemon (particularly those Legendary Pokemon you catch in the Max Lair) ...
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How can I access the Galarian Star tournament in Pokemon Shield?

So, I've been playing Pokemon Sword and Shield, and I purchased the expansion pack in early 2020. On Pokemon Sword, where I had been Champion for months, ended most of the postgame, completed the Isle ...
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What is this half-filled explosion-like icon next to the origin symbol?

I received a shiny Pokémon through the Surprise Trade, which I presumed as hacked due to the name of the trainer and Pokémon. I've received quite a few of these in the past, so I will take the held ...
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What do you need to do to get all of the League Card stars?

In the Pokémon series starting with Ruby and Sapphire, you get stars placed on your Trainer Card for reaching certain milestones in the game, such as Pokédex completion and entering the Hall of Fame. ...
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IV Stats/Judge Don't Match Up?

Bulbasaur #1 6IV Only 5 best; 1 very good. Bulbasaur #2 5IV 6 Best. I just don't get it. These IV stats/judge look like they're not matching up. I do see blue and red highlights on the second ...
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What Are Pokédex Current Recommendations Based Off?

After completing the Galar Region Pokédex and the Isle of Armor Pokédex there is a new display that shows Current Recommendations: What are these current recommendations based off of? The recommended ...
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Can you tell if a wild Sinistea is Phony or Antique before catching it?

Sinistea has two forms: Phony and Antique, often called the fake and real forms, respectively. They can be distinguished by either: The item required to evolve it. Phony form requires a Cracked Pot, ...
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Can you evolve more than one Kubfu after clearing a tower?

I managed to obtain a second Kubfu through Pokemon Home. I have just cleared the Tower of Waters with my original Kubfu and evolved it into Urshifu. Is it possible to evolve additional Kubfu after ...
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Bringing a wild Ghost-type to 1 HP in Sword and Shield

In Pokémon Shield, I would like to hunt for many Sableye. If I were doing this in any other game, I would use Foresight/Odor Sleuth and then False Swipe. However, in SwSh, Foresight and Odor Sleuth ...
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Do you need to win Max Raids to replenish Max Mushrooms, or only battle?

On the Isle of Armor, according to NPCs, you need to do Max Raid battles in order to cause Max Mushrooms to grow. However, it's not clear if you need to win those battles, or if you just need to try ...
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In Pokemon Sword/Shield Isle of Armor, Can You Get More Than 1 Galarica Cuff?

I have collected the twigs to get a galarica cuff created for evolving the Galarian SlowBro. Can I only do this once or can more twigs be collected and more cuffs be created?
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Does the DLC for pokemon sword and Shield have version exclusive Pokemon?

I am wondering if I can catch all the basic forms in one game? I know I will need to do some trading to get all of them.
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How can you bend the Nuzlocke rules for a playthrough in Sword/Shield

I know its unofficial and there is no centered, absolute truth, reference on this; but do anybody know how can you apply the Nuzlocke rules in Sword and Shield? There are 3 things that make the usual ...
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Can you evolve a Pancham after level 32 in sword?

I know that it needs to have another dark Pokémon in the party to evolve but I did not realize until it was level 33. So is it possible to evolve it at this point or do I have to get another one and ...
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Do I need the other version's exclusives to complete the Pokédex?

I have Pokémon Sword, and I noticed the Pokédex listed Lotad and Zamazenta, which I cannot get my mitts on. If I were to exclude those, would I still be able to complete the Pokédex for the game?
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Pokemon Berry Combos for Charizard Class Curry Dex

If I follow the steps here when cooking: What are the good steps to cook a curry in the cooking mini game? Will these combos guarantee charizard class curry even with common main ingredients? ...
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Is it possible to transfer the Pokemon Sword progress onto Pokemon Shield?

My friend has Pokemon Sword. I played on his console for a couple of hours and made quite some progress. Now, I want to buy my own Nintendo Switch but with Pokemon Shield instead (so we can transfer ...
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Which shiny variants can a Pokémon transferred from Pokémon Home have?

In Pokémon Sword/Shield, there are two variants of shiny forms which have different types of sparkles: Square Sparkles Star Sparkles Yesterday, I received a shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Home through the ...
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Can I really fish a feebas on route 2?

According to online sources like Bulbapedia, it's possible to fish a Feebas on route 2, with a 1% rate. I tried for a while (at least 250 tries), on both fishing spots around the island in the middle ...
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How to get others customization elements?

I battled some players that have many cool clothes, and also some others features to customize their character. I would like to be able to buy these clothes too (with Pokedollars), but I don't find a ...
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How to invite other gym trainer in Wyndom Stadium?

In several of the psot-game guides for Pokemon Sword & Shield, I see that people say that you can rematch the gym trainers in the Wyndom stadium. They say that you need to invite them, but no one ...
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Do brilliant pokémon stay brilliant after you catch them?

In the new generation of Pokémon there are Brilliant Pokemon that looks something like this: Serebii describes them as: As you play through the game, you will sometimes see Pokémon surrounded ...
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Help with max raid battles?

I used to be able to one hit KO all the pokemon in max raid battles, but now after i spent time progressing the game and defeating the champion i find it that i can barely even get the pokemon to half ...
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What legendary shiny pokemon are legitimately obtainable as of Sword/Shield?

Within a few months, Nintendo will launch the first DLC of Pokemon Sword / Shield. As I understand it, in that DLC, they will introduce all the remaining legendary pokemon. One of my goals is to try ...
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What happens to Awakening Values after transferring Pokémon into Home?

Pokémon Let’s Go has Awakening Values (AVs), which was this games version of Effort Values (EVs). AVs worked similar in nature to EVs, but worked differently as to how to obtain them and had different ...
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Is this a hacked Virizion?

I received this Virizion through a surprise trade: When it arrived it had the Pokérus virus. It's a shiny. I thought those were two very rare combos to have. Is this a hacked Virizion?
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Can I bulk store multiple pokemon from Sw/Sh to Pokemon Home at once

Can I select multiple pokemon to transfer to Pokemon Home? Can I select whole boxes? Can I select all pokemon from a game?
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Can I use Pokemon Home to sort my boxes permanently

Can I use Pokemon Home to permamently sort my boxes in Sw/Sh, Let's Go Pickachu / Eevee? I saw an option to get a sort of all joined boxes, but it is not persistent.
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Chance getting a shiny [duplicate]

I’m breeding a Pokémon from my region and a Pokémon from another region. Is the chance of getting a shiny higher or still the same?
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Does the Dusk Ball work in Dynamax Raids?

Yesterday I failed twice in a dynamx raid battle to catch a pokemon. Flapple Coalossal Both I attempted to catch with a Dusk Ball. I did not use a Repeat Ball on Flapple since I haven't owned one ...
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How can I order my items in Pokemon Sword and Shield

There is only two sort functions, name and type. Is it possible to order my items in my own way? Especially I would like to order my pokeballs so that repeat balls are first, default pokeball in ...
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If I purchase DLC from Nintendo, can the child accounts linked to my account access it on the same device?

I bought my children a switch for Xmas, along with Pokémon Sword. I would like to purchase the DLC that is coming out this year, and wanted to know if they can access it from their accounts. At the ...
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Are the Pokémon Sword and Shield expansion version exclusive?

Do I need to buy the Pokémon Sword and Shield expansion pass multiple times to use it on both versions? If I buy the expansion pass, will my friends be able to use it on my console? Speculation or ...
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How can I trade specific Pokémon?

I saw how to randomly trade two Pokémon (known as wonder trade) or trade Pokémon with a specific or random player (known as link trade). But how can I trade in such a way I give a specific Pokémon ...
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Does a Pokemon gain EVs when participating in a Max Raid Battle?

I do know that Pokemon do not gain experience after a Max Raid Battle ends; however, I'm asking this to be sure, since I am raising some Pokemon and want to use them in the process. When a Max Raid ...
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Why won't my Eevee evolve with Leaf Stone in Pokemon Shield?

Help. I would like a Leafeon for my play-through of Pokemon shield but my Eevee won't evolve when I try and use a leaf stone on it. Everyone I see is saying that you evolve Eevee into Leafeon by using ...
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Is it possible to spawn 1-2 star wells after beating the game?

The lowest star rating I've seen since beating the game is 3 stars, but there are some 1-2 star stuff that I don't have yet (such as Sinistea). Is it possible to spawn those somehow?
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Does Wide Guard protect against Dragon Darts?

I was looking to try out double battles online, and from my short experience it seems that Dragapult is a major player in most teams in Sword and Shield. Dragapult has a unique move called Dragon ...
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Can all wells spawn rare (purple) beams?

I've tossed 20+ wishing pieces into the well to the right of Hammerlock's entrance without any success. Now I'm wondering if it is possible for that well to spawn rare beams or at all, or did I just ...
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Which moves can’t be used in raid battles?

While doing max raid battles, I will occasionally get a message that says, or something similar to: “[X] move has failed; [Boss] protected itself” This message has appeared for both my Pokémon ...
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What attributes of a Pokemon can be improved?

When creating a perfect competitive pokemon, some attributes need to be correct on hatch/catch while others can be improved. This generation makes it easier than ever to turn a pokemon into a perfect ...