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Why are my Pokémon dozing off?

This has to do with the Pokémon’s Affection. While the source has not updated to reflect Sword/Shield yet, this dialog also appears in Sun and Moon in the same scenarios. The dialog you see is just ...
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Why won't my Eevee evolve with Leaf Stone in Pokemon Shield?

The Gigantamax Eevee you receive from owning Pokémon Let's Go Eevee can't evolve at all. The same holds true for the Gigantamax Pikachu from owning Let's Go Pikachu.
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How to delete a game file?

Note for future players: deleting your save file will wipe all Pokemon, including any Pokemon you may have gotten from events, Mystery Gifts or other one-time offers. Be absolutely sure you want to do ...
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What's the trick to shaking the berry trees?

The trick is to watch the tree after berries have dropped. If there is no movement in the tree, it should be perfectly safe to continue shaking it. If there is occasional movement (leaves rustling ...
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Is it possible to determine if a Pokémon is a powerful encounter?

It is not really possible to tell if it is too powerful without engaging the battle. Once you started the battle, you can tell by their level. The ability to catch higher level pokemon is tied to the ...
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If I have fewer than 6 Pokemon in my party, does each gain more EXP?

No! tl;dr Always have 6 Pokemon in your party Contrary to how previous generations work, it doesn't matter how many Pokemon you have in your party! It does matter whether the Pokemon had actively ...
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What attributes of a Pokemon can be improved?

The only things that cannot be changed are: Any specific IVs that aren't 31, such as wanting 0 speed for Trick Room Any moves that are exclusive to special events (which SwSh does not have yet) The ...
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How can I check the IVs of my Pokemon?

Yes, there is a way, but it requires a few steps: Complete the game Go to the Battle Tower in Wyndom (top of the map) Battle and defeat Leon (win 6 battles total) This will give you access to the IV ...
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Is this a hacked Virizion?

It doesn't necessarily have to be a hacked one. The chances of getting a shiny legendary are not high, but you can add Pokerus very easily after that, by letting the virus spread itself: As long ...
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What is the quickest way to raise Affection?

It's similar to raising affection in the 3DS games - play with them until their play meter is maxed out, then feed them, then go back to playing. It's a little more efficient now as you can raise two ...
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How do I evolve Eevee into Leafeon or Glaceon in Sword and Shield?

Leafeon and Glaceon's evolution methods have been changed. Leafeon now evolves by Leaf Stone and Glaceon now evolves by Ice Stone. Umbreon and Espeon evolve through night and day as they did before, ...
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How do I find more throat sprays?

After defeating the Champion, you can buy more in the Battle Tower for 10 BP.
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What increases your chances of finding shiny pokemon?

The Shiny Charm returns once again this Generation and increases the regular encounter shiny rate from 1 in 4096 to 1 in 1365.3. It can be obtained by completing the Pokedex and then talking to a ...
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How do you get the Super Rod in Pokémon Sword and Shield?

There is no upgrade of your fishing rod in Pokemon Sword/Shield. The Pokemon you can obtain during fishing are dependent on the location of the fishing spot, unlike previous games, where the quality ...
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Do Pokemon stay 'super shiny' when they evolve?

They sure do! I caught a shiny Mr. Mime, which has square sparkles. I evolved it to Mr. Rime shortly after. I tested this, and it maintained the square sparkles when thrown into battle
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Does Wide Guard protect against Dragon Darts?

According to this Smogon Sword/Shield Battle Mechanics research thread, it has been confirmed that Wide Guard does not protect against Dragon Darts. Here is a video on Youtube that shows an online ...
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What are the good steps to cook a curry in the cooking mini game?

It seems “the code has been cracked” by someone at Polygon! I’ve been attempting to confirm these steps, and so far it seems at least somewhat effective. Use rare berries We recommend using at ...
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Which attack stat does each starter Pokemon favour in Pokemon Sword and Shield?

Grookey and Scorbunny are physical attackers, while Sobble is a special attacker. Their final evolutions' Attack, Special Attack, and Speed are: Grookey: 125/60/85 Scorbunny: 116/65/119 Sobble: 85/...
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Is it possible to complete the Pokedex with only Sword and Shield?

Depends on what you mean by 'Complete the Pokedex'. Sword and Shield's Pokedex does not feature all Pokemon. That is to say: about 400 Pokemon were left out of the game code, they don't exist in Sword/...
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How can I EV train in Pokemon Sword and Shield?

From what I have found, each party member will gain EVs even if they did not participate in battle, If you don't want to be constantly updating your party, this leads two effective strategies to be: ...
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Where are the NPC traders in Pokemon Sword/Shield and what do they offer?

There are plenty of trades to perform in Sword/Shield! Here's the ones I've been able to find, as well as some from other sources Both Games: These trades are available in both games: Bunnelby → ...
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Can all wells spawn rare (purple) beams?

Every Den should be able to spawn a rare beam. If you look at Serebii, you can find a detailed list with all the Pokémon you can encounter at any den. On the left side are the encounters for normal ...
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Can I get Alolan Forms of pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield?

Isle of Armor In the Isle of Armor DLC, there is a mini-game in which you are tasked find Alolan Digletts throughout the island. By collecting these Diglett, you will be given various Alolan forms (as ...
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What are the differences in casual controls and regular controls?

Casual Controls allow you to play with single JoyCon, be it right or left. Right stick can move both character and menu Arrow buttons are turned into action buttons. UP is X, DOWN is B, LEFT is Y, ...
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How do I find more throat sprays?

As with most consumable battle items, like Focus Sash and Luminous Moss, Throat Sprays can be bought at the Battle Tower for Battle Points.
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Which moves can’t be used in raid battles?

The OHKO moves (such as Horn Drill) won't have any affect on a Dynamax Pokemon, except when they have a shield. The move removes 2 shield points (rather than the usual 1), but it does no damage if ...
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Bringing a wild Ghost-type to 1 HP in Sword and Shield

It's not ideal, due to needing two Pokemon to pull off, but: an Inteleon or Hatterene + a False Swipe user can allow you to consistently hunt ghost-types. Inteleon (as well as a handful of other water ...
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Can the Master Ball be traded as a held item?

The Master Ball is a regular item and can be traded by letting a Pokémon hold it, but like any other held item it can't be transferred through Pokémon Home. However, it's not necessary to get more ...
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How does the secret save backup feature in Pokemon Sword/Shield work?

The backup data is simply your second to last save. Do note that certain actions, like trading Pokémon with another player, overwrite your backup data as well, so this is not an easy way to duplicate ...
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How have Friendship and Affection changed in Sword and Shield?

Friendship and Affection have been combined in Sword and Shield. (Let's just call it happiness for this post.) Happiness is gained in the usual ways as before, such as levelling up, walking around, ...
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