Tips: 24 Things Pokemon Sword and Shield Doesn’t Tell You

Since the beginning of the franchise, Pokemon has been an accessible game; but there are always tips and tricks to uncover. Pokemon Sword and Shield are no different, and there are plenty of things it just doesn’t tell you. Here is everything you should know before playing Pokemon Sword and Shield to make your adventure more fun and fulfilling.

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Tips: 24 Things Pokemon Sword and Shield Doesn’t Tell You

When an NPC probes you about knowing something, just tell them you do — there, tutorial skipped! You can even catch Pokemon before being taught how. Your mom will slyly put Poke Balls in your bag when she gives you cash — and if you catch a Pokemon before you get to the tutorial, Leon will just skip teaching you altogether.

Look for sparkles on the ground, indicating an item’s location — you have to get close for them to appear. These respawn in the Wild Area, and can be curry ingredients, Poke Balls, and even valuables that can be sold for high prices. NPCs who give you items, in exchange for Watts in the Wild Area, respawn daily too!

Though the Pokedex may list some Pokemon as only appearing in the Wild Area during Sunny conditions, they may just show up in a Max Raid Battle during different weather entirely.

Before starting a Max Raid Battle, you have to choose your Pokemon. You can select anyone from your party or your boxes. This even includes Pokemon who have fainted so no matter how worn down your team is it’s always a good time to do a Max Raid.

In the Wild Area, it’s possible to encounter roaming Pokemon outside of tall grass that are way over your level. You’ll want to be able to guarantee an escape, either with a Pokemon with the Runaway Ability at the front of your party or with the Poke Doll item — if you don’t do that, be prepared to face the consequences.

You can get Watts, a currency that’s exclusively used in the Wild Area, by interacting with inactive dens. So even if a den doesn’t have a glowing red beam, run-up to each one you see anyway. It’s easy money.

Wild Area merchants change wares daily. If you see an item you really want, be sure to buy it in bulk because you don’t know when it will be restocked.

You can change the color of your biking outfit and upgrade it by talking to the NPC in uniform, to the left of the stairs by *East Lake Axewell in the Wild Area (*note: this isn’t the only location). Just select “A makeover!” The color will reflect the type of whatever Pokemon is at the top of your party. You can also upgrade your bike from this same NPC but, unlike the bike outfit color, this will cost you. For 2,000 Watts your bike will start zipping around more quickly. Additional upgrades can be purchased afterward, for higher prices, from the same NPC.

The NPC who upgrades your bike also offers Rotom Rallies. Successfully completing these bike time trials will give you rewards.

Spin the left stick fast to make your trainer dance and strike a pose!

If you want to interact with friends while camping, you’ll have to do so in the Wild Area, but you can camp most places. Also, you can change your tent color by talking to the NPC to the left of the stairs by *East Lake Axewel in the Wild Area to change the tent color. Just like changing the bike outfit color, it will match the type of Pokemon at the top of your party.

While camping, press in on the right stick to crouch down to your little Pokemon’s levels. Also, you can fake throw the ball by pressing Y just as you make the motion to throw (while using motion controls) or by pressing A again quickly when using buttons.

Cooking curry while camping can heal your Pokemon, restore their status condition, and even revive them. This also increases their friendliness. This hidden stat increases your Pokemon’s critical hit chance, battle maneuvers, and adds flavor text to battles. You can tell a Pokemon is Friendly if it wiggles when it comes out of its Poke Ball. Keep in mind, this is not the same hidden stat as Happiness, which is needed to evolve some Pokemon.

Be sure to always stop at NPC campsites and cook with them because they often have good ingredients you may not have or would prefer to save for later.

You can get rewarded for your curry from the same NPC who changes your tent color! Select “Rate My CurryDex” when speaking to them and you’ll get rewarded for every few new recipes you have with ingredients, toys, and possibly more.

While picking Berries from trees, if you shake it too much, an unwanted Pokemon may attack. Luckily, there’s a method. Pay attention to how the tree shakes as you gather berries. Once there’s almost no time between shakes, your time is up – quit while you’re ahead.

Pokemon with glowing auras are guaranteed to have some amazing stats, and catching or defeating them rewards you with Watts.

Flying Pokemon will be out of your reach but you can draw them in with a whistle or bell, just press in on the left stick.

If you want more of a challenge, change the battle style from Switch to Set. This way, you won’t be prompted to swap out your Pokemon after your opponents’ Pokemon faints. While you’re here – check the rest of your options, like skipping movies – which is helpful if you have to repeat anything!

In general, you can customize your options to skip cutscenes, skip nicknaming, and send your caught Pokemon straight to your boxes. You can even map the controls to suit one-handed, single-joy con play. Be sure to look through all the options available to match your play style.

You can send your Pokemon on jobs, for a time of your choosing from the PC inside a Pokemon Center. But, you’ll have to retrieve them from inside a Pokemon Center, too. Sometimes, you’ll get a reminder at the bottom of your menu screen.

Talk to the NPC standing inside the Wild Area Station, the first stop you’ll make on your journey, and he’ll give you a special Eevee or Pikachu with perfect stats that can Gigantamax if you have Pokemon Let’s Go saved data. Whether you get Pikachu or Eevee will depend on the version you played.

Throughout your journey, trainers will hand you their league cards. Be sure to examine and flip them over for fun details about the trainer, like how Allister keeps at least 100 masks of the same design just in case one falls off. The same goes for League Cards you get locally or online from trainers around the world. Though those display stats about the trainer (ex. shinies found, pokemon collected, game version they picked, etc).

After earning each badge, the gym leader will also reward you with a replica of their uniform and an item. However, you can also purchase gym uniforms from uniform shops (like the one in Motostoke) or from inside any gym stadium. The uniforms available for purchase are from the gyms that aren’t playable in your version of the game (plus all the remaining types not represented in any gym challenges).

Unfortunately, you can only wear the official Challenger’s Uniform in the gyms which makes the type uniforms less exciting to collect. But if you love the look of these uniforms you’ll be able to wear them during your journey. If you’re not a fan of being in uniform, remember you can mix and match individual parts of the uniform with the rest of your wardrobe.

For more, be sure to check out our Pokemon Sword and Shield review. And for answers to all your Pokemon questions be sure to check out our Pokemon Sword and Shield wiki guide.

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