Alolan Diglett Sidequest Rewards
In the Isle of Armor (DLC), there's a side-quest about finding 150 Alolan Diglett (technically 151 with the initial one that triggers the side-quest) scattered throughout.
As you find them and they go back to the Hiker who first lost them, he gives you certain Pokémon as rewards, most of which cannot normally be obtained in-game, otherwise (at least not in these Forms). Each of these Pokémon will have 3 perfect IVs (except the Diglett, which has 6), and all will have their Hidden Abilities.
Unlockable How to Unlock 1. Alolan Meowth Find 5 Alolan Diglett 2. Slowpoke Find 10 Alolan Diglett 3. Alolan Vulpix Find 20 Alolan Diglett 4. Alolan Sandshrew Find 30 Alolan Diglett 5. Alolan Raichu Find 40 Alolan Diglett 6. Alolan Marowak Find 50 Alolan Diglett 7. Alolan Exeggutor Find 75 Alolan Diglett 8.(a) Rowlet Find 100 Alolan Diglett (if the Starter picked was Grookey) 8.(b) Litten Find 100 Alolan Diglett (if the Starter picked was Scorbunny) 8.(c) Popplio Find 100 Alolan Diglett (if the Starter picked was Sobble) 9. Alolan Diglett Find 150 Alolan Diglett
Alternate Intro Screen
Every time you beat the Champion Cup (Sword and Shield's version of the Pokémon League/Elite Four Challenge), the Intro/Start screen will change to reflect the team you had with you when completing this task. This change first applies when you first win the Cup, at the end of the main story, changing the "single Poké Ball in the Stadium" screen with this one, having you and your Pokémon team standing in the Stadium.
Unlockable How to Unlock Alternate Intro Screen Beat the Champion Cup
Chain Fishing for Brilliant Pokémon
Fishing can increase your chances of encountering Brilliant Pokémon (Pokémon giving off a yellow aura, which know an Egg Move). Differing from standard Encounter Chaining, the number of times you've battled any one specie won't matter at all for fishing; instead, you'll simply need to defeat as many Pokémon consecutively as you can, no matter which specie appears.
The chain will break if you fail to reel a Pokémon in, if you catch a Pokémon, run away from a Pokémon, leave the area or turn off your game.
The number of successful hooks goes towards your chances of encountering a Brilliant Pokémon, and the thresholds are as follows.
Unlockable How to Unlock 1. Brilliant Pokémon may appear 0–2 successful hooks 2. Brilliant Pokémon have 1.3× the likelihood of appearing 3-6 successful hooks 3. Brilliant Pokémon have 3.3× the likelihood of appearing 7-14 successful hooks 4. Brilliant Pokémon have 6.6× the likelihood of appearing 15-24 successful hooks 5. Brilliant Pokémon have 16.6× the likelihood of appearing 25+ successful hooks
Extra space in the Pokémon Storage System
When you first access the Pokémon Storage System, you'll have access to 8 Boxes to store your Pokémon in. If you put at least one Pokémon inside each one of these Boxes, exit the Storage System and re-enter it, more Boxes will be added; this can be repeated to unlock up to 31 Boxes, with the final one being unlocked after you catch Eternatus (story event).
Each of these Boxes can hold up to 30 Pokémon each, for a total storage space of 960 Pokémon on one save file.
Unlockable How to Unlock 1. Boxes 9-16 Deposit at least one Pokémon into all Boxes 1-8 2. Boxes 17-24 Deposit at least one Pokémon into all Boxes 1-16 3. Boxes 25-31 Deposit at least one Pokémon into all Boxes 1-24 4. Box 32 Catch Eternatus
Features unlocked via other games' save data
If you have save data on your Switch for a few other Pokémon games, this will allow you to unlock a few customization features and receive a couple of gifts, in-game.
Unlockable How to Unlock 1. Pikachu with the Gigantamax Factor (Gift Pokémon) Have Let's Go Pikachu save data, talk to the girl in the Train Station in the Meetup Spot 2. Eevee with the Gigantamax Factor (Gift Pokémon) Have Let's Go Eevee save data, talk to the boy in the Train Station in the Meetup Spot 3. Special background and frame for the League Card Have Let's Go Pikachu save data 4. Special background and frame for the League Card Have Let's Go Eevee save data 5. Special background and frame for the League Card Have Pokémon Quest save data
Honey's Master Dojo Upgrades
After completing Mustard's Trials and receiving Kubfu, the player can donate Watts to Honey in order to add various features and upgrades to the Master Dojo.
Unlockable How to Unlock 01. Hair Stylist Donate at least 5000 Watts 02. Rotomi Terminal installation Donate at least 10000 Watts 03. Rotomi Terminal activation Donate at least 20000 Watts 04. Vending Machine with Fresh Water Donate at least 30000 Watts 05. Soda Pop added to the Vending Machine Donate at least 40000 Watts 06. Lemonade added to the Vending Machine Donate at least 50000 Watts 07. Access to the Refrigerator (free cooking ingredients) Donate at least 100000 Watts 08. Second Vending Machine with Protein and Iron Donate at least 200000 Watts 09. Calcium and Zinc added to the second Vending Machine Donate at least 300000 Watts 10. HP-Up and Carbos added to the second Vending Machine Donate at least 400000 Watts 11. Master Dojo League Card background Donate at least 500000 Watts 12. Honey's League Card Donate at least 800000 Watts 13. Battle with Honey (rematchable once per day) Donate at least 1000000 Watts 14. Stroll with Honey at the Fields of Honor and Honey's rare League Card Donate 3280000 Watts
Increasing the chances of wild Brilliant and Shiny Pokémon
The Pokédex keeps track of the number of times you've defeated or caught a certain specie of Pokémon in the wild; this number goes towards your chances of encountering a wild Brilliant Pokémon (Pokémon giving off a yellow aura, which know an Egg Move) and Shiny Pokémon (Pokémon with a different, rarer color palette than usual) of that specie.
However, apparently due to a bug, this increased chance only actually takes place a small percentage of the time; for example, the 6x likelihood for 500 Encounters only gets applied 3% of the time.
Unlockable How to Unlock 1. Brilliant Pokémon may appear At least 1 Encounter 2. Brilliant Pokémon have 1.3× the likelihood of appearing At least 20 Encounters 3. Brilliant Pokémon have 1.6× the likelihood of appearing and Shiny Pokémon have 2× the likelihood of appearing At least 50 Encounters 4. Brilliant Pokémon have 2× the likelihood of appearing and Shiny Pokémon have 3× the likelihood of appearing At least 100 Encounters 5. Shiny Pokémon have 4× the likelihood of appearing At least 200 Encounters 6. Shiny Pokémon have 5× the likelihood of appearing At least 300 Encounters 7. Shiny Pokémon have 6× the likelihood of appearing At least 500 Encounters
Isle of Armor Pokedex Completion Rewards
Speak with the scientist at the train station at the Isle of Armor to receive these rewards when you've caught all of the Pokemon in the Pokedex.
Unlockable How to Unlock Diploma (certifying your completion of the Pokedex) Complete the Isle of Armor Pokedex Gold emblem on your Trainer Card Complete the Isle of Armor Pokedex Mark Charm (makes marked Pokemon more common) Complete the Isle of Armor Pokedex Replica Gold Crown (a clothing item) Complete the Isle of Armor Pokedex
By raising your Battle Tower Rank to 4 and entering Poké Ball Tier, you unlock the feature to check your Pokemon's Individual Values (IVs) from your Pokémon Storage System (both portable (Pokémon Box Link) and Rotomi Terminal).
To view these values, just hover over a Pokémon and press the Plus (+) Button twice (you won't have to do this for every single Pokémon, the mode will stay until you press the Button again).
Unlockable How to Unlock IV Judge function for the PC Raise your Battle Tower Rank to Poké Ball Tier
Partner Cap, Original Style (Clothing Item)
If you have the Mythical Pokémon Zarude, put it in your party and go to the Isle of Armor Station (where you first landed on the Isle with the Corviknight Taxi): speak to the lady in the lab coat to show her Zarude and she will reward you with the Partner Cap, Original Style, which is a hat for the player that looks like Ash's cap from the first season of the Anime.
Unlockable How to Unlock Partner Cap, Original Style Show Zarude to the lady at the Isle of Armor Station
Sport Cap, Hex Nut Style (Clothing Item)
If you have either the Mythical Pokémon Meltan and/or its evolution, Melmetal, put it in your party and go to the Crown Tundra Station (where you first arrived to the Crown Tundra): speak to the lady in the lab coat to show her Meltan/Melmetal and she will reward you with the Sport Cap, Hex Nut Style.
Unlockable How to Unlock Sport Cap, Hex Nut Style Show Meltan or Melmetal to the lady at the Crown Tundra Station
Unlockables through Curry Dex completion
In Pokémon Camp, one of the actions you can do is cook Curry with your Pokémon, and a Curry Dex keeps track of the kinds of Curry you've cooked; by talking to the Cooking Guru, right outside Motostoke in the Wild Area, you can unlock various things based on the amount of different kinds of Curry you've cooked.
Another action you can do in Pokémon Camp is playing with your Pokémon with various toys; different Pokémon like different toys and most of the rewards for Curry Dex filling are new Toy skins.
Unlockable How to Unlock 01. Poké Toy Available from the start 02. Poké Ball Available from the start 03. 3 Sausages Cook 1 kind of Curry 04. Fresh Ball Cook 5 kinds of Curry 05. Weighted Ball Cook 10 kinds of Curry 06. Soothe Ball Cook 15 kinds of Curry 07. Mirror Ball Cook 30 kinds of Curry 08. Tympole Ball Cook 50 kinds of Curry 09. Champion Ball Cook 80 kinds of Curry 10. 3 Moomoo Cheese Cook 110 kinds of Curry 11. 3 Smoke-poke Tail Cook 150 kinds of Curry 12. Golden cooking utensils Cook 151 (all) kinds of Curry
Pirouette (Ballerina Spin)
During any time, if you rotate the left Control Stick clockwise or counterclockwise so that your character turns around and around, then the character will twirl in place and then strike a pose!
This technique is also used to evolve Milcery into Alcremie when a Sweet is held.
Avoid Berry Tree Encounters
When you find a Berry tree, shake down some berries, and note the leaves of the tree when you're prompted to shake it again. Sometimes, they will begin shaking. If the leaves are shaking fast, then there's a chance that the next time you shake it, you'll fight a wild Pokemon and lose some of the berries. If the leaves are shaking slowly or not at all, then you're safe to shake it again and get more berries. (There are only those three types of shaking: no shaking, slow shaking, and fast shaking.)
Wild Area Weather Control.
Under normal circumstances the weather in the Wild Area is completely random, which can make hunting for certain Pokemon which only spawn under specific weather conditions a frustrating experience. Fortunately, the weather can be altered by changing the date on your Nintendo Switch under System Settings using the dates specified below, presented in the following format: MM/DD/YY. (Time is irrelevant unless the Pokemon you're hunting spawns exclusively during day or night.)
02/01/20XX - Snowstorm*
03/01/20XX - Cloudy
04/01/20XX - Sandstorm*
05/01/20XX - Clear
06/01/20XX - Fog*
07/01/20XX - Sunny
10/01/20XX - Rain
11/01/20XX - Thunderstorm
12/01/20XX - Snow
* The following weather conditions are unattainable until you've passed the following milestones: Sandstorm and Snowstorm = 4 Gym Badges Earned, Fog = Galar Pokemon League Champion Title Earned.
WARNING: Changing the date on your Switch will reset the timer on any active Pokejobs.
Contributed By: Blk_Mage_Ctype.
Multi-hit Moves vs Dynamaxed/Gigantamaxed Pokémon
Normally, when a Max Raid Dynamaxed/Gigantamaxed Pokémon raises a shield, only the first hit in a multi-hit Move breaks part of the barrier; however, when a multi-hit attack breaks the last fragment of the barrier and therefore the shield as a whole, the subsequent hits do damage normally, taking into account the reduced defenses (unless the Raid Pokémon has Contrary) caused by the shield breaking. This can bring the Max Raid Pokémon down to the next shield threshold or even defeat them outright (if the destroyed shield was the final one) without waiting an additional turn.
One-Hit KO Moves against Max Raid Pokémon
Against Dynamaxed/Gigantamaxed Pokémon, there are certain Moves that outright do not work, among which there are the One-Hit KO Moves (so the Moves that fully deplete the target's HP regardless of your own offensive Stats or their defensive ones), like Horn Drill or Fissure.
However, there is an exception where this category of Moves actually works against such Pokémon: in Max Raid Battles, *only when the Max Raid Pokémon has a shield up*, if you manage to land these Moves, 2 fractions of the barrier will be depleted, instead of the usual 1; other than using a Max Move yourself, this is the only other way to destroy 2 fractions of the shield in one blow, potentially making the battle go faster.
Note that, if you use these Moves against the Raid Pokémon when it doesn't have a shield up, the Move will not work, just like when it's used against a Dynamaxed/Gigantamaxed Pokémon in a non-Max Raid Battle, so only use this to break shields faster.
Stopping Wild Ditto in Max Raid Battles from transforming into a Dynamaxed/Gigantamaxed Pokémon
Normally, in Ditto Max Raid Battles, the Wild Ditto transforms into a Pokémon the participants are using at random, but in its Dynamax Form, making the battle more challenging and take longer to complete; however, this process can be stopped if all participants use Pokémon that cannot Dynamax, therefore the Ditto cannot transform into a Dynamax version of them, meaning it keeps its very low Stats and cannot even attack, making the Max Raid Battle much easier and quicker to complete; these Pokémon are Zacian, Zamazenta and Eternatus.
Catching, Oval, and Shiny Charms
All of these are obtained in Circhester. From the Pokemon Center, go right towards the hotel, entering the hotel on the left. When there, after the specified conditions are met, talk to the corresponding person to get the Charm you wish.
Item Location Catching Charm - boosts the rate of a critical capture Go to the second floor, and into the second room on the left. Speak with the doctor there. Oval Charm - makes it more likely for Pokemon to lay an Egg at the nursery if they're compatible First, become the Champion of the Pokemon League. Go to the second floor, and into the first room on the left. Battle the cop there. Shiny Charm - triples the frequency at which Shiny Pokemon appear First, capture all 400 Pokemon in the Galarian Pokedex. Speak with the same doctor who gave you the Catching Charm.
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