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4 trade evolution Pokemon you can catch in Isle of Armor

Published: 10/Jul/2020 1:11

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Sword & Shield got its first DLC, The Isle of Armor, in June. The update brought new monsters and items for players to obtain. The addon also has finally given a workaround to trade evolutions. Here are four ‘mon you can now catch in Gen VIII.

Since its creation in 1996, Pokemon has included “trade evolutions” which require Trainers to connect with others to evolve certain monsters. The feature was, in theory, meant to bring players together.

However, the pesky design has left some out in the cold for years, as their favorite characters have been out of their reach. Sword & Shield’s latest DLC has finally made that easier by allowing you to catch some of them.

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Pokemon like Machamp and Gengar needed to be traded to reach their final evolution.

4 Pokemon evolutions you can catch in Isle of Armor

Trade evolutions can be problematic because if you don’t have a friend or family member willing to help out, you have to trust a complete stranger to send the monster back. However, Sword & Shield’s latest DLC Isle of Armor finally lets you capture some of them in the wild. Here is where you can find them.


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The popular Psychic character can finally be caught in the wild!

The spoon-bending Psychic-type Alakazam was introduced in Gen I. For decades, players had to evolve their Abra into Kadabra, and then trade it with someone else to get the monster. Now you can catch the third evolution in Isle of Armor.

The character can be found in the Loop Lagoon, and is specifically located on the middle island surrounded by water. Make sure you have normal weather, which can be forced by setting your Nintendo Switch system clock to March 15th.

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Alakazam can be found in Loop Lagoon.


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Politoed can be found in the rain.

Politoed made its debut in the Gen II title Gold & Silver, and became a sub-evolution for the Poliwhirl line. Instead of turning into Poliwrath, players could obtain this adorable green version by trading the monster holding a King’s Rock to another player.

The beloved frog can now be found taking a stroll in Isle of Armor’s Soothing Wetlands during rainy weather. If you need it to rain, change your Switch clock to April 15th and you will see the character frolicking in the marsh.

If you can’t find him right away, hop on your bike and cruise around the area. He should be standing in a pool of water next to a circle of grass and a tree. These trade evolution Pokemon always spawn in the same area, so as long as you have the weather, you should be good to go.


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The popular Bug-type can be found in the wild on the Isle of Armor.

In Gen I, the Bug/ Flying-type Scyther was one of the most popular Pokemon from the original games. In Gen II, Game Freak introduced a new evolution for the monster called Scizor.

The red version of the character becomes a Steel-type, and can be obtained by trading Scyther to another player while holding the Metal Coat item. In the DLC, it can be spotted flying in the Training Lowlands during a sandstorm.

If you need to change the weather, set your Switch’s clock to June 18th and it should get dusty quick. The bug will be found hovering against a mountain wall near a tree.


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The Water monster can be found during a thunderstorm.

Those that have played Red & Blue on the Game Boy are familiar with the adorable blue Horsea and Seadra. In Gen II, a third evolution – Kingdra – was introduced.

To obtain the Water/Dragon-type, you had to trade the character while it held the rare Dragon Scale item. The beloved creature can now be found swimming in the Honeycalm Sea during a thunderstorm.

Change the setting of your system clock to August 15th and then fast travel to Challenge Beach. Now take your bike onto the ocean and ride past Honeycalm Island. Kingdra will be in the water between four massive rocks that are in the middle of the sea.

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Kingdra can be caught while swimming in the ocean.

It should be stated that it is possible to spot some of these Pokemon in different locations on the Isle of Armor, however these are the guaranteed static spawn points. As long as you are in the right weather, they will show up.

Sword & Shield’s June DLC not only added new monsters and items to obtain, but it also gave players a workaround of how to obtain their favorite monsters that were always locked behind the pesky trade evolutions requirement.


How to catch Dragonite easily in Pokemon Sword & Shield Crown Tundra

Published: 29/Oct/2020 22:56

by Brent Koepp


One of the most popular Pokemon of all time, Dragonite, can now be caught in Sword & Shield. The lovable orange dragon was added to the RPG in its second DLC, The Crown Tundra. Here is how you can catch the majestic beast fast. 

In a first for the franchise, Game Freak opted out of a third game for its eighth generation release, Sword & Shield, in favor of an Expansion Pass. And on October 22, the Nintendo Switch title got its second DLC, The Crown Tundra.

The massive update brought a host of past gen favorites to Galar, including the beloved ‘mon Dragonite. The majestic beast has an incredibly low spawn rate, however a new method will have you catching it in literally no time at all.

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Dragonite can now be caught in Sword & Shield.

How to catch Dragonite quickly in Pokemon Crown Tundra

Introduced in 1996, Dragonite has been one of the most beloved Pokemon for decades. According to its Pokedex entry, the creature is “kindhearted, and if it spots a drowning person or Pokémon, Dragonite simply must help them.”

While not a Legendary, the character is a fan favorite. Unfortunately for Sword & Shield owners, it also has one of the lowest spawn rates in the Crown Tundra DLC, with its lower evolutions having a 5% chance of showing up.

Thankfully, a method has been discovered that forces the monster to spawn. We will cover the steps below on how to find the Dragon-type, and it’ll have you adding it to your team in the quickest way possible.

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Dragonite can easily be found at Ballimere Lake near the Dyna Tree.

Steps to quickly catching Dragonite

  • Step 1: Hit the Home button on your Switch, and go to System Settings. Next, scroll down to the very bottom and click System. Go to Date and Time and set Synchronize Clock via Internet to OFF. Lastly, set your date to September 3, 2020.
  • Step 2: Fast travel to the Dyna Tree location. If step 1 was performed correctly, it should be thunderstorm weather. After spawning in front of the tree, immediately take a right, then a second right looping backwards. Cut across the grass and take the ramp down to the lower level.
  • Step 3: Due to the thunder, Dragonite will spawn in this location. You will see the lovable orange dragon walking around the overworld. Save your game first, then run into it and engage in a battle.
  • Step 4: We recommend using a Pokemon with False Swipe, or a sleep move. Using an Ultra Ball or higher will increase your odds. Should you accidentally knock it out or run out of items, reload your save and the monster will be in the exact same spot.
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Dragonite walks around the overworld only during thunderstorms.

Dragonite in Pokemon Max Raid dens

Another method to securing Dragonite is through Max Raid dens. According to popular Pokemon outlet Serebii, there are five raid dens that the monster shows up in.

Based on tests we ran though, the weather method at Ballimere Lake is infinitely faster. However, those that want to catch the character this way can do so at the locations below.

  • Giant’s Bed
  • Path to the Peak
  • Frigid Sea
  • Three-Point Pass
  • Ballimere Lake
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The Dragon can also be found in Raid dens.

There are two other methods to get the orange Dragon, and that is either capturing its lower evolution Dratini in Dynamax Adventures, or finding it at Ballimere Lake at a 5% spawn rate. However the thunderstorm method is almost instant.

The Crown Tundra has given Sword & Shield players hours of new gameplay with the host of Legendaries and new monsters they can catch. Thankfully, Dragonite is fairly easy to secure.