How to get Feebas and Milotic in Pokemon Sword and Shield?

Published: 2/Dec/2019 22:02 Updated: 2/Dec/2019 22:59

by Paul Cot


Rare Pokemon glitter the Galar region, and they don’t come any rarer than Feebas. The innocent-looking fish Pokemon evolves into the powerful Milotic, but where can you find the both of them?

Feebas draws parallels with Magikarp. The Kanto Pokemon eventually evolves into the dual water and flying-type Gyarados to become one of the more powerful species in the region. The same is true for Feebas who goes from, let’s just say it as it is, a weak fish to the much more threatening Milotic.

There are plenty of other rare Pokemon to be found, including the likes of Morpeko, Deino, and Larvitar — the latter two are version exclusive Pokemon to each of Sword and Shield respectively — but Feebas is actually harder to find than all of them!

BulbapediaIt won’t take too long to get to Route 2 from your home town of Postwick…

Spawn location and rarity

Feebas can only be found in one location in Pokemon Sword and Shield, and when you get there you’ll still only have a 1% chance of encountering it. The Gen 3 fan favorite can only be found while fishing in Route 2, specifically in the Lake left of the Professor’s House. Not even the rare Pokemon-filled Lake of Outrage can help you!

Given its spawn rate of 1%, you’ll need to throw your fishing line out an average of 100 times just to encounter it once. When you do find one, it will be between the level of 37 and 40.

Evolving into Milotic

While some trainers will have a genuine fondness of Feebas, most will be looking forward to its evolved form, Milotic. Unlike Magikarp, you can’t just get Feebas to a certain level to get that all important evolution.

The traditional method of evolving Feebas was to level it up when its Beauty value was at its maximum but contests were removed from Gen 5 onwards. Instead, you’ll need to find the Prism Scale and attach it to Feebas.

It can be found in the lake south-west of the Professor’s house, just on the shoreline. You’ll need to enter the water to get it. Once found, and attached, just trade Feebas to make it evolve. You’ll need to trade it again to get Milotic yourself, though!

Contrary to other spawn details, you can actually find Milotic in the wild as well. The datamined spawn locations didn’t have it listed but there is proof it can be found. Head over to South Lake Miloch and when the weather turns to heavy fog you might just be lucky enough to have one spawn by the bridge.


Pokemon Sword & Shield player loses Master Ball due to Joy-Con drift

Published: 1/Dec/2020 21:07

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon player was left fuming after they lost their coveted Master Ball due to the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con drift issue. The hardware error robbed the Trainer of the rare item.

Pokemon Sword & Shield made its eighth generation debut with the release of Sword & Shield in November 2019. The Nintendo Switch title introduced players to the Galar region for the very first time.

A player participating in one of the game’s new features, Dynamax Raids, was left stunned when their Joy-Con hardware error made them accidentally use a Master Ball on an incredibly common monster.

Screenshot of Pokemon Sword & Shield Gym Leader Piers.
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A Pokemon player was stunned after wasting their Master Ball.

Joy-Con drift problem causes Pokemon tragedy

A few months after its launch, many Switch owners began to complain about their controller’s joystick getting stuck and moving their character in-game on its own. Notoriously named “Joy-Con drift”, Nintendo’s own president Shuntaro Furukawa even acknowledged the issue in June and apologized for the “trouble caused to our customers.”

The hardware issue tragically struck a Pokemon Sword & Shield player during their Dynamax Raid. Pokemon Trainer ‘ZucchiniBoi12‘ uploaded a video of the nightmare inducing moment to the r/PokemonSwordAndShield subreddit on November 30.

In the clip, the fan goes to select a Pokeball after defeating a Ninjask, when suddenly their controller quickly scrolls up and down before unluckily landing on their Master Ball. Unfortunately, the player wasn’t paying attention and pressed A, wasting their precious Master Ball on the common monster.

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Despite the tragic circumstances, some in the community didn’t have any sympathy for the Trainer. Various players pointed out that while the Joy-Con drift did freak out during the selection process, it stopped for a few seconds on their Master Ball. Others explained that the fan should have soft-reset their game, which would have given them back their lost item.

Screenshot of Reddit comments reacting to Pokemon Sword & Shield player losing their Master Ball.

Despite the criticism, ZucchiniBoi12 explained that it was a genuine mistake, and stated that they weren’t paying close enough attention before confirming. This isn’t the first time the hardware issue has plagued the game, either. In November, a player went viral after Joy-Con drift ruined their attempt to catch a Shiny Regieleki after spending hundreds of hours to spawn its encounter.

Whether you feel sympathy or not, it always hurts to see a Master Ball go to waste. If nothing else, the tragic story is just another reminder for Trainers to always check before pressing confirm. It becomes far too easy to not pay attention while spending hours grinding, and you never know when Joy-Con drift may happen.