How to get Alola Pokemon in Isle of Armor – Vulpix, Litten, Raichu, more

Published: 18/Jun/2020 21:04 Updated: 18/Jun/2020 21:15

by Meg Bethany Koepp


Some Alolan Pokemon from Sun & Moon have made their way into Sword & Shield thanks to The Isle of Armor DLC. Here’s how to get your hands on the special forms of Sandshrew, Raichu, Vulpix, and more.

Sun & Moon on the Nintendo 3DS was home to the Alola region, and introduced a new type of already-established monster to its Pokedex. The latest mainline Pokemon game, Sword & Shield, added more special designs known as ‘Galarian’ forms.

On June 17, the Nintendo Switch game got part one of its Expansion Pass – The Isle of Armor. Not only has it given players a new land to explore, it’s brought over some of the old Alolan monsters such as Marowak, Rowlet, and more. Here’s how you can get your hands on them.

Game Freak / The Pokemon Company (via RPGSite)
Alolan forms give traditional Pokemon a new look.

How to get Alolan Pokemon

When you first arrive on The Isle of Armor, you’ll get tasked with visiting the dojo. Along the way, you’ll spot an NPC wearing a green outfit and goggles standing in front of the bridge. If you talk to him, he’ll ask you to find 150 of his Alolan Digletts buried across the island.

While this might seem like a chore at first, don’t be so quick to wave it off – he rewards you with some rather special Pokemon for collecting a certain amount. You’ll be able to spot the monsters hiding underground by their telltale hair strands that stick up above the earth.

Game Freak / The Pokemon Company (via Twitter: @triforcemeg)
Talk to the NPC by the bridge in the Fields of Honor to begin your Diglett-hunting quest.

After collecting a certain amount of Digletts, return to the man for your prize – an Alola region Pokemon with a Hidden Ability. All are in the special form, except two. The rewards are as follows:

  • Five returned: Alolan Meowth
  • 10 returned: Kanto Slowpoke
  • 20 returned: Alolan Vulpix
  • 30 returned: Alolan Sandshrew
  • 40 returned: Alolan Raichu
  • 50 returned: Alolan Marowak
  • 75 returned: Alolan Exeggutor
  • 100 returned: Either Rowlet (Grookey), Litten (Scorbunny), or Popplio (Sobble) depending on the Sword & Shield starter picked
  • 150 returned: Alolan Diglett
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company (via Twitter: @triforcemeg)
You can get one of the Alola starters depending on who you picked in the beginning of Sword & Shield.

The second part of the Expansion Pass, The Crown Tundra, is set to drop in the Fall, giving players plenty of time to search for all the underground Pokemon to reap the rewards.

If you haven’t purchased the DLC yet, it’s not too late. Check out our guide to find out how to get it for the best price in the UK and US.


Pokemon Grookey Sword & Shield guide: evolutions, moves, strengths & weaknesses

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:15

by Daniel Megarry


Looking to master Grookey in Pokemon Sword and Shield? We’ve got all the information you need including evolutions, best moves, strengths, and weaknesses.

Grookey made its debut alongside Sobble and Scorbunny as part of the Gen 8 starter trio in Sword and Shield on the Nintendo Switch. Like most starter Pokemon, it’s become incredibly popular and has gained a big following of loyal trainers.

Known as the ‘Chimp Pokemon’, Grookey is a cute grass-type creature that originates in the Galar region. Its design appears to be based on a spider monkey, and its name is a hybrid of the words ‘groove’ and ‘monkey’.

Grookey’s Pokedex entry in Sword is as follows: “When it uses its special stick to strike up a beat, the sound waves produced carry revitalizing energy to the plants and flowers in the area.”

Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Grookey is one of the starter trio in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

What is Grookey weak and strong against?

Being a grass-type Pokemon, Grookey and its evolutions will take more damage from fire, flying, poison, bug, and ice-type moves. They will take less damage from ground, water, grass, and electric-type moves.

When using grass-type moves, Grookey will have an advantage against ground, rock, and water-type Pokemon. It won’t necessarily have an advantage when using non-grass-type moves against these types.

What moves can Grookey learn by leveling up?

Grookey starts out with just Scratch and Growl, but it can learn a further nine moves by leveling up.

The final move it can learn is Endeavor at level 36. After this, you’ll need to evolve Grookey to Thwackey and then Rillaboom if you want to keep learning moves through leveling up.

Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy
1 Scratch Normal Physical 40 100
1 Growl Normal Status 100
6 Branch Poke Grass Physical 40 100
8 Taunt Dark Status 100
12 Razor Leaf Grass Physical 55 95
17 Screech Normal Status 85
20 Knock Off Dark Physical 65 100
24 Slam Normal Physical 80 75
28 Uproar Normal Special 90 100
32 Wood Hammer Grass Physical 120 100
36 Endeavor Normal Physical 100

What does Grookey evolve into?

Grookey evolves into Thwackey at Level 16. Like the form before it, Thwackey is a pure grass-type Pokemon, meaning it shares the same strengths and weaknesses.

It then evolves into its final evolution Rillaboom at Level 35. Rillaboom is also a pure grass-type, so it also shares the same strengths and weaknesses as Grookey and Thwackey.

All three forms have the Overgrow ability, which boosts the power of grass-type moves by 50% when at less than or equal to 1/3 HP.

Grookey Thwackey and Rillaboom evolutions
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Grookey evolves into Thwackey and Rillaboom.

Where to find Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Grookey is one of three starter Pokemon in Sword and Shield, meaning players will have the opportunity to acquire one at the very beginning of the game. If you’re set on getting one, you should probably do this, as Grookey, Sobble, and Scorbunny don’t appear in the wild.

If you didn’t choose Grookey as your starter Pokemon, you’ll need to set up a trade with another trainer who has one. You can do this with friends, turn to the internet for help, or try your luck with the unpredictable Surprise Trades feature.

How to get Shiny Grookey

As you can’t find Grookey in the wild, you won’t be able to hunt for a Shiny version like you would with most other Pokemon.

What you can do, though, is breed Grookey with another Pokemon in the same egg group, which will give you a small chance of hatching a Shiny. It will take you a while, but if you’re determined, it’s the only way.

Shiny Grookey Pokemon
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Shiny Grookey is very difficult to get in Sword & Shield.

A more refined way to do this and guarantee you’ll hatch the Pokemon you’re after is to breed Grookey with Ditto. Anytime Ditto is bred with another Pokemon, the egg will hatch the species that isn’t Ditto.

You can find Ditto at the Lake of Outrage, so you’ll want to head there and catch yourself one. If you’re confused as to how breeding works in general then you can check out our nursery and breeding guide.