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How to get Galarica Twigs in Pokemon Isle of Armor

Published: 26/Jun/2020 19:25

by James Busby


Pokemon Sword & Shield fans have been eager to add Galarian Slowbro to their team ever since the Isle of Armor expansion was announced. However, if you wish to add this new variant to your team, you’ll need to get your hands on some Galarica Twigs first. 

Trainers embarking on their new Isle of Armor adventure won’t just need to collect plenty of Watts and Armorite Ore, they’ll also need to look out for Galarica Twigs. This new item is a key component in Galarian Slowpoke’s evolution – in fact, without them, you won’t be able to add this new form to your party. 

Finding these game-altering branches can be a little tricky though, particularly when you don’t know where to begin looking for them. Fortunately, our handy guide below outlines where you can find Galarica Twigs and how you can use them to evolve Galarian Slowpoke. 

Where to find Galarica Twigs

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Galarica Twigs can be found under Isle of Armor’s trees.

As you might expect, the twigs can be found under Isle of Armor’s trees. Just like in Pokemon Sword & Shield’s base game, item drops appear as shinies that the player must interact with in order to add them to their item pouch. 

Simply head over to the Forest of Focus and run a lap around the route, taking extra care to spot any sparkling items that appear. You’ll invariably find Galarica Twigs under the forest’s trees and near the path itself. To speed up this farming process, use your bike to quickly cycle through route.

Consider changing your Switch’s date and time settings as this will help to refresh the game’s item respawn rate, allowing you to quickly collect the eight Galarica Twigs you need to evolve Galarian Slowpoke. 

What to do with Galarica Twigs

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This helpful NPC will give you the item needed to evolve Galarian Slowpoke.

Once you have all eight Galarica Twigs, it’s time to venture on over to the Workout Sea. The island you’re looking for is directly South of the Dojo and is distinguished by its two rocky arches. Make your way to the female NPC and hand her the eight Galarica Twigs.

She will then weave the twigs into a Galarica Cuff, which you can then use on your Galarian Slowpoke to evolve it into a special Slowbro. Not only does Galarian Slowbro look incredibly cool, it’s also extremely strong thanks to its unique Psychic/Poison typing. 

So there you have it, a quick easy way to farm Galrica Twigs in Pokemon Sword & Shield’s Isle of Armor expansion.

Make sure you check out the rest of our Pokemon Sword & Shield guides if you’re struggling to find a specific Pokemon or wish to gain a competitive edge in ranked battles.


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.