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Trainers keep finding Shiny Pokemon by accident while Diglett hunting

Published: 28/Jun/2020 22:27 Updated: 28/Jun/2020 22:31

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Sword & Shield got its latest DLC, The Isle of Armor, on June 17, and players tackling the expansion’s pesky 150 Diglett challenge are accidentally running into Shiny monsters.

Pokemon originally made its debut in 1996, and decades later the long-running franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield in 2019. The latest title introduced players to the Galar region.

The popular RPG’s first add-on, The Isle of Armor, dropped in June, and brought new content such as the Diglett Challenge with it. However, players trying to find all 150 of the Ground-type are discovering a new benefit to the tedious quest.

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Sword & Shield’s DLC introduced the 150 Diglett quest.

Trainers find Shiny Pokemon while doing Diglett quest

As any player that has tackled the 150 Diglett quest in Isle of Armor can attest to, it can be quite the test of patience. The Alolan form of the Ground-type can only be seen by their three strands of hair, and they tend to blend into the ground. That means if you want to find them all, you really have to explore every inch of the island.

However, players are reporting that the meticulous search has resulted in them accidentally running into Shiny Pokemon. Trainers like ‘Kobobble‘ uploaded examples of the lucky accident. While looking for Digletts, the user ran into a shiny Lopunny.

The player admitted that they had the camera zoomed in to get a closer look at the ground, which made the Shiny find all the more surprising. “I had it zoomed in to help me see those damn Diglett lol,” they said.

Another Reddit user, ‘ac_tune‘, went viral on June 22, when they documented their frustrating attempt to find the last monster they needed for one section of the map. “Getting real mad searching for the last diglett in Training Lowlands…” they wrote.

However just like other players, their search led them to accidentally running into a rare Pokemon. In the video, they showed off the highly sought after Shiny Shinx.

While finding all 150 Digletts on the Isle of Armor may seem like a chore, the careful exercise in patience could lead you to running into a Shiny. If you still need help locating the Ground-types, check out our guide here.

Despite only releasing in November 2019, Sword & Shield is already on track to becoming the third fastest selling release in the entire franchise. If nothing else, it’s proof that children and adults still can’t get enough of the game’s addicting Catch ‘Em All gameplay.

While most players will have probably beaten The Isle of Armor by now, fans of the Gen VIII title still have a lot to look forward to this year. This Fall, the second DLC, The Crown Tundra, drops and will expand the Galar region even further.


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.