Where to find the 5 rarest Pokemon in Sword and Shield

Published: 6/Dec/2019 20:09 Updated: 6/Dec/2019 20:11

by Paul Cot


The Galar region is littered with rare Pokemon to catch from Pikachu, all the way to Eternatus itself. With that we ask what are the five absolute rarest species in Pokemon Sword and Shield and where can you find them?

Trainers may have varying definitions as to what constitutes rare Pokemon. For the sake of clarity we are going to define it as whichever Pokemon has the least chance of spawning.

That will rule out ‘gift’ species or others that you can only see once in Pokemon Sword and Shield. So, the likes of Charmander and Eternatus, while of course rare, won’t be included here.

Pokemon CompanyPokemon like Eternatus can only be caught once during your journey…

Instead, we will purely focus species that have the lowest spawn percentage and also take into account how many areas within Galar you can find them. All of the listed Pokemon have an equal chance of being found in each of Pokemon Sword and Shield. Here are the 5 rarest.

5. Dreepy

Dreepy is one of the 81 new species added in Gen 8 and is the second hardest evolution line to find in Pokemon Sword and Shield. It evolves into Drakloak at the relatively high level of 50 before evolving into its final form, Dragapult, at level 60.

It cannot be found in the overworld so you’ll have to do quite a bit of searching to find it. At best it will spawn 2% of the time at the Lake of Outrage in Thunderstorm or Heavy Fog weather. You will need to defeat Leon before the Heavy Fog weather condition is unlocked, though.

Pokemon CompanyDrakloak (left) can also be found in the wild but is ultra rare, too.

Dreepy can also be found, once again in the Lake of Outrage, in Overcast conditions. However, it will be even harder to find as it only spawns 1% of the time. The dual dragon and ghost-type will spawn between the levels of 50 and 52.

4. Sizzlipede

If you thought 2% was low odds then even at number four on our list we’re already down to 1% spawns. There is just a 1 in 100 chance of spawning Sizzlipede. However, it has the chance to spawn in all weather conditions across Route 3.

Like Dreepy, Sizzlipede is a brand new Pokemon to the series. Despite its low spawn rate it’s actually not a particularly powerful species – just one Game Freak decided to make challenging to find.

The fire and bug-type evolves into Centiskorch at level 28. You’ll have to spend the time trying to find Sizzlipede as, unsurprisingly, Centiskorch can’t be found in the wild at all.

Update: Somewhat of a cheat method has been found which makes Sizzlipede spawn at a whopping 50% of the time. All you need to is catch a Vulpix (Dusty Bowl or Hammerlocke Hills in Intense Sun) with the move Flash Fire.

Put it into your first Pokemon slot and if you’re on Route 3 then your chances of finding Sizzlipede have increased by 50 times!

3. Dhelmise

Dhelmise was first introduced to the world of Pokemon in the Alola region. While Dhelmise is also a 1% spawn, it can be found over quite a large area of the map and its spawn isn’t restricted by a particular weather condition.

You will find the dual grass and ghost-type anywhere in Route 9, which encompasses both Circhester Bay and Outer Spikemuth. It will spawn between level 39 and 43 in Circhester Bay and at slightly higher level (40 to 44) in Outer Spikemuth.

While ultra-rare, it is still an overworld spawn. This means instead of having to encounter Pokemon one at a time you’ll have the luxury of simply seeing if it appears in front of you. One way to quicken the process is to leave and re-enter Route 9 until you see one.

Pokemon CompanyDhelmise will only appear in the Pokemon Sword and Shield overworld…

2. Lapras

Lapras is a fan favorite but you’ll have to spend a bit of time to find one. Its another 1% spawn which can only be found when fishing in Circhester Bay in Route 9 (Level 39 to 43).

Much like Sizzlipede though, there is a much quicker way to find one, albeit in different circumstances. It can be found as a special encounter in the Lake of Outrage, North Lake Miloch and West Lake Axwell. This is easier to find and will give you the chance of adding a level 60 Lapras to your team, although it is a one-off spawn.

1. Feebas

And that brings us to little old Feebas, the rarest Pokemon in Sword and Shield – at least according to wild spawn odds. In truth any of the top three could have had taken the number one spot. As Feebas can only be found in the wild though, we decided to bestow this accolade upon it.

Feebas spawns 1% while fishing anywhere in Route 2. Its the Gen 3 equivalent of Magikarp who is useless in the main but does have a super-powerful evolution. Milotic, Feebas’ evolved form, can also be found in the wild.

Think we’ve missed any super rare Pokemon off the list or struggling to find any others yourself? Message us on our Pokemon Twitter channel and let us know!


10 Pokemon that players refuse to catch in Pokemon Go

Published: 1/Dec/2020 15:20

by Daniel Megarry


With four years since Pokemon Go released, gamers have had more than enough time to decide which Pokemon they love and which ones they hate – and there are some very strong opinions out there.

While players of Nintendo’s popular mobile game can probably all agree that stumbling across another Pidgey isn’t exactly the most thrilling encounter, there are some more unexpected choices that fans will do their best to avoid.

Despite the franchise’s Gotta Catch ‘Em All slogan, a recent thread on the Pokemon GO subreddit saw players share the Pokemon that they absolutely refuse to catch. The answers range from the “annoying bird” Murkrow to the “piece of garbage” Sunkern (ouch). User octropos sparked the debate and it’s fair to say some are unequivocal about their picks.

Check out 10 of the most disliked Pokemon in Pokemon Go below.


Bidoof Pokemon Go
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Bidoof may be cute but fans don’t rate it

Bidoof is one of the cutest Pokemon of all time, but not everyone is a fan. “For me it’s Bidoof,” wrote Reddit user octropos. “I can’t stand the noise it makes and I hate how stupid it looks.”

Poor Bidoof.


Cherrim in Pokemon GO
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Pokemon Go players aren’t sure Cherrim is worth the effort

Reddit user 47Dud3_ questioned the high frustration level of catching Cherrim when there isn’t much reward for doing so.

“They are annoying to catch because they even break out sometimes with a Golden Razz/Ultra Ball,” they complained. “Plus they can’t be shiny and have no meta relevance whatsoever. Gosh, I hate them so much.”


Zubat in Pokemon Go
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Zubat definitely isn’t anyone’s favorite Pokemon

Zubat has largely been considered a filler Pokemon since the very first game dropped on the Gameboy back in 1996, and its reputation hasn’t been much different in Pokemon Go.

“I leave rocket battles when Zubat is gonna be the reward if I can avoid it,” admitted Reddit user immarlondait. “I can’t seem to hit it consistently and I’m too lazy to bring up the nanab berry to keep it still.”


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One Pokemon Go player called Sunkern a “piece of garbage”

The tiny Grass-type Sunkern is another Pokemon that hasn’t proven popular with players, and when compared to some of the most impressive and imposing creatures in the game, it’s not hard to see why.

“I was unlucky enough (in my opinion) to get a four-star Sunkern and I despise the little piece of garbage,” wrote Reddit user hitchicker42, while octropos joked, “that will be pokemon that would end up being eaten.”


Murkrow in Pokemon Go
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Murkrow is another Pokemon that doesn’t have many fans

Murkrow was bitterly reduced to the title of “the annoying bird” by Reddit user extreme39speed.

“I don’t care that I’ll never get its shiny,” they wrote. “I’ll get the delinquent medal platinum some other way. Cause since I got it gold, I steer away from the annoying bird.”


Exeggcute Pokemon Go
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Exeggutor may be powerful, but Exeggcute doesn’t get much love

Exeggutor may be considered a powerful Pokemon in the game, but for some players, having to catch an Exeggcute and put the work in to evolve it almost isn’t worth the effort.

“Freaking Exeggcute. I hate how big it is and how little its catch circle is,” wrote Reddit user TheRobotYoshi. “I caught just enough to get a good Exeggutor and then I was done catching them forever.”


Gulpin in Pokemon Go
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Gulpin has been called “awful” by some players

The bizarre-looking Gulpin hasn’t received much love from players, with one calling it “so awful” and questioning how it was approved for the game.

“A couple [of] months back that’s all that was spawning for me. Hated. Every. Single. One,” Reddit user HiFraaands wrote. “Even worse I got a Hundo Gulpin. Great.”


Yanma in Pokemon Go
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Yanma has been criticized for being too hard to catch

Bug and Flying-type Yanma has been criticized for being hard to catch by Reddit user Crafty_Leo, who wrote: “Yanma can not just stand still. Every time I throw a ball it’s either zooming around the screen or attacking me.”


Nosepass Pokemon Go
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Pokemon fans just don’t seem to like Nosepass

Nosepass has faced negativity from a number of players. Most of them didn’t give a reason, they just don’t like it. And that’s okay.

“My first red seal Pokemon was a Nosepass,” wrote Reddit user octropos. “Like, seriously? Out of all the Pokemon…”


Castform in Pokemon GO
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Castform has been cast aside by most Pokemon Go players

The Normal-type Castform is certainly a unique looking Pokemon, but that hasn’t won any favors with players, who aren’t quite sure what the point of having them around is.

“I wish they would evolve or something,” wrote Reddit user octropos. “They’re just so… whatever?”

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