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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!


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.