Why are trainers so desperate to find Ditto in Pokemon Sword and Shield?

Published: 28/Nov/2019 17:32 Updated: 28/Nov/2019 17:42

by Paul Cot


Trainers are desperately trying to find Ditto in Pokemon Sword and Shield, but it isn’t just to complete the Galar Pokedex. Ditto is extremely useful when breeding Pokemon.

The Transform Pokemon is quite the enigma whereby its sole move is Transform, a move which copies the genetic code of the Pokemon it is battling. It will copy its type, moveset and physical appearance but will stay at the same level.

Transform, at least with Ditto, has never been particularly effective. This is because you have to sacrifice a turn without dealing any damage and Ditto has relatively weak base stats. Interestingly, the only other Pokemon capable of learning Transform is Mew.

PhillyBeatzUDitto can be tough to see, so keep your eyes peeled…

Ditto spawn location

With that said Ditto is a fun addition to any Pokemon team and you’ll have to find it at some point if you’re to complete the Sword and Shield Pokedex. Unfortunately the iconic Gen 1 Pokemon can only be found in one location — The Lake of Outrage. The details are as follows:

  • Lake of Outrage, All Weather, Level 55-58, 10% (Overworld)
  • Lake of Outrage, Normal Weather, Level 50-52, 2% (Non-overworld)

It is five times more likely to spawn in the overworld, so for the sake of saving you time it will be better to wait until you see one, instead of having to encounter Pokemon at random in the long grass.

The Lake of Outrage is the only place to find Ditto…

Best breeding Pokemon?

It’s not just its transforming ability that’s so appealing to trainers, though. It’s an excellent Pokemon to breed with.

Firstly, Ditto can breed with any other species, which naturally makes it perfectly flexible when going to the Pokemon Nursery. Secondly, due to its unique genetics, you can guarantee yourself a particular species when breeding with Ditto.

For example, if you breed Ditto with Charmander then you’re guaranteed to get an egg containing Charmander. Of course you can just find a male and female of the same species but having a Ditto will bail you out when you don’t.

@cjpokemon3One of the two Pokemon Nurseries in Sword and Shield…

Trade for shinies?

There seems to be an unwritten agreement between Pokemon trainers to trade Dittos between one another. The purpose of this is to get one that’s assigned a different language to your own.

The benefit of this is when you breed Pokemon of different languages, you greatly increase the chances of hatching a shiny. In fact the odds get 6x better, although they can still be as long as 1 in 682.7.

Ditto might not be the most powerful species in Pokemon Sword and Shield but it will add a new dynamic to battles and can prove very useful in other ways. It’s well worth a trip to the Lake of Outrage.


How to beat Kyogre in Pokemon Go: strategy & best counters

Published: 20/Jan/2021 0:59

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Go is kicking off the new year by celebrating the Hoenn region in January. This month players will revisit Ruby & Sapphire to take on Kyogre. Here is how to beat the Gen III Legendary in no time.

Niantic is dedicating the start of 2021 to all previous Generations, leading up to Pokemon’s 25th anniversary. In January, Go players will be able to face off against Ruby & Sapphire’s Legendary Kyogre.

The Legendary whale offers up a serious challenge, but can be taken down fairly easily with the right counters. We will go over the best way to take down the mighty beast.

Pokemon Kyogre, and Groudon in Go Hoenn Celebration.
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Gen III Legendaries will be featured in Raids during the Hoenn celebration.

How to defeat Kyogre in Pokemon Go

First introduced in Gen III’s Ruby & Sapphire, Kyogre has been a fan-favorite of Water-type Trainers for over the last decade. The primordial whale is both epic in size, and powerful in its attacks.

While intimidating for sure, the weather trio beast also has some major weaknesses that players can exploit rather easily with the right team of Pokemon.

Players will want to heavily focus on both Electric and Grass types to bring the ‘mon down. Below we will go over the best team and counters to achieve victory.

Screenshot of Legendary Zekrom in Pokemon anime.
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The Gen V Legendary is one of the best counters to Kyogre.

Best counters for Kyogre in Pokemon Go

  • Zekrom: The Black & White Legendary is a perfect counter to the Kyogre as its strong Electric moves will melt away the beast’s health. We recommend using Charge Beam and Wild Charge attacks.
  • Tangrowth: The Gen IV evolution is a perfect choice to leverage the Hoenn ‘mon’s Grass weakness. Vine Whip and Power Whip will quickly chip away the monster’s health.
  • Electivire: A favorite from Diamond & Pearl, the Electabuzz evolution packs a mean punch with Thundershock and Wild Charge attack combo.
  • Zapdos: A part of the Gen I bird trio, Zapdos is another great choice to take down Kyogre. Both Thundershock and Thunderbolt.

While there are a wide variety of Grass and Electric monsters we can use, not everyone has a powerful elite team of ‘mon, especially newcomers to the game. Below we will go over some lower-entry picks that can still pack a punch.

Screenshot of Gen 3 starter evolution Sceptile in Pokemon anime.
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Sceptile and other budget Grass and Electric Pokemon can also bring the whale down.
  • Roserade: Introduced in Diamond & Pearl, the Grass type is a solid budget level counter for the whale. We recommend using Razor Leaf and Solar Beam.
  • Jolteon: One of the most popular Eeveelutions of all time, the Electric type is easy to obtain in Go and powerful. Both Thundershock Thunderbolt will hit the Water Legendary hard.
  • Sceptile: The Gen III starter evolution has strong Grass moves that take advantage of Kyogre’s second stat weakness. Both Bullet Seed and Leaf Blade make for a deadly combination.
  • Luxray: The adorable Electric Lion is another entry level encounter that help you bring down the beast. Use Spark and Wild Charge.

For veteran players, Shadow versions of Raikou and Electivire are technically the absolute best and quickest way to defeat Kyogre. However, these rare ‘mon had to have been acquired in the past.

Ultimately, teaming up with a group of players who have Electric and Grass type Pokemon will bring down the weather trio Legendary. Use moves suggested above and feel free to mix and match with other characters.