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Beginner Tips and Guides
This page is a page for beginners who are new to Pokemon. Here you will find explanations of game mechanics and other game features. Getting stuck in Pokemon Sword and Shield? Read on to find our tips and guides for beginners!

Galar Starters

Which Starter Should You Choose?

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The very first question every trainer is faced with when beginning their journey... Fire, water, or grass? While each Pokemon has its strengths and weaknesses, no one can deny that not all starters are equal!
Which Starter Should You Choose

How to Get All 3 Starters

All 3 Starters
Maybe you decided that it was too hard to choose between those three adorable little Pokemon, so now you want them all. Well, you are in luck, as this guide will show you the quickest way to get all three starters in this game.
How to Get All Starters

Change Your Appearance

How to Change Your Appearance

Changing Clothes
Galar is home to tons of Boutiques and Salons, allowing you to change your look and outfit on a whim! Find out how you can become a trend setter in Galar.
How to Change Your Appearance

How to Change Your Uniform

Changing Uniform
A variety of Uniforms are available for your character to wear, and you can even mix and match parts of them to match your outfit! Represent your favorite Pokemon type!
How to Change Your Uniform

Pokemon Battles

Type Effectiveness and Damage Output

Whether you are new or a returning fan to the series, there are likely a couple type affinities that you do not have memorized. If you are still after all these years not sure how to beat Fairy-type Pokemon, see the link below!
Type Effectiveness and Damage Output

How to Run Away

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Everybody at some point or another has run away from a fight. There is no shame in it! If you would like to know how to run away, and what factors play into this mechanic, see the link below!
How to Run Away

Building the Best Team

How to Build the Best Team

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As your roster of Pokes expands, you are going to have to make some cuts to your team in order to cover your bases. But how can you decide? See the link below to find out!
Building the Best Team

Training Like a Pro!

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Now you have gotten your starter, and you know where its strength lies. But the question moving forward is how to train the best Pokemon possible. Read on to find out how!
Train Pokemon Like a Pro

Leveling Up Quickly

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You've got your team, you've got your training methods down... Now it is time to level grind, right? Save time by cutting out inefficient methods of leveling up, and use our guide to see how to level up most quickly!
How to Level Up Fast

EV Training

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This has been the bane of many trainers for years. But luckily, Pokemon Sword and Shield has introduced some new mechanics to make the process of EV training easier than ever. See the EV training guide to learn more!
EV Training Guide

Increase IVs with Bottle Cap

Hyper Training
Exchange Bottle Caps for Hyper Training to increase your Pokemon's IVs. See our guide on how to get Bottle Caps!
How to Get Bottle Caps

How to Learn Egg Moves

Everyone knows that the best Pokemon deserve the best moves. If you are interested in breeding Pokemon to teach the offspring some killer battle moves, see the link below!
How to Learn Egg Moves

Catching Legendary Pokemon

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At every point in a trainer's journey, they must encounter a Legendary Pokemon, and if they are wise, they will want to capture it. See our guide on legendaries to learn which Pokemon you can obtain and how to get them!
Catching Legendary Pokemon

How to Release Pokemon

Release Pokemon
Sometimes you need to let Pokemon go for reasons, like making space for your storage boxes. Just remember that when you release Pokemon, you can not get it back!
How to Release Pokemon

Useful Characters and Their Locations

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From free items, to Pokemon trades, to Move Tutors, this guide's got everything you need to meet helpful NPCs around the world of the game!
Useful Characters and Their Locations

Online Features

How to Play Ranked Battle

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Battle in single or double battles with other Trainers all around the world, and make your way to the top. See our guide to learn how to play Ranked Battle!
How to Play Ranked Battle

How to Get and Use the Y-Comm

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The Y-Comm is an optional feature that lets you connect with other Trainers locally or online. Learn how to get the Y-Comm to unlock more in-game features.
How to Get and Use the Y-Comm

How to Battle and Trade with Friends

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The game is more fun with your friends! Learn how to do Link Trades and Link Battles in our guide.
How to Battle and Trade with Friends

Pokemon Camp with Your Friends

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Play with your Pokemon and visit other trainers' camps in this new feature. Bond with your Pokemon and receive EXP points and raise your friendship level with them!
How to Pokemon Camp with Friends

What's New in Sword and Shield

Differences Between Dynamax and Gigantamax

Dynamax and Gigantamax
Don't get confused! Dynamax and Gigantamax are similar, but have their differences. All Pokemon in the Galar region are capable of Dynamaxing, but only a selected few have Gigantamax forms. See the link below to learn more.
Differences Between Dynamax and Gigantamax

Accessing Boxes on the Road

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For the first time in the series, players can access their Pokemon Box anywhere to instantly switch out their party! Take advantage of this to handle a variety of situations.
Access Pokemon Boxes on the Road

How to Get Toys

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Collect toys to play with your Pokemon at your camp! Fill up your Curry Dex get them rated by the Camping King, and collect all the toys!
How to Get Toys

Removed Features

Removed Features
Sword and Shield have new features, but there are also old features in the Pokemon series that aren't present in the game. Read on to learn more.
Removed Features

Other Useful Guides

How to Avoid Random Battles What is STAB?
How to Collect Watts Fast How to Trade Pokemon Locally and Online
How to Forget and Relearn Moves How to Delete Your Save Game
How to Transfer Save Data How to Obtain the Gigantamax Meowth Mystery Gift

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