Story Walkthrough | Pokemon Sword and Shield

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Story Walkthrough
This is the Story Walkthrough page for Pokemon Sword and Shield. This guide contains tips for progressing through the game, clearing gyms, and beating the story mode. Click on a page from the list below to jump to a section.

Story Walkthrough
Getting to the 1st Gym Getting to the 2nd Gym
Getting to the 3rd Gym Getting to the 4th Gym
Getting to the 5th Gym Getting to the 6th Gym
Getting to the 7th Gym Getting to the 8th Gym
Champion Cup Semifinals Rose Tower
Champion Cup Finals Getting to the Champion
Post Game Content
How to Beat Each Trainer
Rival Battles Gym Leader Battles
Getting to Champion Leon
Using the Rotom Bike
How to Get and Use the Rotom Bike How to Surf (Bike) on Water

Story Walkthrough

Learn the basics of being a Pokemon Trainer as you choose your starter, learn how to catch Pokemon, and battle with other trainers. Make sure you carefully choose your six Pokemon who you will travel with along the way.

Getting to the 1st Gym

Story Walkthrough Part 1
Battle your rival for the first time and travel to Turffield Town to challenge its Gym leader, Milo, who specializes in Grass-type Pokemon.
Getting to the 1st Gym

Getting to the 2nd Gym

Story Walkthrough Part 2
Hulbury gym leader, Nessa, uses Drednaw, a Water/Rock-type Pokemon. This is a good time to catch Grass or Electric-type Pokemon along the way.
Getting to the 2nd Gym

Getting to the 3rd Gym

Story Walkthrough Part 3
The third gym leader, Kabu, uses three fire-type Pokemon. Before reaching Motostoke, it is recommended that you prepare Water, Ground, or Rock-type Pokemon.
Getting to the 3rd Gym

Getting to the 4th Gym

Story Walkthrough Part 4
If you have Pokemon Sword, the gym leader is Bea, who specializes in Fighting Pokemon. It is good to have Flying-type Pokemon.

Otherwise, if you have Pokemon Shield, then it will be Allister, who specializes in Ghost-type Pokemon. If you do not have Pokemon with Ghost or Dark-type moves, you can catch a Yamask or Dugtrio along Route 6.
Getting to the 4th Gym

Getting to the 5th Gym

Story Walkthrough Part 5
Travel along Glimwood Tangle, where illuminating mushrooms guide your way. You can also grind your level on Road 6 as it provides a good amount of Exp. Points, before battling Ballonlea gym leader Opal.
Getting to the 5th Gym

Getting to the 6th Gym

Story Walkthrough Part 6
Battle with Hop as you make your way to Circhester. If you have Sword, make sure you have Water or Fighting-type Pokemon that is at least Lv. 40. These are super effective against Gordie's Pokemon.

If you have Shield, raise Fire or Fighting-type Pokemon to counter Melony.
Getting to the 6th Gym

Getting to the 7th Gym

Story Walkthrough Part 7
Marnie battles you before you reach Spikemuth. The Gym Leader, Piers, specializes in Dark-type Pokemon. This is a good time to raise Fighting or Fairy-type Pokemon to at least Lv. 45.
Getting to the 7th Gym

Getting to the 8th Gym

Story Walkthrough Part 8
Battle with Hop one more time, and secure your final gym badge at Hammerlocke Stadium. It is recommended that you have Ground or Fairy-type Pokemon of at least Lv. 50 before challenging the gym leader, Raihan.
Getting to the 8th Gym

Champion Cup Semifinals

Story Walkthrough Champion Cup
Make your way to Wyndon Stadium to battle your main rivals, Marnie and Hop. Their Pokemon's levels are close to 50, so train your Pokemon as well!
Champion Cup Semifinals

Rose Tower

Story Walkthrough Rose Tower
Take the monorail to Rose Tower and battle with Macro Cosmos members, with the secretary, Oleana, waiting for you at the end. Her Pokemon starts at Lv. 50 so be prepared before taking her on.
Rose Tower

Champion Cup Finals

Story Walkthrough Champion Cup Finals
Challenge four powerful Tainers on the Champion Cup Finals. Raise your Pokemon to high levels as their Pokemon are beyond Lv. 50.
Champion Cup Finals

Getting to the Champion

The Final Battle
You finally get to battle with the chairman of the Galar Pokemon League, and Macro Cosmos President, Rose.

You also get to battle with the legendary Pokemon Eternatus, before taking on the strongest opponent in the game, the Champion, Leon.
Getting to the Champion

Post Game Content

Post Game Content
Complete the Curry Dex, collect all rare League Cards, catch the Legendary Pokemon, and more. Read on to see all activities and collectibles after completing the main game.
Post Game Content

How to Beat Each Trainer

Rival Battles

Rival Battles
You battle with your rivals throughout the game. This guide will show you where they appear, winning strategies, and more.
Rival Battles

Gym Battles

Rival Battles
Stuck on defeating a gym leader? See the list of all Gym leaders, their Pokemon, as well as tips and strategies on how to beat them.
Gym Battles

How to Beat Champion Leon

Rival Battles
Learn how to beat Champion Leon in the main story and in the Battle Tower. Read on for tips and recommendations to ensure victory.
How to Beat Champion Leon

Using the Rotom Bike

How to Get and Use the Rotom Bike

How to Get and Use the Rotom Bike.png
The Rotom Bike is an extremely useful tool in progressing the game, where the player can speed through routes quickly. It can also be used to avoid wild Pokemon and trainers looking to battle.

Read the guide below to find out how to obtain and use the Rotom bike.
How to Get and Use the Rotom Bike

How to Surf (Bike) on Water

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Previously, you can only cross waters using the move Surf, but in Sword and Shield, it was replaced by using the Rotom Bike.

This is only achievable after obtaining the second Rotom bike, which allows you to surf, or bike, on water. Read our guide to learn more.
How to Surf (Bike) on Water

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