Pokemon Sword and Shield

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This page shows all rivals, as well as each rivals' Pokemon in the game Pokemon Sword and Shield. In addition to the rival's Pokemon, you will find information on where each rival appears, and strategy for battling them.

Sword and Shield Rivals
Hop.pngHop Bede.pngBede Marnie.pngMarnie

List of Rivals

Hop's Pokemon and Battle Locations


Hop is Leon’s younger brother and will become one of your rivals. He and you are neighbors, and you’ll begin your journeys on the same day. He aims to become Champion, just like his older brother did.
Source: Pokemon Official Site

Hop's Pokemon

Starter PokemonOne of the Starter Pokemon Dubwool ImageDubwool Corviknight ImageCorviknight
Snorlax ImageSnorlax

Locations Hop Appears

Postwick Professor's House (Route 2)
Motostoke Stow-on-Side
Route 7 Route 9

How to Beat Hop

Bede's Pokemon and Battle Locations


Bede is one of your rivals who is skilled at Pokémon battles and has the pride to match! He has joined the Gym Challenge, having received his endorsement from Rose, the chairman of the Galar Pokémon League. While he clearly is aiming to become Champion, he seems to have other objectives as well...
Quote: Pokemon Official Site

Bede's Pokemon

Duosion ImageDuosion Hattrem ImageHattrem Gothorita ImageGothorita
Galarian Ponyta ImageGalarian Ponyta

Locations Bede Appears

Galar Mine No. 2 Stow-on-Side

How to Beat Bede

Marnie's Pokemon and Battle Locations


Marnie is one of your rivals who has a competitive side. Together with her partner Morpeko, she aims to become the Champion of the Galar region in order to accomplish a certain goal. She has many passionate fans, thanks to her sense of style and calm, calculated battle strategies.
Quote: Pokemon Official Site

Marnie's Pokemon

Toxicroak ImageToxicroak Morpeko ImageMorpeko (Full-Belly Form) Scrafty ImageScrafty
Liepard ImageLiepard

Locations Marnie Appears

(On the way to the 3rd Gym)
In front of Spikemuth

How to Beat Marnie and Marnie's Pokemon

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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
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Story Related Pages
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