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Wild Area

This guide will explain the Wild Area, as well as list maps and show what you can do in the Wild Area. In addition, you will find information on Max Raids, obtainable Pokemon, as well as the different types of weather that occur here.

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Isle of Armor Maps
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Crown Tundra Maps
Wild Area
Wild Area Overview
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Raid Battle Guide
Raid Bosses
All Raid Bosses
Weather
Weather Guide
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How to Farm Watts

Today's Weather in the Wild Area

What is the Wild Area?

An area where many wild Pokemon roam freely

Wild Pokemon roam freely

The Wild Area is home to the largest variety of Pokemon in the Galar Region. Since the Wild Area connects to several towns, it bears a resemblance to many of the Routes and Sea Routes of the older games.

Additionally, the weather here is constantly changing, and depending on the weather conditions, the Pokemon that appear here will differ as well.

Control the camera freely

Control the Camera

For the first time in the Pokemon series, you can freely control the camera with the right analog stick while in the Wild Area. Pokemon roam freely rather than being encountered randomly in the grass. This means that you can freely look around the large map for nearby obtainable Pokemon.

Communicate with players all over the world

Much like USUM's Festival Plaza, you can interract with other trainers from all over the world. With Local Connection, nearby players will appear, and with an online connection, players from all over the world appear, allowing you to enjoy the Wild Area with all types of trainers.

Wild Area Maps

Click the image above for full details on items and Max Raid Dens appearing in the Wild Area!

There are 17 Areas Appearing on the Map

Area Recommended Pokemon to Catch
Rolling Fields
Rolling Fields
Gigantamax Butterfree
・Diggersby
・Gardevoir
・Pikachu
▶︎ See all Rolling Fields Pokemon
Dappled Grove
Dappled Grove
Gigantamax Flapple
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Gigantamax Appletun
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・Seismitoad
・Vanilish
▶︎ See all Dappled Grove Pokemon
West Lake Axewell
West Lake Axewell
Gigantamax Kingler
・Gyarados
・Lapras
▶︎ See all West Lake Axewell Pokemon
Axew
Axew's Eye
・Kommo-o
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・Goodra
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・Drakloak
▶︎ See all Axew's Eye Pokemon
Giant
Giant's Seat
Gigatnamax Coalossal
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Gigatnamax Lapras
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・Duraludon
▶︎ See all Giant's Seat Pokemon
South Lake Miloch
South Lake Miloch
Gigantamax Kingler
・Gyarados
・Lapras
▶︎ See all South Lake Miloch Pokemon
East Lake Axewell
East Lake Axewell
・Gigantamax Garbodor
・Toxapex
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・Salazzle
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▶︎ See all East Lake Axewell Pokemon
Watchtower Ruins
Watchtower Ruins
・Polteageist
・Runerigus
・Gardevoir
▶︎ See all Watchtower Ruins Pokemon
Motostoke Riverbank
Motostoke Riverbank
・Eevee
・Morpeko
・Gardevoir
▶︎ See all Motostoke Riverbank Pokemon
Stony Wilderness
Stony Wilderness
・Gigantamax Centiscorch
・Gigantamax Copperajah
・Gigantamax Machamp
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・Gigantamax Gengar
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・Ditto
▶︎ See all Stony Wilderness Pokemon
Bridge Field
Bridge Field
・Gigantamax Alcremie
・Gigantamax Hatterene
・Gigantamax Orbeetle
▶︎ See all Bridge Field Pokemon
Dusty Bowl
Dusty Bowl
・Gigantamax Grimmsnarl
・Gigantamax Sandaconda
Rhyperior
▶︎ See all Dusty Bowl Pokemon
Giant
Giant's Mirror
・Gengar
・Heliolisk
・Bisharp
▶︎ See all Giant's Mirror Pokemon
Giant
Giant's Cap
・Gigantamax Corviknight
・Gigantamax Drednaw
・Gyarados
▶︎ See all Giant's Cap Pokemon
Lake of Outrage
Lake of Outrage
・Gigantamax Charizard
・Togekiss
・Milotic
▶︎ See all Lake of Outrage Pokemon
Hammerlocke Hills
Hammerlocke Hills
・Mimikyu
・Lucario
・Rotom
▶︎ See all Hammerlocke Hills Pokemon
North Lake Miloch
North Lake Miloch
・Lucario
・Gallade
・Galarian Weezing
▶︎ See all Stony Wilderness Pokemon

There are 17 areas within the Wild Area, and certain Pokemon are more likely to appear in specific locations there, so use the chart above to check where each Pokemon is found.

Isle of Armor Wild Area Maps

The Isle of Armor DLC expands the Wild Area with 16 new areas filled with Max Raid Dens, obtainable items and 150 Alolan Digletts to collect. See our full guide for details on each area!

The Isle of Armor Maps and Pokemon Locations

What Can You Do in the Wild Area?

Fight and Capture Wild Dynamax Pokemon

Capture Wild Dynamax Pokemon

In the Wild Area, you can encounter Dynamax Pokemon. When you see a red beacon of light, called a Pokemon Den, you can approach it to engage in a Max Raid Battle with a Dynamax Pokemon. These massive Pokemon can be defeated and captured to earn lots of great rewards!

What is Dynamax?

Dynamax Scorbunny

See the link below for more more information on Dynamaxing!
What is Dynamax?

Obtain Rare Gigantamax Pokemon

Some Galarian Pokemon have Gigantamax forms which are only available in special events or in limited-time availability boosts. Read our guide on how to obtain rare Gigantamax Pokemon in the Max Raid Battles.
How to Obtain Rare Gigantamax Pokemon

Try your hand at Fishing!

Fishing

Just like other games in the series, you can fish in bodies of water to catch Pokemon lurking there. Try fishing in the Wild Area after getting a rod! Who know, you might just net a Water-type Pokemon not obtainable elsewhere!

Shake trees and collect berries!

Shaking Trees Collecting Nuts

There are many trees with berries within the Wild Area. Harvesting these berries will allow you to use them in battles, and they can also be used as an ingredient for curry! If you see a tree with berries, be sure and give it a shake.

Enjoy Pokemon Camp with other players

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When using Local Connection or Internet Connection in the Wild Area, you may come across other players' tents. By interracting with these tents, you can join the trainers here and camp together.
How to Join Pokemon Camp With Friends

Attract Flying Pokemon using Whistle

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Whistling is a new feature in Sword and Shield, and each Pokemon will react differently to being whistled at. Players can use this feature to attract out-of-reach Flying Pokemon in the Wild Area.

Learn how to whistle and attract Flying Pokemon in the Wild Area by reading our guide below!

How to Whistle and Attract Flying Pokemon

Spend Watts on Items and Upgrades

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Watts are a currency exclusive to the Wild Area.

When in the Wild Area, you can speak with the people in the area and exchange Watts for items such as a Big Pearl. Learn how to farm Watts quickly by reading our guide below!
How to Farm Watts Quickly

Visit the Digging Duo

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The Digging Duo is two burrowing brothers found standing near the Bridge Field Daycare Center located in the Wild Area.

Learn more about the Digging Duo and items you can get from them in our guide!
How to Get Rare Items From the Digging Duo

Battle Against Strong-Looking Pokemon

Run away

You can try battling against strong-looking pokemon that won't let its guard down. These pokemon roam around the wild area and you can easily spot them as they do not hide behind grasses.

Learn more about the Strong-Looking Pokemon and how will they lower their guards in our guide!

How to Lower a Strong-Looking Pokemon's Guard

Max Raid Battles

How to Join Max Raid Battles

Max Raid Battle

In the Wild Area, you can team up with other trainers and take part in a Max Raid Battle against Dynamaxed Pokemon. You can play by yourself or with other friends.
How to Join Max Raid Battles

How to Win Max Raid Battles

Pelipper Max Raid Battle

Winning Max Raid Battles nets you various Pokemon and rewards. Winning can also get you Pokemon with Hidden Abilities!
How to Win Max Raid Battles

Raid Boss Locations

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Some rare or Gigantamax Pokemon only appear in specific places, which are called Rare Dens. See the complete list of Raid Bosses and their locations.
List of Boss Raid Locations

Max Raid Guides

How to Beat Max Raid Zeraora

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Event Period June 17 to June 28 PDT

In a limited time event to celebrate the Isle of Armor release, Shiny Zeraora was able to be battled in Raid Dens across the Wild Area and the Isle of Armor.

Since 1,000,000 players managed to defeat Zeraora in this limited time, all players were temporarily able to obtain a Shiny Zeraora via Pokemon HOME!

How to Beat Max Raid Zeraora and Item Drops

How to Beat Max Raid Mewtwo (Expired)

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Event Period February 27 (Thursday), 9:00 to March 2 (Sunday), 8:59 [EXPIRED]

In celebration of Pokemon Day 2020, Mewtwo was available in Max Raid Battles for a limited time. However, it turned out to be far stronger than any Raid Boss ever seen before.

Undoubtedly one of the toughest opponents in the series, we designed the best teams to defeat this Legendary Pokemon. See our guide for strategies and more!
How to Beat Max Raid Mewtwo and Item Drops

Wild Area Weather

There are 9 types of weather

Weather Pokemon Types that frequently appear/Difficulty
Clear
Clear
Grass Type
Flying Type
Normal Type

・No Battle Effects
Pokemon Appearing in Clear Weather - Coming Soon
Cloudy
Cloudy
Fighting Type
Poison Type
Dark Type

・No Battle Effects
Pokemon Appearing in Cloudy Weather - Coming Soon
Rain
Rain
Water Type
Bug Type

・Has the Battle Effect of Rain
Pokemon Appearing in Rainy Weather - Coming Soon
Thunderstorm
Thunderstorm
Water Type
Electric Type
Dragon Type

・Has the Battle Effect of Rain
Pokemon Appearing in Thunderstorms - Coming Soon
Snow
Snow
Ice Type

・Has the Battle Effect of Hail
Pokemon Appearing in Snowy Weather - Coming Soon
Snowstorm
Snowstorm
Ice Type
Steel Type

・Has the Battle Effect of Hail
Pokemon Appearing in Snowstorms - Coming Soon
Sunny
Sunny
Fire Type
Ground Type

・Has the Battle Effect of Harsh Sunlight
Pokemon Appearing in Sunny Weather - Coming Soon
Sandstorm
Sandstorm
Ground Type
Rock Type

・Has the Battle Effect of Sandstorm
Pokemon Appearing in Sandstorms - Coming Soon
Fog
Fog
Psychic Type
Ghost Type
Fairy Type

・No Battle Effects
Pokemon Appearing in Foggy Weather - Coming Soon

There are a total of nine weather patterns, and the Pokemon that can be found differ depending on the present weather condition. The weather also depends on the particular location of the Wild Area you are in, so experiment with different locations and weather patterns when trying to capture a specific Pokemon.

Types of Weather and List of Pokemon Obtainable There

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