Completing my Pokédex in Pokémon Shield

Up there with my degree as one of the most important certificates I’ve ever received

After completing the main story for Pokémon Shield I decided to continue playing the game and catch the 400 critters spread across both Sword and Shield.

There are a number of Pokémon exclusive to each version, however I found that thanks to surprise trading and raids that these weren’t as locked in as previous titles because if someone online is doing a raid for one of the version exclusive, any player regardless of version can join in and catch the raid boss.

There are a fair amount of version exclusives which makes it quite fun to play with a friend as not only will there be different spawns but also there are different gym leaders in the games.

Pokémon exclusive to Pokémon Shield

  • Lotad line

Pokémon exclusive to Pokémon Sword

  • Seedot line

Surprise Trade

I managed to get a number of Pokémon exclusive to Sword via Surprise Trade although I’d say it’s a 50% chance you’ll end up with someone’s “breedject” where people who are farming shiny or good IV Pokémon put them on Surprise Trade to get something decent in return.

I did however manage to pick up StonJourner, Mimikyu and the starters were always frequently popping up.

A box of Drampa ready to go to new homes
What I received in return

I recently decided to pay it forward a little and bred 30 Drampa to send to out over Surprise Trade so others could get the rare Pokémon but also just to see what I’d get in return (some good stuff, breedjects and some early game Pokémon).

You can see a live stream of my trades on YouTube

Trading for the rest

While I played through Pokémon Shield my girlfriend played through Pokémon Sword so in order to complete my Pokédex I relied on her to help me with the last 5 I needed.

The trade system in the game defaults to randomly matching with another player but I’m not sure if I’d ever use it in that way as without a means to communicate what I’d want I’d imagine the trades wouldn’t be very fair.

Instead we used the code system, where you create a 4 digit code and then the other player uses this to connect to you.

This system isn’t perfect however as there was a number of times, especially soon after launch that I would share a code with my girlfriend only to have some other player join instead.

Rewards for completing the Pokédex

During your journey to complete the Pokédex you’ll see suggested Pokémon and their locations pop up but after you’ve got most of them this stops happening.

I was surprised on completing the Pokédex that I had Pokémon pop up again but this time in the Slumbering Weald, an area that is only available after completing the main story so maybe completing the Pokédex triggered this area.

After you finish the Pokédex it will randomly tell you to go catch more Pokémon, even though you have them

The main reason for completing your Pokédex in the game is not just for bragging rights but also because doing so unlocks the Shiny Charm which increases the shiny rate from 1/4096 to 1/512 once it’s awarded by the Director in Circhester hotel.

The trainer card in these games is excellent and really helps express yourself to other trainers

The Director also adds a stamp to your trainer card to show that you have completed the Pokédex (bragging rights) and gives you a certificate but mostly the aim of the post-Pokédex game is to farm shiny Pokémon.

The best way of doing this is to battle the same Pokémon over and over again, the best odds are available if you have battled at least 500 of that particular Pokémon and have the Shiny Charm at which point you’ve got a 1/128 chance of the Pokémon being shiny.

Is it worth it?

If you’re like me and love collecting Pokémon then yes, completely worth it.

If you’re looking to get shiny Pokémon then it’s necessary to increase your odds and ultimately make your life a lot easier.

If you’re just looking to breed the perfect team for competitive play then there’s no need to complete the Pokédex, instead focus on getting a RolyColy with Steam Engine (this decreases egg distance for hatches), farm eggs and raids in order to get good IV Pokémon and XP candy to level them up.

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