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Pokemon Sword and Shield guide walkthrough: Everything you need to become the Champion of Galar

Right before you reach the entrance to Route 7, you'll meet Hop once again. Surprise! He wants another battle. Make sure you've got a Fighting-type Pokemon with you because otherwise his Snorlax is an enormous pain to get through — physically and metaphorically — but the rest of his team should be a cakewalk.

Hop

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PokemonLevelType
Trevenant34Ghost/Grass
Snorlax35Normal
Heatmor34Fire
Boltund35Electric
Inteleon/Rillaboom/Cinderace37Water/Grass/Fire

After you beat Hop, continue heading east to Route 7.

Route 7

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Pokemon: Route 7 - Overworld

PokemonRarity
GalvantulaCommon
InkayAverage
LiepardAverage
MorpekoRare
PerrserkerCommon
ThievulCommon

Pokemon: Route 7 - Random Encounters

PokemonRarity
CorviknightCommon
KarrablastCommon (Sword) / Rare (Shield)
LiepardAverage
Meowstic (Male - Sword)Average
Meowstic (Female - Shield)Average
SeismitoadRare
ShelmetRare (Sword) / Common (Shield)
ToxelCommon

Items: Route 7

ItemVisibleHidden
Balm MushroomY
EtherY
PP Up (After visiting Spikemuth)Y
Quick Ball x3Y
Safety Goggles (After visiting Spikemuth)Y
TM58 Assurance (After visiting Spikemuth)Y

Route 7 is a short one; there's just two trainers and a few patches of tall grass to explore right now. First up is Model Mila.

Model Mila

PokemonLevelType
Ribombee35Bug/Fairy
Vespiquen36Bug/Flying

You can't go further east because Team Yell are blocking the way, so head north and take on Cabbie Bruce.

Cabbie Bruce

PokemonLevelType
Corvisquire35Flying
Rufflet36Normal/Flying

Spend some time filling up your Pokedex with the wild Pokemon here, make sure you shake the berry tree and grab the three Quick Balls, then head through the tunnel to reach Route 8.

Route 8

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Pokemon: Route 8 - Overworld

PokemonRarity
BoldoreAverage (Sword) / Common (Shield)
FalinksFrequent
GolettCommon
GurdurrCommon (Sword) / Average (Shield)
Lunatone (Shield)Rare
PawniardCommon
RuffletAverage (Sword)
SolrockRare (Sword)
TogedemaruRare
Vullaby (Shield)Average

Pokemon: Route 8 - Random Encounters

PokemonRarity
BronzongAverage
DrapionRare
DusclopsAverage
FalinksRare
HaunterAverage
HippowdonAverage
RhyhornCommon
SandacondaCommon

Items: Route 8

ItemVisibleHidden
Big NuggetY
ElixirY
Hyper Potion x3Y
King's RockY
Luxury Ball x3Y
Max ReviveY
NuggetY
Pixie PlateY
Shiny StoneY
Terrain ExtenderY
TM43 Brick BreakY
TM96 Smart StrikeY
X Defense x3

Route 8 is split up into two parts and this first section is quite complex. Here is where you can find numerous wild Pokemon you haven't been able to get so far, so take your time here to explore everywhere. Go down the stairs and first up is the section to the left with a ladder. This part doesn't actually have anything to find except for a cheeky Trainer Tips sign.

Go back down the ladder and down the next ladder to the right, where you'll find a trainer.

Doctor Joanna

PokemonLevelType
Roselia36Grass/Poison
Hattrem36Psychic

Go up the next ladder and follow the path to the right in order to get a Shiny Stone at the end. Go back round and down the next stairs, then up the ladder in the lowered section. Walk left and up the ladder to find TM96 Smart Strike.

Walk to the right and down the next ladder to a small section full of tall grass and grab the three Hyper Potions. Up the next ladder and down the one on the other side will lead you to a slightly larger section; walk around the top and hop down the ledge, then go up the slope below it to find three Luxury Balls.

Walk west, past the Falinks emerging from its hole, and pick up the Max Revive in the corner. Go up the stairs on the left-hand side and take on Backpacker Barbara.

Backpacker Barbara

PokemonLevelType
Dreepy36Grass
Vullaby37Dark/Flying

Walk to the end of the path and you'll find a Big Nugget glistening in the corner. Go back down the stairs, through the patches of tall grass, and round the corner to take on the next trainer.

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Musician Charles

PokemonLevelType
Togedemaru37Electric/Steel

Hop down the next ladder and you'll find a King's Rock in the centre of the area Falinks is roaming, along with a Nugget hiding in the top-right corner. Go up the stairs and the next ladder, then take an immediate left to find a Crustle blocking the path. Defeat or catch it then keep heading left for TM43 Brick Break.

Turn around and go right to take on Colleagues Alison and Jordan, who are fixated by their mobile phones and not particularly keen on battling.

Colleagues Alison and Jordan (Duo)

PokemonLevelType
Excadrill36Ground/Steel
Hippowdon36Ground
Lucario37Fighting/Steel
Perrserker37Steel

Run to the end of the path to the right after defeating the pair and you'll find the Terrain Extender, then use Lisa's Pokemon Camp if you so wish. When you're done, head through the tunnel to find the second section of Route 8, Steamdrift Way.

Route 8 (Steamdrift Way)

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Pokemon: Route 8 (Steamdrift Way) - Overworld

PokemonRarity
Sawk (Sword)Rare
SneaselCommon
SnomFrequent
SnoruntCommon
Throh (Shield)Rare
VanillishAverage

Pokemon: Route 8 (Steamdrift Way) - Random Encounters

PokemonRarity
Darumaka (Sword)Rare
DelibirdAverage
SneaselCommon
SnomFrequent
SnoverCommon

Items: Route 8 (Steamdrift Way)

ItemVisibleHidden
Star Piece x2Y

In this snowy section of Route 8, there's just one trainer to take on and a few new wild Pokemon to find.

Police Officer Bobby

PokemonLevelType
Arcanine37Fire
Boltund37Electric

When you're done in Steamdrift Way, head north to reach Circhester.

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