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

Hammerlocke Gym

Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough

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Enter the gym and prepare your team, because this is the Dragon-type gym, although it's not exclusively Dragon Pokemon. As you can see from the list of trainers below, half the Pokemon you come up against aren't Dragon-type, so plan your party accordingly.

There's no special mission to complete here, each battle is simply a duo battle instead of a solo one. So you'll have two Pokemon in play at any one time; be wary of this when relying on moves like Earthquake.

Gym Trainer Sebastian (Duo)

PokemonLevelType
Pelipper45Water/Flying
Sliggoo45Dragon

Gym Trainer Camilla

PokemonLevelType
Ninetales45Fire
Turtonator45Fire/Dragon

Gym Trainer Aria

PokemonLevelType
Abomasnow45Grass/Ice
Hakamo-o45Dragon/Fighting

Gym Leader Raihan

Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough

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While Raihan is meant to be a Dragon-type master, as you can see from the three previous battles, that isn't as strict as other gyms. Gigalith is just Rock-type, while Sandaconda is only Ground-type. As such, you'd do well with a Water and/or Grass-type to support some Dragon-types in your party. When Raihan uses Duraludon, make sure you're reviving constantly because it deals some serious damage when Gigantamaxed.

PokemonLevelType
Gigalith46Rock
Flygon47Ground/Dragon
Sandaconda46Ground
Duraludon48Steel/Dragon

After you defeat Raihan, head to the Hammerlocke train station and take the train up to Wyndon.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough: Wedgehurst and Route 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough: Wild Area and Motostoke
Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough: Route 3, Galar Mine, and Route 4
Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough: Turffield, Turffield Gym, and Route 5
Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough: Hulbury and Hulbury Gym
Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough: Galar Mine No.2 and Motostoke Gym
Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough: Hammerlocke and Route 6
Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough: Stow-on-Side and Stow-on-Side Gym
Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough: Glimwood Tangle
Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough: Ballonlea and Ballonlea Gym
Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough: Route 7 and Route 8
Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough: Circhester and Circhester Gym
Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough: Route 9
Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough: Spikemuth Gym
Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough: Hammerlocke Gym
Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough: Route 10 and Wyndon
Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough: Wyndon Gym and Rose Tower
Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough: Wyndon Gym Finals and Slumbering Weald
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Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough: Zacian and Zamazenta
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