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

Circhester

Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough

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Items: Circhester

ItemsVisibleHidden
Full Heal x3Y
LemonadeY
Poke DollY
SnowballY
TM51 Icicle SpearY
X Sp. Atk x2Y

Kick proceedings off in Circhester by healing up your party at the Pokemon Center on your left, then leave and enter the first house on the left down the road going north. Speak to the man inside and he'll give you either TM27 Icy Wind or TM48 Rock Tomb depending on which version of the game you're playing. None of the other houses have anything to give you and we'll visit the restaurant at the top later, so now walk along the eastern path to the fountain.

Enter the double doors in the north-west corner of the circle, then enter the elevator. In the first door on the left, you'll find a police officer who wants you to return when you're the Galar Champion. Remember this location, because you'll be back later. In the end room on the left, you'll find the Director who'll give you the Catching Charm, and tell you to return once you've completed the Pokedex.

Go back down the elevator and cross the circle to the double doors in the north-east corner, as this is the second section of the hotel. Again, go into the elevator and in the first door on the left, you'll find four people; three suspects and Detective Howses. It's your job to find out who the culprit is regarding the basket full of eaten berries, which look oddly like apples.

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Speak to each of the three suspects to get their statements, then a Skwovet will come scurrying out from behind the bed. With berry juice all around its mouth, it's obvious who the culprit is. Tell Howses that he's wrong for accusing the dancer and select Skwovet as the one responsible, and you'll be given a Wide Lens as thanks for cracking the case.

Head back down the corridor and enter the first door on the right to find a woman who'll give you TM16 Screech. Leave and go into the next room to get TM47 Fake Tears in the room with loads of Pikachus. Head back down the elevator and leave the hotel now as you've done all there is to do at this time.

The south road leads to Route 9 but you don't want to go there yet, so head up the road on the eastern side of the town and go down the staurs on your left. Interact with the second snowman before the two bins to find a Poke Doll. Go down the opposite stairs and interact with the same snowman on the otherside to find a Snowball.

Enter the bathing area in the middle and on the left side is TM51 Icicle Spear, with a can of Lemonade on the opposite side. Speak to the man in the pink sweater to teach one of your Pokemon the Dragon-type move Draco Meteor. Now you're ready to take on Circhester Gym, which is either the Ice-type or the Fighting-type Gym, depending on your game.

Circhester Gym

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Go inside Circhester Gym for the first time and Hop will greet you by the entrance, giving you either Gordie's or Melony's league card, who's the gym leader here. Speak to Ball Guy to get a Moon Ball, then prepare for the gym.

If you're playing Sword, Rock-type Pokemon are generally weak to Ground-type, Fighting-type, and Water-type moves. Stock up on Pokemon that know these types of moves and you should be fine, because none of the trainers here are particularly tough.

Ice is weak to four different types; Rock, Fire, Fighting, and Steel. Most Ice-type Pokemon you'll face deal a lot of damage but don't have loads of HP, so stack up on Pokemon like Boldore and Gurdurr — both of which you can find on Route 8 — and you shouldn't have much trouble.

The mission is all about navigating a treacherous environment full of traps. You're given a Trap Detector to hold while you walk, which informs you via Joy-con vibrations when you're facing a pitfall. You need to reach the end of the mission by walking the correct path, and we've got the complete solution below, along with the trainers you'll have to face:

Note: To understand the directions, imagine the area is an enormous grid.

Area One

Go forward twice.
Go right three times until you hit the rock.
Go forward three times.
Go left three times.
Go forward three times.
Fight the trainer.

Gym Trainer Lewis (Shield)

PokemonLevelType
Snom38Ice/Bug

Leave the platform to the left.
Go left three times.
Go forward three times.
Go right until you hit the rock.
Leave the area.

Area Two

Go forward five.
Go left until you hit the rock.
Go forward twice.
Go left once.
Go up until you hit the rock.
Go right once.
Move onto the platform and battle the trainer.

Gym Trainer Liana (Shield)

PokemonLevelType
Cloyster38Water/Ice

Leave the platform at the top but only go one space.
Go right twice until you're one space from the next platform.
Go forward once.
Go right onto the platform.
Battle the next trainer.

Gym Trainer Alexander (Shield)

PokemonLevelType
Beartic39Ice

Leave the platform to the right.
Go up until you're parallel with the trainer on your left.
Go right until you hit the wall.
Go forward until you hit the rock.
Go left until you hit another rock.
Go forward one.
Go left until you reach the end.

Area Three

Enter the shrouded area on the left-hand side.
Go forward three times.
Go left twice.
Go forward once.
Go left once.
Go forward until you hit the rock.
Go right once.
Go onto the platform to the very top and battle the trainer.

Gym Trainer Micah (Shield)

PokemonLevelType
Avalugg39Ice

Leave the platform to the right by the trainer.
Go right until you hit the wall.
Go forward three times.
Go left twice.
Go forward once.
Go left once.
Go forward twice.
Go left once.
Go forward twice.
Go right once.
Go forward until you reach the next platform.
Leave to the left and go forward around the rocks, then leave the area.

Gym Leader Gordie (Sword)

PokemonLevelType
Barbaracle40Rock/Water
Shuckle40Bug/Rock
Stonjourner41Rock
Coalossal42Rock/Fire

Gym Leader Melony

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If you've got some decent Ice-type counters then this battle will be a cakewalk, with her final Pokemon, Lapras, being the only notable hurdle because it being Water-type means Fire-types aren't super effective. As per usual, absorb its gigantamax formed by having some fodder Pokemon you don't mind fainting, then when it returns to normal size, chuck out your best fighters.

PokemonLevelType
Frosmoth40Ice/Bug
Darmanitan40ice
Eiscue41Ice
Lapras42Water/Ice

After defeating Gordie/Melony, they give you either TM48 Rock Tomb or TM27 Icy Wind and the ability to catch Pokemon up to level 50. Leave the gym and Sonia will greet you, telling you to hurry on down to the Bob's Your Uncle restaurant. That's the one I mentioned earlier, so head down the left-hand side road and enter the restaurant to begin a cutscene with Sonia and Hop.

When it's over, leave the restaurant and another cutscene will start, followed by a battle against Hop. Don't worry about healing your Pokemon because Sonia will do it for you.

Hop

PokemonLevelType
Dubwool40Normal
Corviknight40Flying/Steel
Snorlax39Normal
Pincurchin39Electric
Inteleon/Rillaboom/Cinderace41Water/Grass/Fire

When you've taken down Hop for the umpteenth time, your next destination is Route 9.

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