Pokémon Sword and Shield may not have the entire National Dex at its disposal, but there are still 72 Pokémon that don’t simply evolve at a certain level.
With Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, a few evolution methods have been altered from previous games, and, of course, there are some new Pokémon to evolve through increasingly peculiar and specific ways.
Here, you’ll find out where to find Farfetch’d, which comes in its Galarian form in Pokémon Sword, and how to evolve Farfetch’d into Sirfetch’d.
Where to find Farfetch’d in Pokémon Sword and Shield
Farfetch’d is one of the original 151 Pokémon from Generation I (Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow) and takes on a new Galarian form to suit the new region.
Farfetch’d now carries a huge leek, as opposed to a small leek, has darker back and wing feathers, and a distinctly focussed look on its face. Instead of being a normal-flying type Pokémon, Galarian Farfetch’d is now a fighting-type Pokémon.
Farfetch’d is one of the Pokémon that are exclusive to Pokémon Sword. So, the only way to find it in Pokémon Shield is to trade with someone on Pokémon Sword or get lucky in a Surprise Trade.
Listed below are the weather condition requirements and locations where you can find Farfetch’d in Pokémon Sword, with the areas showing the highest chances of you finding Galarian Farfetch’d at the top:
- Route 5: Any weather conditions;
- Giant’s Mirror: Overcast weather;
- Max Raid Battles in the Wild Area.
How to catch Farfetch’d in Pokémon Sword and Shield
Farfetch’d is a fighting type Wild Duck Pokemon, and so, it is only weak against three types of attack and is strong against three other move types.
As it is quite a rare spawn – but it can be seen in the over-world and isn’t a random encounter – you’ll want to make sure that you take your chance to catch Galarian Farfetch’d as soon as the opportunity arises.
Galarian Farfetch’d is, somewhat ironically, weak against flying-type attacks as well as psychic and fairy-type moves. They are, however, strong against bug, rock, and dark-type attacks. All other attack types do regular amounts of damage.
As such, you’ll want to approach a wild Farfetch’d with a similarly-levelled Pokémon (level 19-21 on Route 5, level 28-30 in the Wild Area spot Giant’s Mirror) while using effective and then not very effective move types to slowly decrease its health. Use weak-to-moderate power attacks when not using bug, rock, or dark attacks to ensure that you don’t defeat the Farfetch’d in battle.
Galarian Farfetch’d that are found in the wild don’t get too high in level, so anything more than a Great Ball wouldn’t be necessary to catch the leek-loving Pokémon. However, if you have Ultra Balls at your disposal, you may as well use them to increase your chance of catching Farfetch’d.
Then again, you could always test your luck with a Quick Ball at the very start of the encounter, or if your Pokémon are significantly stronger than level 30, you could use a Level Ball.
How to evolve Farfetch’d into Sirfetch’d in Pokémon Sword and Shield
While on paper, the process of evolving Farfetch’d is quite straight forward; in practice, it can be a cumbersome process. However, at the end of it, you get one of the finest, most British Pokémon in Pokémon Sword and Shield: Sirfetch’d.
To evolve Galarian Farfetch’d into the mighty fighting-type Sirfetch’d, which dons a lance and a shield, you need to get your Farfetch’d to land three critical hits in one battle without fainting.
Landing three critical hits in one battle can be a long process, but there are a couple of ways in which you can increase your chances of achieving this feat:
- 50 per cent of wild Galarian Farfetch’d carry a leek. Make sure yours continues to hold the item as it increases Farfetch’d’s critical hit ratio. If you don’t have a leek, the Scope Lens (found near the Spikemuth entrance on Route 9) also increases the critical hit ratio.
- Find and battle a trainer with multiple Pokémon – there’s one who moves around the Wild Area who has each of the three starter Pokémon – as Farfetch’d will have more attempts at getting three critical hits.
- Give Farfetch’d TR13 (found in Motostoke, given by the man in front of the last shop on the left of the main street), to learn Focus Energy as it increases your chances of landing a critical hit.
- Explore the Wild Area to find a bug, rock, or dark-type Pokémon that’s a higher level than your Farfetch’d.
- This would hopefully result in a longer battle due to their mostly not very effective attacks being unable to defeat your Pokémon and give you more health to play with while trying to get three critical hits.
- For this method, it’d be a good idea to find one that’s at least ten levels higher, that you have plenty of potions, and that you don’t use any super-effective moves.
- Once you get the three critical hits, feel free to go for the catch or try to defeat the opposing Pokémon.
- In the opposite approach to the one detailed above, find a Pokemon that’s a similar level to yours and is strong against the type of one of your weaker moves.
- For example, Farfetch’d learns the bug-type move Fury Cutter at level 10 which only has a 40 power rating (if yours has forgotten the attack, go to the Move Reminder in any Pokémon Center. So, go up against a fire, fighting, poison, ghost, or steel-type Pokémon and continue to use Fury Cutter, but keep in mind Farfetch’d’s own health while doing so.
- As a last-ditch effort, you could grind your Galarian Farfetch’d up to level 55 so that it learns Leaf Blade – which has a greater chance of landing a critical hit. Alternatively, you can get TR50 Leaf Blade from the Watt Trader at East Lake Axewell for 5000 Watts.
Once Galarian Farfetch’d has landed three critical hits in one battle, be sure that it survives to the end of the encounter. If it does, it shall evolve into Sirfetch’d once the post-battle text has concluded.
How to use Sirfetch’d (strengths and weaknesses)
Sirfetch’d, in all its glory, is a fighting-type Pokemon, and so it is weak to flying, psychic, and fairy-type attacks. All other attack types will do damage to Sirfetch’d, but bug, rock, and dark-type moves are not very effective.
The sword and shield-wielding Pokémon’s ability is Steadfast, which raises its speed by one level whenever it flinches. It’s not an overly valuable ability to plan to use, but its hidden ability can be superb in battle.
Scrappy, the available hidden ability of Sirfetch’d, allows it to land normal-type and fighting-type attacks on ghost-type Pokémon. However, hidden abilities are very rare in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
It is said that Pokémon with these hidden abilities can be encountered in some Max Raid Battles. So, if you want it in your Sirfetch’d, attempt to find a Farfetch’d in a Max Raid Battle with the hidden ability Scrappy.
There you have it: your Farfetch’d just evolved into a Sirfetch’d. It can be a grind trying to get Farfetch’d to evolve into Sirfetch’d as an element of luck is involved. But the result is more than worth the effort, with Sirfetch’d being a fan-favourite of the games even before Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield were released.
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