Filling up your Pokédex in Pokémon Sword and Shield is a point of pride. It’s going to take some work though. And just like previous entries in the franchise, there are some Pokémon that can only be unlocked through breeding, trading, or evolutions. In particular, there are baby Pokémon like Azurill and Happiny, as well as evolved forms too. There are some special evolutions locked as well. There’s Kingdra and the Dragon Scale, as one such example. Although clearly there is more going on here.
But with a new 210 entries in the dex, there are obviously some brand new Pokémon. One of these Pokémon is Skrelp. Skrelp in Pokémon Sword and Shield is a new Water/Poison-type that has some very interesting design choices. The move list is pretty basic, with a mix of those two base move types and some Normal moves too. For it having the Poison Point, Poison Touch, and Adaptability, it makes it a nice chip damage team member that can apply Poison and flee in battles.
But if you’re just out here to complete the Isle of Armor Pokedex, you will only really care about catching it. So if you’re not the aesthetic type of Trainer, this guide is for you.
For starters, Skrelp in Pokémon Sword and Shield is locked to the Shield version of the game. So if you have Sword, you will need to trade to unlock it in your dex.
Skrelp is a very rare spawn too, which means you will have to do some farming to find it. If you’re out farming more Armorite Ore, this is a good time to hunt for various roster entries, including Skrelp. The chance for Skrelp to spawn is just 5%, so it will be a hard thing to find. You will very much need to the Rotom bike to hunt it down though. And no, it doesn’t appear to be affected by weather spawn restrictions.