Breeding Pokemon has been a side activity in the Pokemon series since its introduction in Generation II, and this tradition continues in the latest iteration. Here is how to breed Pokemon in Pokemon Sword & Shield.
There are many benefits to breeding Pokemon, but it does require a fair bit of time investment to get the most out of the process. Let’s take a look at why it is worth your while.
How to Breed Pokemon in Pokemon Sword & Shield
Breeding Pokemon is a simple enough procedure, and it revolves around the NPC’s you can find within the Nursery buildings, of which there are two in Pokemon Sword & Shield.
The first Nursery can be found along Route 5, while the second is in the Bridge Field area of the Wild Area, as you head towards Hammerlocke.
Each Nursery can be given two Pokemon to look after. If a male and a female of the same type of Pokemon are left in the Nursery for around 30 minutes of game time, the next time you check-in there is a chance you will find an egg.
Alternatively, if you have a Ditto, it can be used to mate with any Pokemon, male or female. You won’t have to worry about type compatibility either.
Once you have an egg, simply carry it with you on your adventures until it hatches, and you will have beautiful new baby Pokemon to call your own.
A newborn starts off at level 1. This is important because a Pokemon that is raised by a trainer will be stronger per level, meaning that a Pokemon you hatch yourself will be quite a bit stronger than a Pokemon caught wild at the same level. For you min-maxers out there, this is an important element to remember.
It will also get the chance to learn all the moves that a wild Pokemon may have missed, which can be helpful in some cases.
If you are looking to fill out your Pokedex, it can be beneficial to breed Pokemon like Eevee, as you are going to need several in order to fill out each evolutionary path.
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