What are "Strong-Looking Pokemon" In Pokemon Sword and Shield?

  • A strong-looking Pokemon cannot be caught and will earn a player a lot of experience

Pokemon Sword and Shield have been out for almost a week now, and players are still discovering new things about the game. The Pokemon Company recently released a very informational guide related to shiny hunting and finding brilliant Pokemon. But what about "strong-looking Pokemon"?

In the Wild Area in Pokemon Sword and Shield, a plethora of different Pokemon will spawn. These Pokemon can spawn at a much higher level than you. Since you can access this area of the game almost immediately, if the game didn't restrict you in some way, there would be an easy way to skip a lot of the challenge of the game. 

Pokemon that are above the level you are allowed to catch Pokemon at are labeled "strong-looking Pokemon". They will be designated so by the text upon encountering them. Instead of "A wild ______ appeared!", it will say "A strong-looking wild ______ appeared!"

Hunting for a lot of the Pokemon to fill out the PokeDex can be an issue. In fact, certain Pokemon have very restricted spawns, such as Mimikyu, which can only spawn in one area in specific weather. But, they may also be listed on Serebii as a "Strong Spawn in Wild Area". This means that they will spawn above the level you can catch them at!

What Level Can I Catch Strong-Looking Pokemon?

The restrictions for catching strong-looking Pokemon are gated by badge progression.

  • First Badge: Up to level 25
  • Second Badge: Up to level 30
  • Third Badge: Up to level 35
  • Fourth Badge: Up to level 40
  • Fifth Badge: Up to level 45
  • Sixth Badge: Up to level 50
  • Seventh Badge: Up to level 55
  • Eighth Badge: Up to level 100

After your eighth Gym Badge, strong-looking Pokemon will no longer be available. 


David Teraoka has been a contributor, manager, and editor for GamePress since 2017. Vinyl collector and lover of all games. From HI.