PSA: Go to Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Stow-on-Side marketplace every day, as early as possible

Replenishing stock

So there’s a few things I’ve been picking up on since really getting into the Pokemon Sword and Shield endgame. 250-strong Pokedex? Ha! It’s 360 now: I basically just need cross-game exclusives, which I’ll get from my copy of Shield soon enough.

Here’s another endgame tip that’ll help you evolve a few more creatures.

Very early on in the game you’ll head to one of your first gym battles in “Stow-on-Side,” a desert mountain town just north of Route 6 (make sure you get your kicks). As soon as you enter there’s a Pokemon Center, then a tiny little marketplace/bazaar on your left.

That marketplace is actually pretty important, as it restocks fairly important items daily, like a Protector: the item required to evolve Rhydon into Rhyperior (which I just picked up yesterday!). The trader’s stock might change every day, but you can talk to him after you buy the daily item to see what the next item will be, so you can plan ahead.

It’s a small little thing, but an important one if you want to get those last few evolutions without hunting down or grinding out rare items. Get on it early (as soon as you get to Stow-on-Side) and keep flying back each day: don’t forget!

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Chris Carter
EIC, Reviews Director - Chris has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step in January of 2009 blogging on the site. Now, he's staff!