How to Catch a Ditto in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Ditto is one of the most sought after pokémon, and nabbing one always seems to be a little tricky in ever game. With the variety of new pokémon introduced in Sword and Shield, in addition to the new “wild area” and weather mechanic, you might be wondering where you can find a ditto in the Galar region. Turns out, it’s surprisingly easy, but there’s a few catches.

So Close, Yet So Far

Early in the game, you’re introduced to the nursery on Route 5 (you can also leave pokémon to breed at Bridge Field). Since dittos are handy for breeding, you might be thinking that dittos might spawn on a nearby route. That’s not the case, as with Pokémon Sun and Moon. You’ll have to wait until later in the story to be able to access the wild area where ditto spawns.

Ditto spawns in the grassy area behind the Lake of Outrage, just to the left of the entrance of Hammerlocke (you can peer at it from the edge of the cliff). This area is surrounded by water, so the only way to get to it is to use your bike. Upgrading your bike on Route 9 later in the game will enable you to use your bike on water, and cross lakes and streams. Once you’ve gotten your upgrade, you can pedal to the shore and reach the grassy area across the Lake of Outrage where ditto spawns. Interestingly, eeveelutions are also found to spawn wild here.

Finding a Shiny Ditto

Ditto carries the same probability of finding a shiny as other pokémon. One important thing to note about Sword and Shield is that shiny pokémon do NOT appear shiny in the overworld. That means that a ditto won’t appear shiny until you actually encounter it in battle. While finding a shiny has the traditional odds of 1/4096, there are some ways to improve those odds. Some players have figured out you have a higher chance of encountering a shiny pokémon if you’ve battled the species a high number of times before. Others report that catch combos, like those introduced in Let’s Go, also greatly improve your chances in Sword and Shield.

The most useful trick, however, is to obtain your shiny charm, which you can get after completing the Galar Pokédex. If you’re like me, though, and like to savor the story mode, then ditto may be far off for you. There’s always the option to trade, which opens up the possibilities of having a foreign named ditto or one with perfect IVs. However you find your ditto, enjoy cloning your starter and trading your pokémon!