How to find and use Wishing Pieces in 'Pokémon Sword and Shield'

This is how you force out Pokémon's biggest boys.

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While exploring Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Wild Area, you might have noticed that Max Raid Battles come and go from various Pokémon dens based on the time of day. What’s more, after beating a raid, Pokémon typically vacate the den entirely. But what if you still want to try your hand at that den? That’s where Wishing Pieces come in.

Using the power of a Wishing Piece, you may reactivate a defeated or inactive Pokémon den. There’s no way of knowing which Pokémon you’ll get from the den, but that’s half the fun. So how can you obtain or even farm Wishing Pieces?

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Piecing together your inventory and Wishing Pieces

The primary method to obtain Wishing Pieces is by purchasing them from Watt Traders, the merchants in white-and-black clothing found around the Wild Area. They’ll sell you Wishing Pieces for 3000 watts, the Wild Area’s basic currency. If you’re short on Watts, try doing some Rotom Rallies, which are also available via Watt Traders.

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They’re available as item drops in three locations in Sword and Shield:

  1. Dappled Grove — Near Near a man adjacent to a fallen tree.
  2. Motostoke Riverbank — Next to the southeast bridge pillar.
  3. Wyndon Stadium — — After completing the main game, return to the stadium and speak to the kind man with a Pokeball head to get another Wishing Piece.

There are other, chancier methods to uncover Wishing Pieces. Along with fossils, Wishing Pieces can also be dug up by the Digging Duo in the Wild Area’s Bridge Field Zone by the nursery. Make sure to specifically converse with the one on the left, closest to the nursery.

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You also also have a chance to find Wishing Pieces when interacting with Hikers and Fishers in the Wild Area. They’ll you a occasionally it can be a Wishing Piece. They can also be uncovered as items on the ground, which appear in-game as little ground sparkles. However, they have a low drop rate, so don’t count on this method.

Once obtained, take your Wishing Piece to any Pokémon den that lacks a beam. Interact with the den by pressing A, and you’ll be prompted to throw in your Wishing Piece. You may have to interact with it twice if the den has a red aura upon your first approach. Once to interact with the aura, granting Watts immediately, and a second time to interact with the den itself.

After submitting the Wishing Piece, the den will produce a red or purple beam, indicating that the den holds either a common or rare Pokémon, respectively.