There are a lot of new features in Pokémon Sword and Shield, but one of the most interesting ones is the new curry cooking mechanic. If you set up camp in the Wild Area to hang out with your Pokémon, you can set up a pot and start cooking some delicious curry meals for you and your team. There’s a lot to consider when it comes to the curry in Pokémon Sword and Shield, so here are some helpful tips to ensure you’re ready to become the Iron Chef of the Galar region.
Why feed your Pokémon curry?
The Pokémon series has had a variety of food and snack mechanics in it for you to take advantage of in order to give your pocket monsters various boosts and bonuses. The curry in Pokémon Sword and Shield is no different, as it’s great for restoring the HP of your Pokémon while you’re out in the Wild Area. Silver rank or higher dishes will even restore the PP of your Pokémon. On top of that, curry will give your Pokémon additional XP and even strengthen your friendships.
On top of those benefits, cooking plenty of curry will help you unlock new toys to use to play with with your Pokémon when you set up camp. If you talk to the Ingredients Seller at the entrance to Motostoke, he’ll give you a variety of new toys based on how many curry variations you’ve cooked.
Basically, it’s a good idea to take breaks in the Wild Area as often as possible to set up camp, do some cooking, and feed your Pokémon curry if you want to keep them in tip-top shape and form even stronger bonds with them.
Ingredients are key
In order to cook and feed your Pokémon curry, you’re going to need two different staple items to be able to prepare your dish. Every curry recipe starts with a Key Ingredient, which are base food items that make the difference between your cooking up a Bean Medley Curry or a Fried-Food Curry.
You can purchase these from NPCs in the Wild Area, but don’t waste your money! You can collect a hefty amount of Key Ingredients for free just by exploring the Wild Area. Open up your Y-Comm and make sure to connect your game to the internet. Once you do that, your Wild Area will be populated by other player characters. If you walk up to any of them and say hi, you’ll get a free random Key Ingredient from them! Additionally, natural Key Ingredients like Fancy Apples and Pungent Roots can be found underneath trees in the Wild Area. If you complete a Gigantimax Battle, you might even get some Gigantimax Essence that you can use to cook a special Gigantimax Curry.
Here’s a full list of the Key Ingredients available in Pokémon Sword and Shield so far:
1. Fancy Apple
2. Pungent Root
3. Fried Food
4. Instant Noodles
5. Pre Cooked Burger
6. Mixed Mushrooms
7. Pack of Potatoes
8. Fresh Cream
9. Tin of Beans
10. Brittle Bones
11. Fresh Cream
13. Gigantimax Essence
Once you’ve got your Key Ingredient selected, it’s time to start tossing in berries. Different berries in Pokémon Sword and Shield have various flavor profiles, and combining them with your Key Ingredient will result in a variety of different dishes. See, while the in-game Curry Dex has over 100 recipes to make, most of them are simply flavor variations on base curry types. So combining sweet berries with Bread will make Sweet Toast Curry, while using spicy berries instead will result in Spicy Toast Curry.
Here’s a list of the different in-game flavor profiles, along with which berries belong to them. Some berries have multiple flavor profiles, so they’ll be listed twice.
- Spicy Curry: Figy, Pomeg, Qualot, Tamato, Occa, Tanga, Cheri.
- Sweet Curry: Pomeg, Qualot, Grepa, Salac, Pecha.
- Bitter Curry: Rawst, Aguav, Pomeg, Ganlon, Apicot, Coba.
- Sour Curry: Aspear, Lapapa, Grepa, Yache, Apicot, Salac, Wiki, Iapapa, Colbur.
- Dry Curry: Chilan, Ganlon, Leppa, Chesto, Passho, Kebia.
- Neutral Curry: Lum, Sitrus, Mago, Kelpsy, Hondew.
- Different Flavors: Leppa
- Unique Flavor: Oran, Persim, Hondew
The best way to get berries is to shake berry trees in the Wild Area. Each time you shake a tree, more berries fall to the ground until you quit and pick up your findings. Don’t shake the tree more than 3 or 4 times, though, because you run the risk of having a Pokémon fall out of the tree and having most of your berries stolen. Shaking trees at night usually allows you an extra couple shakes before you encounter a berry-hungry pocket monster. Additionally, rare berries can be found at trees that you only have access to later in the game. Trees that are on islands or behind ponds and lakes only accessible once you have Surf frequently produce rare berries.
Once you’ve got your ingredients selected, it’s time to toss ’em in a pot and start cooking! Depending on the synergy of your ingredients, the rarity of your berries, and your performance during the cooking mini-game, you’ll be awarded one of four different Pokémon curry rankings.
- Charizard Class (Gold): Restores HP, PP, and status conditions. Pokémon gains “a lot” of experience and gets “quite friendly toward you.”
- Copperajah Class (Silver): Restores HP, PP, and status conditions. Pokémon gains “a lot” of experience and gets “quite friendly toward you.”
- Milcery Class (Bronze): Restores HP and status conditions. Pokémon gains experience and gets friendlier.
- Wobbuffet Class (Iron): Restores HP by half. Pokémon gains “a few” experience points and gets friendlier.
There aren’t any foolproof strategies out there yet on how to consistently obtain a Charizard Class rank on your Pokémon curry, but paying attention to a few key things is sure to help. Firstly, try to match the flavor of your berries with the implied flavor of your base ingredient. Nobody wants to eat Sour Sausage Curry, but a Spicy Sausage Curry is sure to impress.
Furthermore, using rare berries and Key Ingredients seems to help boost the ranking of your curry, so avoid cooking Instant Noodle curry with Chestos and Pechas and aim for using high-quality ingredients. Finally, there’s a rhythm to each aspect of the cooking mini-game, and perfecting that rhythm will help with your ranking. Fan the flame under your pot at an even, un-rushed tempo. Stir your curry swiftly, but not fast enough to cause it to spill. Then, when you’re putting your “heart” into the dish, press the button while your red circle is in the middle of the larger green segment so that it has a better chance of landing in the ideal thin-green segment closer to the center.
There you have it! With this Pokémon curry guide, you’ll be well on your way to crafting some masterful Gold rank curry dishes in no time. There are still plenty of berries and recipes being discovered in Pokémon Sword and Shield every day, so get out there and start cooking! We’ve got plenty of other tips and tricks on our site to ensure you get the most out of the latest Pokémon game.