If you’ve ever played a Pokémon game, you know how important that little purple blob Ditto can be. The transforming cousin of Flubber can shapeshift into any Pokémon in the game, making him a vital asset for something very specific: breeding. Whether you’re hunting Shinies, breeding competitive Pokémon, or just want a few extra Sobbles, here’s the best way to find Ditto in Pokémon Sword and Shield so you can launch a successful career in Galar region Pokemon breeding.
There’s only one zone in the entire game that you can catch a Ditto in Pokémon Sword and Shield. It’s the Lake of Outrage zone in the Wild Area. This region can only be accessed after you get an upgrade to your bike on Route 9 that allows you to cross bodies of water.
Once you get that bike and get those water-crossing wheels, it’s time to catch a Ditto. When you head to the Lake of Outrage, Ditto can either be found roaming around inside of the grass or as a random encounter in the grass itself. You’ve got a 10 percent chance of seeing it spawn on the overworld and only a two percent chance of having a random encounter with it. Furthermore, random encounters with the Transform Pokémon can only happen in normal weather.
Keep zipping back and forth around the grass patches until you spot a Ditto. Roaming far enough away from a grass patch will despawn any visible Pokémon there, so you can do this repeatedly until you finally encounter a Ditto in Pokémon Sword and Shield. When you do, make sure you send out a weak Pokémon to fight it. The Ditto will transform into whatever you battle it with, so sending out an especially strong Pokémon might knock out the Ditto in one hit.
With your trusty Pokémon stud Ditto acquired, you can head to either of the two nurseries in the game to start breeding. One of them is on Route 5, while another is in the Bridge Field zone of the Wild Area.