One of the more useful additions to The Isle of Armor in Pokémon Sword and Shield is Armorite Ore. This new item acts as a currency of sorts, allowing you access to a number of useful services on the island. Just what are these services, and how can you get Armorite Ore to use them? Here’s what you need to know.
How to get Armorite Ore
For such a useful item, Armorite Ore can be pretty hard to find naturally. If you’re feeling lucky, occasionally you’ll pick one up at the shiny item spots on the overworld. The drop rate for these items seems to be rather low, however. In all my time with the DLC thus far, I’ve only picked up around five this way. Luckily, there are more efficient methods.
If you’re shooting for consistency, the best way I’ve found is to participate in non-special Max Raid Battles around the Isle of Armor. Here, I’m defining non-special to mean a battle against non-event, non-Gigantamax Pokémon. Each successful battle will net you up to three Armorite Ore, with more coming at higher difficulties or through rare dens. My favorite dens to farm at are located on Honeycalm Island, as both Combee and Vespiquen can be taken out without too much effort, even with three AI. These battles in particular also give you Max Honey, a new item in Pokémon Sword and Shield that is useful both for Gigantamaxing Urshifu and for reviving your Pokémon.
If you’re itching to play fast and loose with your ore, there is one other option available to you. Roaming around the Isle of Armor is a character known as Digging Ma. Upon meeting her, you’ll be given the choice of taking a free Armorite Ore or letting her attempt to dig some up. This latter option is rather risky, as Digging Ma’s shovel can break, upon which you will obtain no ore. The chances of this happening seem to be rather high, though you can always stop at any time and take what you’ve earned. While riskier, when it has worked, I’ve earned more ore in a single dig than I have in two Max Raid Battles, so it can definitely pay off. After either taking the free ore or having her dig, Digging Ma will relocate, forcing you to find her to repeat the process.
Where to use Armorite Ore
Now that you’ve stocked up on Armorite Ore, what can you do with it? There are three main services you can utilize, each providing some incredibly useful benefits.
The first service is the Move Tutor. Located along the back wall of the Master Dojo, the Move Tutor can teach a Pokémon one of the brand new attacks introduced in The Isle of Armor. These moves span a variety of types and have never been seen in Pokémon before, so they may be worth checking out. The Move Tutor costs five Armorite Ore per move taught.
My favorite use of Armorite Ore comes via Digging Pa. The other member of the Digging family, Digging Pa allows you to trade seven ore for whatever Watts he can dig up. This is currently one of the fastest ways of earning Watts legitimately. I’ve been averaging anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 Watts an attempt, though I’ve personally reached as high as 132,000. I’ve seen others have extreme luck and walk away with over 300,000. It is a little pricey considering the rarity of Armorite Ore, but given the tips above, hopefully the pain isn’t too bad. If you’re trying to complete the Dojo, Digging Pa will become your best friend. Make sure to find him outside the entrance to Warm-Up Cave.
Lastly, a small island in the Workout Sea is home to Lady Clear. Casual players may not care too much about this feature, but competitive trainers may find Lady Clear to be a godsend. For the price of 10 Armorite Ore, Lady Clear will completely wipe a single Pokémon’s EVs. This will enable you to completely train a Pokémon from scratch, allowing you to rebuild it how you want. Lady Clear’s island is in the northern part of Workout Sea, not too far from Ditto Island and the giant Wailord.
Regardless of what you’re using it for, it’s clear that Armorite Ore is an incredibly valuable item on the Isle of Armor. Its natural spawn rate is low enough that using these services may seem like a luxury, but hopefully you’ll be able to take fuller advantage of them now.
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