Right at the beginning of The Isle of Armor in Pokémon Sword and Shield, you’ll come across a strange sight in the Galar region — an Alolan Diglett. As it turns out, its trainer is crazy about the little creatures, having obtained a whopping 151 of them. As you might expect, keeping tabs on this many Diglett can be quite a challenge, as evidenced by the fact that they’ve all disappeared. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to track down these tunneling terrors and return them to their trainer — for rewards, of course.
The Isle of Armor Diglett rewards
When I first heard about this sidequest prior to launch, it gave me flashbacks to the Korok Seeds of Breath of the Wild and I wasn’t thrilled. With as small as Diglett are, undoubtedly they’d be hard to find, and I was worried the payoff wouldn’t be great. But I soon found myself scratching the completionist itch to track them all down, and the rewards were well worth the effort. These are the Pokémon you receive for your valiant efforts:
- 5 total – a level 5 Alolan Meowth
- 10 total – a level 10 Kantonian Slowpoke holding a King’s Rock
- 20 total – a level 5 Alolan Vulpix
- 30 total – a level 5 Alolan Sandshrew
- 40 total – a level 30 Alolan Raichu
- 50 total – a level 30 Alolan Marowak
- 75 total – a level 30 Alolan Exeggcutor
- 100 total – a level 5 Alolan starter, the same type as your Galarian starter
- 150 total – a level 20 Alolan Diglett (the same one that kicked off this quest)
All of these Pokémon have their Hidden Abilities (aside from Alolan Raichu, which doesn’t have one), so they are pretty valuable. Of particular note, Pokédex completionists will want to make note of the Kantonian Slowpoke. In order to fill the Isle of Armor Dex, you’ll need to obtain a Slowking. Unlike its partner evolution Slowbro, Galarian Slowking won’t be available natively until The Crown Tundra later this year. In order to get Slowking’s entry now, you’ll need to trade a Kantonian Slowpoke holding a King’s Rock — the exact reward you get for finding 10 Diglett. Of course, if you have Pokémon Home, you can get around this through transfers, but if you don’t, this is the only way to get it pre-Crown Tundra.
For 100 Diglett, you get the Alolan Starter that matches the type of your Galarian starter as a reward. For example, if you started your adventure with Grookey, you’ll receive a Rowlet, and so on. Also, if you’re big on trading on the Global Trade System (GTS), Litten is a popular Pokémon right now, so it makes a good bargaining chip if you’re willing to part with it. Lastly, the Diglett you get at the end is guaranteed 6IV (a rare occurrence), so if you’re trying to do some breeding, it can definitely come in handy.
What do you think of these Diglett rewards in Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Isle of Armor? Do they inspire you to scour the stormy seas for Diglett’s compatriots? In any case, it’s still a much better reward than what Link got in Breath of the Wild.