Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Isle of Armor leans heavily into nature, containing only four buildings on the entire island. At the center of this expansion (both geographically and plot-wise) is the Master Dojo. As the only place on the island you can fully heal your party, you’ll likely be seeing a lot of it. At the beginning of your island adventure, the Master Dojo isn’t anything to write home about, but with some hard work, you can make some great upgrades and garner some awesome rewards.
When can you upgrade the Master Dojo?
Though you may want to dive right in given how incredible some of the improvements are, Isle of Armor forces you to be a little patient. In order to gain access to Dojo upgrades, you’ll have to follow the story until you complete the three main trials. Once you obtain Kubfu, you’ll be able to talk to Mustard’s wife, Honey, to upgrade the building.
What improvements can you make?
The Dojo upgrades, much like the Diglett rewards, are sequential, meaning you’ll be unlocking everything in a specific order. To upgrade the building, you’ll need to trade Watts, the currency of the Wild Area. Hopefully, you’ve been saving up for a while, since you’re going to need a lot of them to reach the end. Here’s what you expect to get from the improved Dojo: (All totals are cumulative.)
- 5,000 — Hair stylist
- 10,000 — Rotomi Terminal (non-operational)
- 20,000 — Operating system for the Romoti Terminal
- 30,000 — Vending machine with Fresh Water
- 40,000 — Adds Soda Pop to vending machine
- 50,000 — Adds Lemonade to vending machine
- 100,000 — Refrigerator
- 200,000 — Second vending machine with Protein and Iron
- 300,000 — Adds Calcium and Zinc to nutrient vending machine
- 400,000 — Adds HP Up and Carbos to nutrient vending machine
- 500,000 — Master Dojo background for Trainer Card
- 800,000 — Honey’s League Card
- 1,000,000 — Secret battle with Honey
- 3,280,000 — Secret cutscene and Honey’s Rare League Card
For the most part, these upgrades are incredibly useful. The drink vending machine offers its wares at a discount, compared to those on the mainland. This machine is one of the only reliable sources of healing items on the island, so you should make good use of it. The more significant upgrade, however, is the nutrient vending machine. As any EV trainer could tell you, the cost to buy these items adds up fast. While buying a single item from this vending machine gives no discount, buying in bulk can save you tons of money. At the most extreme levels, you can get 25 of a nutrient for only 125,000 Pokè Dollars, a massive 50% off the normal price! You’re getting two for the price of one!
Less important, but still useful, is the refrigerator. After 100,000 Watts, Honey will arrange for fresh groceries to be delivered every day. By visiting the refrigerator in the Dojo’s kitchen, you can pick up to five items from the provided ingredient list. These can then be used in your future curry dishes. The Rotomi Terminal is marginally useful, providing no benefits beyond the usual. The Trainer Card and Hair Stylist options are pretty useless if you’re like me and never fiddle with cosmetics, but for those that do, it gives you a little extra room to play around.
Upgrading the Master Dojo is no cheap feat, but the rewards certainly make up for your trouble. If you find yourself short on Watts, I find the quickest way to make Watts quickly is to trade Armorite Ore to Digging Pa outside of Warm-Up Cave. Unfortunately, Armorite Ore seems to be pretty uncommon as a random pickup on the Isle of Armor, but there are a few things you can do to reliably increase your stash.
If you’re looking for more Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Isle of Armor content, check out our guide on getting Porygon and its evolutions!