This guide will teach trainers the fastest way to get a foreign Ditto through a specific Link Trade code in Pokemon Sword and Shield.
Ditto is one of the most peculiar Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield. It is not viable competitively despite having the ability to take on the form and moves of any of its opponents. Yet, it is one of the most sought after Pokemon in all of the Galar region because of its amazing breeding capabilities. But possibly one of the most popular forms of Dittos are ones from other countries called “foreign Dittos”.
Ditto is one of the most critical Pokémon to improve the odds of hatching a Shiny Pokémon in Sword and Shield. In particular, trainers will have to use a foreign language Ditto, to improve their chances of hatching a Shiny Pokémon. A foreign language Ditto is commonly referred to as a Ditto captured by a trainer using a copy of Pokémon Sword and Shield that uses a different language. This means players will have to trade with trainers playing Sword and Shield in other languages supported by the game, such as Japanese or French, amongst others.
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Getting a foreign Ditto used to be quite a hassle for trainers playing Pokemon Sword and Shield, but now it is easier than ever. Whether players are preparing for a Masuda method shiny hunt or looking for the perfect IV’s, the Pokemon community has created a way to cut out the middleman when it comes to getting Dittos from around the world.
Catch a Native Ditto in Pokemon Sword and Shield
Before players can receive a foreign Ditto they will first need to catch a Ditto in their own game. If trainers already have a native Ditto (a Ditto you have caught yourself) skip ahead to the next section of this article.
If trainers do not already have one, Ditto can always be found in the overworld at the Lake of Outrage. The Lake of Outrage is located in the top left corner of the Wild Area and can only be accessed after upgrading the bike so that it can traverse water. The water bike upgrade in Pokémon Sword and Shield can be found on Route 9 and it is impossible to miss this upgrade as it is a part of the story.
Once players are able to access the Lake of Outrage there is a 10% chance during every type of weather that Ditto will appear in the overworld. The odds of finding a Ditto are very high but this is a heavily populated area with fairly large and powerful Pokemon lurking about so players should keep their eyes peeled for those tiny purple blobs.
Ditto Link Trade Code in Pokemon Sword and Shield
Now that trainers have a Ditto that is native to their game it is time to trade it away for a nicer newer foreign Ditto. Players no longer need to sift through forums or chat with random strangers online to find a partner to trade with. Instead, the Pokemon Sword and Shield community have set a specific link trade channel for trainers seeking foreign dittos; code 4448.
Press the “Y” button to open the Y-Comm menu, then press “+” to connect to the internet. Once trainers are connected to the internet, it is time to set up a Link Trade. When setting up a link trade, choose the “Set Link Code” option, and set the code to “4448”. This is the link code designated by the Pokemon community for Ditto trades only. If trainers do not have a Ditto to trade in return, the trade will more than likely be rejected.
After entering the code, wait a few seconds and players should be paired with another trainer using the same code. Then, players can navigate PC Boxes until they have found a native Ditto that can be offered as a trade.
Once the trade initializes, players can check if it is a foreign Ditto or if it has the IV’s by selecting “Check the other Pokemon’s summary.” If it is a foreign Ditto. players should see an indicator in the top right corner of the Pokemon’s summary telling them what country of origin the Ditto is from. If it is not a foreign Ditto trainers can cancel the trade and start a new trade with the same link code. If it is a foreign Ditto in the next trade, it is now time to complete the trade and say “welcome home” to the new shiny breeding machine.
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Pokemon Sword and Shield are available on Nintendo Switch.
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