Pokémon Sword & Shield: How Do Daycares And Breeding Work?

Pokémon Sword & Shield deliver a familiar and straight-forward method of breeding at two Nursery locations.

Ever since the Johto region in Pokémon Gold and Silver, trainers have dropped Pokémon off at Daycares in the hopes of receiving an Egg upon returning to reclaim them. These facilities are usually located along routes between towns or tucked away in nondescript locations on the map. Pokémon Sword and Shield are no different, though the Galar region has risen to meet breeding demands. Galar delivers a familiar and straight-forward method of breeding at not one, but two Nursery locations.

Nursery Locations

Route 5

After defeating the first Gym in Turffield, trainers continue down Route 5. Before crossing the long bridge to the next town, trainers will pass a much more identifiable Nursery with three Eggs in a logo over its door. Definitely be sure to pop inside to claim the baby Pokémon Toxel from the lady standing in the lobby. This is Galar's adaptation of the traditional Daycare, generally unlocked after some main-line achievement.

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Bridge Field

Apart from the classic Pokécare facility, Galar has opened a second Nursery. The second location is stationed in the Wild Area, away to the right as trainers journey from Motostoke to Hammerlocke.


Though it is possible to reach this branch of the Pokémon Nursery before earning a single Gym Badge, it's not recommended. After crossing the first bridge to the right of the Motostoke entrance, many more 'very-strong' Pokemon start to appear.

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A Step-By-Step To Breeding

The breeding process remains quite simple. Below is a step by step walkthrough of breeding and hatching in Sword and Shield.

1. A lady stands outside both Nurseries. Talk to her and she will offer to take two of your Pokemon.

2. To guarantee success, give her a male and female of the same species. You can use the same type of Pokémon, but it's a gamble whether they'll be compatible.

3. To ensure ample time, leave the Pokémon in the Nursery's care for about a day before returning to collect them.

4. If using the same species - Eevee and Eevee for example - the Pokémon will generally get along and have produced an egg. The guesswork comes into play with the same types but different species, as they don't guarantee success or species of the baby pokémon.

5. As with past generations, trainers will need to ride or walk around with the egg until it hatches. Going out for a long bout of training or trekking between towns is the perfect time to plop the Egg in your party.

6. Pokémon hatch at level one, so put that baby to work straight away by leasing it out for Pokéjobs to level it up.


Multiple Nursery locations allow for double breeding capacity. As an added bonus, players with a Let's Go Eevee save are gifted an Eevee from a boy in the train station upon arriving at the Wild Area. Breed this with another Eevee, more accessible than ever in the Galar region and an Eevee farm will be blossoming in no time! Not an Eevee fan? Just follow the guide above to breed whichever Pokémon suit your fancy.

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