List of glitches (Generation VIII)

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This is a list of glitches that occur in the Generation VIII core series Pokémon games.

Sword and Shield

Baton Pass Own Tempo glitch

If a Pokémon with Own Tempo is confused due to obtaining it from Baton Pass, it will not be cured of confusion until after a Pokémon takes its turn (uses a move, switches out, etc.).

This glitch was also present in the core series Generation V, VI, and VII games.

By SnorlaxMonster

Berry tree glitch

This glitch involves shaking a Berry tree from behind. It ultimately allows for the player to walk through walls.


Curry cloning glitch

When getting wild Pokémon spawns in Pokémon Camp, after a curry, there's a chance that the Pokémon near the player staring at the wild Pokémon will act like a wild Pokémon, and will be eligible to "re-join" the team. The Pokémon must have a long hitbox (like a tail, or a long body in general) and have a floating idle animation to be eligible for the glitch. Upon re-joining the team, it'll be cloned, with some alterations. Game of origin, OT, OT ID, Pokéball used, date caught, level caught, location caught will all be altered to match the player's current status, and it'll receive the Curry Connoisseur mark, even if it already has another mark, or if it shouldn't be normally eligible to receive it. The held item will also be cloned, as long as the player doesn't remove it before receiving the Pokémon.

If the player does re-accept the Pokémon in the party, the wild Pokémon will start roaming the player's Pokémon Camp, still with the ellipsis balloon over its head. However, it'll disappear once the player leaves Camp, or after doing another curry.

Some of the confirmed Pokémon to be eligible for this glitch are Salamence, Giratina, Moltres, Weezing, Corviknight, Flygon, Noivern, and Steelix.

By SpikeOriundo

Evolution cancelling glitch

If the player cancels evolution of a Pokémon, the proper stamp will appear on the Y-Comm regardless.

Fairy Lock crash

In Pokémon Sword and Shield v1.1, if a Pokémon uses Fairy Lock while animations are enabled, the game crashes. In link battles, where battle animations are mandatory, both players' game would crash. Due to no Pokémon that can learn the move being present in Pokémon Sword and Shield at the time of this glitch's existence, the only way for this to legitimately occur is when the move is called via Metronome.

The crash does not occur if animations are disabled. This crash was not present in Pokémon Sword and Shield v1.0, and was fixed for v1.1.1.

Galarian Stunfisk breeding bug

For the purposes of regional form inheritance via breeding, Galarian Stunfisk is not considered a regional form of Stunfisk. As such, if both Unovan and Galarian Stunfisk are parents and both hold Everstones, only Unovan Stunfisk will ever hatch, regardless of the mother's form.[1]

Glimwood Tangle trade/Mystery Gift bug

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If the player is currently in the Glimwood Tangle, the trade and Mystery Gift screens will look differently than normal.

  • On the trade screen, the Poké Ball hologram over the Pokémon given by the player is disabled, and the background of the trade screen is darker. The part of the screen that shows the received Pokémon is unaffected.

By ChickasaurusGL

Groudon/Kyogre Trick glitch

In previous generations, Trick and Switcheroo would properly fail if they would attempt to take a Red Orb away from Groudon, take a Blue Orb from Kyogre, or give either of those Pokémon the correct colored orb. Neither Primal Reversion nor the colored orbs exist in Pokémon Sword and Shield, and Trick and Switcheroo's checks were modified so that it would fail if one of these Pokémon is involved and either the user or the target is not holding an item, instead of checking if they are holding the correct colored orb.

This glitch did not prevent Groudon or Kyogre from having an item stolen by Thief, Covet, Pickpocket, or Magician and being left with no item afterward, or from somehow stealing an item themselves by one of these means. Other Pokémon that previously had specific items that would make Trick and Switcheroo fail, but are no longer supported (such as Mega Stones), were unaffected by this glitch.

This glitch was patched in update 1.3.2.

Hacked Max Raids

Earlier versions of the game failed to perform basic legality checks on Max Raid data received from other players. As such, if a player were to spawn a Max Raid against a glitch Pokémon via cheating methods and choose to invite others, other players would actually be able to join the battle and even catch the glitch Pokémon. This glitch Pokémon could then be used in an exploit involving the Daycare and the PC box to clone Pokémon and held items. Due to the involvement of a glitch Pokémon and the potential to duplicate items, these raids have often been known as "Missingno raids", even though Missingno itself only exists in Generation I.

This glitch was patched in version 1.2.1.

Ingredients seller glitch

When the player cycles behind an ingredients seller he will turn around. He can then quickly go back round behind him and interact without him turning back again. When the player talks to him, his back will be turned to them.

By Poke-MunkPresto

Isle of Armor Pokédex glitch

If the player brings a Pokémon that was introduced as part of the Isle of Armor expansion from Pokémon HOME, the in-game Pokédex would not update to add its entry. The only workaround at the time was to deposit the Pokémon into the Nursery and taking it back so the Pokédex would register it. This was fixed when the Switch version of Pokémon HOME was updated to version 1.1.1.

June-July 2020 Wild Area News event glitches

When the June 30, 2020-July 31, 2020 Wild Area News event began, it contained an error in which a nonexistent item was part of the item drops awarded for completing a Max Raid Battle tied to the event. The game attempting to reward the player with the nonexistent item caused a glitch that crashed the game after viewing the item drop list. This glitch was quickly fixed in two stages, first removing the nonexistent item from the item pool and then replacing it with the intended item, the Armorite Ore.

While the nonexistent item glitch was being fixed, another glitch occurred which prevented any Max Raid Battles associated with the event from being initiated while the game was connected to the Internet. This glitch was removed at the same time as the corrections to the nonexistent item glitch.

Location glitch

At certain precise locations, entering a battle causes the game to believe the player is in the wrong area when the battle ends. This can be exploited to catch weather-dependent Pokémon, or obtain Pokémon with an impossible encounter location such as the Meetup Spot.[2]

Max Raid Battle glitches

Shiny animation glitch

If multiple Shiny Pokémon are on the player's team during a Max Raid Battle, upon one of them fainting and being sent back into the battle, all of the Shiny Pokémon will play the Shininess animation again.

Wild Area News rewards list glitch

The glitch in effect (affects Nuggets here)

When the player finishes a Max Raid Battle induced by an event or Wild Area News, some list items on the list of rewards will be shown separately.

Memory feeling off-by-one bug

The feeling displayed in a Pokémon's memory for Pokémon transferred from Generation VI are displayed incorrectly. Pokémon that display the feeling "it was happy" in Generation VI instead display an empty string[3] (or the same as the last checked Pokémon's feeling if another Pokémon's memory has been checked[4]), and all subsequent feelings are displayed as a different feeling, shifted by one with respect to their index number.

This is due to the fact that in the Generation VI games, feelings are indexed from 0, while in the Generation VIII games, feelings are indexed from 1. Since the internal value storing the feeling in a Pokémon's memory is neither modified when a Pokémon is transferred from Generation VI to Generation VIII through Pokémon Bank and Pokémon HOME nor specially handled in Pokémon Sword and Shield, the displayed feeling appears to have been changed despite the internal value remaining unchanged.

Memory place change bug

The places displayed in a Pokémon's memory for Pokémon transferred from Generation VI with memories that mention places introduced in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (such as "a Secret Base", "a Contest Spectacular Hall", or "oh, while soaring in the sky") are displayed incorrectly. For example, a Terrakion with a memory of being caught at the Pathless Plain would display in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire as being caught at "a tiny island", but this memory would display as being caught "in a Secret Base" once transferred.

This is due to the fact that these strings are listed in a different order internally compared to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Since the internal value storing the place in a Pokémon's memory is neither modified when a Pokémon is transferred from Generation VI to Generation VIII through Pokémon Bank and Pokémon HOME nor specially handled in Pokémon Sword and Shield, the displayed place appears to have been changed despite the internal value remaining unchanged.

Menu glitch

A glitch which allows the player to move the cursor in a frame just before using an Experience Candy or starting an evolution. This applies the item/evolution sequence to the other Pokémon, and allows for major consequences such as evolving underleveled Pokémon (if the first Pokémon is of the same species), male Salandit, Combee (which become female Salazzle, Vespiquen), special event Pokémon that normally cannot evolve but can be forced to via level up and this glitch (involving event Meowth, Eevee) and Pokémon inside Eggs. If the species do not match, or evolution is impossible, the game may halt on an error message; closing the software.

The glitch appears to have been patched in v1.2.1.

By ChickasaurusGL

Move Reminder glitches

These glitches occur when attempting to use a Move Reminder when there are at least 67 available moves (e.g. this can be done with a Mew which previously knew many Technical Records). It can cause the game to halt on an error message, closing the software. Other times, the player is able to see a glitched move (sometimes with a blank name, other times "———"). This glitch was found by SciresM.

By ChickasaurusGL

Night Daze oversight

When used, Night Daze damage will not be accounted for on the target's HP bar for the rest of the turn, unless the move has caused the target to faint or something else changes its HP.

Rollout storage glitch

Main article: Rollout storage glitch

If a Pokémon uses Rollout against a Mimikyu with intact Disguise or an Eiscue in Ice Face mode, the game will not properly reset the Rollout bonus after the move ends, allowing it to be applied to a different move. This glitch also exists in Generation VII. This glitch was fixed in the version 1.3.1.

Rose Tower glitch

This glitch occurs when the player flies to another location from the outside of Rose Tower before going inside the tower itself. The map shows the objective "Search for the bad League staff member hiding around Wyndon Monorail Terminal!" despite having already done so by this stage of the game. This area is no longer accessible and prevents the story from progressing as the player has no other means of going back to Rose Tower. This glitch was found by hikaribruh.

Rotom Bike turning radius glitch

When the player uses the Rotom Bike's turbo boost, its turning radius becomes larger. If the player speaks to an NPC, a Pokémon egg hatches, picks an item on the ground or opens the menu or the Y-Comm during a turbo boost, the bike will continue to have a larger turning radius despite the boost stopping prematurely. The radius will reset if the player uses a second turbo boost, enters or exits a body of water or gets off and back on the bike.

Silvally Move Tutor glitch

Silvally is programmed to be able to learn all 3 Pledge moves; however, the Move Tutor offers only Grass Pledge, not Fire Pledge or Water Pledge.

This glitch is also present in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Stat rollover glitch

If a stat is 655 or higher after applying the nature multiplier, it rolls over and becomes the result modulo 655. Consequently, a stat that is exactly 655 rolls over to 0. A defense stat of 0 causes damage calculation to evaluate to 0 when it should divide by defense. The formula adds 2 after dividing by defense, so attacks do exactly 2 damage if there are no other modifiers.

This glitch exists because stats are first calculated in hundredths, stored in an unsigned 2-byte integer, then truncated to a full number. For HP, this is done before adding the level to the stat, but for other stats, the rounding is done after applying the nature multiplier.

By DaWoblefet

Sucker Punch/Quash glitch

In a Double Battle where the player who didn't initiate the challenge is down to their final Pokémon, that Pokémon's Sucker Punch or Quash will fail when used against the opponent on their right. This applies regardless of what move the Pokémon selected for the turn. With the release of the version 1.1 update to Sword and Shield, this glitch was fixed and Sucker Punch and Quash can now correctly hit Pokémon in that position.

Summary Max Move display glitch

The glitch in effect for Gigalith

When a Pokémon is Dynamaxed, if the player looks at the party screen, the moves will be listed as if the Pokémon weren't Dynamaxed (Example: Rock Slide, Rock Blast, Sandstorm, Stone Edge). However, when checking the summary screen, the moves are displayed as Max Moves, in this case, Max Rockfall (three) and Max Guard.

Symbiosis glitch

If an item can be consumed during switch-in, Symbiosis will activate it twice and consume the item that it passes.

TM06 display bug

TM06 error

Despite being a TM, TM06 (Fly) is displayed as a Flying-type HM instead.

Toxic sure-hit glitch

Main article: Toxic sure-hit glitch

If a Poison-type Pokémon uses Toxic, any subsequent moves that Pokémon uses in the same turn (possible by using Toxic via Instruct or Magic Bounce) will always hit including when the target is in a semi-invulnerable state. This glitch also exists in Generation VI and VII. This was fixed with the release of version 1.3.1.

By WeedleTwineedle

Trade Completed notification glitch

After a surprise trade has been concluded, if the Y-Comm is opened fast enough and the player starts another Surprise trade, the trade completed notification will still show (although the next trade completion will make it stop).

Trick Room oversight

If a Pokémon has an effective speed greater than 1809, it will ignore the effects of Trick Room, and act before slower Pokémon. This glitch also exists in Generation V, VI and VII.

By Morbuen

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Pokémon as Eggs bug

A Pokémon referred to as an Egg

If the player names a Pokémon "Egg", the game sometimes refers to the Pokémon as an actual Egg.

Pokétch glitches

Some Pokétch apps don't behave in the intended way.


The Pokétch's Calculator app was reported to exhibit wonky behavior.[5]

Equation Result Notes
Expected Shown
10 / 4 2.5 002
7 / 3 2.33333333 ??????????
4.3654 * 2 8.7308 47308 Buttons pressed before * (in order): 2 . 3 6 5 4

If the decimal point is present, the pre-decimal part can be changed by new inputs, and is also not involved in calculations either. The calculation ignores the pre-decimal part and then removes the decimal point from the result.


If the player encounters a wild Pokémon, the number on the Pokétch's Counter app resets to 0.[6]

Snowpoint Gym slope oversights

Reaching Candice early

The player can use diagonal movement to climb slopes in the Snowpoint Gym. Using them, it's also possible to reach Candice without battling any other Gym Trainers.[7]


Using diagonal movement, it is possible to softlock oneself in the Gym, due to an apparent oversight (as the puzzle was probably never designed for diagonal movement).

By Hoomanadaw
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Surf glitch

This glitch involves using Surf right when a Trainer challenges the player into a battle. After winning the battle, the Surf popup will appear, and if the player selects "Yes", they will be able to surf on land.

Catching Shaymin

On Route 224, it is possible to use Surf just as the Black Belt Carl spots the player and challenges them to a battle. After winning the battle, the player will be able to Surf on land and therefore reach the Seabreak Path, and eventually the Flower Paradise with Shaymin without the requisite items.[8]

Cloning Pokémon & Held Items

This allows the player to duplicate any Pokémon of their choosing, as well as their held items, by utilizing a glitch which allows the player to walk around in the overworld while the "X" menu remains on screen. This is achieved by going into the "Pokémon" sub-menu, checking a Pokémon's summary, and pressing ZL and ZR nearly simultaneously. The player can then back out into the overworld with the "X" menu on screen and walk around. Various methods to duplicate Pokémon have been documented.

The menu glitch was patched in version 1.1.2, making these methods of duplication impossible without hacking. However, another method of the menu storage involving pressing X while pushing a boulder with Strength still exists, and hence its related glitches can still be done.


Transform glitchesGlitch TrainersCloning glitchesError messagesArbitrary code execution
Generation I: --0 ERRORBroken hidden itemsCable Club escape glitchExperience underflow glitch
Fight Safari Zone Pokémon trickGlitch CityItem duplication glitchItem underflowMew glitch
Old man glitchPewter Gym skip glitchPokémon merge glitchRhydon glitch
Select glitches (dokokashira door glitch, second type glitch) • Super GlitchTime Capsule exploitZZAZZ glitch
Generation II: Bug-Catching Contest glitchCelebi Egg glitchCoin Case glitchesExperience underflow glitch
Glitch dimensionGlitch EggTeru-samaTime Capsule exploitTrainer House glitchesGS Ball mail glitch
Generation III: Berry glitchDive glitchPomeg glitchGlitzer Popping
Generation IV: Acid rainGTS glitchesPomeg glitch
Surf glitchTweakingPal Park Retire glitch
Generation V: Sky Drop glitchFrozen Zoroark glitchChoice item lock glitchCharge move replacement glitch
Generation VI: Choice item lock glitchCharge move replacement glitchLumiose City save glitch
Symbiosis Eject Button glitchToxic sure-hit glitch
Generation VII: Charge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitchToxic sure-hit glitchRollout storage glitch
Generation VIII: Charge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitchToxic sure-hit glitchRollout storage glitchParty item offset glitch
Glitch effects: Game freezeGlitch battleGlitch song
Gen I only: Glitch screenTMTRAINER effectInverted sprites
Gen II only: Glitch dimension
Lists: Glitches (Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VIGen VIIGen VIIIGOSpin-off)
Glitch Pokémon (Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VIGen VIIGen VIII)
Glitch moves (Gen I) • Glitch types (Gen IGen II)

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