Hulbury is up next, featuring the Hulbury Gym mission and a task to beat Nessa, and follows on from Route 5 in your quest through Pokémon Sword and Shield's main story.
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Pokémon Sword and Shield: Hulbury items, trainers and Pokémon
Enetering Hulbury you'll notice Chairman Rose and his assistant Oleana in relaxation mode. Rose says if you get the Water Badge from Nessa, he'll hold a celebration for you - after you've beaten her, meet him at the seafood restaurant in town,
In town, there's a nice little outdoor market, where a woman called Grazia is sitting at the bench and will trade you a Cottonee for your Minccino, if you have one spare.
Nessa herself is doing that classic Pokémon Gym Leader thing where she's gone off wandering from the Gym. Thankfully she's not gone far at all - you'll find her by the Lighthouse over by the sea. Talk to her and she'll give you her League Card, and then go back to the Gym and wait for you to take her on.
Other than that, there's not a huge amount more to do here. After you've beaten the Gym and Chairman Rose has left, you can revisit the Seafood Restaurant and talk to the Chef to pick up a food delivery - take it to the brown house next to the station in the north of town for some great rewards, both from the person you delivery it to and the chef back in the restuarant! You can do this daily, too.
Otherwise, explore the town and shop at the market if you fancy it, maybe do a spot of fishing on the jetties by the lighthouse, then prep your team for a Water-type battle at the Hulbury Gym!
|Full Heal||Hidden: at the end of the row of houses, heading north from the Pokémon Center|
|Magnet||In corner of outdoor market|
|Shell Bell||At the dead end of the harbour, accessed by the open market|
|Super Potion x2||By the two black bins, on the path to the lightouse|
|TM82 Electroweb||Around the back of the lighthouse, to the right of it|
|Net Ball x5||On the wooden jetty by the lighthouse|
|TM79 Retaliate||From Sonia in the restaurant|
|Exp. Candy L||From lady in house nearest the station when you deliver food to her|
|Nugget x5||Deliver food for the chef in restaurant (Daily)|
|Big Nugget x2||Deliver food for the chef in restaurant (Daily)|
|Lucky Egg||Deliver food for the chef in restaurant (Daily)|
For more like this, our complete Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough, explainer on the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, and Pokémon Sword and Shield tips are the places to start. Otherwise, we cover everything from the Wild Area and Pokémon Camp to strong-looking Pokémon and autosaving. After discovering the starters Sobble, Scorbunny and Grookey, we have a guide to the Turffield treasure riddle solution, and Ballonlea quiz answers and solutions, lists of all TM locations and TRs, new Gen 8 Pokémon, the Sword and Shield Pokédex, Sword and Shield version differences, all Galarian forms and the Sword and Shield Legendaries. We also have an evolution guide, including details on evolving Applin, Farfetch’d, Milcery, Sinistea, Toxel and Yamask.
Pokémon Sword and Shield Hulbury Gym Mission and how to beat Water Gym Leader Nessa
Nessa's Water-type Gym in Hulbury has a fairly involved challenge to it. Your mission here is to turn the valves on or off to change the flowing columns of water that block your path. Turn the right valves in the right order and you'll clear a path to battling her. Here's the solution!
Trainers and Battles
|Gym Trainer Julia||Tympole||Lv.21|
|Gym Trainer Heather||Krabby
|Gym Trainer Lynn||Remoraid
Hulbury Gym Mission solution:
1. Start by going the only way you can: right, to Gym Trainer Julia. Press the Red button next to her.
2. Then press the Yellow button that's now been revealed, and press the Red button again.
3. Continue on that right-hand path that's opened up, and go battle Gym Trainer Heather up ahead. Press the Yellow button next to her.
4. Then go back towards the way you came and press the nearby Red button. Now you can progress past Heather up to the higher level.
5. Go all the way along the back level to the far left, where you'll battle Gym Trainer Lynn.
6. Go all the way past Lynn, "south" towards the entrance, and press the Yellow button there.
7. Then go back to Lynn and press the Red button to the left of her. That clears a path to a blue button, go press that.
8. And that clears a path to the exit! Go down the nearby stairs to the central path and all the way up to the door at the back of the room. Time to battle Nessa!
How to beat Hulbury's Water Gym Leader Nessa
Things are still pretty simple in terms of Gym Leaders' and their teams - Nessa shouldn't be too much trouble! Use Grass or Electric-type attacks, while Water, Grass and Dragon-type Pokémon are resistant to hers.
She'll Dynamax her Drednaw, so you should Dynamax your own Pokémon as soon as she brings it out. If you chose Grookey as a starter, it's perfect for this occasion!
|Gym Leader Nessa||Goldeen
|Lure Ball||Mr Poké Ball|
|Water Badge||Defeat Nessa|
|TM36 Whirlpool||Defeat Nessa|
|Water Uniform||Defeat Nessa|
Oleana will be wating outside, so go straight to the Seafood Restaurant to meet the Chairman - she'll give you his League Card, too.
That's everything here for now, so continue on to Galar Mine No.2 for the next steps in your quest, or cycle back to our main Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough and guide hub for all the other pages we have like this.