Pokémon Sword and Shield Postwick and Hop's house - getting your first Pokémon

Our complete walkthrough for Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Postwick and Hop's house are the very first locations of your adventure through Galar, marking the beggining of your quest through Pokémon Sword and Shield's main story.

On each page of our walkthrough like this, we'll cover any and all of the obtainable Pokémon, item locations, trainers and their teams that you might come across here, as well as walking you through any key steps of the story, puzzles or challenges along the way.

Where applicable, note that our walkthrough pages will be down into separate sections referring to each of your visits to a given location, seeing as you often backtrack or revisit various places in your quest to become Galar League Champion. And of course if there are any, we'll clearly mark any spoilers, too!

For more explainers, meanwhile, or walkthrough pages on more locations in Sword and Shield, head back to our main Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough and guide hub.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield: Postwick

Welcome to Galar! You'll start your journey - after a brief cutscene featuring Chairman Rose - lounging on the sofa and flicking through your phone.

Your first tasks are to grab your bag and hat, which are waiting in your room, then head outside, where you'll meet your friendly rival, Hop. You'll notice a mischievous little Wooloo trying to tackle a gate, too, but worry about that later - follow Hop to Wedgehurst, past his house just down the road!


You'll technically be on Route 1 on your way there, but you can't enter the long grass just yet, so go straight on down the hill to the village where a crowd is gathered, and watch the brief cutscene that unfolds, where you'll first meet Galar's resident, undefeated Champion (and Hop's older brother), Leon.

2020 has seen a few new announcements - such as Mythical Zarude, the ability to transfer Pokémon to Pokémon Home, news of the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass and the release of Gigantamax Toxtricity. Elsewhere, our Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough gives an overview of the game. Otherwise, we cover everything from the Wild Area, starters Sobble, Scorbunny and Grookey, lists of all TM locations and TRs, all Galarian forms and the Legendaries Zacian and Zamazenta.

Pokémon Sword and Shield: Hop's house

Straight after that you'll be back at Hop's house, and it's time to pick your starter! If you want a bit more detail on what to expect, here's our guide to the three Pokémon Sword and Shield starters Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble.

Available Pokémon

Grookey Starter - pick one!
Scorbunny Starter - pick one!
Sobble Starter - pick one!

Available Items

Poké Ball x5 In your bag already - thanks mum!

After that it's time to battle Hop, in your first Pokémon battle in Galar. For the first time, too, your rival will start with two Pokémon instead of one: first a Wooloo, and then his starter, which will be whichever one is the weaker type when facing yours.

Trainers and Battles

Hop Wooloo

Finally, it's then time to start your adventure - but wait! Just as you're about to head off, Hop notices something. That Wooloo's broken through the fence. Better chase after it, into the mysterious Slumbering Weald. If you're after more guides though, head back to our main Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough and guide hub for all the other pages we have like this.

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