Pokémon Sword and Shield Route 8 and Steamdrift Way - available Pokémon, items and trainers

Our complete walkthrough for Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Route 8 and Steamdrift Way are the next connecting routes, and follow on from Route 7 in 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: Route 8 - available Pokémon, items and trainers

Route 8 is an interesting, ruin-filled area that heads north towards Circhester.


It's also one of the more complex routes in the game - although it's hardly challenging, don't worry - and there are so many Pokémon roaming the cramped spaces here that it can get a little awkward to navigate. Just remember that the exit is in the north-east, though, and you'll be fine. Hang right whenever given the choice until you reach the first Falinks, then go all the way to the left before going all the way back to the right again, for the shortest route through.

There are plenty of items here - eight visible and five hidden, in all - so have an explore, and enjoy!

Available Pokémon

RuffletOverworld (Sword)
LunatoneOverworld (Shield)
VullabyOverworld (Shield)
SolrockOverworld (Sword)
CrustleBlocking path in the north
FalinksWalking through tunnels

Available Items

Shiny StoneDead end on uper level - go past Doctor Joanna, up the ladder then southwards to the right and around.
TM96 Smart StrikeBehind the red sign - go to your far left after climbing back up after Doctore Joanna
Hyper Potion x3In small lower area between two ladders
Luxury Ball x3On a ramped ledge just before first Falinks
Max ReviveOn far left of area with first Falinks
King's RockIn the C-shaped wall in the area where you see the second Falinks
TM43 Brick BreakReach the furthest ladder and go up, then left, past the Crustle, to the dead end
Terrain ExtenderPast the campsite via a little path to the right of it
Pixie PlateHidden: below patch of grass where you see the first Falinks
Big NuggetHidden: by a rock in the corner next to a growing root, after Backpacker Barbara
NuggetHidden: in top right corner of area with second Falinks, by the hole in the wall
ElixirHidden: after the first ramp with a ledge
X Defense x3Hidden: in corner on the right in long grass after Doctor Joanna

Trainers and Battles

Doctor JoannaRoselia
Backpacker BarbaraDreepy
Musician CharlesTogedemaruLv.37
Colleagues Alison and JordanExcadrill - Hippowdon
Lucario - Perrserker
Lv.36 - Lv.36
Lv.37 - Lv.37

There's a campsite you can visit at the end of the route - with an item at a dead end to the right of it - then continue through the wall in the north to a short connecting part of Route 8 called Steamdrift Way.

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: Steamdrift Way - available Pokémon, items and trainers in the northern part of Route 8

Steamdrift Way is a short-but-sweet area connecting the north of the hot, arid Route 8 to Circhester, a snowy, winter city. Don't ask how that works, but here's what you can find on the steamy, hot-and-cold part of the route.

Available Pokémon

Snom Overworld
Sneasel Overworld
Throh Overworld (Shield)
Sawk Overworld (Sword)
Snorunt Overworld
Vanillish Overworld
Delibird Random
Snover Random
Darumaka Random (Sword)

Available Items

Star Piece x2 Hidden: on back wall in first patch of grass

Trainers and Battles

Police Officer Boddy Arcanine

That's everything here for now, so continue on to Circhester, just to the north, for the next steps in your quest, or head back to our main Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough and guide hub for all the other in-depth guides and walkkthrough pages we have like this.

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Chris Tapsell is Eurogamer's Staff Writer, its newest Chris, and a keen explorer of the dark arts of gaming, from League of Legends to the murky world of competitive Pokémon.


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