Pokémon Sword and Shield Spikemuth - how to get past the invisible walls and beat Dark Gym Leader Piers

Our complete walkthrough for Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Spikemuth and its invisible walls en route to your battle with Gym Leader Piers are your next challenges, and follow on from Route 9 and Circhester Bay 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: Spikemuth - how to get past the invisible walls

Spikemuth is a literal straight line, left to right, with a single enterable building: the Pokémon Center.

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There are two items to collect here, as you walk from left to right towards your Gym battle with Piers - and there's one thing that'll get in your way: the gym mission itself.

Every few steps you'll encounter an invisible wall, that's actually been put there by a Mr. Mime. To get past them, just double back a few steps, and some Team Yell Grunts will turn up and give you a battle. Defeat them and they'll drop the wall, and you can press on!

Note that in the small alcove near the end of the street there's an item that you can't really see - just mash the A button as you walk around in there and you'll find it!

Otherwise, that's it. Keep going through Spikemuth's only street until you meet Piers!

Available Pokémon

PokémonNotes
Kanto Mr. MimeTrade your Obstagoon with man in stall in Gym area.

Available Items

ItemLocation
Piers's League CardFrom Marnie
Max ReviveOn the ground after Team Yell Grunt 3

Trainers and Battles

TrainerPokémonLevel
Team Yell Grunt 1LinooneLv.42
Team Yell Grun 2ThievulLv.42
Team Yell Grunt 3ScraftyLv.42
Team Yell Grunt 4WeavileLv.43
Team Yell Grunt and Gym Trainer JoshuaDrapion - LiepardLv.43 - Lv.43

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: how to beat Piers, Spikemuth's Dark Gym Leader

Piers is the only Gym Leader in Galar who doesn't Dynamax or Gigantamax his Pokémon - in fact he refuses to do so out of protest against the damage done to small towns like Spikemuth by Chairman Rose's mega corporation. Fair play to him!

Anyway, he's a Dark-type user, so Fighting and Fairy are go-to types. One issue could be Skuntank, which only has one weakness, Ground. Fairy is 4x effective against Scrafty, Bug is 4x effective against Malamar, and Fighting is 4x effective against Obstagoon. Go in with a combination of those and you'll be fine!

Beat Piers and ou'll get the Dark Uniform and TM85 Snarl, and that's everything here in Spikemuth all done.

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Available Pokémon

PokémonNotes
Kanto Mr. Mime Trade your Galar Mr. Mime with man in stall in Gym area.

Available Items

ItemLocation
Dark Badge Defeat Piers
Dark Uniform Defeat Piers
TM85 Snarl Defeat Piers
Choice Specs After the gym battle, behind some crates next to Piers's stage

Trainers and Battles

TrainerPokémonLevel
Gym Leader Piers Scrafty
Obstagoon
Malamar
Skuntank
Lv.44
Lv.46
Lv.45
Lv.45

That's everything here for now, so continue on to Route 7 via Route 9 Tunnel, left from Outer Spikemuth, for the next steps in your quest - it sounds like something big is going down! Otherwise, cycle 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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