Pokémon Sword and Shield guide: How to make the best curry

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Making curry in Pokémon Sword and Shield is much harder than it should be. With no discernible way to know how to get which rank, we’ve cracked the code on how to make a good curry.

If you follow the tips below, you should at least get the rank of Copperajah (silver), which restores HP, PP, and status conditions, as well as increase the experience points and friendliness of your Pokémon. If you do all the steps below perfectly, you should get a Charizard curry (gold), which seems to have the same benefits as Copperajah’s rank, according to the text of the game.

If you

sort your berry list by type, berries will be listed in order of how common they are, with most common at the top and rare at the bottom. Use more berries towards the bottom of the list to move up your rank.

Specific berries don’t seem to have an impact on the ingredient you choose. Using a berry that’s “good for salad” with Salad Mix won’t increase your range any more than you would if you used it with Smoke-Poke Tail.

We recommend using at least seven berries to produce a high-ranking curry, but less may work too, depending on your berry rarity.

Fan curry hard, but don’t burn


The goal here is to get to the larger flame, as quickly as possible, without burning it. If you go one level above the correct flame size, the curry will burn. You’ll be able to say you’re doing well because not only will the pot shine, but the Pokémon will come and celebrate your curry.

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You want the fire to be the largest size (without burning) for as long as possible to get that range of Charizard. Burning it for a second or two is fine, but if you get to that point, stop fanning and let the size of the flame decrease. The best fire size is shown below.

Players stoke fire under a curry pot in Pokémon Sword and Shield Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo via Polygon

If you’re having difficulty getting your flame big enough, enable “casual controls” in the settings and try tapping ZL with the A button to duplicate the Fan power.

Don’t spill curry while stirring too much

Just go for a constant stir, without spilling. You can tell you’re doing a good job if you see flashes over the pot. Spills will also cause your controller to vibrate quite loudly, so you’ll be able to tell if you’re going too hard.

Aim for the light green circle

Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo via Polygon

When it comes to “putting your heart into it,” aim for the lighter green circle inside. Keep in mind that the heart has a bit of travel time, so you’ll want to press A when the circle is still in the darker green circle.

Curry with other players (or NPCs)

Curry with other


or NPCs has produced the Charizard range more often, simply because it’s easier to do everything we listed above with more people. You can make a bigger flame with more people without having to completely destroy your A button, although you’ll have to be careful as it will burn more easily.

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If you don’t have Nintendo Switch Online or can’t find any campers in the Wilderness Area who want to cook with you, you can cook with any of the NPC characters by camping along the game’s routes. You can fly directly to any route and it will drop you right in front of a caravan. Easy!

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