The brand new Mark Charm makes its debut in the Isle of Armor DLC of Pokemon Sword and Shield. This brand new item provides an additional chance at finding Pokemon with special mark introductions in the wild. More on what marks are and what they do later.
How do you find the Mark Charm? When you first enter the Isle of Armor, a scientist will greet you at the station. She tasks you with collecting all the Pokemon in the new area of the Galar region. This means filling out all 210 Pokemon in your Poke Dex, over 100 of which were not available in the base game.
Once you’ve completed your dex and caught every Pokemon, return to the scientist at the station. She’ll give you the Mark Charm for your deserving effort.
This special item will increase the chances of catching a Pokemon with a mark. Most marks have a 1 in 50 or 1 in 100 chance of appearing with a few select going as low as 25 and as high as 1000. With the Mark Charm, these odds are increased by making it 3 in 50 and 3 in 100.
So, what’s a mark? Whenever you catch a Pokemon, there’s a small chance that Pokemon will come equipped with a mark. Similar to ribbons, these marks can be applied to the Pokemon it was found on to give it a fancy title whenever it is called out during a battle. Some marks are dependent on the conditions while catching a Pokemon. This includes the weather, the time of day, or if you were fishing. Some marks include:
- Sleepy-Time Mark – “the Sleepy”
- Dry Mark – “the Parched”
- Intense Mark – “the Fiesty”
- Peeved Mark – “the Grumpy”
- Zero Energy Mark – “the Apathetic”
Some marks, like the ones your Pokemon get if they fought in the Galar Champion battle and entered the Galar Hall of Fame, are earned outside of battle.