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Pokémon Sword and Shield: Every dish you can cook and what they do

Pokemon Sword and Shield Gigantamax Curry
Pokemon Sword and Shield Gigantamax Curry (Image credit: iMore/ Casian Holly)

Pokémon Sword and Shield's Camping feature allows you to make a wide variety of Curries that can increase your Pokémon's friendship, restore your Pokémon's HP and PP, grant Exp. and items, and even encourage your Pokémon to lure in wild Pokémon to catch. However, with 151 different varieties of Curry you can make, it can be difficult to know what you can even cook and which ones you should be making. Fortunately, we're here to walk you through exactly what ingredients make each Curry and where to find them, so you can get to work filling your Curry Dex!

What does a Curry do anyway?

Making Curry with your Pokémon has a lot of benefits. It restores your Pokémon's HP and PP, grants your Pokémon lots of Exp, and even makes your Pokémon more social, which leads to them luring Wild Pokémon to your campsite or bringing you Items. The most important thing Curry will do for your Pokémon, however, is increase your Friendship level. Higher Friendship levels makes certain moves more powerful, gives you access to certain items and ribbons, and is even necessary for some Pokémon to evolve. While there are other ways to increase your Pokémon's Friendship levels, making Curry is the most effective.

Items your Pokémon may bring to you after making Curry include:

  • Tiny Mushroom
  • Luminous Moss
  • Bach's Food Tin (Shield)
  • Bob's Food Tin (Sword)
  • Mixed Mushrooms
  • Brittle Bones
  • Fried Food
  • Spice Mix
  • Instant Noodles
  • Big Mushroom
  • Snowball
  • Tin of Beans
  • Smoke-Poké Tail
  • Pack of Potatoes
  • Boiled Egg
  • Fresh Cream
  • Precooked Burger
  • Honey
  • Sausages
  • Bread
  • Large Leek
  • Pungent Root
  • Fruit Bunch
  • Packaged Curry
  • Balm Mushroom
  • Pasta
  • Fancy Apple
  • Salad Mix
  • Moomoo Cheese
  • Coconut Milk
  • Berries

The Curry Dex

Pokemon Sword and Shield Curry Dex

Pokemon Sword and Shield Curry Dex (Image credit: iMore/ Casian Holly)

Making Curry also goes towards completing your Curry Dex. There are several milestones along the way, with each of them granting you a reward from the Camping King. The Camping King is located at the steps leading up to Motostoke and he'll offer you 10 rewards for filling up your Curry Dex:

  • Sausages (x3) for making one Curry.
  • Fresh Ball for making five Curries.
  • Weighted Ball for making 10 Curries.
  • Soothe Bell for making 15 Curries.
  • Mirror Ball for making 30 Curries.
  • Tympole Ball for making 50 Curries.
  • Champion Ball for making 80 Curries.
  • Moomoo Cheese (x3) for making 110 Curries.
  • Smoke-Poke Tail (x3) for making 150 Curries.
  • Golden Cooking Utensils for making all 151 Curries.

What goes into a Curry anyway?

Pokemon Sword and Shield adding ingredients to curry

Pokemon Sword and Shield adding ingredients to curry (Image credit: iMore/ Casian Holly)

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, your Curry has a Main Ingredient and up to 10 Berries. Your Main Ingredient determines the type of Curry, while Berries determine the Flavor profile. Berries also determine the increase to Friendliness of your Pokémon. You'll be able to find most Main Ingredients from Ingredient Sellers in the Rolling Fields and Hammerlocke Wild Areas, but you can also find them while camping, talking to other players in the Wild Areas, and even as a reward for Poké Jobs.

Berries are mostly found by shaking Berry Trees in the Wild Area, but there are a few Berries that can only be gained in the Battle Tower or from Distribution Events. Sometimes you can also get Berries from social Pokémon, and there is even a Grocer who will sell Berries. Since each Curry can use up to 10 Berries and filling your Curry Dex requires 151 different Curries, you can never have too many Berries. So stock up often with as many as you can!

Main Ingredients

Pokemon Sword and Shield Curry Main Ingredients

Pokemon Sword and Shield Curry Main Ingredients (Image credit: iMore/ Casian Holly)
Main IngredientRarityCurryLocations
NoneN/APlain CurryN/A
BreadOne StarToast CurryIngredients Seller in Rolling Fields
Camping
Other players in Wild Areas
Completing Poké Jobs
PastaOne StarPasta CurryIngredients Seller in Rolling Fields
Camping
Other players in Wild Areas
Fried FoodOne StarFried-Food CurryIngredients Seller in Rolling Fields
Camping
Other players in Wild Areas
Instant NoodlesOne StarInstant-Noodle CurryIngredients Seller in Rolling Fields
Camping
Other players in Wild Areas
Precooked BurgerOne StarBurger-Steak CurryIngredients Seller in Rolling Fields
Camping
Other players in Wild Areas
SausagesTwo StarSausage CurryIngredients Seller in Rolling Fields and Hammerlocke
Camping
Other players in Wild Areas
Completing Poké Jobs
Tin of BeansTwo StarBean Medley CurryIngredients Seller in Rolling Fields and Hammerlocke
Camping
Other players in Wild Areas
Mixed MushroomsTwo StarMushroom Medley CurryIngredients Seller in Rolling Fields and Hammerlocke
Camping
Other players in Wild Areas
Pack of PotatoesTwo StarPlenty-of-Potato CurryIngredients Seller in Rolling Fields and Hammerlocke
Camping
Salad MixTwo StarSalad CurryIngredients Seller in Rolling Fields and Hammerlocke
Camping
Other players in Wild Areas
Spice MixTwo StarSeasoned CurryIngredients Seller in Rolling Fields and Hammerlocke
Camping
Other players in Wild Areas
Bob's Food TinThree StarJuicy CurrySword Only
Ingredients Seller in Rolling Fields and Hammerlocke
Camping
Trading
Bach's Food TinThree StarRich CurryShield Only
Ingredients Seller in Rolling Fields and Hammerlocke
Camping
Trading
Brittle BonesThree StarBone CurryIngredients Seller in Rolling Fields and Hammerlocke
Camping
Pungent RootThree StarHerb Medley CurryHidden Item in the Wild Area (especially around water)
Camping
Fresh CreamThree StarWhipped Cream CurryIngredients Seller in Rolling Fields and Hammerlocke
Camping
Packaged CurryThree StarDecorative CurryIngredients Seller in Rolling Fields and Hammerlocke
Camping
Completing Poké Jobs
Coconut MilkThree StarCoconut CurryIngredients Seller in Rolling Fields and Hammerlocke
Camping
Smoke-Poké TailFour StarSmoked-Tail CurryIngredients Seller in Hammerlocke
Camping
Large LeekFour StarLeek CurryHidden Item in the Wild Area
Camping
Fancy AppleFour StarApple CurryHidden Item in the Wild Area (especially around trees)
Camping
Boiled EggFour StarBoiled-Egg CurryIngredients Seller in Hammerlocke
Camping
Fruit BunchFour StarTropical CurryIngredients Seller in Hammerlocke
Camping
Moomoo CheeseFour StarCheese-Covered CurryIngredients Seller in Rolling Fields and Hammerlock
Camping
Completing Poké Jobs
GigantamixFive StarGigantamax CurryDefeating Three, Four, and Five star Raids

Note: While all but two of the Ingredients can be found in both Sword and Shield, some Ingredients are much harder to come by. All of the Ingredients can be traded by trading a Pokémon holding the Ingredient. Bob and Bach's Food Tins are exclusive to Sword and Shield respectively, so if you're aiming to complete your Curry Dex, you'll need to trade with a player on the other version of the game.

Berries

Pokemon Sword and Shield Cooking Curry with Berries

Pokemon Sword and Shield Cooking Curry with Berries (Image credit: iMore/ Casian Holly)

Each Curry can have up to 10 Berries that determine the Flavor Profile and the amount your Pokémon's Friendship Level increases by. The rarer the Berry, the bigger the Friendship Level boost. As for the Flavor Profile, you just add up the points in each of five categories: Spicy, Dry, Sweet, Bitter, and Sour. Whichever one has the highest score becomes the Flavor of your Curry.

BerryRaritySpicyDrySweetBitterSour
Cheri BerryCommon1--------
Chesto BerryCommon--1------
Pecha BerryCommon----1----
Rawst BerryCommon------1--
Aspear BerryCommon--------1
Leppa BerryCommon1--111
Oran BerryCommon11--11
Persmi BerryCommon111--1
Lum BerryCommon1111--
Sitrus BerryCommon--1111
Figy BerryCommon2--------
Wiki BerryCommon--2------
Mago BerryCommon----2----
Aquav BerryCommon------2--
Iapapa BerryCommon--------2
Pomeg BerryCommon1--11--
Kelpsy BerryCommon--1--11
Qualot BerryCommon1--1--1
Hondew BerryCommon11--1--
Grepa BerryCommon--11--1
Tamato BerryCommon31------
Occa BerryUncommon2--1----
Passho BerryUncommon--2--1--
Wacan BerryUncommon----2--1
Rindo BerryUncommon1----2--
Yache BerryUncommon---1----2
Chople BerryUncommon2----1--
Kebia BerryUncommon--2----1
Shuca BerryUncommon1--2----
Coba BerryUncommon--1--2--
Payapa BerryUncommon----1--2
Tanga BerryUncommon3------1
Charti BerryUncommon13------
Kasib BerryUncommon--13----
Hanban BerryUncommon----13--
Colbur BerryUncommon------13
Babiri BerryUncommon41------
Chilan BerryUncommon--41----
Liechi BerryUncommon515----
Ganlon BerryUncommon--515--
Salac BerryUncommon----515
Petaya BerryUncommon5----51
Apicot BerryUncommon15----5
Roseli BerryUncommon----41--
Kee BerryUncommon55111
Maranga BerryUncommon11551
Lansat BerryRare (Battle Tower Only)51515
Starf BerryRare (Battle Tower Only)51515
Enigma BerryRare (Distribution Only)61------
Micle BerryRare (Distribution Only)--61----
Custap BerryRare (Distribution Only)----61--
Jaboca BerryRare (Distribution Only)------61
Rowap BerryRare (Distribution Only)1------6

While most Berries are found by shaking Berry Trees, there are seven Berries that can only be obtained through the Battle Tower or from Distribution Events. While these Berries aren't absolutely necessary to complete your Curry Dex, they have powerfully strong flavor profiles and make for some of the best Curry dishes in the game.

Questions about Curry?

Do you have any questions on how to make specific Curry for your Pokémon? Got any tips for other Curry Chefs? Drop us a comment below and be sure to check out our many other Pokémon Sword and Shield Guides!

Casian Holly has been writing about gaming at iMore since 2019, but their real passion is Pokémon. From the games to the anime, cards and toys, they eat, sleep, and breathe all things Pokémon. You can check out their many Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sword and Shield guides and coverage here on iMore.