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For more than two decades of Pokémon games, players have been encouraged to "catch 'em all!" but once caught, most Pokémon never left the computer where they were stored between battles. After all, many Pokémon, even leveled up tremendously, aren't super useful, and you can only have a team of six with you anyway. Pokémon Sword and Shield are changing that up a bit with the introduction of Poké Jobs. Now, instead of sitting in the box indefinitely, Pokémon can be sent out around the Galar region to help people and Pokémon alike.

What exactly is a Poké Job?

The Galar region is a place where Pokémon and people work together in society. As such, corporations and universities within the game can request the help of your Pokémon for odd jobs that need to be done. These jobs range from heavy lifting, help on the farm, help with cooking, and more. You can send them off to the job for a certain amount of time of your choosing (like half a day) as you go on your way to conquer Galar's gym leaders and Pokémon League.

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How do I access Poké Jobs?

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Poké Jobs can be accessed through every Pokémon Center within the Galar region. A Rotomi can be found next to your Box that will provide the jobs. This Rotomi will also allow you to access your Boxes and the Loto-ID system, which is a lottery system where you can win prizes.

Are Poké Jobs limited to certain Pokémon?

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Any Pokémon can be sent on a Poké Job, but some are definitely better suited for certain jobs than others. Many of the job descriptions will specify the types of Pokémon they're looking for, and the closer you get to that, the better your Pokémon will perform. You can get a "Job Complete," a "Good Job," or a "Great Job," depending on how well suited your Pokémon are for the chosen job, and the better you do, the more EXP and rewards you will get. You'll also get more job offers based on how well you perform, so aim for that "Great Job" every time!

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Fortunately, if you know what type of Pokémon you want to send on a job, you can use the search feature, and it will grey out all but that type Pokémon. You can also choose to send fewer Pokémon than the max. For example, I don't have a ton of Dragon-types, and they often end up fitting in other categories leaving me with even fewer when the Dragon type-specific jobs show up. So, instead of sending a bunch, I just send a few. You're not penalized for sending fewer Pokémon and can still get a Great Job.

What other benefits are there for completing Poké Jobs?

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Completing Pokémon jobs will reward your Pokémon with experience points and base points. How much they receive will depend on their types and how long they worked for. If your Pokémon do well, they can even bring you items they find on the job. Different jobs offer different possible rewards too.

Will I be unable to access these Pokémon for the duration of a job?

Yes. While you're Pokémon are on the job, you cannot use them. If you absolutely need your Pokémon back, you can always cancel the job. If you cancel the job, your Pokémon will all return to you, and the post will no longer be available. You also won't get any of the experience or rewards for the job, so choose your Pokémon carefully and consider shorter times for jobs, so you're not missing out.

Poké Job Rewards

Some Poké Jobs are rarer than others and, as a result, offer better rewards. You can tell a Poké Job's tier by the number of stars next to Exp. Points.

Tier Exp. Points Max # of Pokémon Complete Good Job Great Job Unlock
I One Star 3 100 Poké Dollars
Heal Ball
Fresh Water
200 Poké Dollars
Heal Ball (x2)
Fresh Water (x2)
300 Poké Dollars
Heal Ball
Soda Pop
Bread
Always Available
II Two Star 4 200 Poké Dollars
Heal Ball (x2)
Fresh Water (x2)
400 Poké Dollars
Heal Ball
Soda Pop
Bread
600 Poké Dollars
Heal Ball (x2)
Soda Pop (x2)
Bread (x2)
Grass Badge
III Three Star 5 300 Poké Dollars
Heal Ball
Soda Pop
Bread
600 Poké Dollars
Heal Ball (x2)
Soda Pop (x2)
Bread (x2)
900 Poké Dollars
Nest Ball
Lemonade
Sausages
Fire Stone
Leaf Stone
Water Stone
Water Badge
IV Four Star 6 500 Poké Dollars
Heal Ball (x2)
Soda Pop (x2)
Bread (x2)
1000 Poké Dollars
Nest Ball
Lemonade
Sausages
1500 Poké Dollars
Nest Ball (x2)
Lemonade (x2)
Sausages (x2)
Fire Stone
Leaf Stone
Water Stone
Fire Badge
V Five Star 7 or 10* 1000 Poké Dollars
Nest Ball
Lemonade
Sausages
2000 Poké Dollars
Nest Ball (x2)
Lemonade (x2)
Sausages (x2)
3000 Poké Dollars
Repeat Ball
Revive
Packaged Curry
Moon Stone
Sun Stone
Thunder Stone
Fighting or Ghost Badge
VI Six Star 8 2000 Poké Dollars
Nest Ball (x2)
Lemonade (x2)
Sausages (x2)
4000 Poké Dollars
Repeat Ball
Revive
Packaged Curry
6000 Poké Dollars
Repeat Ball (x2)
Revive (x2)
Packaged Curry (x2)
Moon Stone
Sun Stone
Thunder Stone
Fairy Badge
VII Seven Star 9 2500 Poké Dollars
Repeat Ball
Revive
Packaged Curry
5000 Poké Dollars
Repeat Ball (x2)
Revive (x2)
Packaged Curry (x2)
7500 Poké Dollars
Quick Ball (x2)
Ether
Revive (x3)
Moomoo Cheese
Dusk Stone
Shiny Stone
Rock or Ice Badge
VIII Eight Star 10 4000 Poké Dollars
Repeat Ball (x2)
Revive (x2)
Packaged Curry (x2)
8000 Poké Dollars
Quick Ball (x2)
Ether (x2)
Revive (x3)
Moomoo Cheese
12000 Poké Dollars
Quick Ball (x2)
Max Ether
Moomoo Cheese (x2)
Dusk Stone
Shiny Stone
Dark Badge
IX Nine Star 30 6000 Poké Dollars
Quick Ball
Ether
Moomoo Cheese
Fire Stone
Leaf Stone
Water Stone
12000 Poké Dollars
Quick Ball (x2)
Max Ether
Moomoo Cheese (x2)
Moon Stone
Sun Stone
Thunder Stone
18000 Poké Dollar
Elixer
Max Revive
PP Up
Rare Candy
Dragon Badge
X Nine Star 30 Ever Stone Nugget (x5)
Nugget (x6)
Nugget (x8)
Big Nugget (x10)
Big Nugget (x12)
Big Nugget (x15)
Dragon Badge
  • Hammerlock University Jobs allow for 10 Pokémon

Poké Jobs requirements

Not all of the Poké Jobs will be available for you from the start. You have to meet certain goals and achievements to unlock them. What's more, there are over 150 different Poké Jobs. While some are pretty specific in their descriptions as to what they require, others are vaguer.

Tier I Poké Jobs

Most Tier I Poké Jobs are unlocked from the beginning of the game.

  • #1 LASS: Multi-purpose fabric development; Normal-type Pokémon.
  • #2 Mach Motors: Show us your motivation; Fire-type Pokémon.
  • #3 Yoshida's Coffee: We want to use the best water; Water-type Pokémon.
  • #4 Surf Shipping: Sailing over the water; Water-type Pokémon.
  • #5 Yoshida's Coffee: Add a bit of color and fragrance; Grass-type Pokémon.
  • #6 Wyndon Monorail: To ensure safe operations; Electric-type Pokémon.
  • #7 Good Fit: Showing off the durability; Fighting-type Pokémon.
  • #8 Porcini: Aiming for that punk look; Poison-type Pokémon.
  • #9 Bob's Your Uncle: We've started a food delivery service; Flying-type Pokémon.
  • #10 Dream Diary: So that our crops stay healthy; Bug-type Pokémon.
  • #11 Rondo Floral: I want my plants to grow; Rock-type Pokémon.
  • #12 DENSOKU: Just keep running; Dark-type Pokémon.
  • #13 Galar Taxi: Let's see what kind of person they are...; Dark-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on Surf Shipping #4.
  • #14 Daily Discovery: Making cute designs; Fairy-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on Densoku #12.

Tier II Poké Jobs

Most Tier II Poké Jobs are unlocked with the Grass Badge.

  • #15 The Captain's Table: The basics of cooking; Fire-type Pokémon.
  • #16 Turfield Orchards: Help wanted on our farm; Grass-type Pokémon.
  • #17 Surf Shipping: Crushing through icy waters; Ice-type Pokémon.
  • #18 Mach Motors: Building a solid car; Ground-type Pokémon.
  • #19 Jetsetter: That extra mysterious touch; Psychic-type Pokémon.
  • #20 Celebrity: Good cloth requires good string; Bug-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on Jetsetter #19.
  • #21 LASS: Delicate, high-quality fabrics; Bug-type Pokémon.
  • #22 Bob's Your Uncle: To properly season our dishes; Rock-type Pokémon.
  • #23 Cozy Fried Kitchen: Surprise delivery; Ghost-type Pokémon.
  • #24 Bob's Your Uncle: To make our food even more delicious; Dragon-type Pokémon.
  • #25 Galar Taxi: To see that we get some magical people; Fairy-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on Surf Shipping #17.

Tier III Poké Jobs

Most Tier III Poké Jobs unlock with the Water Badge.

  • #26 Jetsetter: Recruiting detail-oriented Pokémon; Normal-type Pokémon.
  • #27 Yoshida's Coffee: What it means to roast beans; Fire-type Pokémon.
  • #28 Steelix Railcars: Testing our railcars; Electric-type Pokémon.
  • #29 MCR Freight: We need Pokémon that can handle the cold; Ice-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on Steelix Railcars #28.
  • #30 Wyndon Monorail: Inspection requires strength; Fighting-type Pokémon.
  • #31 Macro Cosmos Rail: Fixing up the city's electrical grid; Ground-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on MCR Freight #29.
  • #32 Rondo Floral: Gotta keep things growing; Ground-type Pokémon.
  • #33 Bookmark: Help wanted finding books; Psychic-type Pokémon.
  • #34 Celebrity: To invent Psychic cloth; Psychic-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on Jetsetter #26.
  • #35 Wailord Aquaculture: We need some nets; Bug-type Pokémon.
  • #36 Daily Discovery: Making cloth with a strong string; Bug-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on Densoku #37.
  • #37 DENSOKU: Developing sports shoes; Bug-type Pokémon.
  • #38 DEFOG: We're making lenses for glasses; Rock-type Pokémon.
  • #39 Good Fit: Hardcore Pokémon for a wild product; Dark-type Pokémon.
  • #40 Lapras Shipwrights: Assembling ships; Steel-type Pokémon.
  • #41 Sonoqui: Customer acquisition; Fairy-type Pokémon.

Tier IV Poké Jobs

Most Tier IV Poké Jobs unlock with the Fire Badge.

  • #42 Rose of the Rondelands: Provide the best service at all times; Normal-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on Hotel Ionia #55.
  • #43 Budew Drop Inn: Capable customer reception; Normal-type Pokémon.
  • #44 Daily Discovery: Making the perfect cloth; Normal-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on Densoku #50.
  • #45 Huo Guo Hot Pot: Help with cooking; Fire-type Pokémon.
  • #46 The Captain's Table: Good Water for our desserts; Water-type Pokémon.
  • #47 Lapras Shipwrights: Hull inspectors wanted; Water-type Pokémon.
  • #48 Bookmark: Into the shrubbery; Grass-type Pokémon.
  • #49 Macro Cosmos Air: Dependable security guard; Fighting-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on MCA Cargo #59.
  • #50 DENSOKU: Developing powerful shoes; Fighting-type Pokémon.
  • #51 Macro Cosmos Tech: Pokémon resistant to chemicals please; Poison-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on No. 1 Pharmacy #52.
  • #52 No. 1 Pharmacy: Mixing dangerous chemicals; Poison-type Pokémon.
  • #53 RKS Laboratories: Poison against Poison just in case; Poison-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on No. 1 Pharmacy #52.
  • #54 Pelipper Couriers: For safe and quick deliveries; Flying-type Pokémon.
  • #55 Hotel Ionia: We want help solving problems; Psychic-type Pokémon.
  • #56 Jetsetter: Help wanted making luxurious cloth; Bug-type Pokémon.
  • #57 Macro Cosmos Media: Horror TV show production; Ghost-type Pokémon.
  • #58 Macro Cosmos Television: A super exciting show; Dragon-type Pokémon.
  • #59 MCA Cargo: Pokémon that can deliver in any weather; Dragon-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on Pelipper Couriers #54.
  • #60 Mach Motors: A guideline for durability; Steel-type Pokémon.
  • #61 Celebrity: We want to make truly magical cloth; Fairy-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on Jetsetter #56.

Tier V Poké Jobs

Most Tier V Poké Jobs unlock with the Fighting Badge in Sword or the Ghost Badge in Shield.

  • #62 Cozy Fried Kitchen: Recruiting customer support; Normal-type Pokémon.
  • #63 Grow Sures: Keeping our veggies fresh; Water-type Pokémon.
  • #64 Dream Diary: I want our ranch to be a good place; Grass-type Pokémon.
  • #65 Macro Cosmos Rail: Fixing up the city's lights; Electric-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on MCR Freight #77.
  • #66 Lapras Shipwrights: We're building a massive ship!; Electric-type Pokémon.
  • #67 Bob's Your Uncle: You can't cook without it; Ice-type Pokémon.
  • #68 The Captain's Table: To make delightfully chilled desserts; Ice-type Pokémon.
  • #69 Macro Cosmos Construction: Construction work, heavy lifting; Fighting-type Pokémon.
  • #70 Steelix Railcars: Foundation for assembling railcars; Ground-type Pokémon.
  • #71 MCA Cargo: We need help in the air; Flying-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on Pelipper Couriers #76.
  • #72 Turfield Orchards: Time to harvest; Bug-type Pokémon.
  • #73 MC Insurance: I want more contracts; Ghost-type Pokémon.
  • #74 Macro Cosmos Air: Flight escort; Dragon-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on MCA Cargo #71.
  • #75 MC Brokerage: Not trying to scare anyone; Dark-type Pokémon.
  • #76 Pelipper Couriers: We need help sorting our packages; Steel-type Pokémon.
  • #77 MCR Freight: Time to do some maintenance; Steel-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on Steelix Railcars #70.
  • #78 Hammerlocke University: HP seminar.
  • #79 Hammerlocke University: Attack seminar.
  • #80 Hammerlocke University: Defense seminar.
  • #81 Hammerlocke University: Sp. Attack seminar.
  • #82 Hammerlocke University: Sp. Defense seminar.
  • #83 Hammerlocke University: Speed seminar.

The Hammerlocke University Poké Jobs unlock with your fourth badge but once unlocked are always available to any type Pokémon.

Tier VI Poké Jobs

Most Tier VI Poké Jobs unlock with the Fairy Badge.

  • #84 Hotel Ionia: To provide the best customer care; Normal-type Pokémon.
  • #85 Cozy Fried Kitchen: Our specialty dishes; Fire-type Pokémon.
  • #86 Galar Fire Station: Nothing like a little aromatherapy; Grass-type Pokémon.
  • #87 DENSOKU: Create lightweight shoes; Electric-type Pokémon.
  • #88 Huo Guo Hot Pot: We want sparkly clean floors; Ice-type Pokémon.
  • #89 Macro Cosmos Media: Muscle talk; Fighting-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on Macro Cosmos Television #95.
  • #90 Timburr Builders: So you think you're strong; Fighting-type Pokémon.
  • #91 Rondo Floral: Looking for flowers; Poison-type Pokémon.
  • #92 Timburr Builders: Making a sound foundation; Ground-type Pokémon.
  • #93 Grow Sures: A speedy delivery; Flying-type Pokémon.
  • #94 Porcini: Making high-quality clothing; Bug-type Pokémon.
  • #95 Macro Cosmos Television: A show that will chill you to the bone...; Ghost-type Pokémon.
  • #96 Daily Discovery: A fabric that inspires legends; Dragon-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on DENSOKU #87.
  • #97 Rose of Rondelands: We need some quick cleaning!; Fairy-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on Hotel Ionia #84.
  • #98 HIJIKI OKA: We need models for our clothing; Fairy-type Pokémon.

Tier VII Poké Jobs

Most Tier VII Poké Jobs unlock with the Rock Badge in Sword or the Ice Badge in Shield.

  • #99 Rose of Rondelands: The delicious secret of our hotel; Fire-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on Hotel Ionia #100.
  • #100 Hotel Ionia: To keep our guests toasty warm; Fire-type Pokémon.
  • #101 Wyndon Monorail: Need to wash away all the grime; Water-type Pokémon.
  • #102 Galar Post Office: Flower delivery service; Grass-type Pokémon.
  • #103 Macro Cosmos Energy: Substation servicing; Electric-type Pokémon.
  • #104 Gramophone Records: We need some music around here; Electric-type Pokémon.
  • #105 Northern Delights: Delicious, delightful ice cream; Ice-type Pokémon.
  • #106 Dream Diary: Need help plowing fields; Fighting-type Pokémon.
  • #107 MCR Freight: We need some solid help for shipping; Ground-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on Steelix Railcars #116.
  • #108 Macro Cosmos Air: Safety checks; Flying-type Pokémon.
  • #109 Telescreen: Check with Psychic powers!; Psychic-type Pokémon.
  • #110 Good Fit: Our new line of shoes; Bug-type Pokémon.
  • #111 Galar Minerals: Get those Rocks out of the way; Rock-type Pokémon.
  • #112 Bookmark: Spreading spooky knowledge; Ghost-type Pokémon.
  • #113 Galar Fire Station: Through water and fire; Dragon-type Pokémon.
  • #114 HIJIKI OKA: We need Pokémon to try on our clothes; Dark-type Pokémon.
  • #115 Macro Cosmos Rail: Railcar inspection and maintenance; Steel-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on MCR Freight #107.
  • #116 Steelix Railcars: Assembling our trains; Steel-type Pokémon.
  • #117 MC Brokerage: Cute receptionists please; Fairy-type Pokémon.

Tier VIII Poké Jobs

Most Tier VIII Poké Jobs unlock with the Dark Badge.

  • #118 Northern Delights: We need taste testers, please!; Normal-type Pokémon.
  • #119 Budew Drop Inn: Cooking temperature is all important; Fire-type Pokémon.
  • #120 Macro Cosmos Living: Good Water makes good food; Water-type Pokémon.
  • #121 Galar Fire Station: Emergency refill needed; Water-type Pokémon.
  • #122 RKS Laboratories: Experimenting with medicinal herbs; Grass-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on No. 1 Pharmacy #134.
  • #123 Galar Minerals: Electricity is so useful; Electric-type Pokémon.
  • #124 Macro Cosmos Bank: Looking to promote insurance policies; Poison-type Pokémon.
  • #125 Galar Minerals: Need some help with digging; Ground-type Pokémon.
  • #126 Turfield Orchards: Need help watering vast areas; Flying-type Pokémon.
  • #127 Macro Cosmos Tech: Researching mysterious powers; Psychic-type Pokémon. Unlocks after doing a Great Job on No. 1 Pharmacy #134.
  • #128 HIJIKI OKA: Making a fabric that can't be cut; Bug-type Pokémon.
  • #129 Timburr Builders: Falling Rocks hurt quite a bit; Rock-type Pokémon.
  • #130 Macro Cosmos Tech: Solving unsolved mysteries; Ghost-type Pokémon.
  • #131 Galar Post Office: We'll deliver to any location!; Dragon-type Pokémon.
  • #132 Macro Cosmos Construction: Appearances matter for security guards; Dark-type Pokémon.
  • #133 Spikemuth Chamber of Commerce: Nothing too serious; Dark-type Pokémon.
  • #134 No. 1 Pharmacy: Pokémon immune to poison, please!; Steel-type Pokémon.
  • #135 Northern Delights: Making sweets is all about image!; Fairy-type Pokémon.

Tier IX Poké Jobs

Most Tier IX Poké Jobs unlock with the Dragon Badge.

  • #136 Macro Cosmos Living: Normal help is the best help; Normal-type Pokémon.
  • #137 Macro Cosmos Media: Cooking competition show; Fire-type Pokémon. Unlocks by doing a Great Job on Macro Cosmos Television #145.
  • #138 Galar Minerals: Removing impurities; Fire-type Pokémon.
  • #139 Rondo Floral: Our flowers need help; Water-type Pokémon.
  • #140 Galar Post Office: Our truck needs a wash; Water-type Pokémon.
  • #141 Macro Net: Keep an eye on our network!; Electric-type Pokémon.
  • #142 Macro Cosmos Living: Cold delivery; Ice-type Pokémon.
  • #143 Bookmark: Help wanted carrying books; Fighting-type Pokémon.
  • #144 Galar Police Station: Preparing for nature; Poison-type Pokémon.
  • #145 Macro Cosmos Television: A good show about cleaning; Poison-type Pokémon.
  • #146 Macro Cosmos Construction: Construction survey; Ground-type Pokémon.
  • #147 HIJIKI OKA: Even in the vacuum of space; Flying-type Pokémon.
  • #148 Macro Net: To meet our customers' needs!; Psychic-type Pokémon.
  • #149 Gramophone Records: Recording the cries of bugs; Bug-type Pokémon.
  • #150 Macro Cosmos Energy: Pokémon strong against physical attacks; Rock-type Pokémon.
  • #151 Telescreen: Handling complaints; Ghost-type Pokémon.
  • #152 Macro Cosmos Bank: To protect our investments; Dragon-type Pokémon.
  • #153 Galar Police Station: Preparing for anything; Dragon-type Pokémon.
  • #154 Macro Cosmos Bank: A type that can handle danger, please; Dark-type Pokémon.
  • #155 Galar Police Station: Preparing for strange things!; Steel-type Pokémon.
  • #156 Budew Drop Inn: Cute, fantastical Pokémon wanted; Fairy-type Pokémon.

Tier X Poké Jobs

As of now, there is only one Tier X Poké Job, and it also unlocks with the Dragon Badge.

  • #157 ??????: Top-secret project; Ghost type Pokémon.

Questions about Poké Jobs?

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