Pokemon Sword and Shield Growlithe Locations, How to Catch and Evolve

Learn how to get the Fire-type Gen-I puppy, Growlithe, in Pokemon Sword and Shield with our locations guide and how you can best use it

In Pokemon Sword and Shield, you go around catching Pokemon who evolve and bond with you as you progress in the game. Growlithe is a frequently captured Pokemon by the players and is highly searched for. Due to that, we have compiled a Pokemon Sword and Shield Growlithe Locations guide that will help you catch it.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Growlithe Locations

Growlithe’s abilities make it very useful and important for various types of combat situations, apart from the fact that it’s a cute looking Pokemon. It’s two abilities include

Intimidate: Reduces the Attack stat of the opposing Pokemon.

Flash Fire: Powers up the Pokemon’s Fire-type moves if it’s hit by one.

Justified: Being hit by a Dark-type move boosts the Attack stat of the Pokemon, for justice.

Growlithe Strengths and Weaknesses
Keep in mind that Growlithe being a Fire-type is extremely weak to Water-type Pokemon and moves so can be easily defeated by them.

It is also weak against Ground and Rock-type pokemon. The Pokemon is strong against Bug, Steel, Grass, Ice, Fairy, and, of course, Fire.

Growlithe Locations
To find the Pokemon in Pokemon Sword, you can go to a Wild Area zone, in a Den. You can also go to the Fire gym and search for Growlithe in the grass.

To find the Growlithe in Pokemon Shield, you can go to Route 3 and find the Growlithe in the grass patches. They spawn here very frequently so you won’t have any issue.

Growlithe Stats
Growlithe has the following base stats which can change based on the level of the Pokemon

  • HP: 55
  • Atk: 70
  • Def: 45
  • Sp.Atk: 70
  • Sp.Def: 50
  • Speed: 60

Growlithe Evolution
If you use a Fire Stone on Growlithe, it evolves the Pokemon to Arcanaine with the following base stats

  • HP: 90
  • Atk: 110
  • Def: 80
  • Sp.Atk: 100
  • Sp.Def: 80
  • Speed: 95

Growlithe Spawn Locations
You can find Growlithe in both, Overworld (which are visible in the game) and Non-Overworld (which are not visible in the game). For overworld spawns, Dusty Bowl during Intense Sun is the best time and place to look for a Growlithe as it has a spawn rate of 30%

You can also randomly run into it as a non-overworld spawn in Hammerlocke Hills during Intense Sun weather with a spawn rate of 40%