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Pokémon Sword and Shield guide: How to get more toys for your camp

Playing with your Pokémon makes them like you more

A creepy Pokemon with a disco ball Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo via Polygon
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

You’ll start Pokémon Sword and Shield with two toys: a feather dangler and a Poké Ball toy. Pokémon can play with these at camp, whether it’s punching the dangler or chasing the ball. But there’s another way to get toys, and that’s by making curries.

Filling up your Curry Dex has its own benefits, of course — they heal your Pokémon and make them happy. But if you visit the Camping King in the Wild Area’s East Lake Axewell, just south of the Motostoke stairs. The Camping King can change the color of your tent, but he’ll also rate your Curry Dex, and reward you when you reach certain milestones.

Where to find the Camping King in the Wild Area Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo via Polygon

If you’re looking at the stairs, he’s to the left. Interact with him to pull up a menu and Select “Rate my Curry Dex, please.” He’ll take a quick look at your ‘dex and reward you for the number of curries you’ve made so far.

These are the toys available — we’ve confirmed up to 50 curries:

  • Fresh Ball — 5 curries
  • Weighted Ball — 10 curries
  • Soothe Ball — 15 curries
  • Mirror Ball — 30 curries
  • Tympole Ball — 50 curries
  • Champion Ball — 151 curries, according to Serebii
Talking to the Camping KIng Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo via Polygon

The biggest difference between these toys is how you throw them and how they move — the weighted ball is heavy, the soothe ball jingles and is quite light, and the Tympole ball has a squeaker that sounds like Tympole’s cry.

Playing with your Pokémon increases their experience but it always makes them like you more, which can impact battles. For instance, a Pokémon that wants to please you might withstand a critical hit.

Need help making curries so you can get more toys? We’ve got a guide for that.