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Pokémon Sword and Shield guide: How to get Rotom and its forms

Picking up the Rotom Catalog in Wyndon will let your special ghost- and electric-type change forms

A Rotom in Pokémon Sword and Shield Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo via Polygon
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After catching a Rotom in Pokémon Sword and Shield, players can swap its form to make it specialize in other types.

Rotom is an electric- and ghost-type Pokémon from the Sinnoh region. It can take on different forms, merging with special household appliances to change its typing and form.

Where can I catch Rotom?

A map of the Galar region shows where to catch Rotom Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo via Polygon

Rotom can be caught in the Lake of Outrage zone of the Wild Area during thunderstorms and rainy weather. It has a pretty low spawn rate, sitting at 2%, but if one spawns, you will definitely see it. It’ll zoom around and blink towards you the second you grab its attention. If it’s not raining, you can change the date to try to get the right weather.

How do I change Rotom’s form?

A man in an orange house in Wyndon will reward the player with a Rotom Catalog. Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo via Polygon

To unlock the different Rotom forms, simply talk to a man inside of a an orange house in Wyndon. He can be found in the row of townhomes in the city, and he’s in the orange-colored house closest to the stadium. He will reward you with a Rotom Catalog, a neat tool that will help you change your Rotom’s form. It can be found in your Key Items. The forms are as follows:

  • Heat Rotom: electric/fire
  • Wash Rotom: electric/water
  • Frost Rotom: electric/ice
  • Fan Rotom: electric/flying
  • Mow Rotom: electric/grass