Pokémon Sword and Shield: How Long Do Pokémon Eggs Take To Hatch?

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Pokémon eggs hatching

Pokémon breeding makes a return in Pokémon Sword and Shield, being available to you shortly after you beat the first gym and Route 5 opens up. Once the two Pokémon have bumped uglies and you receive an egg, how long does this Pokémon Egg take to hatch in Pokémon Sword and Shield?

From our observations, it can take 25-30 real-time minutes for a Pokémon Egg to hatch in Pokémon Sword and Shield. That will be a little longer if it’s for a rarer Pokémon. Those minutes do not count if you are idle in a menu, you need to be making steps in-game either on your bike or by foot.

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The first Nursery you can find is along Route 5.

A Pokémon Egg will never hatch if it’s in a box, so you need to make room in your party for it. You, for obvious reasons, cannot use a Pokémon Egg in a battle, but we’d love to see how that looked.

There’s a quicker method of making eggs hatch in Pokémon Sword and Shield, but it’s a little cheesy. With a Pokémon with the Flame Body ability in your party, it will make the egg hatch quicker. You can then just spin around in a circle by holding the right stick to the left and moving the left joystick right, which will speed up the hatching process. More details about this process are in the video below, but it will still take 10 minutes.

Once the Pokémon Egg hatches, a level 1 Pokémon will be born, which you can then level up pretty quickly. The breed depends on its parents with two Pokémon of different sexes of the same species or type the ones to create a Pokémon Egg. An Onix and a Magikarp will not be able to make a baby, unfortunately.

Pokémon Sword and Shield are out now on Nintendo Switch.

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