A hidden encounter, also known as a random encounter (Japanese: ！エンカウント ! encounter), is a type of wild Pokémon encounter found in the Galar region in Pokémon Sword and Shield. While walking in the tall grass, an exclamation mark will appear nearby and the grass will begin to shake for a couple seconds; walking into that spot before the grass stops shaking will then trigger an encounter.
Unlike symbol encounters, the Pokémon cannot be seen in the overworld until it is battled. The player does not know what Pokémon will appear until they enter the encounter, similar to random wild encounters from previous generations. However, unlike in previous games, hidden encounters are only triggered in tall grass, and only when the player makes contact with the spot indicating the hidden encounter's location. This makes it possible for the player to avoid the hidden encounter altogether.
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