| The subject of this article has no official English name.|
The name currently in use is the official English translation of the Japanese name.
A (Japanese: シンボルエンカウント symbol encounter) is a type of wild Pokémon encounter in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! and Pokémon Sword and Shield. It is when a wild Pokémon can be seen walking around in the overworld.
In Sword and Shield, symbol encounters can have different responses to the player's presence. Upon noticing the player, a Pokémon may do one of the following depending on its species:
- Flee from the player, disappearing if it evades the player for long enough. This behavior is denoted by sweat drops emerging from the Pokémon.
- Ignore the player and resume its regular activity.
- Approach the player and greet them repeatedly with its cry and a species-specific animation. If ignored for long enough, it will return to its regular activity. This behavior is denoted by a speech bubble with a question mark "?" appearing above the Pokémon before it approaches.
- Pursue the player and attempt to force them into a battle. This behavior is denoted by a speech bubble with an exclamation mark "!" appearing above the Pokémon before it approaches.
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