Here’s where you can catch a Bouffalant on the Isle of Armor in Pokémon Sword & Shield.
Like many Pokémon, Bouffalant is inspired by a real-life animal. In this case, the American buffalo. However, its horns look a lot like the African buffalo, and then they gave it a big freakin’ afro just to sell the whole “African” thing a little too hard.
I’m not saying that Bouffalant is bad or unworthy of a Pokémon Trainer’s attention. All I’m saying is that Game Freak might want to reconsider this particular Pokémon’s aesthetic, or at least get rid of the bling on its horns.
On the plus side, Bouffalant is big and hits like a truck. Let’s go track one down.
Bouffalant is not in the base game of Sword & Shield, so you’ll have to trade or use Pokémon HOME to get one if you don’t own the Isle of Armor expansion. If you do own Isle of Armor, you can find Bouffalant at Soothing Wetlands and Challenge Beach. Spawn rates are low, so expect to put in some time on this search.
You can also find Bouffalant in Max Raid Battles at Soothing Wetlands, Courageous Cavern, and Training Lowlands.
Bouffalant doesn’t evolve or Gigantamax. It doesn’t need to evolve. Bouffalant is a strong, independent Pokémon that don’t need no evolution to be a valuable addition to your team.
Bouffalant has some significant bulk and great power. Its signature attack, Head Charge, combines with its Reckless ability to hit opponents extremely hard. You can even amp that power up with Swords Dance if you think you can survive for a turn.
The only problem with Bouffalant is its poor speed. This can let faster Fighting-type attackers get in before Bouffalant can hit back. Substitute is a good ability to have on-hand in case Bouffalant finds itself against a tough opponent.
Earthquake, Zen Headbutt, and Close Combat help give Bouffalant great coverage against most opposing Pokémon types.