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Check out this guide on how to get and upgrade the Rotom Bike in Pokemon Sword and Shield. This includes how to change outfit color, how to ride on water (surf), and more!

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What Is The Rotom Bike?

A Tool For Faster Movement

Rotom Bike

A staple of most Pokemon games, the bike makes a return in Sword and Shield. It allows you to move significantly faster than normal. It is especially important when traversing the Wild Area.

Check Out Tips On How To Navigate The Wild Area Here!

Use The + Button To Ride It

The bike can be activated by pressing the + button on your controller. You can dismount by pressing it one more time. And of course, the bike cannot be used inside buildings!

Press B To Boost

Bike Boost

Pressing the B button while riding your bike will give you a significant speed increase for a short while. Afterwards, this ability will go on cooldown, but the cooldown time can be reduced via upgrades. You will hear an audio cue when the ability is ready to use again!

Wear A Uniform - Outfit Color Change

Bike Uniform

While riding your bike, your appearance will also change. This bike riding uniform can also be customized by talking to Watt Traders. They will change your uniform color to match the type of the Pokemon in the first slot of your party!

Check Out What Else You Can Customize Here In Our Detailed Guide!

How To Get The Bike

Unlock After The First Gym

Get The Bike

You will unlock the bike by progressing through the game's story. When crossing the bridge heading to Nessa's Gym, you will have to fight a few members of Team Yell. After defeating them, you will be awarded the Rotom Bike.

Check Out Our Guide On How To Get To Nessa's Gym!

How to Upgrade Bike

Ride On Water Upgrade

Water Bike

This upgrade allows you to ride your bike on water! It fulfills the function that Surf used to in previous games. It can be obtained by battling Team Yell on Route 9 (after defeating the 6th Gym).

Check Out Our Walkthrough Up To The 7th Gym

Turbo Boost Cooldown Reduction

Watt Trader

By talking to Watt Traders across the Wild Area, you can upgrade your bike a total of three times. Each upgrade will reduce the cooldown on the Turbo function.

Cost Of Bike Upgrade

1st Time2nd Time3rd Time
1000W3000W5000W
Find Out How To Farm Watts Efficiently Here!

Rotom Rally Guide

Bike Around The Wild Area And Earn Watts

Rotom Rally

You can also play a small minigame using the Rotom Bike where you must travel from point A to point B within a time limit. If you complete the race, you will gain Watts! This minigame is repeatable, so you could use it to farm Watts!

Check Out Our Detailed Rotom Rally Guide Here!

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