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Where to find the Hi-Tech Earbuds and access audio options in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Where is that pesky NPC?

Pokémon Sword and Shield include a strange way for players to access audio settings. Trainers are forced to go out of their way to track down a non-player character (NPC) to unlock the option.

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By talking to an NPC, you’ll receive the Hi-Tech Earbuds. These earbuds will unlock the option to change the volume of almost everything in-game, ranging from background music to Pokémon cries.

To find this NPC, follow these quick and easy steps and you’ll be on your way to fine-tuning your audio in style.

  • Step one: Head to Motostoke Town.
  • Step two: Head toward the large gear elevator that takes you to the town’s arena. Stop just before you go up to it and turn right.
  • Step three: Head toward the yellow record store building. You’ll see an old, tubby man beside it. Talk to him and he’ll give you the item.

Once you have the item, that’s it. You can load up the settings in the game’s main menu and scroll down to find all the audio options you can now change.

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