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Max Raids (Part 2)

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Ben Chard
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Vincent Lau

Den H

From the shore of the large, central island, swim in an anti-clockwise direction. In the middle of the waters, there are two dens adjacent to a bunch of glaciers. This den is the one on the left (if the large island is on your left).

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Audino Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Cubchoo [Sword] Ice ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Eiscue [Shield] Ice ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Spheal Ice/Water ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Bergmite [Sword] Ice ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Sealeo Ice/Water ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Cryogonal Ice ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Vanilluxe Ice ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Beartic Ice ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Walrein Ice/Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Avalugg Ice ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Lapras Water/Ice ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Delibird Ice/Flying ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Lapras Water/Ice ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% [Shield]
Spheal Ice/Water ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Sealeo Ice/Water ☆☆ - 45%, ☆☆☆ - 50%
Avalugg Ice ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Cryogonal Ice ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Walrein Ice/Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Vanilluxe Ice ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Lapras (GMax) Water/Ice ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den I

Naturally, this den is the one on the right.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Audino Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Dreepy Dragon/Ghost ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Phantump Ghost/Grass ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Mimikyu Ghost/Fairy ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 45%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Snorunt Ice ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Drakloak Ghost/Dragon ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Mawile [Sword] Steel/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Sableye [Shield] Dark/Ghost ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Glalie Ice ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Froslass Ice/Ghost ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Trevenant Ghost/Grass ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Delibird Ice/Flying ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Dreepy Ghost/Dragon ☆ - 100%, ☆☆ - 80%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Haunter [Sword] Ghost/Poison ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Corsola (Galarian) [Shield] Ghost ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Mawile [Sword] Steel/Fairy ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Sableye [Shield] Dark/Ghost ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Trevenant Ghost/Grass ☆☆☆ - 30% [Sword], ☆☆☆ - 15% [Shield], ☆☆☆☆ - 45% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆ - 25% [Shield]
Cursola [Shield] Ghost ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Dragapult Ghost/Dragon ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Gengar [Sword] Ghost/Poison ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Gengar (GMax) [Shield] Ghost/Poison ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den J

Next to another giant iceberg, at the far corner of the zone. It’s pretty far away from everywhere else.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Audino Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Elekid Electric ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Joltik Bug/Electric ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Pincurchin Electric ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Electabuzz Electric ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Mimikyu Ghost/Fairy ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Galvantula Bug/Electric ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Boltund Electric ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Electivire Electric ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Delibird Ice/Flying ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Elekid Electric ☆ - 100%, ☆☆ - 55%
Dedenne Electric/Fairy ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Galvantula Bug/Electric ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Electabuzz Electric ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Boltund Electric ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Toxtricity Electric ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Pincurchin Electric ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Electivire Electric ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Toxtricity (GMax) Electric ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den K

In the waters, among some thin glaciers, in a the shape of a “Y”. It’s roughly opposite to the highest point of the large, central island.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Audino Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Omanyte [Sword] Rock/Water ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Kabuto [Shield] Rock/Water ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Feebas Water ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 45%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Whiscash Water/Ground ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Basculin Water ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Omastar [Sword] Rock/Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Kabutops [Shield] Rock/Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Gyarados Water/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Milotic Water ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Relicanth Water/Rock ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Delibird Ice/Flying ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Feebas Water ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Omanyte [Sword] Rock/Water ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Kabuto [Shield] Rock/Water ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Relicanth Water/Rock ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Basculin Water ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Kingler Water ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Omastar [Sword] Rock/Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Kabutops [Shield] Rock/Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Milotic Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Gyarados Water/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Kingler (GMax) Water ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den L

In the waters, next to some glaciers a short distance ahead from the previous den.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Audino Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Cleffa Fairy ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Carbink Rock/Fairy ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 45%
Hatenna Psychic ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Hattrem Psychic ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Clefairy Fairy ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Clefable Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Whimsicott Grass/Fairy ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Hatterene Psychic/Fairy ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Delibird Ice/Flying ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Carbink Rock/Fairy ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Cottonee Grass/Fairy ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Clefairy Fairy ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Whimsicott Grass/Fairy ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Weezing (Galarian) Poison/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Hatterene Psychic/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Clefable Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Hatterene (GMax) Psychic/Fairy ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den M

By the side of the cliff wall if you turn right from the previous den (while facing the shores near the entrance).

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Audino Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Zubat Poison/Flying ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Noibat Flying/Dragon ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Swablu Normal/Flying ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Golbat Poison/Flying ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Corvisquire Flying ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Altaria Dragon/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Noivern Flying/Dragon ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Corviknight Flying/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Crobat Poison/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Delibird Ice/Flying ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Zubat Poison/Flying ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Woobat Psychic/Flying ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Corvisquire Flying ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Golbat Poison/Flying ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Swoobat Psychic/Flying ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Corviknight Flying/Steel ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Aerodactyl Rock/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Altaria Dragon/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Crobat Poison/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Noivern Flying/Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Corviknight (GMax) Flying/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den N

Near the first giant iceberg–the one opposite the initial shore. If you swim from the direction of that shore, it’s to the left of the iceberg. Otherwise, if you’ve come from Den M, it’s on the right.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Audino Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Sneasel Dark/Ice ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Impidimp Dark/Fairy ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Morgrem Dark/Fairy ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Linoone (Galarian) Dark/Normal ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Grimmsnarl Dark/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Absol Dark ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Obstagoon Dark/Normal ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Weavile Dark/Ice ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Delibird Ice/Flying ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Impidimp Dark/Fairy ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Absol Dark ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Sneasel Dark/Ice ☆☆ - 45%, ☆☆☆ - 55%
Thievul Dark ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Liepard Dark ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Absol Dark ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Grimmsnarl Dark/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Weavile Dark/Ice ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Grimmsnarl (GMax) Dark/Fairy ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

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  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    31 August 2021
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Welcome to our comprehensive strategy guide for Pokémon: Sword and Shield, the latest entries in the Pokémon video game franchise. Our guide also incorporates all the DLC, including the Isle of Armor and brand new Crown Tundra DLC.

In Sword and Shield, you explore the Galar region, based on the United Kingdom, alongside rivals Hop, Bede and Marnie, with the aim to dethrone the Pokémon League Champion.

The games introduce several new features such as Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing, functions that increase size and change forms of certain Pokémon; the Wild Area, a large open world with free camera movement; and raids with co-op battling. They also reintroduce features previously seen in Sun and Moon and Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, such as regional variants and roaming Pokémon depicted in the overworld.

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  • A Complete Walkthrough of the Isle of Armor.
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  • A Full Walkthrough featuring Pokémon encounter rates.
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  • New Items: Mints & Natures Explained.
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