Den A

From Frostpoint Field’s west exit, head towards the Iron Ruins. When facing away from the entrance of the ruins, there’s some tall grass along the right side. This den’s inside the grass.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Audino Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Aron Steel/Rock ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Durant Bug/Steel ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Beldum Steel/Psychic ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Lairon Steel/Rock ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Metang Steel/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Corviknight Flying/Steel ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Copperajah Steel ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Aggron Rock/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Delibird Ice/Flying ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Aron Steel/Rock ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Meowth (Galarian) Steel ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Durant Bug/Steel ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Lairon Steel/Rock ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Perrserker Steel ☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆ - 50%
Copperajah Steel ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Aggron Rock/Steel ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Metagross Steel/Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Copperajah (GMax) Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den B

Follow the tall grass along the right side. Once you’ve gone past the grass, there’s a second den nearby, along the same side.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Audino Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Magby Fire ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Sizzlipede Fire/Bug ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Heatmor Fire ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Lampent Ghost/Fire ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Magmar Fire ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Centiskorch Fire/Bug ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Chandelure Ghost/Fire ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Magmortar Fire ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Delibird Ice/Flying ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Magby Fire ☆ - 100%, ☆☆ - 55%
Magmar Fire ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Heatmor Fire ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Centiskorch Fire/Bug ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Chandelure Ghost/Fire ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Ninetales [Sword] Fire ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Arcanine [Shield] Fire ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Magmortar Fire ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Centiskorch (GMax) Fire/Bug ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den C

Follow the left-hand side wall from the east exit of Frostpoint Field. To the left of the second abandoned building, on the other side of the tall grass.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Audino Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Sinistea (Phony) Ghost ☆/☆☆ - 100%, ☆☆☆ - 92%, ☆☆☆☆ - 91%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 90%
Sinistea (Antique) Ghost ☆☆☆ - 3%, ☆☆☆☆ - 4%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Delibird Ice/Flying ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Sinistea (Phony) Ghost ☆ - 99%, ☆☆ - 97%, ☆☆☆ - 90%, ☆☆☆☆ - 88% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆ - 73% [Shield]
Alcremie [Shield] Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Sinistea (Antique) Ghost ☆ - 1%, ☆☆ - 3%, ☆☆☆ - 5%, ☆☆☆☆ - 7%
Polteageist (Phony) Ghost ☆☆☆☆☆ - 51%
Polteageist (Antique) Ghost ☆☆☆☆☆ - 9%
Alcremie (GMax) Fairy ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den D

Behind the last abandoned building along the left side of the road.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Audino Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Swablu Normal/Flying ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Wooloo Normal ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Munchlax Normal ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Greedent Normal ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Dubwool Normal ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Altaria Dragon/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 45%
Snorlax Normal ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Delibird Ice/Flying ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Swablu Normal/Flying ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Skwovet Normal ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Greedent Normal ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Dubwool Normal ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Altaria Dragon/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Snorlax Normal ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Snorlax (GMax) Normal ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den E

Behind the last abandoned building along the right side of the road. There are two boulders nearby.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Audino Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Nidoran (F) Poison (☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆ - 30% [Sword]) (☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25% [Shield])
Zubat Poison/Flying ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Nidoran (M) Poison (☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25% [Sword]) (☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆ - 30% [Shield])
Nidorina Poison ☆☆☆ - 25% [Sword], ☆☆☆ - 15% [Shield], ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Nidorino Poison ☆☆☆ - 15% [Sword], ☆☆☆ - 25% [Shield], ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Nidoqueen Poison/Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 15% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15% [Shield]
Golbat Poison/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Nidoking Poison/Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 15% [Shield], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40% [Shield]

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Delibird Ice/Flying ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Zubat Poison/Flying ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Trubbish Poison ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Nidorina [Sword] Poison ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Nidorino [Shield] Poison ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Slowpoke (Galarian) Psychic ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Golbat Poison/Flying ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Garbodor Poison ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Nidoqueen Poison/Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 30% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆ - 15% [Shield], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% [Shield]
Nidoking Poison/Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 15% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆ - 40% [Shield], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40% [Shield]
Crobat Poison/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Garbodor (GMax) Poison ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den F

Head forward from the previous den, following the edge of this higher ground. Once you’ve gone past the tall grass on the left, you’ll find this den near a bunch of small bushes.

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 G

Inside the body of water next to the left-hand side wall. It can be hard to see if you’re on elevated ground.

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 H

From the previous den, atop the area of land surrounded by the water.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Audino Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Druddigon Dragon ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Bagon [Sword] Dragon ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Gible [Shield] Dragon/Ground ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Tyrunt Rock/Dragon ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Shelgon [Sword] Dragon ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Gabite [Shield] Dragon/Ground ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Dratini Dragon ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Tyrantrum Rock/Dragon ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Salamence [Sword] Dragon/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Garchomp [Shield] Dragon/Ground ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Delibird Ice/Flying ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Duraludon Steel/Dragon ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Bagon [Sword] Dragon ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Gible [Shield] Dragon/Ground ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Tyrunt Rock/Dragon ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Turtonator [Sword] Fire/Dragon ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Drampa [Shield] Normal/Dragon ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Shelgon [Sword] Dragon ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Gabite [Shield] Dragon/Ground ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Dragonite Dragon/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Tyrantrum Rock/Dragon ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Salamence [Sword] Dragon/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Garchomp [Shield] Dragon/Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Duraludon (GMax) Steel/Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Empty Den

Near the entrance to Snowslide Slope, there’s a permanently empty den surrounded by four small boulders. You can’t use a Wishing Stone here.

To learn what’s up with this den, refer to our Regigigas page.

Den I

Just before the entrance to Snowslide Slope, next to the left-hand side wall. There are some trees nearby.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Audino Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Timburr Fighting ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Golett Ground/Ghost ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Carkol Rock/Fire ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Gurdurr Fighting ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Golurk Ground/Ghost ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Conkeldurr Fighting ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Coalossal Rock/Fire ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Delibird Ice/Flying ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Falinks Fighting ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Tyrogue Fighting ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Gurdurr Fighting ☆☆ - 25% [Sword], ☆☆ - 45% [Shield], ☆☆☆ - 30% [Sword], ☆☆☆ - 55% [Shield]
Sirfetch’d [Sword] Fighting ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Golurk Ground/Ghost ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Conkeldurr Fighting ☆☆☆☆ - 15% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆ - 30% [Shield], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40% [Shield]
Hitmonlee [Sword] Fighting ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Hitmonchan [Shield] Fighting ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Hitmontop Fighting ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Machamp (GMax) [Sword] Fighting ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Machamp [Shield] Fighting ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den J

Opposite the entrance to Snowslide Slope, in the corner surrounded by tall grass.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Audino Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Gossifleur Grass ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Anorith Rock/Bug (☆ - 40% , ☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25% [Sword]) (☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25% [Shield])
Lileep Rock/Grass (☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25% [Sword]) (☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25% [Shield])
Eldegoss Grass ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Armaldo Rock/Bug ☆☆☆☆ - 15% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15% [Shield]
Cradily Rock/Grass ☆☆☆☆ - 15% [Shield], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25% [Shield]
Araquanid Water/Bug ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Ferrothorn Grass/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Delibird Ice/Flying ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Anorith Rock/Bug (☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆ - 30% [Sword]) (☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 45%, ☆☆☆ - 25% [Shield])
Lileep Rock/Grass (☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 45%, ☆☆☆ - 25% [Sword]) (☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆ - 30% [Shield])
Araquanid Water/Bug ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Butterfree Bug/Flying ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Armaldo Rock/Bug ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% [Shield]
Cradily Rock/Grass ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40% [Shield]
Eldegoss Grass ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Butterfree (GMax) Bug/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    23 November 2020
    Version History
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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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