Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Max Raids

By
Ben Chard
&
Vincent Lau

Den A / Den C

(1 of 2) Den A: After exiting Crown Tundra Station, directly ahead, to the left of some tall grass.

Den A: After exiting Crown Tundra Station, directly ahead, to the left of some tall grass. (left), Den C: Keep going forward from Den A. After going down a small slope, it’s directly ahead, to the left of another patch of tall grass. (right)

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Audino Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Smoochum Ice/Psychic ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Darumaka (Galarian) [Sword] Ice ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Swinub [Shield] Ice/Ground ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Amaura Rock/Ice ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Piloswine Ice/Ground ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Abomasnow Grass/Ice ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Jynx Ice/Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Frosmoth Ice/Bug ☆☆☆☆ - 15% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆ - 30% [Shield], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40% [Shield]
Darmanitan (Galarian) [Sword] Ice ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Aurorus Rock/Ice ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Glalie Ice ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Delibird Ice/Flying ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Snorunt Ice ☆ - 60% [Sword], ☆ - 100% [Shield] ☆☆ - 30% [Sword], ☆☆ - 55% [Shield]
Darumaka (Galarian) [Sword] Ice ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Smoochum Ice/Psychic ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Amaura Rock/Ice ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Glalie Ice ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Abomasnow Grass/Ice ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Jynx Ice/Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Frosmoth Ice/Bug ☆☆☆☆ - 15% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆ - 30% [Shield], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40% [Shield]
Darmanitan (Galarian) [Sword] Ice ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Aurorus Rock/Ice ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Mamoswine Ice/Ground ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den B

From Crown Tundra Station, all the way towards the left.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Audino Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Stonjourner [Sword] Rock ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Rolycoly [Shield] Rock ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Aron Steel/Rock ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Carkol [Shield] Rock/Fire ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Lairon Steel/Rock ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Mawile [Sword] Steel/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Sableye [Shield] Dark/Ghost ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Carbink Rock/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Aggron Steel/Rock ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Coalossal Rock/Fire ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Delibird Ice/Flying ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Mawile [Sword] Steel/Fairy ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Sableye [Shield] Dark/Ghost ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Aron Steel/Rock ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Lairon Steel/Rock ☆☆ - 45%, ☆☆☆ - 55%
Shuckle Bug/Rock ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Coalossal Rock/Fire ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Aggron Steel/Rock ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Coalossal (GMax) Rock/Fire ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den D

Sandwiched between a rocky hill and a smaller hill to the left of the Max Lair entrance (with your back to the entrance).

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 E

Near the slope that leads to Freezington.

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 F

To the right of Crown Tundra Station, on the other side of the 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
    7 March 2021
    Version History
  • Guide Author

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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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