Den A

Directly ahead and on the right, when arriving from the Giant’s Bed.

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 B

When the slope levels off, there are some rundown buildings and an abandoned field. You’ll find this den in front of the building on the left.

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 C

Turn left after going in-between a pair of rundown buildings, towards the path to the Iceberg Ruins. After turning a few corners, this den is straight ahead, sandwiched by two rows of tall grass.

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%

Den D

To the right of the previous den, not far from the archway that leads to the Iceberg Ruins. It’s aligned with a row of trees.

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 E

To the right of Den D. Right before the archway, there’s some tall grass on its right. This den is located through the grass.

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 F

Travel straight up from the pair of abandoned buildings, in the direction of the Tunnel to the Top. When the slope levels out again, this den is located past the tall grass along the right side. There are many trees around.

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 G

In front of the final slope that leads to the Tunnel to the Top. Next to some tall grass and sitting in the shadow of a tree.

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 H

Go through the tall grass just before the entrance to the Tunnel to the Top. Once you’re clear, this den is straight ahead, in front of another patch of tall grass.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Audino Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Mime Jr. Psychic/Fairy ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Baltoy [Sword] Ground/Psychic ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Ponyta (Galarian) [Shield] Psychic ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Bronzor Steel/Psychic ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Mr. Mime (Galarian) Ice/Psychic ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Gothorita [Sword] Psychic ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Duosion [Shield] Psychic ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Claydol Ground/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆ - 25% [Shield], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% [Sword]
Rapidash (Galarian) [Shield] Psychic/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Indeedee (male) [Sword] Psychic/Normal ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Indeedee (female) [Shield] Psychic/Normal ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Gothitelle [Sword] Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Reuniclus [Shield] Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Mr. Rime Ice/Psychic ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Bronzong Steel/Psychic ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Delibird Ice/Flying ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Indeedee (male) [Sword] Psychic/Normal ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Indeedee (female) [Shield] Psychic/Normal ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Gothita [Sword] Psychic ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Duosion [Shield] Psychic ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Mr. Mime (Galarian) Ice/Psychic ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Slowpoke (Galarian) Psychic ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Metang Steel/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Mr. Rime Ice/Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Gothitelle [Sword] Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Reuniclus [Shield] Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Metagross Steel/Psychic ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den I

In an enclosed space accessible via the Tunnel to the Top. From the main entrance, keep following the path that takes you higher up. Once you reach the exit, go back and follow the path in the previous room that leads downwards. When you emerge outside the second time, turn right and squeeze through the gap to continue.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Audino Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Omanyte [Sword] Rock/Water ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Kabuto [Shield] Rock/Water ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Anorith [Sword] Rock/Bug ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Lileep [Shield] Rock/Grass ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Tyrunt Rock/Dragon ☆☆ - 25% [Sword], ☆☆ - 20% [Shield], ☆☆☆ - 30% [Sword], ☆☆☆ - 25% [Shield]
Amaura Rock/Ice ☆☆ - 20% [Sword], ☆☆ - 25% [Shield], ☆☆☆ - 25% [Sword], ☆☆☆ - 30% [Shield]
Armaldo Rock/Bug (☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% [Sword]) (☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25% [Shield])
Cradily Rock/Grass (☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25% [Sword]) (☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% [Shield])
Omastar [Sword] Rock/Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Kabutops [Shield] Rock/Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Tyrantrum Rock/Dragon ☆☆☆☆ - 15% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15% [Shield]
Aurorus Rock/Ice ☆☆☆☆ - 15% [Shield], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15% [Sword], ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% [Shield]
Aerodactyl Rock/Flyng ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Delibird Ice/Flying ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Omanyte [Sword] Rock/Water ☆/☆☆ - 100%
Kabuto [Shield] Rock/Water ☆/☆☆ - 100%
Omastar [Sword] Rock/Water ☆☆☆ - 15%
Kabutops [Shield] Rock/Water ☆☆☆ - 15%
Aerodactyl Rock/Flyng ☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆ - 21%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Artozolt Electric/Ice (☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30% [Sword]) (☆☆☆☆ - 7%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10% [Shield])
Dracozolt Electric/Dragon (☆☆☆ - 20% , ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30% [Sword]) (☆☆☆☆ - 7%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10% [Shield])
Dracovish Water/Dragon (☆☆☆☆ - 7%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10% [Sword]) (☆☆☆ - 20% , ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30% [Shield])
Arctovish Water/Ice (☆☆☆☆ - 7%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10% [Sword]) (☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30% [Shield])

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    26 November 2020
    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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  • Images and Locations of All 150 of the Missing Diglett.
  • The Isle of Armor Pokédex (featuring 100 Returning Pokémon).
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  • A Full Walkthrough featuring Pokémon encounter rates.
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  • Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing.
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