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Pokémon: Sword & Shield
Strategy Guide

First Published: 15-11-2019 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 04-07-2020 / 20:22 GMT
Version: 0.1 (????) 04-07-2020 / 22:42 GMT

Event Dens

If you've connected to the Internet and received the latest Wild Area news, some of the dens may contain event raids instead of the standard raids listed here. For example, during the Zeraora raid event.

Den A

From Challenge Beach entrance, directly ahead, in an alcove along the right side.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chansey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Sandshrew Ground ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Sandile Ground/Dark ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Cubone Ground ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Krokorok Ground/Dark ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Sandslash Ground ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Sandoconda Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Marowak Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Krookodile Ground/Dark ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Kangaskhan Normal ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Blissey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Sandshrew Ground ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Cubone Ground ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Trapinch Ground ☆☆ - 45%, ☆☆☆ - 55%
Krokorok Ground/Dark ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Sandslash Ground ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Marowak Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Krookodile Ground/Dark ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Kangaskhan Normal ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Flygon Ground/Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Golurk Ground/Ghost ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den B

Where the path splits in multiple directions, go down the slope on the left side. Continue past the area with the Druddigon. At the bottom, you'll find three dens. This one is to the left of the middle rock.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chansey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Klefki Steel/Fairy ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Magnemite Electric/Steel ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 45%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Pawniard Dark/Steel ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Skarmory Steel/Flying ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Magneton Electric/Steel ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Bisharp Dark/Steel ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Magnezone Electric/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Blissey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Magnemite Electric/Steel ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Skarmory Steel/Flying ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Bronzor Steel/Psychic ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Meowth (Galarian) Steel ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Magneton Electric/Steel ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Klinklang Steel ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Bronzong Steel/Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Perrserker Steel ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Lucario Fighting/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Bisharp Dark/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den C

This den is behind the middle rock.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chansey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Psyduck Water ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Chewtle Water ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Arrokuda Water ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Barboach Water/Ground ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Golduck Water ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Cramorant Flying/Water ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Barraskewda Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Drednaw Water/Rock ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Whiscash Water/Ground ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Blissey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Arrokuda Water ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Tympole Water ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Psyduck Water ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Palpitoad Water/Ground ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Golduck Water ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Whiscash Water/Ground ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Barraskewda Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Seismitoad Water/Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Gyarados Water/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Basculin Water ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den D

This den is to the right of the middle rock.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chansey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Sandygast Ghost/Ground ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Frillish Water/Ghost ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Cubone Ground ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Drifloon Ghost/Flying ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Jellicent Water/Ghost ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Drifblim Ghost/Flying ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Palossand Ghost/Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Marowak Ground ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Blissey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Sandygast Ghost/Ground ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Frillish Water/Ghost ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Drifloon Ghost/Flying ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Jellicent Water/Ghost ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Drifblim Ghost/Flying ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Gourgeist Ghost/Grass ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Gourgeist (Small Size) Ghost/Grass ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Gourgeist (Large Size) Ghost/Grass ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Gourgeist (Super Size) Ghost/Grass ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Palossand [Sword] Ghost/Ground ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Cursola [Shield] Ghost ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den E

Where the path splits in multiple directions, go up the slope towards the centre. Head into the underground stream on the left and swim forward for a while. Eventually, there's a bit of land on the left, before exiting the cavern. This den is over there.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chansey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Poliwag Water ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Wooper Water/Ground ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Goldeen Water ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Poliwhirl Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Crawdaunt Water/Dark ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Seaking Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Quagsire Water/Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Poliwrath Water/Fighting ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Politoed Water ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Blissey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Corphish Water ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Dewpider Water/Bug ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Goldeen Water ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Poliwhirl Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Crawdaunt Water/Dark ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Quagsire Water/Ground ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Seaking Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Poliwrath Water/Fighting ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Araquanid Water/Bug ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Politoed Water ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den F

Where the path splits in multiple directions, go along the path on the right, which is mostly level ground. Before the exit, turn left. The final den's just ahead.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chansey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Whismur Normal ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Lickitung Normal ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Miltank Normal ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Loudred ] Normal ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Miltank Normal ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Bouffalant Normal ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Tauros Normal ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Exploud Normal ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Lickilicky Normal ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Blissey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Whismur Normal ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Tauros Normal ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Lickitung Normal ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Miltank Normal ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Bouffalant Normal ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Exploud Normal ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Cinccino Normal ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Lickilicky Normal ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    4 July 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 currently-released Isle of Armor (and in the future, it will cover the Crown Tundra).

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.

Version 1.2:

  • A Complete Walkthrough of the Isle of Armor.
  • Details of all 16 new Wild Areas, including Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All the new Max Raid Dens: Locations and Featured Pokémon.
  • Images and Locations of All 150 of the Missing Diglett.
  • The Isle of Armor Pokédex (featuring 100 Returning Pokémon) [coming soon].

Version 1.1:

  • A Full Walkthrough featuring Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All Gym Encounters and Strategies.
  • Screenshots with annotated captions.
  • New Items: Mints & Natures Explained.
  • Post Game content including Champion Cup.
  • Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing.
  • Updated Pokémon Lists for all areas.
  • The Galar Region Pokédex (featuring 400 Pokemon).

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