Den A

From the shoreline opposite the Courageous Cavern entrance, head for the gap in the cliffs, leading to the ocean, straight ahead. This den is just before the gap.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chansey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Tentacool Water/Poison ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Krabby Water ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Remoraid Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Tentacruel Water/Poison ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Wishiwashi Water ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Octillery Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Mantine Water/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Kingler Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Cloyster Water/Ice ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Blissey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Shellder Water ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Binacle Rock/Water ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Mareanie Poison/Water ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Remoraid Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Tentacruel Water/Poison ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Pyukumuku Water ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Octillery Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Mantine Water/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Barbaracle Rock/Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Cloyster Water/Ice ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Toxapex Poison/Water ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den B

From the previous den, turn so the gap leading to the ocean is on your left. Then travel straight ahead. This den can be found halfway along the rocky island on the left.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chansey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Fletchling Normal/Flying ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Woobat Psychic/Flying ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Rufflet [Sword] Normal/Flying ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Vullaby [Shied] Dark/Flying ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Emolga Electric/Flying ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Fletchinder Fire/Flying ☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆ - 50%
Braviary [Sword] Normal/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Mandibuzz [Shield] Dark/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Swoobat Psychic/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Talonflame Fire/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Blissey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Hoothoot Normal/Flying ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Pidove Normal/Flying ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Rufflet [Sword] Normal/Flying ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Vullaby [Shield] Dark/Flying ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Tranquill Normal/Flying ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Swoobat Psychic/Flying ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Noctowl Normal/Flying ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Unfezant Normal/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Talonflame Fire/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Emolga Electric/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Braviary [Sword] Normal/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Mandibuzz [Shield] Dark/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%

Den C

Swim over to the island in the centre of the lagoon. Towards the far right of the shoreline (with your back facing the ocean).

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chansey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Fletchling Normal/Flying ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Salandit Poison/Fire ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 45%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Larvesta Bug/Fire ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 45%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Fletchinder Fire/Flying ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Torkoal Fire ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Talonflame Fire/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Salazzle Poison/Fire ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Volcarona Bug/Fire ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Blissey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Larvesta Bug/Fire ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Litwick Ghost/Fire ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Salandit Poison/Fire ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Torkoal Fire ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Salazzle Poison/Fire ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Talonflame Fire/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Chandelure Ghost/Fire ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Volcarona Bug/Fire ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Ninetales [Sword] Fire ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Arcanine [Shield] Fire ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Charizard Fire/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den D

Head for the inner, grassy part of the central island. Go clock-wise around the rocky terrain. It’s in the direction of the isolated shore.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chansey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Jangmo-o [Sword] Dragon ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Goomy [Shield] Dragon ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Horsea Water ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Applin Grass/Dragon ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Seadra Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Druddigon Dragon ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Hakamo-o [Sword] Dragon/Fighting ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Sliggoo [Shield] Dragon ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Gyarados Water/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Flapple [Sword] Grass/Dragon ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Appletun [Shield] Grass/Dragon ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Kingdra Water/Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Kommo-o [Sword] Dragon/Fighting ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Goodra [Shield] Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Blissey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Applin Grass/Dragon ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Cherubi Grass ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Steenee Grass ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Flapple [Sword] Grass/Dragon ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Appletun [Shield] Grass/Dragon ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Greedent Normal ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 45%
Tsareena Grass ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Flapple (Gmax) [Sword] Grass/Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Appletun (Gmax) [Shield] Grass/Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    27 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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