Compass Directions

Since there’s no in-game compass, please treat “north” as the direction that’s straight ahead when you arrive here from Warm-Up Tunnel. So going back to the tunnel would mean going “south”.

Den A

To the left of the entrance.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chansey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Roggenrola Rock ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Rhyhorn Ground/Rock ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Rockruff Rock ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Boldore Rock ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Rhydon Ground/Rock ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Crustle Bug/Rock ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Gigalith Rock ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Lycanroc (Midday) [Sword] Rock ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Lycanroc (Midnight) [Shield] Rock ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Rhyperior Ground/Rock ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Blissey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Rockruff Rock ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Bonsly Rock ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Rhyhorn Ground/Rock ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Rhydon Ground/Rock ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Shuckle Bug/Rock ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Lycanroc (Midday) [Sword] Rock ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Lycanroc (Midnight) [Shield] Rock ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Sudowoodo Rock ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Gigalith Rock ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Crustle Rock ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Rhyperior Ground/Rock ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den B

Towards the north-west, near a medium-sized sand dune.

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 C

Towards the far north-east, between a boulder (with a tree next to it) and a tree that’s a bit further away.

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%
Silicobra Ground ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Drilbur Ground ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 45%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Sandslash Ground ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Krokorok Ground/Dark ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Sandaconda Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Krookodile Ground/Dark ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Excadrill Ground/Steel ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Sandaconda (Gmax) Ground ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

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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