Den A

From the Tower of Waters on Challenge Beach, go to the left side of the tower (while facing the tower entrance) and, with your back to the tower, swim straight ahead. It’s halfway between the tower and the elongated pair of islands, near the transition into Stepping-Stone Sea. Expect a Sharpedo coming your way.

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 B

Head for the island with two trees, just before the elongated pair of islands and towards the right. Near the tree opposite the main shore, through the tall grass.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chansey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Venipede Bug/Poison ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Skorupi Bug/Poison ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Tentacool Water/Poison ☆☆ - 45%, ☆☆☆ - 50%
Whirlipede Bug/Poison ☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆ - 50%
Drapion Poison/Dark ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 45%
Tentacruel Water/Poison ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Scolipede Bug/Poison ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Blissey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Mareanie Poison/Water ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Qwilfish Water/Poison ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Whirlipede Bug/Poison ☆☆ - 45%, ☆☆☆ - 55%
Amoonguss Grass/Poison ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Toxapex Poison/Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Scolipede Bug/Poison ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Drapion Poison/Dark ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Weezing (Galarian) Poison/Fairy ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%

Den C

From the same island, go left from the main shore (while facing the island). There’s a smaller shore, where you can land a short distance away. This den’s located there.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chansey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Magikarp Water ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Tentacool Water/Poison ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Staryu Water ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Shellder Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Tentacruel Water/Poison ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Gyarados Water/Flying ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Starmie Water/Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Cloyster Water/Ice ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Blastoise Water ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Blissey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Magikarp Fairy ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Tentacool Grass/Fairy ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Staryu Water/Fairy ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Binacle Fairy ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Tentacruel Psychic/Fairy ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Gyarados Steel/Fairy ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Starmie Psychic/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Barbaracle Grass/Fairy ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Blastoise (Gmax) Water/Fairy ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den D

Straight ahead from the Tower of Waters and parallel to the island with two trees, there’s a circular islet. Continue traveling away from the Tower of Waters. This den is opposite the far end of Challenge Beach (Courageous Cavern side). Oh boy, another Sharpedo.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chansey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Igglybuff Normal/Fairy ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Lillipup Normal ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Buneary Normal ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Jigglypuff Normal / Fairy ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Herdier Normal ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Lopunny Normal ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 45%
Wigglytuff Normal/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Dunsparce Normal ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Stoutland Normal ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Blissey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Lillipup Normal ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Stufful Normal/Fighting ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Jigglypuff Normal/Fairy ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Buneary Normal ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Dunsparce Normal ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Dubwool Normal ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Lopunny Normal ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Stoutland Normal ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Bewear Normal/Fighting ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Wigglytuff Normal/Fairy ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den E

Between the two islands that form the exclamation mark shaped island.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chansey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Exeggcute Grass/Psychic ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Abra Psychic ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Ralts Psychic/Fairy ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Kadabra Psychic ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40% [Sword], ☆☆☆ - 25% [Shield], ☆☆☆☆ - 25% [Sword]
Kirlia Psychic/Fairy ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Oranguru [Shield] Normal/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Exeggutor Grass/Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 45%
Gardevoir Psychic/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Alakazam Psychic ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Starmie Water/Psychic ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Blissey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Elgyem Psychic ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Abra Psychic ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Slowpoke (Galarian) Psychic ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 45%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Kadabra [Sword] Psychic ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Oranguru [Shield] Normal/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Musharna Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Indeedee (male) [Sword] Psychic/Normal ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Indeedee (female) [Shield] Psychic/Normal ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Beheeyem Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Alakazam Psychic ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Meowstic (male) [Sword] Psychic ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Meowstic (female) [Shield] Psychic ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den F

Opposite the Tower of Waters, past the exclamation mark islands, there’s an islet with a boulder. Further ahead, there’s a string of three Pokémon Dens, going towards the direction of Loop Lagoon. This den is the first one, closest to the Tower of Waters.

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 G

This is the middle den.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chansey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Chinchou Water/Electric ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Clauncher [Sword] Water ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Skrelp [Sword] Poison/Water ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Staryu Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Wailmer Water ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Wishiwashi Water ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Wailord Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Lanturn Water/Electric ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Starmie Water/Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Clawitzer [Sword] Water ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Dragalge [Shield] Poison/Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Sharpedo Water/Dark ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Blissey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Clauncher [Sword] Water ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Skrelp [Shield] Poison/Water ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Staryu Water ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Wailmer Water ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Pelipper Water/Flying ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Lanturn Water/Electric ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Seadra Water ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Clawitzer [Sword] Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Dragalge [Shield] Poison/Dragon ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Lanturn Water/Eletric ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Starmie Water/Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Sharpedo Water/Dark ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den H

This is the last of the three dens.

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 I

To the right of the string of Pokémon Dens (with your back facing the Tower of Waters), there’s a long, sandy island. This den is located towards the tip nearest to the tower.

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%

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    28 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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