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

Head for the islet directly opposite Armor Station. With your back facing Armor Station, turn slightly left. Swim towards the longer islet directly ahead. This den is located on the top half of that islet.

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 B

From Den A, turn so the mainland is on your left. In the distance, there should be an island with three trees (might seem like two). Slightly left, there’s another small, circle-shaped islet. Head for the islet first. Then travel straight ahead to the den that’s to the left of the island with three trees.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chansey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Carvanha Water/Dark ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Pawniard Dark/Steel ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Zorua Dark ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Sharpedo Water/Dark ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Malamar Dark/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Drapion Poison/Dark ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Bisharp Dark/Steel ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Zoroark Dark ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Blissey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Zorua Dark ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 55%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Carvanha Water/Dark ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%
Inkay Dark/Psychic ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Krokorok Ground/Dark ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Malamar Dark/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Thievul Dark ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Zoroark Dark ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Sharpedo Water/Dark ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Liepard Dark ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Krookodile Ground/Dark ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den C

Swim towards the island with three trees (Ditto Island). This den is located near the centre of the island, past the tall grass.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chansey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Ditto Normal ☆/☆☆ - 100%, ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 95%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Blissey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Ditto Normal ☆/☆☆ - 100%, ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 95%

Den D

Return to the first islet, directly opposite Armor Station. Straight ahead, in the distance, there should be a den that’s near an islet with a boulder. That’s the den you’re looking for. Expect an incoming Sharpedo.

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 E

From Den D, turn so the mainland is on your right. Swim to the islet with a boulder, then gaze ahead in the distance. There should be a den that’s between two rocky islands. Swim towards that den. Alternatively, if you return to the first islet, opposite Armor Station, it’s in the middle of the sea if you look slightly to the right.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chansey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Pinsir [Sword] Bug ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Heracross [Shield] Bug/Fighting ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Dwebble Bug/Rock ☆ - 40%, ☆ - 25%
Dottler Bug/Psychic ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Crustle Bug/Rock ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Scyther Bug/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 45%
Orbeetle Bug/Psychic ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Scizor Bug/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Blissey Normal ☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Scyther Bug/Flying ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Pinsir [Sword] Bug ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Heracross [Shield] Bug/Fighting ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Shuckle Bug/Rock ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Whirlipede Bug/Poison ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Crustle Bug/Rock ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Scolipede Bug/Poison ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Accelgor Bug ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Escavalier Bug/Steel ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Scizor Bug/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den F

From Den E, swim over to the rocky island that’s closest to the mainland; it should also be the one nearest to you. This den is found behind the rocky island, on the mainland side. You can also come here from the shore opposite Armor Station. Swim forward with the mainland on your right.

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%
Horsea Water ☆ - 60%, ☆☆ - 30%
Druddigon Dragon ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Turtonator [Sword] Fire/Dragon ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Drampa [Shield] Normal/Dragon ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Jangmo-o [Sword] Dragon ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Goomy [Shield] Dragon ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 25%
Seadra Water ☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Hakomo-o [Sword] Dragon/Fighting ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Sliggoo [Shield] Dragon ☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Noivern Flying/Dragon ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Kingdra Water/Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Kommo-o [Sword] Dragon/Fighting ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Goodra [Shield] Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%

Den G

From Den F, swim forward with the mainland on your right. Head towards the island with an archway. This den is located near the centre of the island, next to a roaming Rotom.

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%

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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