Purchase Game

Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Max Raids

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Ben Chard
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Vincent Lau

Den A

Den A can be found to the far south of the Zone.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Diglett Ground ☆ - 35%
Mudbray Ground ☆ - 35%
Nincada Bug/Ground ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Drilbur Ground ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Onix Rock/Ground ☆☆ - 20%
Barboach Water/Ground ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Steelix Steel/Ground ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Whiscash Water/Ground ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Diggersby Normal/Ground ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Dugtrio Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Excadril Ground/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Mudsdale Ground ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Wooper Water/Ground ☆ - 35%
Barboach Water/Ground ☆ - 35%
Yamask Ground/Ghost ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Golett Ground/Ghost ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Palpitoad Water/Ground ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Quagsire Water/Ground ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Stunfisk Ground/Steel ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Golurk Ground/Ghost ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Gastrodon Water/Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Seismitoad Water/Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Runerigus Ground/Ghost ☆☆☆☆☆ - 1%
Rhyperior Ground/Rock ☆☆☆☆☆ - 4%

Den B

This Den can be found against the western wall.

Common Den

Rare Den

Den C

You’ll find Den C in the middle of the Zone between two grass patches.

Common Den

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Cherubi Grass ☆ - 35%
Seedot (Sword only) Grass ☆ - 35%
Lotad (Shield only) Water/Grass ☆ - 35%
Gossifleur Grass ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Cottonee Grass/Fairy ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Nuzleaf (Sword only) Grass/Dark ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Lombre (Shield only) Water/Grass ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Morelull Grass/Fairy ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Cherrim Grass ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Shiinotic Grass/Fairy ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Eldegoss Grass ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Whimsicott Grass/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Shiftry (Sword only) Grass/Dark ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Ludicolo (shield only) Water/Grass ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Dhelmise Ghost/Grass ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den D

This is the only Den in the pond to the east.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chewtle Water ☆ - 35%
Arrokuda Water ☆ - 35%
Shellos Water ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Dewpider Water/Bug ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Wailmer Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 10%
Basculin Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Wishiwashi Water ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Drednaw Water/Rock ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Barraskewda Water ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Araquanid Water/Bug ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Gastrodon Water/Ground ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Wailord Water ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Magikarp Water ☆ - 68%
Feebas Water ☆ - 2%
Arrokuda Water ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Chewtle Water ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Mareanie Poison/Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Basculin Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Quilfish Water/Poison ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Toxapex Poison/Water ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 18%
Pyukumuku Water ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Gyarados Water/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Lapras Water/Ice ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Milotic Water ☆☆☆☆☆ - 2%

Den E

You’ll find this Den hidden away in the far northwest corner of the Zone.

Common Den

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Togepi Fairy ☆ - 35%
Morelull (Sword only) Grass/Fairy ☆ - 35%
Ponyta (Shield only) Psychic ☆ - 35%
Impidimp Dark/Fairy ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Ralts Psychic/Fairy ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Togetic Fairy/Flying ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Shiinotic Grass/Fairy ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Morgrem Dark/Fairy ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Mawile (Sword only) Steel/Fairy ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Rapidash (Shield only) Psychic/Fairy ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Gardevoir Psychic/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Togekiss Fairy/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Grimmsnarl Dark/Fairy ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Alcremie Fairy ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den F

Den F lies to the north of the Zone, centrally.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Skwovet Normal ☆ - 35%
Wooloo Normal ☆ - 35%
Zigzagoon Dark/Normal ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 40%
Munchlax Normal ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 10%
Indeedee Psychic/Normal ☆☆ - 10%
Greedent Normal ☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Linoone Dark/Normal ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Dubwool Normal ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Diggersby Normal/Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Braviary (Sword only) Normal/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Oranguru (Shield only) Normal/Psychic ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Snorlax Normal ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Bunnelby Normal ☆ - 35%
Pidove Normal/Flying ☆ - 35%
Skwovet Normal ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 40%
Eevee Normal ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 10%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Tranquill Normal/Flying ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Wooloo Normal ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Unfezant Normal/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Dubwool Normal ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%. ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Braviary (Sword only) Normal/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Oranguru (Shield only) Normal/Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Indeedee Normal/Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Snorlax Normal ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den G

This den lies on the path leading east to the Pokémon Nursery.

Common Den

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Nickit Dark ☆ - 35%
Zigzagoon Dark/Normal ☆ - 35%
Scraggy (Sword only) Dark/Fighting ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Vullaby (Shield only) Dark/Flying ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Sneasel Dark/Ice ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Liepard Dark ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Linoone Dark/Normal ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Thievul Dark ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Pangoro Fighting/Dark ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Weavile Dark/Ice ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Scrafty (Sword only) Dark/Fighting ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Mandibuzz (Shield only) Dark/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Obstagoon Dark/Normal ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Hydreigon (Sword only) Dark/Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Tyranitar (Shield only) Rock/Dark ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den H

Look to the east of the Digging Duo to find this Den.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Caterpie Bug ☆ - 35%
Grubbin Bug ☆ - 35%
Nincada Bug/Ground ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Joltik Bug/Electric ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Metapod Bug ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 10%
Durant Bug/Steel ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Charjabug Bug/Electric ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Ninjask Bug/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Butterfree Bug/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Galvantula Bug/Electric ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Vikavolt Bug/Electric ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Wimpod Bug/Water ☆ - 35%
Blipbug Bug ☆ - 35%
Karrablast Bug ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Dewpider Water/Bug ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Shelmet Bug ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
Dwebble Bug/Rock ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Dottler Bug/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Orbeetle Bug/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Araquanid Water/Bug ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Golisopod Bug/Water ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Escavalier (Sword only) Bug/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Accelgor (Shield only) Bug ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Orbeetle (Gigantamax) Bug/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 10%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

Den I

This Den lies to the northwest of the Pokémon Nursery.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Caterpie Bug ☆ - 35%
Combee Bug/Flying ☆ - 35%
Cutiefly Bug/Fairy ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Blipbug Bug ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Joltik Bug/Electric ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 10%
Metapod Bug ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Dottler Bug/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Galvantula Bug/Electric ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Butterfree Bug/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Ribombee Bug/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Vespiquen Bug/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Orbeetle Bug/Psychic ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Wimpod Bug/Water ☆ - 35%
Blipbug Bug ☆ - 35%
Karrablast Bug ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20% (Shield)
Dewpider Water/Bug ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Shelmet Bug ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
Dwebble Bug/Rock ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Dottler Bug/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 20%. ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Orbeetle Bug/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Araquanid Water/Bug ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Golisopod Bug/Water ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Escavalier (Sword only) Bug/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Accelgor (Shield only) Bug ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Shedinja Bug/Ghost ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    31 August 2021
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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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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).
  • Recipes for the Cram-o-matic.
  • A Full Walkthrough featuring Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All Gym Encounters and Strategies.
  • New Items: Mints & Natures Explained.
  • Post Game content including Champion Cup.
  • Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing.
  • The Galar Region Pokédex (featuring 400 Pokemon).

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