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Pokémon: Sword & Shield
Strategy Guide

First Published: 15-11-2019 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 12-07-2020 / 00:16 GMT
Version: 1.2 (????) 13-07-2020 / 02:22 GMT

Note: The Pokémon you encounter will vary based on if it's a Common Den or a Rare Den. Additionally, some configurations of the same Den can appear in multiple locations.

  • Den A

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

Common Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
DiglettGround☆ - 35%
MudbrayGround☆ - 35%
NincadaBug/Ground☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
DrilburGround☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
OnixRock/Ground☆☆ - 20%
BarboachWater/Ground☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
SteelixSteel/Ground☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
WhiscashWater/Ground☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
DiggersbyNormal/Ground☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
DugtrioGround☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
ExcadrilGround/Steel☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
MudsdaleGround☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

Rare Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
WooperWater/Ground☆ - 35%
BarboachWater/Ground☆ - 35%
YamaskGround/Ghost☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
GolettGround/Ghost☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
PalpitoadWater/Ground☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
QuagsireWater/Ground☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
StunfiskGround/Steel☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
GolurkGround/Ghost☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
GastrodonWater/Ground☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
SeismitoadWater/Ground☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
RunerigusGround/Ghost☆☆☆☆☆ - 1%
RhyperiorGround/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

NameTypeEncounter Rate
CherubiGrass☆ - 35%
Seedot (Sword only)Grass☆ - 35%
Lotad (Shield only)Water/Grass☆ - 35%
GossifleurGrass☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
CottoneeGrass/Fairy☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Nuzleaf (Sword only)Grass/Dark☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Lombre (Shield only)Water/Grass☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
MorelullGrass/Fairy☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
CherrimGrass☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
ShiinoticGrass/Fairy☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
EldegossGrass☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
WhimsicottGrass/Fairy☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Shiftry (Sword only)Grass/Dark☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Ludicolo (shield only)Water/Grass☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
DhelmiseGhost/Grass☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
  • Den D

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

Common Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
ChewtleWater☆ - 35%
ArrokudaWater☆ - 35%
ShellosWater☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
DewpiderWater/Bug☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
WailmerWater☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 10%
BasculinWater☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
WishiwashiWater☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
DrednawWater/Rock☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
BarraskewdaWater☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
AraquanidWater/Bug☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
GastrodonWater/Ground☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
WailordWater☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%

Rare Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
MagikarpWater☆ - 68%
FeebasWater☆ - 2%
ArrokudaWater☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
ChewtleWater☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
MareaniePoison/Water☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
BasculinWater☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
QuilfishWater/Poison☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
ToxapexPoison/Water☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 18%
PyukumukuWater☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
GyaradosWater/Flying☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
LaprasWater/Ice☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
MiloticWater☆☆☆☆☆ - 2%
  • Den E

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

Common Den

Rare Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
TogepiFairy☆ - 35%
Morelull (Sword only)Grass/Fairy☆ - 35%
Ponyta (Shield only)Psychic☆ - 35%
ImpidimpDark/Fairy☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
RaltsPsychic/Fairy☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
TogeticFairy/Flying☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
ShiinoticGrass/Fairy☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
MorgremDark/Fairy☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Mawile (Sword only)Steel/Fairy☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Rapidash (Shield only)Psychic/Fairy☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
GardevoirPsychic/Fairy☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
TogekissFairy/Flying☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
GrimmsnarlDark/Fairy☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
AlcremieFairy☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
  • Den F

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

Common Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
SkwovetNormal☆ - 35%
WoolooNormal☆ - 35%
ZigzagoonDark/Normal☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 40%
MunchlaxNormal☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 10%
IndeedeePsychic/Normal☆☆ - 10%
GreedentNormal☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
LinooneDark/Normal☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
DubwoolNormal☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
DiggersbyNormal/Ground☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Braviary (Sword only)Normal/Flying☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Oranguru (Shield only)Normal/Psychic☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
SnorlaxNormal☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Rare Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
BunnelbyNormal☆ - 35%
PidoveNormal/Flying☆ - 35%
SkwovetNormal☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 40%
EeveeNormal☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 10%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
TranquillNormal/Flying☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
WoolooNormal☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
UnfezantNormal/Flying☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
DubwoolNormal☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%. ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Braviary (Sword only)Normal/Flying☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Oranguru (Shield only)Normal/Psychic☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
IndeedeeNormal/Psychic☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
SnorlaxNormal☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
  • Den G

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

Common Den

Rare Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
NickitDark☆ - 35%
ZigzagoonDark/Normal☆ - 35%
Scraggy (Sword only)Dark/Fighting☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Vullaby (Shield only)Dark/Flying☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
SneaselDark/Ice☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
LiepardDark☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
LinooneDark/Normal☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
ThievulDark☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
PangoroFighting/Dark☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
WeavileDark/Ice☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Scrafty (Sword only)Dark/Fighting☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Mandibuzz (Shield only)Dark/Flying☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
ObstagoonDark/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

NameTypeEncounter Rate
CaterpieBug☆ - 35%
GrubbinBug☆ - 35%
NincadaBug/Ground☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
JoltikBug/Electric☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
MetapodBug☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 10%
DurantBug/Steel☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
CharjabugBug/Electric☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
NinjaskBug/Flying☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
ButterfreeBug/Flying☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
GalvantulaBug/Electric☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
VikavoltBug/Electric☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%

Rare Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
WimpodBug/Water☆ - 35%
BlipbugBug☆ - 35%
KarrablastBug☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
DewpiderWater/Bug☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
ShelmetBug☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
DwebbleBug/Rock☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
DottlerBug/Psychic☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
OrbeetleBug/Psychic☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
AraquanidWater/Bug☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
GolisopodBug/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

NameTypeEncounter Rate
CaterpieBug☆ - 35%
CombeeBug/Flying☆ - 35%
CutieflyBug/Fairy☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
BlipbugBug☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
JoltikBug/Electric☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 10%
MetapodBug☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
DottlerBug/Psychic☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
GalvantulaBug/Electric☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
ButterfreeBug/Flying☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
RibombeeBug/Fairy☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
VespiquenBug/Flying☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
OrbeetleBug/Psychic☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%

Rare Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
WimpodBug/Water☆ - 35%
BlipbugBug☆ - 35%
KarrablastBug☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20% (Shield)
DewpiderWater/Bug☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
ShelmetBug☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
DwebbleBug/Rock☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
DottlerBug/Psychic☆☆☆ - 20%. ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
OrbeetleBug/Psychic☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
AraquanidWater/Bug☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
GolisopodBug/Water☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Escavalier (Sword only)Bug/Steel☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Accelgor (Shield only)Bug☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
ShedinjaBug/Ghost☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    12 July 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 currently-released Isle of Armor (and in the future, it will cover the Crown Tundra).

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.

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.

Version 1.1:

  • A Full Walkthrough featuring Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All Gym Encounters and Strategies.
  • Screenshots with annotated captions.
  • New Items: Mints & Natures Explained.
  • Post Game content including Champion Cup.
  • Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing.
  • Updated Pokémon Lists for all areas.
  • The Galar Region Pokédex (featuring 400 Pokemon).

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