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Den A/C

(1 of 2) Head east of the first Berry Tree to find this Den

Head east of the first Berry Tree to find this Den (left), then search south of the first Berry Tree to the north to find Den C. (right)

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
"Budew" IconBudew Grass/Poison ☆ - 35%
"Seedot" IconSeedot (Sword only) Grass ☆ - 35%
"Lotad" IconLotad (Shield only) Water/Grass ☆ - 35%
"Bounsweet" IconBounsweet Grass ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Oddish" IconOddish Grass/Poison ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Nuzleaf" IconNuzleaf (Sword only) Grass/Dark ☆☆ - 20%
"Lombre" IconLombre (Shield only) Water/Grass ☆☆ - 20%
"Roselia" IconRoselia Grass/Poison ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
"Gloom" IconGloom Grass/Poison ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
"Steenee" IconSteenee Grass ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
"Shiftry" IconShiftry (Sword only) Grass/Dark ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
"Ludicolo" IconLudicolo (Shield only) Water/Grass ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
"Tsareena" IconTsareena Grass ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
"Vileplume" IconVileplume Grass/Poison ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
"Bellossom" IconBellossom Grass ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
"Cherubi" IconCherubi Grass ☆ - 35%
"Seedot" IconSeedot (Sword only) Grass ☆ - 35%
"Lotad" IconLotad (Shield only) Water/Grass ☆ - 35%
"Gossifleur" IconGossifleur Grass ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Cottonee" IconCottonee Grass/Fairy ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Nuzleaf" IconNuzleaf (Sword only) Grass/Dark ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
"Lombre" IconLombre (Shield only) Water/Grass ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
"Morelull" IconMorelull Grass/Fairy ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
"Cherrim" IconCherrim Grass ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
"Shiinotic" IconShiinotic Grass/Fairy ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
"Eldegoss" IconEldegoss Grass ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
"Whimsicott" IconWhimsicott Grass/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
"Shiftry" IconShiftry (Sword only) Grass/Dark ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
"Ludicolo" IconLudicolo (shield only) Water/Grass ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
"Dhelmise" IconDhelmise Ghost/Grass ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den B

Head east of the Watt Trader and Berry Tree to find this Den.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
"Caterpie" IconCaterpie Bug ☆ - 35%
"Grubbin" IconGrubbin Bug ☆ - 35%
"Nincada" IconNincada Bug/Ground ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Joltik" IconJoltik Bug/Electric ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Metapod" IconMetapod Bug ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 10%
"Durant" IconDurant Bug/Steel ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
"Charjabug" IconCharjabug Bug/Electric ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
"Ninjask" IconNinjask Bug/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
"Butterfree" IconButterfree Bug/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
"Galvantula" IconGalvantula Bug/Electric ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
"Vikavolt" IconVikavolt Bug/Electric ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
"Wimpod" IconWimpod Bug/Water ☆ - 35%
"Blipbug" IconBlipbug Bug ☆ - 35%
"Karrablast" IconKarrablast Bug ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
"Dewpider" IconDewpider Water/Bug ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Shelmet" IconShelmet Bug ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
"Dwebble" IconDwebble Bug/Rock ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
"Dottler" IconDottler Bug/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
"Orbeetle" IconOrbeetle Bug/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
"Araquanid" IconAraquanid Water/Bug ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
"Golisopod" IconGolisopod Bug/Water ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
"Escavalier" IconEscavalier (Sword only) Bug/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
"Accelgor" IconAccelgor (Shield only) Bug ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
"Orbeetle" IconOrbeetle (Gigantamax) Bug/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 10%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

Den D

This pair of Dens are the furthest north of Dappled Grove, Den D can be found in the southern of the two.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
"Budew" IconBudew Grass/Poison ☆ - 35%
"Seedot" IconSeedot (Sword only) Grass ☆ - 35%
"Lotad" IconLotad (Shield only) Water/Grass ☆ - 35%
"Bounsweet" IconBounsweet Grass ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Oddish" IconOddish Grass/Poison ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Nuzleaf" IconNuzleaf (Sword only) Grass/Dark ☆☆ - 20%
"Lombre" IconLombre (Shield only) Water/Grass ☆☆ - 20%
"Roselia" IconRoselia Grass/Poison ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
"Gloom" IconGloom Grass/Poison ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
"Steenee" IconSteenee Grass ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
"Shiftry" IconShiftry (Sword only) Grass/Dark ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
"Ludicolo" IconLudicolo (Shield only) Water/Grass ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
"Tsareena" IconTsareena Grass ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
"Vileplume" IconVileplume Grass/Poison ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
"Bellossom" IconBellossom Grass ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
"Budew" IconBudew Grass/Poison ☆ - 35%
"Seedot" IconSeedot (Sword only) Grass ☆ - 35%
"Lotad" IconLotad (Shield only) Water/Grass ☆ - 35%
"Gossifleur" IconGossifleur Grass ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Ferroseed" IconFerroseed Grass/Steel ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Nuzleaf" IconNuzleaf (Sword only) Grass/Dark ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
"Lombre" IconLombre (Shield only) Water/Grass ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
"Applin" IconApplin Grass/Dragon ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
"Roselia" IconRoselia Grass/Poison ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
"Shiftry" IconShiftry (Sword only) Grass/Dark ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
"Ludicolo" IconLudicolo (Shield only) Water/Grass ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
"Eldegoss" IconEldegoss Grass ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
"Ferrothorn" IconFerrothorn Grass/Steel ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
"Roserade" IconRoserade Grass/Poison ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
"Flapple" IconFlapple (Sword only) Grass/Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
"Appletun" IconAppletun (Shield only) Grass/Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den E

This pair of Dens are the furthest north of Dappled Grove, Den E can be found in the northern of the two.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
"Phantump" IconPhantump Ghost/Grass ☆ - 35%
"Pumpkaboo" IconPumpkaboo Ghost/Grass ☆ - 40%, ☆☆ - 35%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 1%
"Morelull" IconMorelull Grass/Fairy ☆ - 15%, ☆☆ - 35%
"Roselia" IconRoselia Grass/Poison ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
"Shiinotic" IconShiinotic Grass/Fairy ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
"Maractus" IconMaractus Grass ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
"Trevenant" IconTrevenant Ghost/Grass ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
"Gourgeist" IconGourgeist Ghost/Grass ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 29%
"Dhelmise" IconDhelmise Ghost/Grass ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
"Budew" IconBudew Grass/Poison ☆ - 35%
"Seedot" IconSeedot (Sword only) Grass ☆ - 35%
"Lotad" IconLotad (Shield only) Water/Grass ☆ - 35%
"Gossifleur" IconGossifleur Grass ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Ferroseed" IconFerroseed Grass/Steel ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Nuzleaf" IconNuzleaf (Sword only) Grass/Dark ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
"Lombre" IconLombre (Shield only) Water/Grass ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
"Applin" IconApplin Grass/Dragon ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
"Roselia" IconRoselia Grass/Poison ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
"Shiftry" IconShiftry (Sword only) Grass/Dark ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
"Ludicolo" IconLudicolo (Shield only) Water/Grass ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
"Eldegoss" IconEldegoss Grass ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
"Ferrothorn" IconFerrothorn Grass/Steel ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
"Roserade" IconRoserade Grass/Poison ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
"Flapple" IconFlapple (Sword only) Grass/Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
"Appletun" IconAppletun (Shield only) Grass/Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 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.

Brand New October 2020:

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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