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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Max Raids

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Den A

Den A can be found near the entrance to the Zone from the south, in the center.

Common Den

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Riolu Fighting ☆ - 35%
Machop Fighting ☆ - 35%
Scraggy (Sword only) Dark/Fighting ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Croadunk (Shield only) Poison/Fighting ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Stufful Normal/Fighting ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Bewear Normal/Fighting ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Falinks Fighting ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Machoke Fighting ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Scrafty (Sword only) Dark/Fighting ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Toxicroak (Shield only) Poison/Fighting ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Machamp Fighting ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Passimian (Sword only) Fighting ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Hawlucha (Shield only) Fighting/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Lucario Fighting/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Gallade Psychic/Fighting ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den B

Head to the western edge to locate Den B.

Common Den

Rare Den

Den C/H

(1 of 2) Search under the rock bridge to locate Den C

Search under the rock bridge to locate Den C (left), while Den H can be found the other side of the large rock to the northeast. (right)

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Silicobra Ground ☆ - 35%
Yamask Ground/Ghost ☆ - 35%
Hippopotas Ground ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Swinub Ice/Ground ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆☆ - 20% (Shield)
Trapinch Ground ☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
Piloswine Ice/Ground ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Vibrava Ground/Dragon ☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 29% (Shield)
Stunfisk Ground/Steel ☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 29% (Sword). ☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Shield)
Hippowdon Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35% (Shield)
Flygon Ground/Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Shield)
Runerigus Ground/Ghost ☆☆☆☆☆ - 1%
Sandaconda 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%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Gastrodon Water/Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Seismitoad Water/Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Rhyperior Ground/Rock ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Sandaconda (Gigantamax) Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 10%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

Den D

Den D is the only Den found in the lake to the northwest.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chewtle Water ☆ - 35%
Wooper Water/Ground ☆ - 35%
Tympole Water ☆ - 20%. ☆☆ - 30%
Corphish Water ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Shellder Water ☆☆ - 20%
Palpitoad Water/Ground ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Drednaw Water/Rock ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Quagsire Water/Ground ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Pyukumuku Water ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Cloyster Water/Ice ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Seismitoad Water/Ground ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Crawdaunt Water/Dark ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Magikarp Water ☆ - 68%
Dewpider Water/Bug ☆ - 2%
Wooper Water/Ground ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Barboach Water/Ground ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Krabby Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Wishiwashi Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Kingler Water ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Whiscash Water/Ground ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Qwilfish Water/Poison ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Quagsire Water/Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Araquanid Water/Bug ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Gyarados Water/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

Den E

Den E can be found to the north of the Zone, in the center.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Klink Steel ☆ - 35%
Meowth Steel ☆ - 35%
Bronzor Steel/Psychic ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Ferroseed Grass/Steel ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Pawniard Dark/Steel ☆☆ - 20%
Cufant Steel ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Klang Steel ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Perrserker Steel ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Bronzong Steel/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Bisharp Dark/Steel ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Klinklang Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Copperajah Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Meowth Steel ☆ - 35%
Bronzor Steel/Psychic ☆ - 35%
Pawniard Dark/Steel ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Ferroseed Grass/Steel ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Honedge Steel/Ghost ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Bronzong Steel/Psychic ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Ferrothorn Grass/Steel ☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Perrserker Steel ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Bisharp Dark/Steel ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Stunfisk Ground/Steel ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Copperajah Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Duraludon Steel/Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den F

Den F can be found to the northeast on the green grass.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Vanillite Ice ☆ - 35%
Swinub Ice/Ground ☆ - 35%
Snover Grass/Ice ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Bergmite Ice ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 35%
Delibird Ice/Flying ☆☆ - 5%
Vanillish Ice ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Piloswine Ice/Ground ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Avalugg Ice ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Abomasnow Grass/Ice ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Cloyster Water/Ice ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Vanilluxe Ice ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Lapras Water/Ice ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

Rare Den

Den G

Den G is located to the northeast, by the side of a rock.

Common Den

Rare Den

Den I

Den I is far to the northeast, just before you cross over into Hammerlocke Hills.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Rolycoly Rock ☆ - 35%
Roggenrola Rock ☆ - 35% (Sword), ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
Dwebble Bug/Rock ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆ - 35% (Shield)
Binacle Rock/Water ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Carkol Rock/Fire ☆☆ - 20%
Boldore Rock ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Crustle Bug/Rock ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Barbaracle Rock/Water ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Onix Rock/Ground ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
Coalossal Rock/Fire ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Sword), ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Shield)
Gigalith Rock ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Shield)
Rhyperior Ground/Rock ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

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%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Gastrodon Water/Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Seismitoad Water/Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Rhyperior Ground/Rock ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Sandaconda (Gigantamax) Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 10%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

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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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