Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Max Raids

By
Ben Chard
&
Vincent Lau

Den A/B

(1 of 2) You’ll find Den A to the east of the lake

You’ll find Den A to the east of the lake (left), and Den B just a short distance north of Den A. (right)

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Pidove Normal/Flying ☆ - 35%
Hoothoot Normal/Flying ☆ - 35%
Natu Psychic/Flying ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Rufflet (Sword only) Normal/Flying ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Vullaby (Shield only) Dark/Flying ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Woobat Psychic/Flying ☆☆ - 20%
Tranquill Normal/Flying ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Unfezant Normal/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ -35%
Noctowl Normal/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Swoobat Psychic/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%. ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Xatu Psychic/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Braviary (Sword only) Normal/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Mandibuzz (Shield only) Dark/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Sigilyph Psychic/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Natu Psychic/Flying ☆ - 35%
Hoothoot Normal/Flying ☆ - 35%
Rookidee Flying ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Wingull Water/Flying ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Butterfree Bug/Flying ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Corvisquire Flying ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Noctowl Normal/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Pelipper Water/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Xatu Psychic/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Hawlucha Fighting/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Corviknight Flying/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Delibird Ice/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den C

Head to the west of the stairs leading to Motostoke in order to locate Den C.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Bunnelby Normal ☆ - 35%
Hoothoot Normal/Flying ☆ - 35%
Pidove Normal/Flying ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Minccino Normal ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Helioptile Normal/Electric ☆☆ - 20%
Stufful Normal/Fighting ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Diggersby Normal/Ground ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Noctowl Normal/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Unfezant Normal/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Heliolisk Normal/Electric ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Cinccino Normal ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Bewear Normal/Fighting ☆☆☆☆☆ - 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 D

Head east from the stairs to Motostoke to locate this Den.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Stunky Poison/Dark ☆ - 35%
Trubbish Poison ☆ - 35%
Skorupi Poison/Bug ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Mareanie Poison/Water ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆☆ - 20% (Shield)
Oddish Grass/Poison ☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
Roselia Grass/Poison ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Qwilfish Water/Poison ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Drapion Poison/Dark ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Vileplume Grass/Poison ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Toxapex Poison/Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5% (Shield)
Garbodor Poison ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Skuntank Poison/Dark ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Shield)

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Stunky Poison/Dark ☆ - 35%
Trubbish Poison ☆ - 35%
Skorupi Poison/Bug ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Koffing Poison ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Mareanie (Sword only) Poison/Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Salandit (Shield only) Poison/Fire ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Toxel Electric/Poison ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Drapion Poison/Dark ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Toxtricity Electric/Poison ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Skuntank Poison/Dark ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Weezing Poison/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Toxapex (Sword only) Poison/Water ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Salazzle (Shield only) Poison/Fire ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Garbodor Poison ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den E

Den E can be located in the lake itself, to the southeast.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Magikarp Water ☆ - 35%
Mantyke Water/Flying ☆ - 35%
Remoraid Water ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Chinchou Water/Electric ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Wailmer Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 10%
Basculin Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Octillery Water ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Mantine Water/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Lanturn Water/Electric ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Wailord Water ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Wishiwashi Water ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Gyarados Water/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 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%

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    7 March 2021
    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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