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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" IconPidove Normal/Flying ☆ - 35%
"Hoothoot" IconHoothoot Normal/Flying ☆ - 35%
"Natu" IconNatu Psychic/Flying ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Rufflet" IconRufflet (Sword only) Normal/Flying ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Vullaby" IconVullaby (Shield only) Dark/Flying ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Woobat" IconWoobat Psychic/Flying ☆☆ - 20%
"Tranquill" IconTranquill Normal/Flying ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
"Unfezant" IconUnfezant Normal/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ -35%
"Noctowl" IconNoctowl Normal/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
"Swoobat" IconSwoobat Psychic/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%. ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
"Xatu" IconXatu Psychic/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
"Braviary" IconBraviary (Sword only) Normal/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
"Mandibuzz" IconMandibuzz (Shield only) Dark/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
"Sigilyph" IconSigilyph Psychic/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
"Natu" IconNatu Psychic/Flying ☆ - 35%
"Hoothoot" IconHoothoot Normal/Flying ☆ - 35%
"Rookidee" IconRookidee Flying ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Wingull" IconWingull Water/Flying ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Butterfree" IconButterfree Bug/Flying ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
"Corvisquire" IconCorvisquire Flying ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
"Noctowl" IconNoctowl Normal/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
"Pelipper" IconPelipper Water/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
"Xatu" IconXatu Psychic/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
"Hawlucha" IconHawlucha Fighting/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
"Corviknight" IconCorviknight Flying/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
"Delibird" IconDelibird 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" IconBunnelby Normal ☆ - 35%
"Hoothoot" IconHoothoot Normal/Flying ☆ - 35%
"Pidove" IconPidove Normal/Flying ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Minccino" IconMinccino Normal ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Helioptile" IconHelioptile Normal/Electric ☆☆ - 20%
"Stufful" IconStufful Normal/Fighting ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
"Diggersby" IconDiggersby Normal/Ground ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
"Noctowl" IconNoctowl Normal/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
"Unfezant" IconUnfezant Normal/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
"Heliolisk" IconHeliolisk Normal/Electric ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
"Cinccino" IconCinccino Normal ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
"Bewear" IconBewear Normal/Fighting ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
"Bunnelby" IconBunnelby Normal ☆ - 35%
"Pidove" IconPidove Normal/Flying ☆ - 35%
"Skwovet" IconSkwovet Normal ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 40%
"Eevee" IconEevee Normal ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 10%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
"Tranquill" IconTranquill Normal/Flying ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
"Wooloo" IconWooloo Normal ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
"Unfezant" IconUnfezant Normal/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
"Dubwool" IconDubwool Normal ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%. ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
"Braviary" IconBraviary (Sword only) Normal/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
"Oranguru" IconOranguru (Shield only) Normal/Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
"Indeedee" IconIndeedee Normal/Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
"Snorlax" IconSnorlax Normal ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den D

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

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
"Stunky" IconStunky Poison/Dark ☆ - 35%
"Trubbish" IconTrubbish Poison ☆ - 35%
"Skorupi" IconSkorupi Poison/Bug ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Mareanie" IconMareanie Poison/Water ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆☆ - 20% (Shield)
"Oddish" IconOddish Grass/Poison ☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
"Roselia" IconRoselia Grass/Poison ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
"Qwilfish" IconQwilfish Water/Poison ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
"Drapion" IconDrapion Poison/Dark ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
"Vileplume" IconVileplume Grass/Poison ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
"Toxapex" IconToxapex Poison/Water ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5% (Shield)
"Garbodor" IconGarbodor Poison ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
"Skuntank" IconSkuntank Poison/Dark ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Shield)

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
"Stunky" IconStunky Poison/Dark ☆ - 35%
"Trubbish" IconTrubbish Poison ☆ - 35%
"Skorupi" IconSkorupi Poison/Bug ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Koffing" IconKoffing Poison ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Mareanie" IconMareanie (Sword only) Poison/Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
"Salandit" IconSalandit (Shield only) Poison/Fire ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
"Toxel" IconToxel Electric/Poison ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
"Drapion" IconDrapion Poison/Dark ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
"Toxtricity" IconToxtricity Electric/Poison ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
"Skuntank" IconSkuntank Poison/Dark ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
"Weezing" IconWeezing Poison/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
"Toxapex" IconToxapex (Sword only) Poison/Water ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
"Salazzle" IconSalazzle (Shield only) Poison/Fire ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
"Garbodor" IconGarbodor Poison ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den E

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

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
"Magikarp" IconMagikarp Water ☆ - 35%
"Mantyke" IconMantyke Water/Flying ☆ - 35%
"Remoraid" IconRemoraid Water ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Chinchou" IconChinchou Water/Electric ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Wailmer" IconWailmer Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 10%
"Basculin" IconBasculin Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
"Octillery" IconOctillery Water ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
"Mantine" IconMantine Water/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
"Lanturn" IconLanturn Water/Electric ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
"Wailord" IconWailord Water ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
"Wishiwashi" IconWishiwashi Water ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
"Gyarados" IconGyarados Water/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
"Magikarp" IconMagikarp Water ☆ - 68%
"Feebas" IconFeebas Water ☆ - 2%
"Arrokuda" IconArrokuda Water ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Chewtle" IconChewtle Water ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
"Mareanie" IconMareanie Poison/Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
"Basculin" IconBasculin Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Quilfish Water/Poison ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
"Toxapex" IconToxapex Poison/Water ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 18%
"Pyukumuku" IconPyukumuku Water ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
"Gyarados" IconGyarados Water/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
"Lapras" IconLapras Water/Ice ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
"Milotic" IconMilotic Water ☆☆☆☆☆ - 2%

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms,
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    4 January 2023
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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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