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Pokémon: Sword & Shield
Strategy Guide

First Published: 15-11-2019 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 10-09-2020 / 02:29 GMT
Version: 1.2 (????) 28-09-2020 / 16:08 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/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 lakeand Den B just a short distance north of Den A.

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

NameTypeEncounter Rate
PidoveNormal/Flying☆ - 35%
HoothootNormal/Flying☆ - 35%
NatuPsychic/Flying☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Rufflet (Sword only)Normal/Flying☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Vullaby (Shield only)Dark/Flying☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
WoobatPsychic/Flying☆☆ - 20%
TranquillNormal/Flying☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
UnfezantNormal/Flying☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ -35%
NoctowlNormal/Flying☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
SwoobatPsychic/Flying☆☆☆ - 20%. ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
XatuPsychic/Flying☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Braviary (Sword only)Normal/Flying☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Mandibuzz (Shield only)Dark/Flying☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
SigilyphPsychic/Flying☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Rare Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
NatuPsychic/Flying☆ - 35%
HoothootNormal/Flying☆ - 35%
RookideeFlying☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
WingullWater/Flying☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
ButterfreeBug/Flying☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
CorvisquireFlying☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
NoctowlNormal/Flying☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
PelipperWater/Flying☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
XatuPsychic/Flying☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
HawluchaFighting/Flying☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
CorviknightFlying/Steel☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
DelibirdIce/Flying☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
  • Den C

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

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

Common Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
BunnelbyNormal☆ - 35%
HoothootNormal/Flying☆ - 35%
PidoveNormal/Flying☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
MinccinoNormal☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
HelioptileNormal/Electric☆☆ - 20%
StuffulNormal/Fighting☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
DiggersbyNormal/Ground☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
NoctowlNormal/Flying☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
UnfezantNormal/Flying☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
HelioliskNormal/Electric☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
CinccinoNormal☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
BewearNormal/Fighting☆☆☆☆☆ - 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 D

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

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

NameTypeEncounter Rate
StunkyPoison/Dark☆ - 35%
TrubbishPoison☆ - 35%
SkorupiPoison/Bug☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
MareaniePoison/Water☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆☆ - 20% (Shield)
OddishGrass/Poison☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
RoseliaGrass/Poison☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
QwilfishWater/Poison☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
DrapionPoison/Dark☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
VileplumeGrass/Poison☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
ToxapexPoison/Water☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5% (Shield)
GarbodorPoison☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
SkuntankPoison/Dark☆☆☆☆☆ - 5% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Shield)

Rare Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
StunkyPoison/Dark☆ - 35%
TrubbishPoison☆ - 35%
SkorupiPoison/Bug☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
KoffingPoison☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Mareanie (Sword only)Poison/Water☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Salandit (Shield only)Poison/Fire☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
ToxelElectric/Poison☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
DrapionPoison/Dark☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
ToxtricityElectric/Poison☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
SkuntankPoison/Dark☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
WeezingPoison/Fairy☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Toxapex (Sword only)Poison/Water☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Salazzle (Shield only)Poison/Fire☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
GarbodorPoison☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
  • Den E

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

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

Common Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
MagikarpWater☆ - 35%
MantykeWater/Flying☆ - 35%
RemoraidWater☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
ChinchouWater/Electric☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
WailmerWater☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 10%
BasculinWater☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
OctilleryWater☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
MantineWater/Flying☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
LanturnWater/Electric☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
WailordWater☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
WishiwashiWater☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
GyaradosWater/Flying☆☆☆☆☆ - 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%

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    10 September 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.
  • 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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