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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Max Raids

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Den A

Den A is located in the southwest of the Zone.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Toxel Electric/Poison ☆ - 35%
Gastly Ghost/Poison ☆ - 35%
Skorupi Poison/Bug ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Oddish Grass/Poison ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Gloom Grass/Poison ☆☆ - 20%
Haunter Ghost/Poison ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Koffing Poison ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Qwilfish Water/Poison ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Vileplume Grass/Poison ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Roselia Grass/Poison ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Toxtricity Electric/Poison ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Weezing Poison/Fairy ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Rare Den

Den B

Head northeast from Den A to find Den B.

Common Den

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Vulpix (Sword only) Fire ☆ - 35%
Growlithe (Shield only) Fire ☆ - 35%
Sizzlipede Fire/Bug ☆ - 35%
Litwick Ghost/Fire ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Carkol Rock/Fire ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Lampent Ghost/Fire ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40% (Sword), ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Shield)
Heatmor Fire ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40% (Shield)
Torkoal Fire ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Arcanine Fire ☆☆☆☆ - 10%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
Ninetales Fire ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆ - 10%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
Chandelure Ghost/Fire ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Flareon Fire ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den C

Den C is located along the eastern edge of the large grey rock.

Common Den

Rare Den

Den D

Den D is situated to the northwest, by the lake.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Pichu Electric ☆ - 35%
Electrike Electric ☆ - 35%
Joltik Bug/Electric ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Chinchou Water/Electric ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Charjabug Bug/Electric ☆☆ - 20%
Pikachu Electric ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Manectric Electric ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Lanturn Water/Electric ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Galvantula Bug/Electric ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Vikavolt Bug/Electric ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Raichu Electric ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Magikarp Water ☆ - 35%
Arrokuda Water ☆ - 35%
Chewtle Water ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Krabby Water ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Pyukumuku Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Basculin Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Qwilfish Water/Poison ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Kingler Water ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Wishiwashi Water ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Gyarados Water/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Gastrodon Water/Ground ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Drednaw (Gigantamax) Water/Rock ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den E

You’ll find Den E far to the northeast, just before you enter Hamerlocke Hills.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Rookidee Flying ☆ - 35%
Noibat Flying/Dragon ☆ - 35%
Wingull Water/Flying ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Natu Psychic/Flying ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Drifloon Ghost/Flying ☆☆ - 20%
Corvisquire Flying ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Drifblim Ghost/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Pelipper Water/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Xatu Psychic/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Corviknight Flying/Steel ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Hawlucha Fighting/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Cramorant Flying/Water ☆☆☆☆☆ - 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%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Pelipper Water/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Xatu Psychic/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Hawlucha Fighting/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 35%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Sigliyph Psychic/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Corviknight (Gigantamax) Flying/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 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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