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) Den A can be found to the southwest of the Berry Tree

Den A can be found to the southwest of the Berry Tree (left), while Den B is located in the northeastern corner. (right)

Common 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

Den C/D

(1 of 2) You’ll find Den C along the southwestern edge of the lake

You’ll find Den C along the southwestern edge of the lake (left), while Den D can be found up on the cliff to the east, overlooking Giant’s Seat. (right)

Common Den

Rare Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
RioluFighting☆ - 35%
MachopFighting☆ - 35%
Scraggy (Sword only)Dark/Fighting☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Croadunk (Shield only)Poison/Fighting☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
StuffulNormal/Fighting☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
BewearNormal/Fighting☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
FalinksFighting☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
MachokeFighting☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Scrafty (Sword only)Dark/Fighting☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Toxicroak (Shield only)Poison/Fighting☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
MachampFighting☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Passimian (Sword only)Fighting☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Hawlucha (Shield only)Fighting/Flying☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
LucarioFighting/Steel☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
GalladePsychic/Fighting☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den E/F

(1 of 2) Both Dens E

Both Dens E (left), and Den E can be found in the lake. (right)

Common Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
TympoleWater☆ - 35%
ShellderWater☆ - 35%
ChinchouWater/Electric☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
MareaniePoison/Water☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆☆ - 20% (Shield)
PalpitoadWater/Ground☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
ArrokudaWater☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
CloysterWater/Ice☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10% (Sword), ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10% (Shield)
LanturnWater/Electric☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10% (Sword), ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Shield)
WishiwashiWater☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Shield)
SeismitoadWater/Ground☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Shield)
ToxapexPoison/Water☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10% (Shield)
BarraskewdaWater☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%

Rare Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
MantykeWater/Flying☆ - 68%
RemoraidWater☆ - 2%
WailmerWater☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
BinacleRock/Water☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
KrabbyWater☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
PyukumukuWater☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%
KinglerWater☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
BasculinWater☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
QwilfishWater/Poison☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
OctilleryWater☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
WailordWater☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
MantineWater/Flying☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    3 December 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 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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