Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Max Raids

By
Ben Chard
&
Vincent Lau

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

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

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

Name Type Encounter Rate
Riolu Fighting ☆ - 35%
Machop Fighting ☆ - 35%
Scraggy (Sword only) Dark/Fighting ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Croadunk (Shield only) Poison/Fighting ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Stufful Normal/Fighting ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Bewear Normal/Fighting ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Falinks Fighting ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Machoke Fighting ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Scrafty (Sword only) Dark/Fighting ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Toxicroak (Shield only) Poison/Fighting ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Machamp Fighting ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Passimian (Sword only) Fighting ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Hawlucha (Shield only) Fighting/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Lucario Fighting/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Gallade Psychic/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

Name Type Encounter Rate
Tympole Water ☆ - 35%
Shellder Water ☆ - 35%
Chinchou Water/Electric ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Mareanie Poison/Water ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆☆ - 20% (Shield)
Palpitoad Water/Ground ☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
Arrokuda Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Cloyster Water/Ice ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10% (Sword), ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10% (Shield)
Lanturn Water/Electric ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10% (Sword), ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Shield)
Wishiwashi Water ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Shield)
Seismitoad Water/Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Shield)
Toxapex Poison/Water ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10% (Shield)
Barraskewda Water ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Mantyke Water/Flying ☆ - 68%
Remoraid Water ☆ - 2%
Wailmer Water ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Binacle Rock/Water ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Krabby Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Pyukumuku Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 40%
Kingler Water ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Basculin Water ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Qwilfish Water/Poison ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Octillery Water ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Wailord Water ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Mantine Water/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

Guide Information

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