Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Max Raids

By
Ben Chard
&
Vincent Lau

Den A

Head north and search behind the Berry Tree to find this Den.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Bunnelby Normal ☆ - 35%
Hoothoot Normal/Flying ☆ - 35%
Pidove Normal/Flying ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Minccino Normal ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Helioptile Normal/Electric ☆☆ - 20%
Stufful Normal/Fighting ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Diggersby Normal/Ground ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Noctowl Normal/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Unfezant Normal/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Heliolisk Normal/Electric ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Cinccino Normal ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Bewear Normal/Fighting ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Bunnelby Normal ☆ - 35%
Pidove Normal/Flying ☆ - 35%
Skwovet Normal ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 40%
Eevee Normal ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 10%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Tranquill Normal/Flying ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Wooloo Normal ☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Unfezant Normal/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Dubwool Normal ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%. ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Braviary (Sword only) Normal/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Oranguru (Shield only) Normal/Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Indeedee Normal/Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Snorlax Normal ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den B

Make your way to the west of Den A to find this Den.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Diglett Ground ☆ - 35%
Mudbray Ground ☆ - 35%
Nincada Bug/Ground ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Drilbur Ground ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Onix Rock/Ground ☆☆ - 20%
Barboach Water/Ground ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Steelix Steel/Ground ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Whiscash Water/Ground ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Diggersby Normal/Ground ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Dugtrio Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Excadril Ground/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Mudsdale Ground ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Wooper Water/Ground ☆ - 35%
Barboach Water/Ground ☆ - 35%
Yamask Ground/Ghost ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Golett Ground/Ghost ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Palpitoad Water/Ground ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Quagsire Water/Ground ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Stunfisk Ground/Steel ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Golurk Ground/Ghost ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Gastrodon Water/Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Seismitoad Water/Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Runerigus Ground/Ghost ☆☆☆☆☆ - 1%
Rhyperior Ground/Rock ☆☆☆☆☆ - 4%

Den C

You’ll find this Den in the far southwest corner of Rolling Fields.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Noibat Flying/Dragon ☆ - 35%
Trapinch Ground ☆ - 25% (Sword), ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
Axew Dragon ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆ - 35% (Shield)
Jangmo-o (Sword only) Dragon ☆☆ - 20%
Goomy (Shield only) Dragon ☆☆ - 20%
Vibrava Ground/Dragon ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Hakamo-o (Sword only) Dragon/Fighting ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Sliggoo (Shield only) Dragon ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Fraxure Dragon ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Haxorus Dragon ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Shield)
Flygon Ground/Dragon ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
Turtonator (Sword only) Fire/Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Drampa (Shield only) Normal/Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Kommo-o (Sword only) Dragon/Fighting ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Goodra (Shield only) Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Trapinch Ground ☆ - 35% (Sword), ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
Applin Grass/Dragon ☆ - 35%
Axew Dragon ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆ - 35% (Shield)
Jangmo-o (Sword only) Dragon ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Goomy (Shield only) Dragon ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Dreepy Dragon/Ghost ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Fraxure (Sword only) Dragon ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Vibrava (Shield only) Ground/Dragon ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Hakamo-o (Sword only) Dragon/Fighting ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Sliggoo (Shield only) Dragon ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Turtonator (Sword only) Fire/Dragon ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Drampa (Shield only) Normal/Dragon ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Kommo-o (Sword only) Dragon/Fighting ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Goodra (Shield only) Dragon ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Drakloak Dragon/Ghost ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Haxorus (Sword only) Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Flygon (Shield only) Ground/Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Dragapult Dragon/Ghost ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den D/F

(1 of 2) Search to the east of the western Berry Tree for Den D

Search to the east of the western Berry Tree for Den D (left), while Den F can be found to the northeast just before the Zone change. (right)

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Pidove Normal/Flying ☆ - 35%
Hoothoot Normal/Flying ☆ - 35%
Natu Psychic/Flying ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Rufflet (Sword only) Normal/Flying ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Vullaby (Shield only) Dark/Flying ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Woobat Psychic/Flying ☆☆ - 20%
Tranquill Normal/Flying ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Unfezant Normal/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ -35%
Noctowl Normal/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Swoobat Psychic/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%. ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Xatu Psychic/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Braviary (Sword only) Normal/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Mandibuzz (Shield only) Dark/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Sigilyph Psychic/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Wimpod Bug/Water ☆ - 30%
Blipbug Bug ☆ - 20%
Karrablast Bug ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 25% (Sword), ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20% (Shield)
Dewpider Water/Bug ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 25%
Shelmet Bug ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 25% (Shield)
Dwebble Bug/Rock ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Dottler Bug/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Orbeetle Bug/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%. ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Araquanid Water/Bug ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Golisopod Bug/Water ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Escavalier (Sword only) Bug/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Accelgor (Shield only) Bug ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Butterfree Bug/Flying ☆, ☆☆, ☆☆☆, ☆☆☆☆, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

Den E

Head north along the dirt path and you’ll find this Den just before you leave Rolling Fields.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Tyrogue Fighting ☆ - 35%
Machop Fighting ☆ - 35%
Timburr Fighting ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Scraggy (Sword only) Dark/Fighting ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Croagunk (Shield only) Poison/Fighting ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Machoke Fighting ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 10% (Sword), ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
Gurdurr Fighting ☆☆ - 20%. ☆☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆☆ - 20%. ☆☆☆ - 10% (Shield)
Hitmonlee Fighting ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Sword), ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
Hitmonchan Fighting ☆☆☆ - 20%. ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Shield)
Scrafty (Sword only) Dark/Fighting ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%. ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Toxicroak (Shield only) Poison/Fighting ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Conkeldurr Fighting ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10% (Shield)
Machamp Fighting ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Hitmontop Fighting ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Shield)

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 G

Make your way east from the entrance and look in the middle of a grass patch to find this Den.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Caterpie Bug ☆ - 35%
Grubbin Bug ☆ - 35%
Nincada Bug/Ground ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Joltik Bug/Electric ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Metapod Bug ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 10%
Durant Bug/Steel ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Charjabug Bug/Electric ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Ninjask Bug/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Butterfree Bug/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Galvantula Bug/Electric ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Vikavolt Bug/Electric ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Wimpod Bug/Water ☆ - 35%
Blipbug Bug ☆ - 35%
Karrablast Bug ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20% (Shield)
Dewpider Water/Bug ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Shelmet Bug ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
Dwebble Bug/Rock ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Dottler Bug/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 20%. ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Orbeetle Bug/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Araquanid Water/Bug ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Golisopod Bug/Water ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Escavalier (Sword only) Bug/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Accelgor (Shield only) Bug ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Shedinja Bug/Ghost ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den H

Hug the eastern cliff from the entrance and you’ll reach this Den first.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Bonsly Rock ☆ - 35%
Roggenrola Rock ☆ - 35% (Sword), ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
Binacle Rock/Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆ - 35% (Shield)
Dwebble Bug/Rock ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Rhyhorn Ground/Rock ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Boldore Rock ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Barbaracle Rock/Water ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Rhydon Ground/Rock ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Sudowoodo Rock ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Crustle Bug/Rock ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Shield)
Gigalith Rock ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Shield)
Shuckle Bug/Rock ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Dwebble Bug/Rock ☆ - 35%
Bonsly Rock ☆ - 35%
Rolycoly Rock ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Binacle (Sword only) Rock/Water ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Roggenrola (Shield only) Rock ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Carkol Rock/Fire ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Sudowoodo (Sword only) Rock ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Larvitar (Shield only) Rock/Ground ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Barbaracle (Sword only) Rock/Water ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Pupitar (Shield only) Rock/Ground ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Onix Rock/Ground ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Crustle Bug/Rock ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Coalossal Rock/Fire ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Steelix Steel/Ground ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Stonjourner (Sword only) Rock ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Tyranitar (Shield only) Rock/Dark ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den I

Head to the far southeast corner of Rolling Fields to find this Den.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Cleffa Fairy ☆ - 35%
Togepi Fairy ☆ - 35%
Cutiefly Bug/Fairy ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Swirlix (Sword only) Fairy ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Spritzee (Shield only) Fairy ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Clefairy Fairy ☆☆ - 20%
Morelull Grass/Fairy ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Togetic Fairy/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Clefable Fairy ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Ribombee Bug/Fairy ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Shiinotic Grass/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Slurpuff (Sword only) Fairy ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Aromatisse (Shield only) Fairy ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Togekiss Fairy/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Togepi Fairy ☆ - 35%
Morelull Grass/Fairy ☆ - 35%
Impidimp Dark/Fairy ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Ralts Psychic/Fairy ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Togetic Fairy/Flying ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Shiinotic Grass/Fairy ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Morgrem Dark/Fairy ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Mawile (Sword only) Steel/Fairy ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Rapidash (Shield only) Psychic/Fairy ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Gardevoir Psychic/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Togekiss Fairy/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Grimmsnarl Dark/Fairy ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Mimikyu Ghost/Fairy ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

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.

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