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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Max Raids

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Den A

Den A is the first Den you’ll encounter when taking the path down from Rolling Fields.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Caterpie Bug ☆ - 35%
Combee Bug/Flying ☆ - 35%
Cutiefly Bug/Fairy ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Blipbug Bug ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Joltik Bug/Electric ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 10%
Metapod Bug ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Dottler Bug/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Galvantula Bug/Electric ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Butterfree Bug/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Ribombee Bug/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Vespiquen Bug/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Orbeetle Bug/Psychic ☆☆☆☆☆ - 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 B

This Den can be found to the east of the previous one.

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

Den C

You’ll find this Den in the northwest of the lake area.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Chewtle Water ☆ - 35%
Arrokuda Water ☆ - 35%
Shellos Water ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Dewpider Water/Bug ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Wailmer Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 10%
Basculin Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Wishiwashi Water ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Drednaw Water/Rock ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Barraskewda Water ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Araquanid Water/Bug ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Gastrodon Water/Ground ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Wailord Water ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Corphish Water ☆ - 40%
Krabby Water ☆ - 25%
Arrokuda Water ☆ - 25%, ☆☆ - 25%
Chewtle Water ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 25%
Mareanie Poison/Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Basculin Water ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
Crawdaunt Water/Dark ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Toxapex Poison/Water ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Pyukumuku Water ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Gyarados Water/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Lapras Water/Ice ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Kingler Water ☆☆ - 10%, ☆☆☆- 10%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

Den D/E

(1 of 2) You’ll find both Den D

You’ll find both Den D (left), and Den E side-by-side in the southern part of 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%

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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.

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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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