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Pokémon: Sword & Shield
Strategy Guide

First Published: 15-11-2019 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 10-09-2020 / 02:29 GMT
Version: 1.2 (????) 25-09-2020 / 17:39 GMT

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

You’ll find Den A far to the southwest as you enter the Zone from Bridge Field.

You’ll find Den A far to the southwest as you enter the Zone from Bridge Field.

Common Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
BonslyRock☆ - 35%
RoggenrolaRock☆ - 35% (Sword), ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
BinacleRock/Water☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆ - 35% (Shield)
DwebbleBug/Rock☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
RhyhornGround/Rock☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
BoldoreRock☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30%
BarbaracleRock/Water☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
RhydonGround/Rock☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
SudowoodoRock☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
CrustleBug/Rock☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Shield)
GigalithRock☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Shield)
ShuckleBug/Rock☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%

Rare Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
DwebbleBug/Rock☆ - 35%
BonslyRock☆ - 35%
RolycolyRock☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Binacle (Sword only)Rock/Water☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Roggenrola (Shield only)Rock☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
CarkolRock/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%
OnixRock/Ground☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
CrustleBug/Rock☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
CoalossalRock/Fire☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
SteelixSteel/Ground☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Stonjourner (Sword only)Rock☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Tyranitar (Shield only)Rock/Dark☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
  • Den B

Den B can be found in the middle of the grass patches northeast of Den A.

Den B can be found in the middle of the grass patches northeast of Den A.

Common Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
RaltsPsychic/Fairy☆ - 35%
MunnaPsychic☆ - 30%
EspurrPsychic☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Gothita (Sword only)Psychic☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Solosis (Shield only)Psychic☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
ElgyemPsychic☆ - 5%, ☆☆ - 20%
KirliaPsychic/Fairy☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
MeowsticPsychic☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Gothorita (Sword only)Psychic☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Duosion (Shield only)Psychic☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 30%
MusharnaPsychic☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 30%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Gothitelle (Sword only)Psychic☆☆☆☆ - 10%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Reuniclus (Shield only)Psychic☆☆☆☆ - 10%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Solrock (Sword only)Rock/Psychic☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Lunatone (Shield only)Rock/Psychic☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
GardevoirPsychic/Fairy☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%

Rare Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
InkayDark/Psychic☆ - 35%
RaltsPsychic/Fairy☆ - 35%
Mr. MimeIce/Psychic☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
WoobatPsychic/Flying☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
HatennaPsychic☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
HattremPsychic☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
KirliaPsychic/Fairy☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
SwoobatPsychic/Flying☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
HatterenePsychic/Fairy☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Mr. RimeIce/Psychic☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
MalamarDark/Psychic☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
GardevoirPsychic/Fairy☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
  • Den C

Den C can be found to the north of the Zone, in the center before entering Dusty Bowl.

Den C can be found to the north of the Zone, in the center before entering Dusty Bowl.

Common Den

Rare Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
CherubiGrass☆ - 35%
Seedot (Sword only)Grass☆ - 35%
Lotad (Shield only)Water/Grass☆ - 35%
GossifleurGrass☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
CottoneeGrass/Fairy☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Nuzleaf (Sword only)Grass/Dark☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Lombre (Shield only)Water/Grass☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
MorelullGrass/Fairy☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
CherrimGrass☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
ShiinoticGrass/Fairy☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
EldegossGrass☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
WhimsicottGrass/Fairy☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Shiftry (Sword only)Grass/Dark☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Ludicolo (shield only)Water/Grass☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
DhelmiseGhost/Grass☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
  • Den D

Den D is just to the east of Den D to the north of the Zone.

Den D is just to the east of Den D to the north of the Zone.

Common Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
PurrloinDark☆ - 35%
StunkyPoison/Dark☆ - 35%
SneaselDark/Ice☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
InkayDark/Psychic☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
PawniardDark/Steel☆☆ - 20%
LiepardDark☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
SkuntankPoison/Dark☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
WeavileDark/Ice☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
MalamarDark/Psychic☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
BisharpDark/Steel☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
CrawdauntWater/Dark☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Shiftry (Sword only)Grass/Dark☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Sableye (Shield only)Dark/Ghost☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Rare Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
NickitDark☆ - 35%
ZigzagoonDark/Normal☆ - 35%
Scraggy (Sword only)Dark/Fighting☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Vullaby (Shield only)Dark/Flying☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
SneaselDark/Ice☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
LiepardDark☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
LinooneDark/Normal☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
ThievulDark☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
PangoroFighting/Dark☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
WeavileDark/Ice☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Scrafty (Sword only)Dark/Fighting☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Mandibuzz (Shield only)Dark/Flying☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
ObstagoonDark/Normal☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Hydreigon (Sword only)Dark/Dragon☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Tyranitar (Shield only)Rock/Dark☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
  • Den E

Den E can be found in the south of the Zone.

Den E can be found in the south of the Zone.

Common Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
KlinkSteel☆ - 35%, ☆☆ - 20%
BronzorSteel/Psychic☆ - 35%, ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
FerroseedGrass/Steel☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
PawniardDark/Steel☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
SteelixSteel/Ground☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
FerrothornGrass/Steel☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
BronzongSteel/Psychic☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
BisharpDark/Steel☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Mawile (Sword only)Steel/Fairy☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
TogedemaruElectric/Steel☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

Rare Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
MeowthSteel☆ - 35%
BronzorSteel/Psychic☆ - 35%
PawniardDark/Steel☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
FerroseedGrass/Steel☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
HonedgeSteel/Ghost☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
BronzongSteel/Psychic☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
PerrserkerSteel☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
FerrothornGrass/Steel☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
BisharpDark/Steel☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
StunfiskGround/Steel☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
DuraludonSteel/Dragon☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
CopperajahSteel☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
  • Den F

Den F can be found in the southeast corner of the Zone, this Den will only spawn Dittos.

Den F can be found in the southeast corner of the Zone, this Den will only spawn Dittos.

Common Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
SkwovetNormal☆ - 35%
WoolooNormal☆ - 35%
ZigzagoonDark/Normal☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 40%
MunchlaxNormal☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 10%
IndeedeePsychic/Normal☆☆ - 10%
GreedentNormal☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
LinooneDark/Normal☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
DubwoolNormal☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
DiggersbyNormal/Ground☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Braviary (Sword only)Normal/Flying☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Oranguru (Shield only)Normal/Psychic☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
SnorlaxNormal☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Rare Den

Note: This Rare Den will only ever spawn Dittos ranging anywhere from ☆ to ☆☆☆☆☆. This is ideal if you’re looking for a max IV Ditto for all your breeding needs.

  • Den G

Den G is the southern most Den of the three grouped together in the northeast.

Den G is the southern most Den of the three grouped together in the northeast.

Common Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
Mime Jr.Psychic/Fairy☆ - 35%
WynautPsychic☆ - 35%
NatuPsychic/Flying☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
BaltoyGround/Psychic☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
BronzorSteel/Psychic☆☆ - 20%
Mr. MimeIce/Psychic☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆ - 15%
SigilyphPsychic/Flying☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
XatuPsychic/Flying☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
IndeedeePsychic/Normal☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
ClaydolGround/Psychic☆☆☆☆ - 10%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Mr. RimeIce/Psychic☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
WobbuffetPsychic☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%

Rare Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
InkayDark/Psychic☆ - 35%
RaltsPsychic/Fairy☆ - 35%
Mr. MimeIce/Psychic☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
WoobatPsychic/Flying☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
HatennaPsychic☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
HattremPsychic☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
KirliaPsychic/Fairy☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
SwoobatPsychic/Flying☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
HatterenePsychic/Fairy☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Mr. RimeIce/Psychic☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
MalamarDark/Psychic☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
GardevoirPsychic/Fairy☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
  • Den H

Den H is the westernmost Den of the three grouped together in the northeast.

Den H is the westernmost Den of the three grouped together in the northeast.

Common Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
SwinubIce/Ground☆ - 35%
CubchooIce☆ - 35%
SnomIce/Bug☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
SneaselDark/Ice☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Mr. MimeIce/Psychic☆☆ - 20%
PiloswineIce/Ground☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
CloysterWater/Ice☆☆☆ - 20%. ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
BearticIce☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Mr. RimeIce/Psychic☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
MamoswineIce/Ground☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
FrosmothIce/Bug☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
WeavileDark/Ice☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

Rare Den

  • Den I

Den I is the easternmost Den of the three Dens grouped together to the northeast.

Den I is the easternmost Den of the three Dens grouped together to the northeast.

Common Den

Rare Den

  • Den J

Den J is the southernmost Den against the northeast cliff.

Den J is the southernmost Den against the northeast cliff.

Common Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
TyrogueFighting☆ - 35%
MachopFighting☆ - 35%
TimburrFighting☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Scraggy (Sword only)Dark/Fighting☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Croagunk (Shield only)Poison/Fighting☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
MachokeFighting☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 10% (Sword), ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
GurdurrFighting☆☆ - 20%. ☆☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆☆ - 20%. ☆☆☆ - 10% (Shield)
HitmonleeFighting☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Sword), ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30% (Shield)
HitmonchanFighting☆☆☆ - 20%. ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30% (Sword), ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25% (Shield)
Scrafty (Sword only)Dark/Fighting☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%. ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Toxicroak (Shield only)Poison/Fighting☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
ConkeldurrFighting☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10% (Shield)
MachampFighting☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
HitmontopFighting☆☆☆☆☆ - 10% (Sword), ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20% (Shield)

Rare Den

  • Den K

Den K is the northernmost Den of the northeast cliff.

Den K is the northernmost Den of the northeast cliff.

Common Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
GastlyGhost/Poison☆ - 35%
DuskullGhost☆ - 30%
DrifloonGhost/Flying☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
PhantumpGhost/Grass☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
FrillishWater/Ghost☆ - 5%, ☆☆ - 20%
PumpkabooGhost/Grass☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
HaunterGhost/Poison☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
DusclopsGhost☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
DrifblimGhost/Flying☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
TrevenantGhost/Grass☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
GourgeistGhost/Grass☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
JellicentWater/Ghost☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%

Rare Den

  • Den L

Den L is the only Den in the dry grass area, found to the far north of the Zone.

Den L is the only Den in the dry grass area, found to the far north of the Zone.

Common Den

NameTypeEncounter Rate
Vulpix (Sword only)Fire☆ - 35%
Growlithe (Shield only)Fire☆ - 35%
SalanditPoison/Fire☆ - 35%
LitwickGhost/Fire☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
SalazzlePoison/Fire☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40% (Sword), ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35% (Shield)
LampentGhost/Fire☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35% (Sword), ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40% (Shield)
Ninetales (Sword only)Fire☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Arcanine (Shield only)Fire☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
TorkoalFire☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
ChandelureGhost/Fire☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Turtonator (Sword only)Fire/Dragon☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Rare Den

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    10 September 2020
    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 currently-released Isle of Armor (and in the future, it will cover the Crown Tundra).

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.

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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