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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

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Den A

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

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 B

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

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Ralts Psychic/Fairy ☆ - 35%
Munna Psychic ☆ - 30%
Espurr Psychic ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Gothita (Sword only) Psychic ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Solosis (Shield only) Psychic ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Elgyem Psychic ☆ - 5%, ☆☆ - 20%
Kirlia Psychic/Fairy ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Meowstic Psychic ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Gothorita (Sword only) Psychic ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Duosion (Shield only) Psychic ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Musharna Psychic ☆☆☆ - 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%
Gardevoir Psychic/Fairy ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Inkay Dark/Psychic ☆ - 35%
Ralts Psychic/Fairy ☆ - 35%
Mr. Mime Ice/Psychic ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Woobat Psychic/Flying ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Hatenna Psychic ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Hattrem Psychic ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Kirlia Psychic/Fairy ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Swoobat Psychic/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Hatterene Psychic/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Mr. Rime Ice/Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Malamar Dark/Psychic ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Gardevoir Psychic/Fairy ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den C

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

Common Den

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Cherubi Grass ☆ - 35%
Seedot (Sword only) Grass ☆ - 35%
Lotad (Shield only) Water/Grass ☆ - 35%
Gossifleur Grass ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Cottonee Grass/Fairy ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Nuzleaf (Sword only) Grass/Dark ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Lombre (Shield only) Water/Grass ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Morelull Grass/Fairy ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Cherrim Grass ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Shiinotic Grass/Fairy ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Eldegoss Grass ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Whimsicott Grass/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Shiftry (Sword only) Grass/Dark ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Ludicolo (shield only) Water/Grass ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Dhelmise Ghost/Grass ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den D

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

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Purrloin Dark ☆ - 35%
Stunky Poison/Dark ☆ - 35%
Sneasel Dark/Ice ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Inkay Dark/Psychic ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Pawniard Dark/Steel ☆☆ - 20%
Liepard Dark ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Skuntank Poison/Dark ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Weavile Dark/Ice ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Malamar Dark/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Bisharp Dark/Steel ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Crawdaunt Water/Dark ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Shiftry (Sword only) Grass/Dark ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%
Sableye (Shield only) Dark/Ghost ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Nickit Dark ☆ - 35%
Zigzagoon Dark/Normal ☆ - 35%
Scraggy (Sword only) Dark/Fighting ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Vullaby (Shield only) Dark/Flying ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Sneasel Dark/Ice ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Liepard Dark ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Linoone Dark/Normal ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Thievul Dark ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Pangoro Fighting/Dark ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Weavile Dark/Ice ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Scrafty (Sword only) Dark/Fighting ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Mandibuzz (Shield only) Dark/Flying ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Obstagoon Dark/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.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Klink Steel ☆ - 35%, ☆☆ - 20%
Bronzor Steel/Psychic ☆ - 35%, ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Ferroseed Grass/Steel ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Pawniard Dark/Steel ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Steelix Steel/Ground ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Ferrothorn Grass/Steel ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Bronzong Steel/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Bisharp Dark/Steel ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Mawile (Sword only) Steel/Fairy ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Togedemaru Electric/Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Meowth Steel ☆ - 35%
Bronzor Steel/Psychic ☆ - 35%
Pawniard Dark/Steel ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Ferroseed Grass/Steel ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Honedge Steel/Ghost ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Bronzong Steel/Psychic ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Perrserker Steel ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Ferrothorn Grass/Steel ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Bisharp Dark/Steel ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Stunfisk Ground/Steel ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Duraludon Steel/Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Copperajah Steel ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den F

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

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Skwovet Normal ☆ - 35%
Wooloo Normal ☆ - 35%
Zigzagoon Dark/Normal ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 40%
Munchlax Normal ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 10%
Indeedee Psychic/Normal ☆☆ - 10%
Greedent Normal ☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Linoone Dark/Normal ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Dubwool Normal ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Diggersby Normal/Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Braviary (Sword only) Normal/Flying ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Oranguru (Shield only) Normal/Psychic ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Snorlax Normal ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Rare Den

Den G

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

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Mime Jr. Psychic/Fairy ☆ - 35%
Wynaut Psychic ☆ - 35%
Natu Psychic/Flying ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Baltoy Ground/Psychic ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Bronzor Steel/Psychic ☆☆ - 20%
Mr. Mime Ice/Psychic ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Sigilyph Psychic/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Xatu Psychic/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Indeedee Psychic/Normal ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Claydol Ground/Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 10%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Mr. Rime Ice/Psychic ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Wobbuffet Psychic ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%

Rare Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Inkay Dark/Psychic ☆ - 35%
Ralts Psychic/Fairy ☆ - 35%
Mr. Mime Ice/Psychic ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Woobat Psychic/Flying ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Hatenna Psychic ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Hattrem Psychic ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Kirlia Psychic/Fairy ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Swoobat Psychic/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Hatterene Psychic/Fairy ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Mr. Rime Ice/Psychic ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Malamar Dark/Psychic ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Gardevoir Psychic/Fairy ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Den H

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

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Swinub Ice/Ground ☆ - 35%
Cubchoo Ice ☆ - 35%
Snom Ice/Bug ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Sneasel Dark/Ice ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Mr. Mime Ice/Psychic ☆☆ - 20%
Piloswine Ice/Ground ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Cloyster Water/Ice ☆☆☆ - 20%. ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Beartic Ice ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Mr. Rime Ice/Psychic ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Mamoswine Ice/Ground ☆☆☆☆ - 15%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Frosmoth Ice/Bug ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Weavile Dark/Ice ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%

Rare Den

Den I

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.

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 K

Den K is the northernmost Den of the northeast cliff.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Gastly Ghost/Poison ☆ - 35%
Duskull Ghost ☆ - 30%
Drifloon Ghost/Flying ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Phantump Ghost/Grass ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Frillish Water/Ghost ☆ - 5%, ☆☆ - 20%
Pumpkaboo Ghost/Grass ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%
Haunter Ghost/Poison ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Dusclops Ghost ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Drifblim Ghost/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Trevenant Ghost/Grass ☆☆☆☆ - 50%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 25%
Gourgeist Ghost/Grass ☆☆☆☆☆ - 20%
Jellicent Water/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.

Common Den

Name Type Encounter Rate
Vulpix (Sword only) Fire ☆ - 35%
Growlithe (Shield only) Fire ☆ - 35%
Salandit Poison/Fire ☆ - 35%
Litwick Ghost/Fire ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Salazzle Poison/Fire ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40% (Sword), ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35% (Shield)
Lampent Ghost/Fire ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35% (Sword), ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40% (Shield)
Ninetales (Sword only) Fire ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Arcanine (Shield only) Fire ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Torkoal Fire ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 25%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Chandelure Ghost/Fire ☆☆☆☆☆ - 15%
Turtonator (Sword only) Fire/Dragon ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

Rare Den

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  • 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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