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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

Max Raids

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Den A

You’ll find this Den to the south of the Watchtower.

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 B

This special Den found inside the Watchtower can only be activated with special items.

Den C

This Den can be found to the north of the Watchtower.

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

Name Type Lv
Honedge Steel/Ghost ☆ - 35%
Yamask Ground/Ghost ☆ - 35%
Sinistea Ghost ☆ - 20%, ☆☆ - 30%
Drifloon Ghost/Flying ☆ - 10%, ☆☆ - 30%
Doublade Steel/Ghost ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 20%
Pumpkaboo (Sword only) Ghost/Grass ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Corsola (Shield only) Ghost ☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Drifblim Ghost/Flying ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 10%
Gourgeist (Sword only) Ghost/Grass ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Sableye (Shield only) Dark/Ghost ☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆ - 35%
Polteageist Ghost ☆☆☆☆ - 20%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 30%
Gourgeist (Sword only) Ghost/Grass ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 29%
Cursola (Shield only) Ghost ☆☆☆☆ - 40%, ☆☆☆☆☆ - 29%
Runerigus Ground/Ghost ☆☆☆☆☆ - 1%
Aegislash Steel/Ghost ☆☆☆☆☆ - 5%

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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.

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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