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Pokémon Sword and Shield: Every Wild Area den and what Max Raid Battles spawn from them

Pokemon Sword and Shield
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There are 99 regular Pokémon dens in Sword and Shield's Wild Area and each one hosts a different collection of raids, some common and some rare. We've rounded up a list of every den and what Pokémon are likely to show up in that den. Since there are multiple dens in various areas of the Galar map, we've assigned arbitrary numbers to the ones in the same sections to help us keep everything straight. There's also a giant den that only activates for special events. It's known as The Watchtower Lair. See which Pokémon you might encounter in any given den.

All Pokémon dens and their Max Raid Battles

This is the only Pokémon game that offers Dynamax and Gigantamax raids. The raids offered in each den differ between Sword and Shield. We'll include the Pokémon that are likely to appear in either version. We also list the Pokémon in order of how likely they are to appear within each den. However, if a den is home to a Gigantamax raid, we list the Gigantamax Pokémon first, even though it's the least likely to appear. Hopefully, that helps you find all of the raids you're looking for faster.

Axew's Eye

Pokemon Sword and Shield

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Location: This den is located in the middle of Lake Axewell in front of Motostoke.

Common Raids

If you want to know more specifics about what your chances are of encountering each Pokémon and what items each Pokémon drops in this den specifically, check out Serebii's page.

  • Noibat (Sword)
  • Applin (Sword)
  • Jangmo-o (Sword)
  • Dreepy (Sword)
  • Drakloak (Sword)
  • Noivern (Sword)
  • Hakamo-o (Sword)
  • Kommo-o (Sword)
  • Flapple (Sword)
  • Dragapult (Sword)
  • Noibat (Shield)
  • Applin (Shield)
  • Goomy (Shield)
  • Dreepy (Shield)
  • Drakloak (Shield)
  • Noivern (Shield)
  • Sliggoo (Shield)
  • Goodra (Shield)
  • Appletun (Shield)
  • Dragapult (Shield)

Rare Raids

If you want to know more specifics about what your chances are of encountering each Pokémon and what items each Pokémon drops in this den specifically, check out Serebii's page.

  • Trapinch (Sword)
  • Applin (Sword)
  • Axew (Sword)
  • Jangmo-o (Sword)
  • Dreepy (Sword)
  • Fraxure (Sword)
  • Hakamo-o (Sword)
  • Turtonator (Sword)
  • Kommo-o (Sword)
  • Drakloak (Sword)
  • Haxorus (Sword)
  • Dragapult (Sword)
  • Axew (Shield)
  • Applin (Shield)
  • Trapinch (Shield)
  • Goomy (Shield)
  • Dreepy (Shield)
  • Vibrava (Shield)
  • Sliggoo (Shield)
  • Drampa (Shield)
  • Goodra (Shield)
  • Drakloak (Shield)
  • Flygon (Shield)
  • Dragapult (Shield)
Rebecca Spear
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Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.