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Max Raid Battles Guide

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Find out how to catch Dynamax and Gigantamax Pokemon in Sword and Shield's Max Raid Battles! Find out about Pokemon Dens, the Wild Area, and more in this guide!

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What Are Max Raid Battles?

Face Off Against Dynamax Pokemon

Dynamax Clefable Battle

Max Raid Battles are a new feature in Pokemon Sword and Shield which allows players to face off against and catch wild Dynamax Pokemon in a group with 3 other players.

Check Out Battle System Guide Here!

You Can Also Face Gigantamax Pokemon

You Can Also Face Gigantamax Pokemon

Aside from facing Dynamaxed Pokemon, there are some special cases where you will face off against a Pokemon in its Gigantamax form!

Make A Team Of Four Players

Max Raid Battle Group of 4

In Max Raid Battles, a maximum of 4 players can work together to defeat a Pokemon. You will be able to invite friends locally or play with people on the internet.

Catch The Pokemon

Once you've defeated a Dynamaxed or Gigantamaxed Pokemon, you can try to catch it! Some of these Pokemon even have rare hidden abilities, or are able to Gigantamax.

Check Out The Gigantamax Guide!

Earn Various Rewards After the Fight

Aside from getting the chance to catch the Pokemon, you will also be able to earn various rewards such as Dynamax Candies, TRs, and even EXP Candy to help you quickly level up your Pokemon!

Check Out How To Level Up Fast!!

Pokemon Den Will Become Inactive After

After the Max Raid Battle, the Pokemon Den will lose its shining light and become inactive for awhile. You will need to head to other Dens or use item called Wishing Piece if you want to participate in another Max Raid Battle.

How To Join A Max Raid Battle

Find A Pokemon Den In The Wild Area

Pokemon Den Red Light Wild Area

To join a Max Raid Battle, you must find a red beam of light indicating the location of a Pokemon Den in the Wild Area. Approach it and interact with it to start the battle!

Check Out Wild Area Guide Here!

Dens Can Respawn & Differ Every Time

Dens Can Respawn & Differ Every Time

The dens that you can find can respawn and have different traits depending on the time of the day and weather. If the den has a bright pink pillar of light, it will have a Dynamax compatible Pokemon hiding inside!

Use Wishing Pieces to Spawn Raid Battles

Wishing Piece

The Dens can also be spawned manually by using a rare item called the Wishing Pieces. These Wishing Pieces can be purchased from Watt upon unlocking the raid.

Learn More About Wishing Piece From Here

Form Groups With Other Players

Looking For Max Raid Battle
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You Can Opt to Play Solo

You can fight Dynamax Pokemon with your friends locally or online. If you don't have 3 other people to play with, three computer trainers will be added to your team automatically.

Nintendo Switch Online Required

Players will sometimes look for people to do Max Raid Battles with online. A Nintendo Switch Online Membership is required to play with people over the Internet.

Check Out Pokemon Camp Features!

Battle And Catch Dynamax Pokemon

Cooperate To Take Down The Enemy Pokemon

Hydreigon Dynamax Battle

You must work together with your team to defeat the Dynamax Pokemon. It may have special attacks that you need to overcome, such as resetting stat changes or cancelling the Abilities of your Pokemon.

Check Out Best Pokemon For Max Raid Battles!

Only One Pokemon Can Be Used

When doing a Max Raid Battle, each player can only bring one Pokemon, so choose wisely! Also, only one of the four players can Dynamax their own Pokemon, so be careful!

Throw A Pokeball To Catch It

Catch a Dynamax Pokemon

Once you've defeated the Dynamax Pokemon, each player can take turns throwing a Pokeball to try to catch it!

Check Out All New Pokemon In The Game!

Can Catch Pokemon With Higher Dynamax Levels

Can Catch Pokemon With Higher Dynamax Levels

Most Pokemon caught in Max Raid Battles will have a chance to have higher Dynamax Levels than Pokemon caught in the wild. Make sure to check the Dynamax Levels of all Pokemon you've captured in Raids!

Check Out How To Increase Dynamax Levels!

Earn Rare Items Only Obtainable in Raids

 Earn Rare Items Only Obtainable in Raids

Upon beating a Dynamax Raid, you will be rewarded rare items, including those available exclusively only in Raids, including Technique Records!

Eternatus Is Powerful Against Dynamax Pokemon


The Legendary Pokemon Eternatus has a move which is extremely powerful against Dynamax Pokemon. Give it a try online to improve the efficiency of your Max Raid Battling!

Check Out How To Catch Eternatus With High Individual Values (IVs)!

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