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Read this Pokemon Sword and Shield guide to learn more about Max Raid Battles! Find out the latest news including raid events, schedule, and featured Dynamax & Gigantamax Pokemon!

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Latest Max Raid Battle Event

Gigantamax Copperajah, Duraludon,

Gigantamax Copperajah
Event DurationMarch 27th - April 27th, 2020

As a part of the newest Gigantamax Raid Battle Event, you'll have a higher chance of encounter Gigantamax Duraludon and Copperajah in Pokemon Sword, and Gigantamax Garbodor and Charizard in Pokemon Shield!

Available Gigantamax Pokemon
Pokemon SwordDuraludonDuraludonCopperajahCopperajah
Pokemon ShieldGarbodorGarbodorCharizardCharizard

Catch the above Gigantamax Pokemon while you still can, as opportunities to get them are limited. Some of them might even be good to try out in competitive ranked battles!

Check Out Our Report On The Current Ranked Meta Here

Previous Dynamax & Gigantamax Raid Battles

Gigantamax Machamp, Gengar, and Snorlax

Machammp Raid Event
Event DurationMarch 8th - March 25th, 2020

A new official Max Raid Battle event was announced. Starting from March 8th, you will be able to encounter Gigantamax Machamp and Gengar in the wild area. Gigantamax Snorlax will also be making a comeback here!

Catchable Gigantamax Pokemon

Gigantamax Snorlax is also sometimes seen in competitive online play, so don't miss this opportunity to get one!

Check Out Our Report On The Current Ranked Meta Here

Mewtwo Special Event

Featured PokemonMewtwoMewtwo
DurationFebruary 27, 2020 ~ March 3, 2020

For Pokemon Day 2020, Mewtwo will be making an appearance in Max Raid Battles! Take it on to get cool rewards! This Mewtwo can not be caught, however.

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Kanto Starters Event

DurationFebruary 28th, 2020 ~ March 3rd, 2020
Pokemon Which Appear
Squirtle IconSquirtle CharmanderCharmander BulbasaurBulbasaur

As part of Pokemon Day events, you can catch the 6 above Kanto starters! What's more is, some of them will have Hidden Abilities, while others might drop rare items like the Flame Orb.

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Gigantamax Toxtricity Discovered

Featured PokemonToxtricityToxtricity
DurationFebruary 6, 2020 ~ March 8, 2020
Amped FormPokemon Sword only
Low Key FormPokemon Shield only

For a limited time, players will be able to encounter and fight a Gigantamax Toxtricity! Each version of the game will feature a different form of the Gigantamax Toxtricity, Sword having the Amped form while Shield having the Low Key Form!

Milcery Event


From January 30th to February 16th, you will be able to encounter special Milcery in the wild area. These Milcery will be able to Gigantamax after evolving into Alcremie!

Featured PokemonMilceryMilcery
Schedule January 30th, 2020
February 16th, 2020

4 New Gigantamax Pokemon!

Gigantamax Event

During the January 9th Pokemon Direct, it was announced that a new raid event will be occurring this year. During this event you can find the following 4 Gigantamax Pokemon in Dens all across the Wild Area! The event will only last until early February, so don't miss out!

Featured Pokemon CoalossalCoalossal LaprasLapras
AppletunAppletun FlappleFlapple
Schedule January 9th, 2020
Early February 2020

Get Magikarp From Dens!

Featured PokemonMagikarp IconMagikarp
Schedule January 1, 2020
January 3, 2020

Happy new year, trainers! From now until Friday, January 3, 2020, Pokemon dens will have an increased appearance of Magikarp. Do not miss the first max raid event of 2020!

Gigantamax Sentiskorch & Sandaconda Raid

Latest Max Raid Battle Event
Featured PokemonSandacondaSandacondaCentiskorchCentiskorch
ScheduleDecember 12, 2019 ~
January 9, 2020

Get a chance to capture a Gigantamax Centiskorch or a Sandaconda from Dec. 12, 2019 to Jan. 9, 2020. Shield players are more likely to encounter Sentiskorch while Sword players are more likely to encounter Sandaconda.

Gigantamax Snorlax Raid

Gigantamax Snorlax Raid
Featured PokemonSnorlax IconSnorlax
ScheduleDecember 4, 2019 ~
January 5, 2020

Announced on Nov. 27, 2019, a new Gigantamax Raid will be coming to Pokemon Sword and Shield featuring the Normal-type Pokemon - Snorlax! The Gigantamax Pokemon will have a new move called G-Max Replenish!

Check Out the Galarian Pokedex Here!

Gigantamax Butterfree Raid

Gigantamax Butterfree Raid
Featured PokemonButterfree IconButterfree
ScheduleNovember 15, 2019 ~ early January 2020

Starting from the game's official release all the way up to the new year, players will be able to participate in Max Raid Battles against a Gigantamax Butterfree! Work together with your friends and defeat this formidable Pokemon to have a chance of catching it!

Increased Pokemon Appearances

Pokemon SwordPokemon Shield
Drednaw IconDrednawCorviknight IconCorviknight

During the same time period, players will have an increased chance of encountering certain Gigantamax Pokemon depending on their game! Pokemon Sword players will be able to battle against a Gigantamax Drednaw, while Gigantamax Corviknight will appear more often in Pokemon Shield!

Check Out Version Differences Here!

Extra TRs & EXP Candies From Delibird Raid

Featured PokemonDelibird IconDelibird
Schedule December 20, 2019
December 26, 2019

From now until Thursday, December 26, 2019, Pokemon dens will have an increased appearance of Delibird. Defeating Delibird will gift players with higher amount of Ice-type TRs & EXP Candy rewards!

Internet Connection Required

To get these limited-time bonuses, you'll need to connect your Nintendo Switch system to the internet. Then, check a pillar of light shinning from a Pokemon Den in the wild area!

What Are Max Raid Battles?

Capture Dynamax & Gigantamax Pokemon

Capture Dynamax & Gigantamax

Max Raid Battles are encounters with special wild Pokemon. These wild Pokemon have the ability to Dynamax or Gigantamax. To add to this, these Pokemon may also have hidden abilities that give them an advantage in battle!

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Cooperate With Other Players

Cooperate With Other Players

Max Raid Battles will require you to work with 3 other players to defeat the wild Pokemon. As Dynamax & Gigantamax Pokemon are tough to bring down, you will need all the help you can get!

Check Out Dynamax & Gigantamax Here!

Use Wishing Piece To Spawn Raid Battle

Wishing Piece

Use item called Wishing Piece on empty Pokemon Den and raid battle will spawn instantly. You can purchase this item from Watt Trader in Wild Area.

Check Out More About Wishing Pieces Here!

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