Read this Pokemon Sword and Shield (SWSH) guide on the game's battle system. Including info on single (1v1), double (1v2, 2v2), max raid battle, and more!
Battle System Types
Single (1v1) Battle System Guide
Battle Of 1 Trainer Versus 1 Other Trainer
The single battle in Pokemon Sword and Shield works the same way as those in the previous games. Here, you're pitted in a solo fight against another solo trainer & you'll take turns using Pokemon moves until you knock out the other's party.
Double (2v2) Battle System Guide
Battle Of 2 Pokemon Versus 2 Other Pokemon
Introduced in the later Pokemon games, 2v2 is when two Pokemon fight another set of two Pokemon. The same mechanics apply, Pokemon use moves until the opposing party's list of Pokemon are all knocked out.
Has 2 Trainer Versus 1 Trainer Situations
There are times when you can be pitted against other trainers but won't have any other trainers to fight alongside you. This can happen during the story or when you encounter a set of Pokemon trainers on the road.
Max Raid Battle System
Work As Team Of 4 Versus Dynamax Pokemon
A new feature in Pokemon Sword and Shield, Max Raid battles pit 4 trainers against a giant overpowered Pokemon. Trainers take turns to unleash their moves on the Dynamax Pokemon until it's weak enough to be captured.Check Out Max Raid Battle Guide Here!
What Is The Battle System?
Method Of Making Pokemon Fight Or Compete
The battling system in Pokemon Sword and Shield is similar to that of previous games. It still is the main way that trainers battle other trainers in the story and online, having their Pokemon compete with each other to see who is the strongest.Check Out All Story Walkthrough Here!
Tests Trainer Skill & Pokemon's Strength
Pokemon battles are a test of trainer's skill in raising & strengthening their Pokemon. How they build their party is important and crucial to winning Pokemon battles in the story.Check Out How To Build A Strong Team!