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Pokemon Sword & Shield event shakes up Max Raid Battles again

Published: 10/Mar/2020 23:38

by David Purcell


Game Freak have once again made a big change to the list of Pokemon that appear in Max Raid Battles, meaning Sword and Shield players should expect to see some new faces for a limited time. 

The game’s developers have released many themed events in the past, including one during the holiday season where the gift-giving species Delibird was appearing much more frequently than usual in Max Raid Battles, and there have been a few like it since.

As many players will be aware already, the roster in Max Raid Battles is being changed up constantly, meaning that you have to pick your moments if you’re looking to run into a specific Pokemon.

Beams of light inside the Wild Area point players towards Max Raid Battles.

For those who haven’t completed many of them already, this type of special encounter involves more than one trainer battling online against a super powerful Pokemon, and defeating it can be particularly rewarding as well – picking up candies and opening up the opportunity to catch the Pokemon once it’s been defeated.

So, what’s been changed this time? Well, trainers will be able to find different Pokemon Gigantamaxing in the Wild Area. Gigantamax Snorlax is coming back into the fold, joined by Gigantamax Machamp and Gigantamax Gengar.

These additions do come at the expense of five other Pokemon, however, as this new event completely overhauls what can be found here. The ones removed from Max Raid Battles, as a result, are Toxtricity, Grimmsnarl, Hatteren, Kingler and Orbeetle.

Not all Gigantamax capable Pokemon are available in Pokemon Sword & Shield Max Raid Battles at one time.

This will be good news for those looking to catch themselves a shiny version of the Pokemon added to the Max Raid Battles, though, using the chain tactic. This involves knocking out or catching as many of the same species as possible to increase the chances of finding a shiny variant in the future. More information on shiny hunting here.

The new event will be running right the way through the month, ending on March 25 (23:59 UTC).

This should give you plenty of time to run into the Pokemon that have been added but remember the differences between lights for this type of battle. If a red light is hovering over a den, it’s a common encounter, while purple is rare. Good luck!


How to get 8 free Raid Passes in Pokemon Go (October 2020)

Published: 30/Oct/2020 23:12 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 23:22

by Paul Cot


Niantic have announced that trainers will be able to get hold of 8 free Raid Passes in Pokemon Go.

Three of them are available to get right now. Much like the single free Raid Passes trainers have become accustomed to, they can be found in the Pokemon Go Shop.

Here’s how to get those 3 free Remote Raid Passes:

  1. Load up the Pokemon Go app
  2. Hit the menu (Pokeball at the bottom of the main screen)
  3. Click ‘Shop’
  4. Hit the ‘3 Remote Raid Passes’ box and click exchange to get them added to your inventory
Free Raid Pass Pokemon Go ShopThree free Raid Passes can be found in the Pokemon Go Shop until November 1…

Make sure you get them soon though, as the offer will expire on Sunday, November 1, 1pm PDT (4pm EDT, 9pm GMT).

The sporadically available free Remote Raid Passes can still be found. We’d recommend getting that one first, if available, because you can’t get it when you have three or more already.

Alolan Marowak Raid Day

If you’re an avid ‘Raid Battler’ and those three aren’t enough for you then don’t worry, there will be an additional five (yes that’s right, 5) available throughout the special Alolan Marowak Raid Day.

This takes place from Saturday, October 31 from 11am to 5pm in your local time. During this event you’ll be able to get five free Raid Passes (not the Remote variety) simply by spinning gyms.

It isn’t clear whether you’ll be able to get five at one time but presumably, you’ll have to use it before getting another. With so many Raids happening however, we doubt that’ll be an issue.

It is also worth noting that the Raid Passes don’t have to be used on Alolan Marowak, although you may find it harder than usual to find the particular Raid Boss you’re after.

Usually Raid Passes/Remote Raid Passes cost 100 PokeCoins each (250 if you get them in a bundle of three) so making the most of these free ones is well worth doing!