Pokemon Sword & Shield: Which Pokemon are in Max Raid Battles now? - Dexerto

Pokemon Sword & Shield: Which Pokemon are in Max Raid Battles now?

Published: 26/Feb/2021 11:34 Updated: 26/Feb/2021 11:37

by David Purcell


Game Freak regularly switch up the Pokemon Sword & Shield Max Raid Battles, with new Shiny Pokemon, Dynamax, and GMAX forms being added to the list with each passing event. Here, you can see which Pokemon are included. 

These Wild Area events, as people call them, don’t actually just affect the Wild Area thesedays. Max Raid Battles can also be played on the two DLC packs for the game.


For those who don’t own those packs, however, the Wild Area is the main place to be for them. There, you can find a number of the strongest Pokemon, and they’re thematically introduced regularly – as explained in this guide.

So, let’s take a look at everything you need to know.


Which Pokemon are in Max Raid Battles?

For the next two days, Psychic and Fighting-type’s have left Max Raids to make way for a special Pikachu event. This limited-time encounter gives players the chance to earn some great rewards if enough trainers can take down Gigantamax Pokemon.

Keep in mind, this event will only run between February 26 and February 28, so get involved while you can!


Gigantamax Pokemon

The ongoing limited-time event will allow players to take on Gigantamax Pikachu.

Gigantamax Pikachu
Game Freak
Gigantamax Pikachu has been added to Max Raid for a limited-time event.

Mystery Gift reward (February)

According to Serebii, if over one million trainers manage to take down Pikachu, all players will receive 100 Amorite Ore and 100 Dyrite Ore on March 4th.


mystery gift pokemon
Pokemon Company
Mystery Gift codes can give players a variety of free gifts, but for this event it’s different.

This is a great way of picking up some free resources so make you take part and guarantee yourself some great rewards.

For more information on Mystery Gifts in Pokemon Sword & Shield, check out our guide.


What are Max Raid Battles?

Max Raid Battles in Pokemon Sword and Shield are where up to four players work together to take down a strong monster, which are usually Gigantamax or Dynamax forms.

After defeating the opponent, players will each have a chance to catch it and keep it for their own.

Which moves fail in Max Raid Battles?

It’s also worth noting that a number of moves will fail in these battles, and those can be seen listed below:

  • Bug bite
  • Destiny bond
  • Explosion
  • Incinerate
  • Instruct
  • Knock off
  • Perish song
  • Pluck
  • Self-destruct
  • Super fang
  • Thief

Where to find Pokemon Dens

Wild area pokemon raid
Here’s an example of where to start Max Raid Battles in the Wild Area.

The Raid Dens are now scattered over the Galar Region, and feature in the following three locations:

  • Wild Area (Main island)
  • The Crown Tundra (DLC)
  • Isle of Armor (DLC)

To play, all you have to do is approach one of these Dens, which can be seen from miles away due to the bright light they emit into the air.

Just like the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, all you have to do is follow the light and get to where it ends.

Next Pokemon Sword & Shield event

At this point in time, Game Freak hasn’t revealed what the next Max Raid event will be. However, rest assured, we’ll update this article as soon as any new information becomes available.

Until then, good luck in your Max Raids!