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

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Game Freak regularly updates the Wild Area, adding Pokemon Sword & Shield Max Raid Battle events with new Shiny Pokemon, Dynamax, and GMAX forms. Here, you can see all the Wild Area news on which Pokemon are included. 

Wild Area news in Pokemon Sword & Shield usually comes in the form of Max Raid Battles events added by Game Freak each month. These give Trainers a chance to catch incredibly rare Pokemon, and even boost the odds of certain Shinies.

While these events are always added for certain holidays including Easter, Halloween, and Christmas, they’re also introduced just to celebrate specific Pokemon.

It’s worth noting that these celebrations rarely last longer than a weekend, so make you get involved while one is active.

With the devs hosting multiple events in a single month, it can be hard to keep up with what’s going on in the Wild Area, so make sure to read on to keep track of all the new encounters.


Wild Area news: Which Pokemon are in Max Raid Battles?

Unfortunately, there is no event taking place in Max Raids at the moment, with the last Shiny Marill celebration concluding on July 10, 2022.

Game Freak will no doubt add another event in the near future, so make sure to check back, as we’ll update this page as soon as the Wild Area changes.

Mystery Gift reward (August)

At this point in time, there are no mystery gifts to collect in Sword & Shield. Rest assured, we’ll update this article as soon as any exclusive rewards become available to players.

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Mystery Gift codes can give players a variety of free gifts.

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

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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 with your Max Raids in Pokemon Sword & Shield!

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