Pokemon Sword Shield Max Raid event adds Gastrodon, Milotic, more

Pokemon Sword Shield Max Raid Battle event adds Gastrodon, Milotic, more

Published: 18/Aug/2020 15:45 Updated: 18/Aug/2020 15:49

by David Purcell


Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Max Raid Battles have been given yet another update to kick off a new Galar Region event. Here, we will run through all of the species you can now catch in the Wild Area and Isle of Armor. 

As as usually the case, this is a new limited time event for the zone. That means that for a short period of time the Pokemon found there will be slightly different to how you last remember it.


For those who grind out the Max Raids, which are usually prime spots to catch G-MAX and shiny Pokemon, let’s run through everything that’s changed this time.

Pokemon Max Raid Battles update

Wild Area
The Wild Area is the most populated place for high level Pokemon in the Galar Region. Encounters are changing there for a limited time.

To put it simply, you should expect to see two types of Pokemon in Max Raid Battles more than usual. These are water and ground-types.


There’s a new list of Pokemon you can find in the battles. Some of these can be found below:

  • Shellos
  • Gastrodon
  • Feebas
  • Milotic
  • Hippopotas
  • Hippowdon
  • Quagsire

These can be found across the Wild Area and in the Isle of Armor, for those who own the DLC.

When does the Max Raid Battles event end?

Pokemon Sword Shield Max Raid Battle Den
Max Raid Battle dens are found in Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Wild Area, and in the Isle of Armor.

Now that you know what to expect, the next question is obvious. When does it end?


Well, it’s been confirmed that the end of the month will be the closing off point. This means August 31 is the next time Pokemon will be rotated in and out of Max Raid Battles in the Galar Region.

If you’re wondering how to enter Max Raids (not everyone will know), simply search for the red PokeDen lights in the sky. These will show you the way, so simply follow it until you arrive at the destination.

Good luck trainer, hopefully a shiny is waiting for you during this event!


Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot


To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.


To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.


During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

Deerling Pokemon Go
Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…


As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.


It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.