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Sword & Shield to get 22 Gigantamax Pokemon in June Max Raid event

Published: 1/Jun/2020 19:14 Updated: 1/Jun/2020 19:30

by Brent Koepp


To celebrate the upcoming DLC release of The Isle of Armor, Pokemon Sword & Shield is getting a Max Raid event starting in June which will feature a whopping 22 Gigantamax monsters up for grabs. Here’s everything we know.

Pokemon entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield in 2019. The popular RPG introduced players to the new game mechanic called Dynamaxing, which turns your monster into a towering giant.

However, some characters have the ability to Giganatamax, which transforms them physically into an incredible new design. Starting in June, 22 of these special monsters will be available in an epic Max Raid event.

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G-Max Pokemon transform into epic monsters.

Epic Max Raid event begins in June

Popular Pokemon database Serebii revealed the event in a post on June 1. According to the outlet, the event was discovered on the Home app, and will allow players to capture almost all of the G-Max types available in the game.

The event will begin on June 2 at 1PM UTC, and run throughout the month ending on the 29th at 11:59PM UTC. While all monsters have been featured in past Max Raids, this marks the first time that players will have a second chance to catch them.

The 22 Gigantamax Pokemon available are as follows:

Pokemon Sword

  • Snorlax
  • Gengar
  • Kingler
  • Lapras
  • Garbodor
  • Corviknight
  • Appletun
  • Toxtricity (Amped Form)
  • Centiskorch
  • Grimmsnarl
  • Alcremie
  • Duraludon

Pokemon Shield

  • Snorlax
  • Charizard
  • Butterfree
  • Machamp
  • Orbeetle
  • Drednaw
  • Coalossal
  • Flapple
  • Sandaconda
  • Toxtricity (Low Key form)
  • Hatterne
  • Copperajah

The Max Raid Battle event couldn’t have come at more perfect time, seeing as the upcoming DLC The Isle of Armor is just around the corner. Players will have a month properly to catch up, just in time for the new G-Max forms being added in the update.

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Players will have a chance to capture G-Max Pokemon they had missed in past events.

The June Max Raid is set to start on the same day that Nintendo is rolling out details on the DLC expansion – including its wildly anticipated release date. For everything we know about the June 2 announcement, click here.

Sword & Shield will also be getting a second add-on sometime in the Fall titled The Crown Tundra. From shinies, to G-Max forms, Trainers looking to truly Catch ‘Em All have a ton of content on the horizon to be excited for.


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.