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Team up with people around the world to catch wild Dynamax Pokemon with Max Raid Battles in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield! Read on to learn more about how to participate in Max Raid Battles, how they work, and what rewards you can gain from them!

Wild Area and Raid Strategy

Max Raid Battles - Overview

Max Raid Battles are a new way of battling. They allow you to team up with three other trainers to take on a wild Dynamax Pokemon.

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You can encounter other trainers online or through a local connection and hang out together in the Wild Area. As soon as you have found three other players to team up with, you are ready to join in a Max Raid Battle!

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In the absence of three other trainers, support Trainers will be provided for you to help you battle against the wild Dynamax Pokemon.

Max Raid Battles - Pokemon Dens

The Wild Area is filled with areas known as Pokemon Dens. Occasionally, you will spot one that is emitting a red beam of light.
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This means that there are Dynamax Pokemon of different species and varying strength that can be fought!

Just approach the dens with the red light and interact with it to begin battling in a Max Raid Battle.


You can either choose both Pokemon from your party and Pokemon stored in your Pokemon Boxes to join the battle.

Max Raid Battles - How to Participate

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield has a new feature called Y-comm. There are many things you can do with it, including trading Pokemon and having link battles through the internet or a local connection.

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You might see a stamp on the left side of the screen. This is to tell you that you have a connection request from someone else!


Look at the Y-comm screen and check for a stamp with a black Pokemon silhouette to join a Max Raid Battle.

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Max Raid Battles - Rules


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The wild Dynamax Pokemon will not go back to its original form througout the battle.

Out of the four members of your team, only one can Dynamax a Pokemon during a Max Raid Battle.

If you manage to weaken a Dynamax Pokemon in a Max Raid Battle, you might be able to catch it for your team. Each member can throw Poke Balls one by one as an attempt to catch the Dynamax Pokemon.

Wild Dynamax Pokemon

The Dynamax Pokemon you battle may differ based on factors such as weather and your location within the Wild Area.

In the images above, Steenee showed up when it was sunny, while Lanturn appeared on a rainy day.


Teamwork is everything in these battles! Try and work together and coordinate your actions with the other party members for the best chance at winning.


You can continue to root for your team even if your Pokemon's HP runs out and it faints. Who knows? Cheering could have a big impact on the battle.

Max Raid Battles - Rewards

Pokemon with Hidden Abilities

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Some Hidden Abilities newly introduced in Pokemon Sword and Shield will only be available on wild Pokemon caught in Max Raid Battles. Here, Corviknight demonstrates Mirror Armor, its new Hidden Ability, which reflects all stat-lowering effects back onto the afflicting Pokemon.

Gigantamax Pokemon

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Although the Pokemon faced in Max Raid Battles are usually Dynamax Pokemon, there is a small chance of a Gigantamax Pokemon appearing.

In addition, during certain limited-time periods, there is a higher chance of certain Gigantamax Pokemon appearing during a Max Raid Battle.

How to Obtain Rare Gigantamax Pokemon

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