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This page contains a list of all Max Raid special events and limited-time availability boosts for encountering some of the new Gigantamax Pokemon in the games Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Summary of Max Raid Events

Current & Upcoming Max Raid Events

August 6 to August 9, 2020
PichuPichu PikachuPikachu RaichuRaichu Alolan RaichuAlolan Raichu MimikyuMimikyu
August 1 to August 30, 2020
Gigantamax DrednawGigantamax Drednaw Gigantamax SandacondaGigantamax Sandaconda

Past Max Raid Events

June 30 to July 31, 2020
EXPIRED Gigantamax CoalossalGigantamax Coalossal EXPIRED Gigantamax CopperajahGigantamax Copperajah
June 17 to June 28, 2020
EXPIRED ZeraoraZeraora
June 1 to June 29, 2020
Both Games
EXPIRED Gigantamax SnorlaxGigantamax Snorlax
Pokemon Sword
EXPIRED Gigantamax GengarGigantamax Gengar EXPIRED Gigantamax KinglerGigantamax Kingler EXPIRED Gigantamax LaprasGigantamax Lapras EXPIRED Gigantamax GarbodorGigantamax Garbodor
EXPIRED Gigantamax CorviknightGigantamax Corviknight EXPIRED Gigantamax AppletunGigantamax Appletun EXPIRED Gigantamax ToxtricityGigantamax Toxtricity (Amped Form) EXPIRED Gigantamax CentiskorchGigantamax Centiskorch
EXPIRED Gigantamax GrimmsnarlGigantamax Grimmsnarl EXPIRED Gigantamax AlcremieGigantamax Alcremie EXPIRED Gigantamax DuraludonGigantamax Duraludon
Pokemon Shield
EXPIRED Gigantamax CharizardGigantamax Charizard EXPIRED Gigantamax ButterfreeGigantamax Butterfree EXPIRED Gigantamax MachampGigantamax Machamp EXPIRED Gigantamax OrbeetleGigantamax Orbeetle
EXPIRED Gigantamax DrednawGigantamax Drednaw EXPIRED Gigantamax CoalossalGigantamax Coalossal EXPIRED Gigantamax FlappleGigantamax Flapple EXPIRED Gigantamax SandacondaGigantamax Sandaconda
EXPIRED Gigantamax ToxtricityGigantamax Toxtricity (Low Key Form) EXPIRED Gigantamax HattereneGigantamax Hatterene EXPIRED Gigantamax CopperajahGigantamax Copperajah
May 25 to June 2, 2020
EXPIRED Gigantamax MeowthGigantamax Meowth
May 18 to May 25, 2020
EXPIRED Gigantamax EeveeGigantamax Eevee
May 11 to May 18, 2020
EXPIRED Gigantamax PikachuGigantamax Pikachu
Pokemon Sword
March 27 to April 27, 2020
EXPIRED Gigantamax CopperajahGigantamax Copperajah EXPIRED Gigantamax DuraludonGigantamax Duraludon
Pokemon Shield
March 27 to April 27, 2020
EXPIRED Gigantamax GarbodorGigantamax Garbodor EXPIRED Gigantamax CharizardGigantamax Charizard
Dynamax Versions
April 10 to April 15, 2020
EXPIRED
DittoDitto
EXPIRED
PichuPichu
EXPIRED
CleffaCleffa
EXPIRED
TogepiTogepi
EXPIRED
TyrogueTyrogue
EXPIRED
WynautWynaut
EXPIRED
BudewBudew
EXPIRED
BonslyBonsly
EXPIRED
Mime Jr.Mime Jr.
EXPIRED
MunchlaxMunchlax
EXPIRED
RioluRiolu
EXPIRED
MantykeMantyke
EXPIRED
ToxelToxel
March 8 to March 25, 2020
EXPIRED
Gigantamax MachampGigantamax Machamp
EXPIRED
Gigantamax GengarGigantamax Gengar
EXPIRED
Gigantamax SnorlaxGigantamax Snorlax
February 7 to March 9, 2020
EXPIRED
Gigantamax ToxtricityGigantamax Toxtricity
February 27 - March 2, 2020
EXPIRED
MewtwoMewtwo
EXPIRED
BulbasaurBulbasaur
EXPIRED
CharmanderCharmander
EXPIRED
SquirtleSquirtle
January 31 to February 17, 2020
EXPIRED
MilceryMilcery

Max Raid Events from Past Months
EXPIRED
MilceryMilcery
January 31 to February 17, 2020
Pokemon Sword
January 9, 2020 to early February 2020
EXPIRED
Gigantamax CoalossalGigantamax Coalossal
EXPIRED
Gigantamax FlappleGigantamax Flapple
Pokemon Shield
January 9, 2020 to early February 2020
EXPIRED
Gigantamax LaprasGigantamax Lapras
EXPIRED
Gigantamax AppletunGigantamax Appletun
EXPIRED
Gigantamax AlcremieGigantamax Alcremie
January 9, 2020 to early February 2020
EXPIRED
MagikarpMagikarp (Shiny)
December 31, 2019 to January 3, 2020
EXPIRED
DelibirdDelibird
December 20 to December 25, 2019

What Are Max Raid Battles?

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Max Raid Battles allow you to team up with three other trainers to take on a wild Dynamax Pokemon. 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!
How to Win Max Raid Battles!

Current & Upcoming Max Raid Events

Pikachu Mass Appearance!

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Availability Period
August 6th, 2020 (Thu.) - August 9th, 2020 (Sun.) 24:00 UTC

From August 6 to August 9, there is an increased chance to encounter the entire Pikachu family in the Wild Area's dens. Apart from a chance to get a shiny Pikachu, you also have a chance to get an Alolan Raichu - a Pokemon you can't find outside of Pokemon HOME or as a one-time present in the Isle of Armor!

Mimikyu also has a chance to appear as part of the event!

Available Pokemon

August 6 to August 9, 2020
PichuPichu PikachuPikachu
RaichuRaichu Alolan RaichuAlolan Raichu

A Surge of Water and Ground Types Appear!

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Availability Period
August 1st, 2020 (Sat.) - August 30th, 2020 (Sun.) 24:00 UTC

From August 1 to August 30, Water-type and Ground-type Pokemon are more likely to appear in Max Raid Dens. After checking the Wild Area News, you'll be able to find a variety of Pokemon in Dens across the Wild Area, with Gigantamax Drednaw and Gigantamax Sandaconda making appearances as well.

Available Gigantamax Pokemon

Gigantamax DrednawGigantamax Drednaw Gigantamax SandacondaGigantamax Sandaconda

Past Max Raid Events

Steel & Rock Types Rising from the Earth!

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Availability Period
June 30th, 2020 (Tues.) - July 31st, 2020 (Fri.) 24:00 UTC

Starting Tuesday, June 30th, Steel-type and Rock-type Pokemon were more likely to appear in Max Raid Dens. After checking the Wild Area News, you would have been able to find a variety of Pokemon in Dens across the Wild Area, with Gigantamax Coalossal and Gigantamax Copperajah making appearances as well.

Wild Area Maps and Den Locations

Available Gigantamax Pokemon

Gigantamax CoalossalGigantamax Coalossal Gigantamax CopperajahGigantamax Copperajah

Zeraora Max Raid Event

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Availability Period
June 17th, 2020 (Wed.) - June 28th, 2020 PDT (Sun.)

To celebrate the release of The Isle of Armor DLC, a Max Raid Event against Zeraora will be available for everyone!

Join in on this worldwide event to defeat Zeraora and if 1,000,000 players manages to win this battle, a Shiny Zeraora will be given to players through Pokemon HOME!

June 17 to June 28, 2020
Both Games
ZeraoraZeraora

How to Beat Max Raid Zeraora and Item Drops

Gigantamax Festival!

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Availability Period
June 1nd, 2020 (Mon.) - June 29th, 2020 @4:59 PM PDT (Mon.)

In preparation for the release of The Isle of Armor on June 17th, the first half of the Expansion Pass DLC, Pokemon Sword and Shield are playing host to the biggest appearance of Gigantamax Pokemon ever!

The Gigantamax Festival will allow players to catch almost all the Gigantamax Pokemon released so far. However, there are some version exclusives involved, so you'll need to have both versions or trade with a friend or online to catch 'em all!

June 1 to June 29, 2020
Both Games
Gigantamax SnorlaxGigantamax Snorlax
Pokemon Sword
Gigantamax GengarGigantamax Gengar Gigantamax KinglerGigantamax Kingler Gigantamax LaprasGigantamax Lapras Gigantamax GarbodorGigantamax Garbodor
Gigantamax CorviknightGigantamax Corviknight Gigantamax AppletunGigantamax Appletun Gigantamax ToxtricityGigantamax Toxtricity (Amped Form) Gigantamax CentiskorchGigantamax Centiskorch
Gigantamax GrimmsnarlGigantamax Grimmsnarl Gigantamax AlcremieGigantamax Alcremie Gigantamax DuraludonGigantamax Duraludon
Pokemon Shield
Gigantamax CharizardGigantamax Charizard Gigantamax ButterfreeGigantamax Butterfree Gigantamax MachampGigantamax Machamp Gigantamax OrbeetleGigantamax Orbeetle
Gigantamax DrednawGigantamax Drednaw Gigantamax CoalossalGigantamax Coalossal Gigantamax FlappleGigantamax Flapple Gigantamax SandacondaGigantamax Sandaconda
Gigantamax ToxtricityGigantamax Toxtricity (Low Key Form) Gigantamax HattereneGigantamax Hatterene Gigantamax CopperajahGigantamax Copperajah

Gigantamax Pikachu, Eevee and Meowth

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These Gigantamax Pokemon were previously available only under exclusive circumstances, and appeared for the first time in raid battles during these dates.

Pokemon Availability Period
Gigantamax PikachuGigantamax Pikachu May 11, 2020 – May 18, 2020
Gigantamax EeveeGigantamax Eevee May 18, 2020 – May 25, 2020
Gigantamax MeowthGigantamax Meowth May 25, 2020 – June 2, 2020

Gigantamax Copperajah, Gigantamax Duraludon, Gigantamax Garbodor, & Gigantamax Charizard

From March 27, 2020 to April 27, 2020 at 4:59 p.m. PDT, the availability of Gigantamax Copperajah & Gigantamax Duraludon in Pokemon Sword and Gigantamax Garbodor & Gigantamax Charizard in Pokemon Shield was boosted in Max Raid Battles.

Pokemon Sword

Gigantamax CopperajahGigantamax Copperajah Gigantamax DuraludonGigantamax Duraludon

Pokemon Shield

Gigantamax GarbodorGigantamax Garbodor Gigantamax CharizardGigantamax Charizard

Dynamaxed Pokemon

From April 10, 2020to April 15, 2020, the availability of Dynamaxed Ditto, Pichu, Cleffa, Togepi, Tyrogue, Wynaut, Budew, Bonsly, Mime Jr., Munchlax, Riolu, Mantyke, and Toxel was boosted in Max Raid Battles. Defeating one of them would have earned you a Destiny Knot or an Everstone.

Dynamax Versions

DittoDitto PichuPichu CleffaCleffa TogepiTogepi
TyrogueTyrogue WynautWynaut BudewBudew BonslyBonsly
Mime Jr.Mime Jr. MunchlaxMunchlax RioluRiolu MantykeMantyke
ToxelToxel

Version-exclusive Pokemon

From March 19, 2020 to March 25, 2020 the availability of the version-exclusive Pokemon below was boosted in Max Raid Battles.

Pokemon Sword

Galarian RapidashGalarian Rapidash Galarian CorsolaGalarian Corsola MandibuzzMandibuzz
OranguruOranguru IndeedeeIndeedee
(Female)

Pokemon Shield

Galarian DarumakaGalarian Darumaka BraviaryBraviary PassimianPassimian
SirfetchSirfetch'd IndeedeeIndeedee
(Male)

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield

EscavalierEscavalier AccelgorAccelgor PincurchinPincurchin

Gigantamax Machamp, Gigantamax Gengar, and Gigantamax Snorlax

In-game G-Max Machamp In-game G-Max Gengar In-game G-Max Snorlax

From March 8, 2020 to March 25, 2020 the availability of Gigantamax Machamp, Gigantamax Gengar, and Gigantamax Snorlax was boosted in Max Raid Battles.

Gigantamax Toxtricity

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Gigantamax Toxtricity was made available during February 7 to March 9 2020.

Note: Amped Form was only available in Pokemon Sword, and Low-Key form was only available in Pokemon Shield.

Gigantamax Toxtricity and Den Location

Mewtwo's Max Raid Battle!

Check out our guide on How to Beat Max Raid Mewtwo with a full list of its moves, explanation of strategy and item drops!

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Mewtwo Max Raid: How to Find and Den Location

Kanto Starters in Max Raids

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Kanto starters appeared in Max Raid Battles for a limited time.
Kanto Starters Max Raid: How to Find and Item Drops

Milcery

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Milcery that can Gigantamax when evolved had a boosted appearance during January 31 to February 17, 2020.
Milcery had the chance to a hold a Ribbon or a Star Sweet; this was the only way to obtain these items.
How to Get Star and Ribbon Sweets

Gigantamax Coalossal, Gigantamax Flapple, Gigantamax Lapras, Gigantamax Appletun, and Gigantamax Alcremie.

From January 9, 2020 to early February 2020, the availability of Gigantamax Coalossal & Gigantamax Flapple in Pokemon Sword, Gigantamax Lapras & Gigantamax Appletun in Pokemon Shield, Gigantamax Alcremie in both games was boosted in Max Raid Battles.

Pokemon Sword

Gigantamax CoalossalGigantamax Coalossal Gigantamax FlappleGigantamax Flapple

Pokemon Shield

Gigantamax LaprasGigantamax Lapras Gigantamax AppletunGigantamax Appletun

Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield

Gigantamax AlcremieGigantamax Alcremie

Shiny Magikarp

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From December 31, 2019 to January 3, 2020 the availability of Shiny Magikarp was boosted in Max Raid Battles.

Delibird

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From December 20 to December 25, 2019 the availability of Delibird was boosted in Max Raid Battles. Rewards for beating Delibird were better than usual (more Ice-type TRs, Exp, and Candies).

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Wild Area and Raid Strategy

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The Isle of Armor Maps

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Forest of Focus.pngForest of Focus Challenge Beach.pngChallenge Beach
BrawlersBrawlers' Cave Loop Lagoon.pngLoop Lagoon
Stepping-Stone Sea.pngStepping-Stone Sea Insular Sea.pngInsular Sea
Honeycalm Island.pngHoneycalm Island Honeycalm Sea.pngHoneycalm Sea
Potbottom Desert.pngPotbottom Desert Warm-Up Tunnel.pngWarm-Up Tunnel
Training Lowlands.pngTraining Lowlands Challenge Lowlands.pngChallenge Road
Courageous Cavern.pngCourageous Cavern Workout Sea.pngWorkout Sea

The Isle of Armor Wild Area

All Wild Area Maps

Rolling FieldsRolling Fields Dappled GroveDappled Grove West Lake AxewellWest Lake Axewell
AxewAxew's Eye GiantGiant's Seat South Lake MilochSouth Lake Miloch
East Lake AxewellEast Lake Axewell Watchtower RuinsWatchtower Ruins Motostoke RiverbankMotostoke Riverbank
Stony WildernessStony Wilderness Bridge FieldBridge Field Dusty BowlDusty Bowl
GiantGiant's Mirror GiantGiant's Cap Lake of OutrageLake of Outrage
Hammerlocke HillsHammerlocke Hills North Lake MilochNorth Lake Miloch -

All Raid Boss Locations

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Location of Each Raid Boss by Generation

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2 guy pokemonabout 2 months

same😶😶😶😶

1 Anonymousabout 2 months

the new gigantamax festival is exciting, i wish I had friends to go on max raids with

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