Pokemon Sword and Shield introduce a variety of new features to their series, but one of the most exciting is Max Raids. Much like in Pokemon Go, you can team up with three other trainers (either locally or online) and take on supersized Dynamax Pokemon together in cooperative battles.
The Pokemon you encounter in these Max Raids are special in a few different ways. First, there’s a chance the monster will have its Hidden Ability. Regular wild Pokemon you come across in Sword and Shield will never have these, making Max Raids the only way to obtain Hidden Abilities in the games (outside of breeding, and in that case one of the parents would need to have the Hidden Ability in order to pass it down).
Depending on the level of the Raid, the Pokemon will have a couple of perfect IVs (base stats) as well, making them useful for breeding if you’re trying to put together a competitive team. You’ll also receive an assortment of rewards for clearing Max Raids, including Exp. Candy and TRs, which can otherwise only be purchased with Watts (and are quite costly). Finally, Max Raids are the only way to encounter Gigantamax Pokemon; unlike standard monsters, these Pokemon take on a different appearance when they Dynamax and all have a unique G-Max move.
Which Pokemon you encounter in Max Raids is typically up to chance, but developer Game Freak periodically hosts Max Raid events that make certain monsters–such as Gigantamax Pokemon–much more common for a limited time. You can see the full list of Max Raid events happening right now in Pokemon Sword and Shield below. Be sure to also check out our Max Raid guide for tips to help you conquer these Dynamax monsters.
Pokemon Sword & Shield Current Max Raid Events
|Gigantamax Snorlax||Sword & Shield||June 29|
|Gigantamax Gengar||Sword||June 29|
|Gigantamax Kingler||Sword||June 29|
|Gigantamax Lapras||Sword||June 29|
|Gigantamax Garbodor||Sword||June 29|
|Gigantamax Corviknight||Sword||June 29|
|Gigantamax Appletun||Sword||June 29|
|Gigantamax Toxtricity (Amped Form)||Sword||June 29|
|Gigantamax Centiskorch||Sword||June 29|
|Gigantamax Grimmsnarl||Sword||June 29|
|Gigantamax Alcremie||Sword||June 29|
|Gigantamax Duraludon||Sword||June 29|
|Gigantamax Charizard||Shield||June 29|
|Gigantamax Butterfree||Shield||June 29|
|Gigantamax Machamp||Shield||June 29|
|Gigantamax Orbeetle||Shield||June 29|
|Gigantamax Drednaw||Shield||June 29|
|Gigantamax Coalossal||Shield||June 29|
|Gigantamax Flapple||Shield||June 29|
|Gigantamax Sandaconda||Shield||June 29|
|Gigantamax Toxtricity (Low Key Form)||Shield||June 29|
|Gigantamax Hatterene||Shield||June 29|
|Gigantamax Copperajah||Shield||June 29|
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