How to find new Max Raids in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Alcremie - Pokemon Sword and Shield Max Raids
Alcremie - Pokemon Sword and Shield Max Raids

If you caught January’s Pokémon Direct presentation you might remember hearing that a whole load of new Gigantamax Pokémon will be coming to Sword and Shield with the Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra expansions slated for later this year. You might also remember talk of a little update that has now rolled out for both games that adds a whole lot more Max Raids to the game’s Wild Areas.

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If you caught January’s Pokémon Direct presentation you might remember hearing that a whole load of new Gigantamax Pokémon will be coming to Sword and Shield with the Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra expansions slated for later this year. You might also remember talk of a little update that has now rolled out for both games that adds a whole lot more Max Raids to the game’s Wild Areas.

This is a big deal because Max Raids were relatively hard to come across and when you did discover one, there was no guarantee it would be for the Pokémon that you wanted to add to your team.

Thankfully the update has made it much more likely for players to encounter some of the rarer Gigantamax Pokémon out in the wild. Which Pokémon you can encounter depends on which version of the game you own. Sword players will have increased chances of encountering Gigantamax Coalossal and Gigantamax Flapple, while owners of Shield will be able to discover Gigantamax Lapras and Gigantamax Appletun. Players of both games will also have an increased chance of coming across Gigantamax Alcremie for the duration of the event.

Rusty on Raid Battles? In the Wild Area, look out for pillars of light shining from Pokémon Dens. Approach the Den and interact with it to prepare for battle. You will have a better chance of defeating the Pokémon and getting the chance to catch it if you are playing with other players online, so we advise grabbing some friends if you can.

The Max Raid event is likely to be a limited time deal, so we advise hunting for those Pokémon sooner rather than later. No end date has been revealed, so act fast!

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