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Pokemon Sword & Shield: Which Pokemon are in Max Raid Battles now?

Published: 19/Mar/2021 9:46

by David Purcell


Game Freak regularly switch up the Pokemon Sword & Shield Max Raid Battles, with new Shiny Pokemon, Dynamax, and GMAX forms being added to the list with each passing event. Here, you can see which Pokemon are included. 

These Wild Area events, as people call them, don’t actually just affect the Wild Area these days. Max Raid Battles can also be played on the two DLC packs for the game.

For those who don’t own those packs, however, the Wild Area is the main place to be for them. There, you can find a number of the strongest Pokemon, and they’re thematically introduced regularly – as explained in this guide.


So, let’s take a look at everything you need to know.

Which Pokemon are in Max Raid Battles?

Psychic & Fighting-types have left Max Raid Battles making way for various Fairy & Flying-type Pokemon. This new event will run until March 31st but may be interrupted by various special events throughout the month of March.

Gigantamax Pokemon

The ongoing event will give players the chance to take down Gigantamax Corviknight & Hatterene.

Game Freak
Gigantamax Corviknight & Hatterene have been added to Max Raid Battles.

Limited time Gigantamax encounter

According to Serebii, a limited-time exclusive encounter will be available to players from March 19 to April 19. Trainers will be able to enter a serial code that will spawn Gigantamax Appletun in Sword & Shield.

Players will need to visit the Game Mania online store at an allotted time to receive their serial code. Keep in mind, defeating this Gigantamax Pokemon will not be a walk in the park so make sure you’re prepared.


Gigantamax Sword & Shield
Game Freak
Gigantamax Appletun is now available to face in Max Raids with a specific serial code.

Mystery Gift reward (March)

At this point in time, there are no mystery gifts to collect in Sword & Shield. Rest assured, we’ll update this article as soon as any exclusive rewards become available to players.

mystery gift pokemon
Pokemon Company
Mystery Gift codes can give players a variety of free gifts, but for this event it’s different.

What are Max Raid Battles?

Max Raid Battles in Pokemon Sword and Shield are where up to four players work together to take down a strong monster, which are usually Gigantamax or Dynamax forms.

After defeating the opponent, players will each have a chance to catch it and keep it for their own.

Which moves fail in Max Raid Battles?

It’s also worth noting that a number of moves will fail in these battles, and those can be seen listed below:


  • Bug bite
  • Destiny bond
  • Explosion
  • Incinerate
  • Instruct
  • Knock off
  • Perish song
  • Pluck
  • Self-destruct
  • Super fang
  • Thief

Where to find Pokemon Dens

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Here’s an example of where to start Max Raid Battles in the Wild Area.

The Raid Dens are now scattered over the Galar Region, and feature in the following three locations:

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  • Wild Area (Main island)
  • The Crown Tundra (DLC)
  • Isle of Armor (DLC)

To play, all you have to do is approach one of these Dens, which can be seen from miles away due to the bright light they emit into the air.

Just like the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, all you have to do is follow the light and get to where it ends.

Next Pokemon Sword & Shield event

At this point in time, Game Freak hasn’t revealed what the next Max Raid event will be. However, rest assured, we’ll update this article as soon as any new information becomes available.


Until then, good luck with your Max Raids!