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

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

Published: 29/Oct/2021 10:22

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?

Sword & Shield Halloween event
Game Freak
The Halloween event begins on October 29 and ends on October 31.

As reported by Serebii, a Halloween event has taken over Max Raid Battles and it’s available from October 29 to October 31, 2021.

During this time, Trainers will be able to encounter Dusknoir, Thievul, Corviknight, & more. Not only that, Shiny Zoroark will be available at a 2% spawn rate, so keep your fingers crossed luck is on your side and make the most of the boosted odds.

Mystery Gift reward (November)

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

Wild area pokemon raid
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:

  • 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!