A new co-op element has been added to Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield. Now you can team up with three other Trainers to take on huge Dynamax Pokémon via Max Raid Battles. You’ll earn a chance to catch the huge beast in the wild! There are different Dynamax Pokémon depending on the area you’re exploring and the weather. Since the weather changes once a day there are sure to be different monsters roaming about.
Some Pokémon can only be caught in Max Raid Battles. For example, Steenee can only be found while it’s sunny, and Lanturn comes out when it’s raining.
You can team up with people near you to challenge Dynamax Pokémon or connect online as well (with a Nintendo Switch Online membership). But, what if you don’t have anyone around to team up with and don’t have access to the internet? No worries! Support trainers will automatically be added to your side to help you battle the wild Dynamax Pokémon so you’re never on your own.
Max Raid Battles are a completely new battle format where you will team up with three other Trainers in order to take on a wild Dynamax Pokémon. You’ll get a chance to catch the wild Dynamax Pokémon that you face if you manage to defeat it.
But don’t get too confident. The wild Dynamax Pokémon will remain in their giant form for the entire battle and have other unique powers to boot. They won’t go down easily!
Only one member of the group, consisting of you and your allies, can Dynamax a Pokémon during Max Raid Battles, so close teamwork is key. Additionally, some things you can do in the Wild Area, like Max Raid Battles, can become even more fun by connecting with other players.
The wild Dynamax Pokémon you’ll face in Max Raid Battles seem to vary based on where you are in the Wild Area or what the weather is like.
The weather in the Wild Area changes every day, so be ready to meet a variety of Pokémon each time you visit. Also, it seems that some Pokémon can only be caught in Max Raid Battles!
TEAM UP WITH ALL SORTS OF PEOPLE AS YOU FACE ALL SORTS OF DYNAMAX POKÉMON!
You can join up with people near you to participate in Max Raid Battles, but you can also connect to Pokémon Trainers around the world via the internet and face Dynamax Pokémon together with them!
NOTE: If three other Trainers aren’t available to participate in Max Raid Battles, support Trainers will automatically be added to your side to help you battle the wild Dynamax Pokémon.
NOTE: Enrollment in the Nintendo Switch Online (paid) service is required for online gameplay.