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Artwork of a Max Raid Battle against a Pangoro

A Max Raid Battle (Japanese: マックスレイドバトル Max Raid Battle) is a Pokémon battle in which four Trainers battle against a wild Dynamax/Gigantamax Pokémon, which remains Dynamaxed or Gigantamaxed for the whole battle.

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In the games

The player can start a Max Raid Battle by interacting with an active Pokémon Den, indicated by a beam of light shooting up from it. If a den is inactive, the player can throw a Wishing Piece into it to summon a Dynamax Pokémon.

When starting a Max Raid Battle, players can see a silhouette of the Dynamax Pokémon, its types, and a star rating of its difficulty. The current weather is also displayed. The loss condition, "The battle ends when Pokémon faint four times or the battle lasts for 10 turns", is displayed in the lower left corner. Additionally, the player can see the other three Trainers participating and the Pokémon they have selected to enter. Players have a time limit to select their Pokémon before the Max Raid Battle automatically starts with the Pokémon they have selected by default.

Four Trainers are required to conduct a Max Raid Battle. The player can connect with other players to challenge a Max Raid Battle by using the Y-Comm over the internet or local wireless. If there are less than four players, then the game will randomly select NPC Trainers to fill in the remaining slots.

Battle

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Each Trainer uses a single Pokémon (from either their party or Box) against the Dynamax Pokémon. If a Trainer's Pokémon faints, they can cheer on the remaining Trainers as they attempt to complete the Max Raid Battle, which has the potential to generate positive effects such as healing or setting up Reflect; the fainted Pokémon will automatically be revived at full health the following turn. If the challengers' Pokémon faint a total of 4 times (even if it is the same Pokémon) or if the 10-turn limit is reached, the Max Raid Battle is lost. If both the Dynamax Pokémon and the 4th challenger Pokémon are knocked out in the same move (such as through the recoil effects of moves such as Brave Bird), the battle is counted as a loss for the challengers. If the Dynamax Pokémon is successfully defeated, all four Trainers can attempt to catch the Dynamax Pokémon and receive several various rewards based on the Dynamax Pokémon that was encountered. A Max Raid Battle can be repeatedly attempted until either the player wins (regardless of capture success) or when the dens reset.

Only one Trainer can Dynamax their Pokémon during a Max Raid Battle; unlike the wild Dynamax Pokémon, this transformation only lasts for the normal three turns. Each turn, one Trainer receives Dynamax Energy; only that player can Dynamax that turn, and if they do not, this energy is passed to another player next turn. The player who hosts the Max Raid Battle will always be the first to have the option to Dynamax.

Depending on the star level, the Dynamax Pokémon may be able to use regular moves in addition to Max Moves. It can also attack up to three times per turn and create a shockwave, which cancels the effect of the players' Abilities and stat changes and cures it of Non-volatile status conditions.

In three-star Max Raids and higher, the wild Dynamax Pokémon have specific HP thresholds in which they will create a protective barrier with two to eight segments, depending on its defensive power. In three- and four-star Max Raids, the Dynamax Pokémon will create a barrier one time; in five-star Max Raids, it will create a barrier twice, sometimes with the first barrier at the start of the battle. While this barrier is active, damage-dealing moves used against the Dynamax Pokémon are severely weakened and are unable to apply secondary effects, and status moves used against the Dynamax Pokémon will fail. Damage-dealing moves will deplete one bar of the barrier's strength, except Max Moves and one-hit knockout moves which instead deplete two bars. When the barrier runs out of bars, the barrier is destroyed, the Dynamax Pokémon's Defense and Special Defense will drop by two stages, and it takes a portion of the damage it would have received while its barriers were active.

Some moves work differently when raid bosses use them, such as Belch, which will work regardless of berries, and Dig will have it attack immediately.

The following moves will fail if used in a Max Raid Battle:

Move Type Cat.
Bug Bite  Bug  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Destiny Bond  Ghost  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Explosion  Normal  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Incinerate  Fire  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Instruct  Psychic  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Knock Off  Dark  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Pluck  Flying  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Self-Destruct  Normal  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Super Fang  Normal  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Perish Song  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Thief  Dark  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}

Capture

Upon defeating the Dynamax Pokémon, each player has a single chance to capture it. As a rule, the host's capture chance is higher than that of the guests. Should the capture fail, the Pokémon will disappear. Regardless of the attempt's success (or if the player declined to catch it), all players will be awarded Exp. Candies, TRs, and other items based on the Pokémon that was fought.

The caught Pokémon's moves and Ability will be the same as it was during the Max Raid Battle; some Dynamax Pokémon encountered in Max Raid Battles will have their Hidden Ability. If it was a Gigantamax Pokémon, the caught Pokémon will have the Gigantamax Factor. Pokémon caught in Max Raid Battles will also have a number of stats with the maximum 31 IVs and have increased their Dynamax Levels, increasingly with the Max Raid's difficulty.

The catch rate for a Dynamax Pokémon depends on several factors, such as whether the player is hosting the raid and whether the raid is from a Wild Area News event. They are all calculated with the Pokémon at 1 HP and no status conditions. If the Pokémon escapes, the host player may restart the game before it autosaves and reattempt the Max Raid.

Pokémon Catch rate
Host Guest Wild Area News
Dynamax 255 Species' Species'
Gigantamax 255 3 Species'

Trainers

If less than four players initiate a Max Raid Battle, a random selection of these NPC Trainers will populate the vacant positions. The level of their Pokémon is ×0.7 that of the host player's Pokémon (rounded down), therefore at a maximum Lv. 70 if the host player's Pokémon is Lv. 100.









































Special Max Raid Battles

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In the climax of Pokémon Sword and Shield, as well as several times in the post-game story involving Sordward and Shielbert, the player will participate in Max Raid Battles required to progress the story. In these battles, the player will have access to their full party. Initially, the player will be paired with special NPC partners, but eventually, the player will be challenged to fight their opponents by themselves.

These plot-mandatory Max Raid Battles experience some differences compared to the Max Raid Battles available in the Wild Area. The battles are not limited to a 10-turn time limit, nor will they be forcibly ended after Pokémon have fainted 4 times. The player is also not limited to a single Pokémon, and may use their full party in the manner of a normal battle; fainted Pokémon will not automatically be revived, and the Cheer option is unavailable.

Tower summit

In this semi-scripted Max Raid Battle, the player and Hop will try to fight Eternatus in its Eternamax form, but will be unable to do anything against it until they summon Zacian and Zamazenta with the Rusted Sword and Shield they found in the Slumbering Weald. The player cannot Dynamax their Pokémon in this fight. After the battle, the player will catch Eternatus in a Poké Ball of their choice, with a 100% guaranteed success rate.

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Types:
Poison Dragon
Ability:
Pressure
Held item:
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Eternatus Lv.60
Cross Poison
Poison Physical
Dragon Pulse
Dragon Special
Flamethrower
Fire Special
Dynamax Cannon
Dragon Special

Sordward and Shielbert

While the player and Hop pursue Sordward and Shielbert, they force these Pokémon to Dynamax by in each Stadium in Galar. The player is tasked with defeating these Pokémon, which belong to Gym Trainers, to take them out of their frenzied state and restore safety to the area. Because these Pokémon belong to Trainers, the player does not have the opportunity to catch them.

The first Stadium attacked is Turffield's, then both Hulbury and Motostoke Stadiums. The player cooperates with Hop, Piers, and each Stadium's Gym Leader to resolve the crisis. After the player defeats all three and confronts the brothers in Wedgehurst, they'll cause more disruptions in the Stadiums in Stow-on-Side, Ballonlea, Circhester, and Hammerlocke. This time, multiple Dynamaxed Pokémon will attack each stadium, and the player and their friends will need split up to deal with one of them each, with the exception of Ballonlea Stadium, where they discover that Bede took care of them all by himself.

Turffield Stadium Hulbury Stadium Motostoke Stadium Stow-on-Side Stadium
Pokémon Sword
763Tsareena.png
Type:
Grass Unknown
Ability:
Queenly Majesty
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Tsareena Lv.62
Dynamax
Power Whip
Grass Physical
High Jump Kick
Fighting Physical
Play Rough
Fairy Physical
Zen Headbutt
Psychic Physical
130Gyarados.png
Types:
Water Flying
Ability:
Intimidate
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Gyarados Lv.62
Dynamax
Waterfall
Water Physical
Stone Edge
Rock Physical
Crunch
Dark Physical
Avalanche
Ice Physical
324Torkoal.png
Type:
Fire Unknown
Ability:
Drought
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Torkoal Lv.62
Dynamax
Lava Plume
Fire Special
Earthquake
Ground Physical
Body Press
Fighting Physical
Iron Tail
Steel Physical
534Conkeldurr.png
Type:
Fighting Unknown
Ability:
Unknown
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Conkeldurr Lv.62
Dynamax
Thunder Punch
Electric Physical
Ice Punch
Ice Physical
Hammer Arm
Fighting Physical
Stone Edge
Rock Physical
Stow-on-Side Stadium Circhester Stadium Hammerlocke Stadium
Pokémon Shield Pokémon Sword Pokémon Shield
477Dusknoir.png
Type:
Ghost Unknown
Ability:
Pressure
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Dusknoir Lv.62
Dynamax
Ice Punch
Ice Physical
Earthquake
Ground Physical
Thunder Punch
Electric Physical
Shadow Punch
Ghost Physical
526Gigalith.png
Type:
Rock Unknown
Ability:
Sturdy
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Gigalith Lv.62
Dynamax
Rock Slide
Rock Physical
Earthquake
Ground Physical
Stone Edge
Rock Physical
Throat Chop
Dark Physical
478Froslass.png
Types:
Ice Ghost
Ability:
Unknown
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Froslass Lv.62
Dynamax
Icy Wind
Ice Special
Shadow Ball
Ghost Special
Thunder
Electric Special
Psychic
Psychic Special
612Haxorus.png
Type:
Dragon Unknown
Ability:
Mold Breaker
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Haxorus Lv.62
Dynamax
Outrage
Dragon Physical
Earthquake
Ground Physical
Iron Tail
Steel Physical
Giga Impact
Normal Physical
Ally Trainers
Hop's Pokémon Piers's Pokémon
Grookey If the player chose Grookey: Scorbunny If the player chose Scorbunny: Scorbunny If the player chose Sobble:








Milo's Pokémon Nessa's Pokémon Kabu's Pokémon
Pokémon Sword Pokémon Shield








Wild Area News

Main article: Wild Area News

Wild Area News, accessed through the Mystery Gift menu in Sword and Shield, changes the available spawns in Max Raid Battles to make certain Pokémon more common for a limited time, including and especially Gigantamax Pokémon, which vary between the two game versions. These events are currently the only way to obtain Gigantamax Snorlax and Gigantamax Toxtricity.

Any den can spawn a Max Raid Battle from Wild Area News, and dens that do so will always beam a red light, indicating the "common" pool.

The following is a list of Wild Area News events in reverse chronological order.

Start date End date Focus Pokémon Notes Source
Both games Sword Shield
May 26, 2020 June 1, 2020 Meowth Gigantamax Meowth cannot normally be obtained after the event distribution for early adopters of Sword and Shield expired. [1]
May 19, 2020 May 25, 2020 Eevee Gigantamax Eevee cannot normally be obtained, except as a gift if Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! save data is detected on the same console.
In addition, this marks the first time Gigantamax Eevee can be obtained legitimately as a Shiny Pokemon, or with its Hidden Ability Anticipation.
[2]
May 12, 2020 May 18, 2020 Pikachu Gigantamax Pikachu cannot normally be obtained, except as a gift if Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! save data is detected on the same console.
In addition, this marks the first time Gigantamax Pikachu can be obtained legitimately as a Shiny Pokemon, or with its Hidden Ability Lightning Rod, or with Pikachu's signature move, Volt Tackle.
[3]
April 28, 2020 May 11, 2020 TyranitarTogekiss
ExcadrillWhimsicottDragapult
Rotom Rotom For a few hours after the event launched on April 28th, 1★ Drilbur raids based from Shield included the move Hydro Pump, which Drilbur cannot normally learn. This was an error that was fixed later in the day. Players who caught Drilbur from these raids will not be able to trade them or battle with them online without deleting Hydro Pump. [4]
April 10, 2020 April 15, 2020 Ditto
PichuCleffaTogepiTyrogue
WynautBudewBonslyMime Jr.
MunchlaxRioluMantykeToxel
These Pokémon always dropped Boiled Eggs upon defeat, had a chance of droping items useful during breeding, such as Destiny Knots and Everstones, and had a rare chance of dropping Lucky Eggs. [5]
March 25, 2020 April 27, 2020 CopperajahDuraludon
GarbodorCharizard
Encounters in 5★ raids are version exclusive: Gigantamax Copperajah and Gigantamax Duraludon for Sword-based raids, and Gigantamax Garbodor and Gigantamax Charizard for Shield-based raids.
Gigantamax Charizard encountered in 5★ raids cannot be Shiny.
[6]
March 18, 2020 March 25, 2020 Pincurchin
EscavalierAccelgor
Indeedee
RapidashCorsola


MandibuzzOranguru

Indeedee
Sirfetch'dDarumaka


BraviaryPassimian

Pokémon defeated during this Wild Area News event yield more Candy than normal.
Pokémon found in 3★ raids or higher will always have their Hidden Ability.
Raids in both games can potentially yield any Galarian Fossil, Food Tin, and Evolutionary Apple as rewards. Items typically more common or exclusive to Sword are more common in Shield-based raids, and vice versa.
[7]
March 8, 2020 Snorlax
MachampGengar
Gigantamax Snorlax cannot normally be obtained.
Gigantamax Machamp and Gigantamax Gengar appear in 3★ and 4★ raids in both games, but remain version-exclusive (to Sword and Shield, respectively) in 5★ raids. (Pokémon encountered in Max Raid Battles are based on the host's game.)
[8]
February 27, 2020 March 1, 2020 Mewtwo
BulbasaurCharmanderSquirtle
IvysaurCharmeleonWartortle
Mewtwo cannot be caught, has variable movesets, and is Level 100, but defeating it nets great rewards.
Kanto starter Pokémon all drop Friendship-raising Berries.
Bulbasaur family has a chance of dropping Toxic Orb, Charmander family has a chance of dropping Flame Orb, and Squirtle family has a chance of dropping Life Orb.
[9]
February 6, 2020 March 8, 2020 ToxtricityToxtricity
KinglerGrimmsnarl
ToxtricityToxtricity
OrbeetleHatterene
The base form of Gigantamax Toxtricity, and therefore possible nature, varies between games (Pokémon encountered in Max Raid Battles are based on the host's game).
Gigantamax Toxtricity cannot normally be obtained.
[10]
January 30, 2020 February 16, 2020 Milcery Milcery have the Gigantamax Factor, which it cannot normally be obtained with.
Can drop any Sweet, including the Ribbon and Star Sweet (which cannot normally be obtained).
[11]
January 9, 2020 February 6, 2020 FlappleCoalossal AppletunLapras [12]
January 30, 2020 Alcremie

AlcremieAlcremieAlcremie
AlcremieAlcremie
Alcremie

AlcremieAlcremie
Alcremie

AlcremieAlcremie
The possible base forms for Gigantamax Alcremie vary between the games and the star rating of the encounter. (Pokémon encountered in Max Raid Battles are based on the host's game.)
December 31, 2019 January 4, 2020 MagikarpMagikarp Increased chance to be Shiny
A limited-time serial code, 0T0SH1DAMA, for 10 Dive Balls was also given.
[13]
December 20, 2019 December 26, 2019 Delibird Increased rates on Ice-type TRs and Exp. Candy
A limited-time serial code, PRESENT, for 10 Luxury Balls was also given.
[14]
December 11, 2019 January 9, 2020 Sandaconda Centiskorch [15]
December 4, 2019 January 25, 2020 Snorlax Gigantamax Snorlax cannot normally be obtained. [16]
November 15, 2019 December 4, 2019 Butterfree Drednaw Corviknight [17]

In the manga

A Max Raid Battle in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In the Sword & Shield chapter, Sōdo and Shirudomiria forced a pair of Team Yell Grunts into a Max Raid Battle with them against a Dynamax Gurdurr. After defeating it, Sōdo was able to catch it, adding it to his party and nicknaming it Tekkotsun.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 極巨團體戰 Gihkgeuih Tyùhntái Jin
Mandarin 極巨團體戰 / 极巨团体战 Jíjù Tuántǐ Zhàn
France Flag.png French Raid Dynamax
Germany Flag.png German Dyna-Raid
Italy Flag.png Italian Raid Dynamax
South Korea Flag.png Korean 맥스 레이드배틀 Max Raid Battle
Poland Flag.png Polish Raid Max
Russia Flag.png Russian Максирейд Maksireyd
Spain Flag.png Spanish Incursión Dinamax

See also