'Pokémon Sword and Shield' Gigantamax Machamp and Gengar Event: Start Time & Everything You Need to Know

Max Raid Battles in the Wild Area of Pokémon Sword and Shield have shifted bringing higher chances at finding Gigantamax Gengar and Machamp in the Nintendo Switch games.

The featured Max Raid Battles containing Toxtricity, Orbeetle, Hatterene, Grimmsnarl and Kingler are gone, reverting back to their original frequency of appearing in the Wild Area.

In their place, sees the return of Gigantamax Snorlax alongside Gengar and Machamp.

For all the information trainers need to catch these rare powerful Pokémon, read on for all the details.

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Pokémon trainers can enjoy these new Max Raid battles until Wednesday, March 25 at 7:59 p.m. EDT.


The first thing you'll want to do is update your Wild Area News. To do so, access the menu (X) and select Mystery Gift. After that, trainers should select "Get the Wild Area News" and then connect to the internet if they haven't already.

While exploring the Wild Area, trainers will want to search the dens with the red beams of light coming out of them. The silhouette of a Pokémon will appear to show what is found inside.

Gigantamax Machamp is a version exclusive to Pokémon Sword, while Gigantamax Gengar is exclusive to Pokémon Shield. However, players can access to the Pokémon not found in their game through the online features.

To join other people's Raid Battle, players will need to connect to the internet. You can learn more about that in our Sword and Shield online guide.


Upon Gigantamaxing, Machamp and Gengar get access to exclusive G-Max moves that make them more unique than their Dynamax forms.

A G-Max Machamp knowing a Fighting-type attack can use G-Max Chi Strike, which raises the Critical Hit Chance of your party upon use. G-Max Gengar that knows a Ghost-type attack can use G-Max Terror, an attack that prevents Pokémon from switching out or escaping.

Both Gigantamax forms are normally found in the Stony Wilderness section of the Wild Area, but this event will see them appear in other dens.

Gigantamax Snorlax, who was introduced into Sword and Shield post-launch will make its triumphant return with its unique G-Max move. These special Snorlax can use the attack, G-Max Replenish which transforms any Normal-type move to have the effect of restoring a Berry that was eaten.

Pokémon Sword and Shield are available now for Nintendo Switch.

What do you think of the latest Max Raid Battle shift? Which do you like better, Gigantamax Machamp or Gengar? Let us know in the comments section.