'Pokémon Sword and Shield' Max Raid Update Adds Rotom and More Competitive Pokémon

The latest update in the Pokémon Sword and Shield Wild Area is now live, bringing Pokémon that are used often in competitive formats, including Rotom.

Before this update, Sword and Shield Max Raid battles put the spotlight on the Gigantamax forms of Charizard, Garbodor, Copperajah and Duraludon. Now, there are a variety of Pokémon that have a higher rate of appearing in Max Raids.

If you're looking to get into competitive Pokémon battles, you'll want to catch these Pokémon and try them out on your team.

Read on for all the information you need on the latest Pokémon Sword and Shield Max Raid battle update.

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Rotom Heat (right) and Rotom Wash are spotlight Pokemon in the latest 'Sword and Shield' Raid update The Pokemon Company/NewsGeek

POKEMON SWORD AND SHIELD RAID UPDATE TIME

The latest Pokémon Sword and Shield Max Raid update begins now and runs until May 11 at 7:59 p.m. EDT.

LIST OF SPOTLIGHT POKEMON AND HOW TO GO ONLINE

Pokémon Sword and Shield players will first want to update their 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 done so already.

Once done, the Wild Area will update with the new pool of spotlight Pokémon. The pool of Pokémon is the same for both Sword and Shield except for the form that Rotom appear in.

This special Electric- and Ghost-type Pokémon can change form depending on the appliance that it has inhabited. Pokémon Sword players will get Rotom Heat, the Electric- and Fire-type while Pokémon Shield players can catch Rotom Wash, the Electric- and Water-type.

Here's the list of Pokémon that have a higher rate of encounter in Max Raids:

Level 1:

  • Larvitar
  • Rotom Heat (Sword)/Rotom Wash (Shield)
  • Drilbur
  • Cottonee
  • Dreepy
  • Togepi

Level 2:

  • Pupitar
  • Rotom Heat (Sword)/Rotom Wash (Shield)
  • Drilbur
  • Cottonee
  • Drakloak
  • Togetic

Level 3:

  • Tyranitar
  • Rotom Heat (Sword)/Rotom Wash (Shield)
  • Excadrill
  • Whimsicott
  • Dragapult
  • Togekiss

Level 4:

  • Tyranitar
  • Rotom Heat (Sword)/Rotom Wash (Shield)
  • Excadrill
  • Whimsicott
  • Dragapult
  • Togekiss

Level 5:

  • Tyranitar
  • Rotom Heat (Sword)/Rotom Wash (Shield)
  • Excadrill
  • Whimsicott
  • Dragapult
  • Togekiss

Players can also gain access to the Pokémon not found in their game through the title's online features. To join other people's Raid Battle, players must connect to the internet. You can learn more about that process in our Sword and Shield online guide.

Pokémon Sword and Shield are available for Nintendo Switch now.

What do you think of the latest Max Raid update? Which Pokémon are you hoping to catch during this event? Let us know in the comments section.