'Pokémon Sword and Shield' Version Exclusive Raid Event: Start Time & What You Need to Know

Max Raid Battles in the Pokémon Sword and Shield Wild Area have shifted once again to include Version Exclusives to help trainers fill out their Pokedex.

For one week, rare Pokémon will begin popping up in Raid Dens across Wild Areas of the Galar region. This is the perfect time for trainers to catch Pokémon that aren't native to their versions.

This shift in the Max Raids will happen while the current Gigantamax Gengar and Machamp event is still underway, so there is plenty for Sword and Shield players to do for the time being.

If you want to learn everything about the new Max Raid event, including when it starts and ends, continue reading.

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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 done so already.

While exploring the Wild Area, trainers should 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.

Some rare Pokémon, like the Shelmet and Karrablast lines as well as Pincurchin, will begin appearing in Max Raids. However, the biggest part of this event is the version exclusives.

Those playing Pokémon Sword will be able to find the following in Raids:

  • Galarian Corsola
  • Galarian Ponyta
  • Mandibuzz
  • Oranguru
  • Indeedee (male)

Those playing Pokémon Shield will find the following in Raids:

  • Galarian Farfetch'd
  • Galarian Darumaka
  • Braviary
  • Passimian
  • Indeedee (female)

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.

Also, trainers will receive rare items for completing certain Max Raids. This includes the four Fossils that can be used to revive the four Fossil Pokémon. Check out Serebii's comprehensive list of Pokémon and items found in the current Max Raid Battles of Sword and Shield.

Pokémon Sword and Shield are available now for Nintendo Switch.

What do you think of the latest Max Raid event? Let us know in the comments section.

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