'Pokémon Sword and Shield:' Mewtwo & Kanto Starter Max Raids Appear For Pokémon Day

Game Freak has updated Pokémon Sword and Shield's Wild Area with a slew of new Max Raids to celebrate Pokémon Day, including the Kanto Starters and the Legendary Mewtwo.

However, these Mewtwo Raids are unlike what trainers have seen in Sword and Shield so far. Mewtwo appears at Level 100 in these Raids, making it the most difficult battle in the Wild Area.

Trainers who appreciate the added difficulty will likely not appreciate that these Mewtwo are not catchable, but that doesn't mean these battles aren't worth fighting. Completing these Mewtwo Raids gives trainers some hard-to-find battle items perfect for those looking to test their strength online.

If you want to take full advantage of the updated Raids in Sword and Shield, read on to learn how long trainers have to challenge Mewtwo and what they can earn for completing these difficult battles.

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From now until March 1 at 6:59 p.m. EST, Mewtwo and the Kanto Starters will appear in Max Raids battles in the Wild Area.

They will appear more frequently, along with the current pool of Pokémon including Gigantamax Toxtricity, Orbeetle, Hatterene, Grimmsnarl and Kingler.


Trainers should first update their Wild Area News. To do so, access the menu (X) and go to Mystery Gift. Select "Get the Wild Area News," and then connect to the internet if you haven't done so already.

Once updated, ride around the Wild Area and check your dens. Dens with a Dynamax Pokémon have a red beam of light coming out of them.

After selecting the den, you'll see a silhouette of the Pokémon. If you see the silhouette of Mewtwo or the Kanto Starters, you can enter by yourself or invite others to help take it down. We suggest going in with friends or inviting others to join you, as Mewtwo is going to be especially tough to defeat.

You can also try to hop into other people's Raid Battles by connecting to the internet. You can learn more about that in our Sword and Shield online guide.


While catching Mewtwo is not possible, trainers should still take advantage of the rare items it, and the Kanto starters, may drop.

Defeating Mewtwo in a Max Raid Battle awards PP Max and Ability Capsules.

The Kanto Starters (Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander) or their evolutions drop EV-reducing berries, Toxic Orbs, Flame Orbs and Life Orbs.

Pokémon Sword and Shield are available now for Nintendo Switch.

What do you think of this Pokémon Day Max Raid event? Which of the battle items are you looking for most? Let us know in the comments section.