Prepare your body and your mind because during February 2021, you’ll encounter lots of Fighting-type and Psychic-type Pokémon in Max Raid Battles in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. All through the month, you’ll find the Fighting-type Pokémon Machamp, Lucario, and Falinks as well as the Psychic-type Pokémon Gothitelle, Reuniclus, and Orbeetle more frequently in Pokémon Dens. You might even face off against Gigantamax Machamp or Gigantamax Orbeetle when you go into battle.
For an opportunity to encounter these Pokémon in a Max Raid Battle, you’ll need to connect your Nintendo Switch system to the internet through Y-Comm or by selecting Mystery Gift in the X menu, then selecting Get the Wild Area News. After that, whenever you see a pillar of light shining from a Pokémon Den, you can walk up to the Pokémon Den and interact with it to start a Max Raid Battle with a Dynamax Pokémon. Usually, there’ll be an extremely small possibility a Gigantamax Pokémon will appear instead of a Dynamax Pokémon, but during an event, certain Gigantamax Pokémon are more likely to appear. This event does not affect the Pokémon encountered within Dynamax Adventures.
Be sure to read our Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Max Raid Battle Tips article for advice on how to topple these giant opponents. Don’t wait, though—you don’t want to miss out on the chance to add these Pokémon to your team!