December 17, 2021

Starmie, Delibird, and Cryogonal Spread Cheer in Holiday Max Raid Battles

Celebrate the season in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, and you just might encounter a Shiny Delibird.

The holidays are here, and what better way to celebrate than with some Max Raid Battles? Until December 26, 2021, at 3:59 p.m. PST, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield players will find Starmie, Delibird, and Cryogonal more frequently in Pokémon Dens. Very rarely during the event, you might even encounter a Shiny Delibird!

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. 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 opponents. Don't wait, though—you don't want to miss out on the chance to add these Pokémon to your team!

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