Max Raid Battles


Max Raid Battles are a multiplayer feature that utilises the Dynamax Feature. In the Wild Area, you'll often find areas where a Dynamaxed Pokémon can be found. This Pokémon, while Dynamaxed, will not revert back after 3 turns.

To defeat it, you have to play with up to 4 other players to battle it, with one player being able to Dynamax their own Pokémon. This can be done locally or online, but if three more players can't be found, Support Trainers will be added, controlled by NPCs.

The Pokémon you'll find in Max Raid Battles change every day and based on the weather, for example Steenee appears in Sunshine and Lanturn in Rain. Some Pokémon are also exclusive to Max Raid Battles. Max Raid Battles also often have limits such as the battle ending if 10 turns have passed

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The battling is done in a unique way. All four Pokémon can target eachotheer or the Dynamaxed Pokémon. However, only one player can Dynamax and the player that can Dynamax rotates every turn. Once one player has used Dynamax on their Pokémon, no other player can.

The Dynamax Raid Boss can also unleash multiple attacks in a turn, including attacks that are not Max Moves. When its HP reaches a certain amount, it will also unleash a protection guard. This guard has a gauge of a certain amount of bars which need depleting before the Pokémon can receive damage. All damaging attacks will take off at least one bar.

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Catching Pokémon

After you have defeated the Pokémon, you will gain the ability to capture it. Pokémon that you capture will have various stats but with Max Raid Battles, you also have a chance of them having their Hidden Ability or, for some species, them being their Gigantamax variant

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