Wild Area Events

In Pokémon Sword & Shield, the Wild Area is filled with a variety of Max Raid Battles that change periodically. However, with internet connection, you have the ability to access specific Raid Battles during certain times. This page is to detail all Wild Area Events

Froggy Pokémon Event

Release Dates:

Global: June 4th - June 6th 2021

The early June special Max Raid Battle event features various frog Pokémon being available and a chance of getting Shiny Politoed and a chance to get Gigantamax Venusaur for all players

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Wooloo Event

Release Dates:

Global: May 21st - May 23rd 2021

The late April special Max Raid Battle event features Wooloo & Dubwool being available and a chance of getting Shiny Wooloo

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Wooloo Event

Meowth Festival Event

Release Dates:

Global: April 30th - May 2nd 2021

The late April special Max Raid Battle event features the various forms of Meowth with Gigantamax Meowth being available and a chance of getting Shiny Galarian Meowth

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World Penguin Day Event

Release Dates:

Global: April 23rd - April 25th 2021

The mid April special Max Raid Battle event features Eiscue in order to celebrate World Penguin Day, and offered a chance to get Shiny Eiscue

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Early Route Event

Release Dates:

Global: April 5th 2021 - ??? 2021

The April 2021 Wild Area Event was focused around some Pokémon you find in the early routes of Galar, as well as Ditto. It features no Gigantamax

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Easter Event

Release Dates:

Global: April 2nd - April 4th 2021

The early April special Max Raid Battle event features Rabbit themed Pokémon, as well as a chance of getting Shiny Azumarill

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Flower Event

April Fools Day Event

Release Dates:

Global: April 1st 2021

The April special Max Raid Battle event features nothing but uncatchable Magikarp, to celebrate April Fool's Day

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April Fools Day Event

Flower Event

Release Dates:

Global: March 26th - March 28th 2021

The Mid-March special Max Raid Battle event features Flower themed Pokémon, as well as a chance of getting Shiny Lilligant

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Flower Event

Fairy & Flying Event

Release Dates:

Global: March 1st - March 31st 2021

The March 2021 Wild Area Event was focused around Fairy & Flying-type Pokémon. This event provided a myriad of Fairy & Flying-type Pokémon including Gigantamax Hatterene & Gigantamax Corviknight

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Pokémon Day 2021 Event

Release Dates:

Global: February 26th - February 28th 2021

The late February special Max Raid Battle event features spawns of Gigantamax Pikachu. If 1,000,000 Pikachu are defeated, then all players will receive a distribution of 100 Armorite Ore and 100 Dynite Ore

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Pokémon Day 2021 Event

Valentine's Day 2021 Event

Release Dates:

Global: February 11th - February 14th 2021

The Mid-February special Max Raid Battle event features nothing but spawns of Milcery with the Gigantamax Factor, giving the sweets as well as a chance of getting Shiny Milcery

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Valentine's Day 2021 Event

Secrets of the Jungle Event

Release Dates:

Global: February 4th - February 8th 2021

The February special Max Raid Battle event features a tie-in with the movie Secrets of the Jungle and features increased appearances of Pokémon from the movie including Cramorant. This event has got a special bonus of distributions from February 10th if enough players defeat the Cramorant

If 500,000 people beat it, all players will receive a gift of a Flame Orb, Toxic Orb and Light Ball
If 1,000,000 people defeat it, all players receive a gift of a Gold Bottle Cap, 3 Bottle Caps and 3 Pearl Strings

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Secrets of the Jungle Event

Fighting & Psychic Event

Release Dates:

Global: February 1st - February 28th 2021

The February 2021 Wild Area Event was focused around Fighting & Psychic-type Pokémon. This event provided a myriad of Fighting & Psychic-type Pokémon including Gigantamax Machamp & Gigantamax Orbeetle

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Year of the Ox Event

Release Dates:

Global: January 22nd - January 24th 2021

The January special Max Raid Battle event features the Pokémon that are based on the Year of the Ox, getting you a chance for Shiny Tauros

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Year of the Ox Event

Berry Event

Release Dates:

Global: January 8th - January 10th 2021

The January special Max Raid Battle event features the Pokémon that are Berry themed, getting you various rare Berries as well as a chance for Shiny Skwovet and Shiny Greedent. It repeated November 2020's event with alterations to the item pools and rarities

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Berry Event

Normal & Dragon Event

Release Dates:

Global: January 1st - January 31st 2021

The January 2021 Wild Area Event was focused around Dragon & Normal-type Pokémon. This event provided a myriad of Normal & Dragon-type Pokémon including Gigantamax Snorlax & Gigantamax Duraludon

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Christmas 2020

Release Dates:

Global: December 25th - December 27th 2020

The December 2020 Special Wild Area Event was focused around Christmas and featured spawns of Delibird and other Ice-type Pokémon, with a chance to get Shiny Alolan Vulpix

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Ice & Fire Event

Release Dates:

Global: December 1st - December 31st 2020

The December 2020 Wild Area Event was focused around Ice & Fire-type Pokémon. This event provided a myriad of Ice & Fire-type Pokémon including Gigantamax Lapras & Gigantamax Centiskorch, as well as the ability to get Kantonian Ponyta & Rapidash

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Berry Event

Release Dates:

Global: November 20th - November 22nd 2020

The November special Max Raid Battle event features the Pokémon that are Berry themed, getting you various rare Berries as well as a chance for Shiny Skwovet

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Berry Event

Bug & Poison Event

Release Dates:

Global: November 2nd - November 30th 2020

The November 2020 Wild Area Event was focused around Bug & Poison-type Pokémon. This event provided a myriad of Bug & Poison-type Pokémon including Gigantamax Butterfree & Gigantamax Garbodor

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Halloween Raids

Release Dates:

Global: October 30th - November 1st 2020

The September special Max Raid Battle event features the Pokémon that are spooky and a chance of getting a Shiny Gourgeist

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September Seasonal Equinox Event

Ghost & Dark Event

Release Dates:

Global: October1st - October 31st 2020

The October 2020 Wild Area Event was focused around Ghost & Dark -type Pokémon. This event provided a myriad of Ghost & Dark-type Pokémon including Gigantamax Gengar & Gigantamax Grimmsnarl

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This event then got updated when The Crown Tundra released to give Dynite Ore as a Raid Reward Click here for full details

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September Seasonal Equinox Event

Release Dates:

Global: September 18th - September 20th 2020

The September special Max Raid Battle event features the Pokémon that have evolved from the Sun Stone or the Moon Stone and a chance of getting a Shiny Clefable

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September Seasonal Equinox Event

Electric & Grass Event

Release Dates:

Global: September 1st - September 31st 2020

The September 2020 Wild Area Event was focused around Electric & Grass -type Pokémon. This event provided a myriad of Electric & Grass-type Pokémon including Gigantamax Toxtricity, Gigantamax Flapple and Gigantamax Appletun

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Water & Ground Event

Release Dates:

Global: August 1st - August 31st 2020

The August 2020 Wild Area Event was focused around Water and Ground-type Pokémon. This event provided a myriad of Water and Ground-type Pokémon including Gigantamax Sandaconda and Gigantamax Drednaw

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Pikachu Outbreak

Release Dates:

Global: August 6th - August 9th 2020

The August special Max Raid Battle event features the Pikachu line including the first place to catch Alolan Raichu in the game, a Mimikyu and a chance of getting a Shiny Pikachu

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Sea Pokémon Invasion

Release Dates:

Global: July 17th - July 19th 2020

This Extra Event, for one weekend, added a lot of Water-type Pokémon into raids. With this, it added a 2% chance of getting a guaranteed shiny Wailord from 5 star raids

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Rock & Steel Event

Release Dates:

Global: June 30th - July 31st 2020

The July 2020 Wild Area Event was focused around Rock and Steel-type Pokémon. This event provided a myriad of Rock & Steel-type Pokémon including Gigantamax Copperajah and Gigantamax Coalossal

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Zeraora Event

Release Dates:

Global: June 17th - June 28th 2020

To celebrate the release of the Isle of Armor, Zeraora was added as an uncatchable raid boss, but with a twist: Its Shiny Variant is also available. This is in order to promote the opportunity to get a Shiny Zeraora distribution. If 1,000,000 people manage to defeat Zeraora in a Max Raid Battle, players will receive the Shiny Zeraora. To do that, they also need to deposit/withdraw a Pokémon from HOME from the event start to the event end

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Gigantamax Pokémon Return

Release Dates:

Global: June 2nd - June 17th 2020, June 29th 2020

If you play during this allotted time, you will have an increased chance of every Gigantamax Pokémon aside from Pikachu, Meowth and Eevee in raids

In Pokémon Sword: Gigantamax Snorlax, Gengar, Kingler, Lapras, Garbodor, Corviknight, Appletun, Toxtricity (Amped Form), Centiskorch, Grimmsnarl, Alcremie and Duraludon will appear in Max Raid Battles
In Pokémon Shield: Gigantamax Snorlax, Charizard, Butterfree, Machamp, Orbeetle, Drednaw, Coalossal, Flapple, Sandaconda, Toxtricity (Low Key Form), Hatterne and Copperajah will appear in Max Raid Battles

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Gigantamax Meowth

Release Dates:

Global: May 26th 2020 - June 2nd 2020

If you play during this allotted time, you will have an increased chance of finding Gigantamax Pikachu. This event allows for the first opportunities to find Gigantamax Meowth with its Hidden Ability and to find its shiny variant

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Gigantamax Eevee

Release Dates:

Global: May 19th 2020 - May 25th 2020

If you play during this allotted time, you will have an increased chance of finding Gigantamax Pikachu. This event allows for the first opportunities to find Gigantamax Eevee with its Hidden Ability and to find its shiny variant

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Gigantamax Pikachu

Release Dates:

Global: May 12th 2020 - May 18th 2020

If you play during this allotted time, you will have an increased chance of finding Gigantamax Pikachu. This event allows for the first opportunities to find Gigantamax Pikachu with its Hidden Ability and to find its shiny variant

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May 2020 - Competitve

Release Dates:

Global: April 28th 2020 - May 11th 2020

If you play during this allotted time, you will have an increased chance of finding various Pokémon that are typically used in a competitive environment: Whmiscott, Tyranitar, Rotom, Dragapult, Togekiss & Excadrill. Each of these raids has a guaranteed drop of each TR it can give

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Easter 2020

Release Dates:

Global: April 10th 2020 - April 15th 2020

If you play during this allotted time, you will have an increased chance of finding various Baby Pokémon and Ditto. These Pokémon come with items that can help breeding Pokémon such as Everstone, Destiny Knot and more

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Gigantamax Duraludon & Charizard

Release Dates:

Global: March 26th 2020 - April 28th 2020

If you play during this allotted time, you will have an increased chance of Gigantamax Copperajah, Gigantamax Duraludon, Gigantamax Garbodor and Gigantamax Charizard. 5* Charizard raids cannot be shiny but can at lower levels

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Pokédex Completion Event

Release Dates:

Global: March 19th 2020 - March 25th 2020

If you play during this allotted time, you will have an increased chance of Gigantamax Snorlax, Gigantamax machamp and Gigantamax Gengar as well as different version exclusives and rare Pokémon. They give rewards of Fossils and various version exclusive items including Applin evolution items:
Shelmet, Karrablast, Accelgor, Escavalier and Pincurchin will appear in both games
Galarian Corsola, Galarian Ponyta, Galarian Rapidash, Mandibuzz, Oranguru, and Female Indeedee will appear in Sword
Galarian Darumaka, Galarian Farfetch'd, Sirfetch'd, Braviary, Passimian, and Male Indeedee will appear in Shield

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Gigantamax Machamp & Gengar

Release Dates:

Global: March 9th 2020 - March 18th 2020

If you play during this allotted time, you will have an increased chance of Gigantamax Snorlax, Gigantamax machamp and Gigantamax Gengar

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Kanto Starters & Mewtwo

Release Dates:

Global: February 27th 2020 - March 1st 2020

If you play during this allotted time, you will have an increased chance of finding Kanto Pokémon in the Wild Area.
The increases are of Kanto Starters which provide EV Reducing Berries, Toxic Orb, Flame Orb and Life Orb, or against uncatchable Mewtwo which give PP Max and Ability Capsules

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Gigantamax Toxtricity

Release Dates:

Global: February 16th 2020 - March 8th 2020

If you play during this allotted time, you will have an increased chance of finding Gigantamax Pokémon in the Wild Area.
The increases are Gigantamax Kingler, Gigantamax Grimmsnarl & Gigantamax Toxtricity (Amped Form) for Sword and Gigantmax Orbeetle, Gigantamax Hatterene & Gigantamax Toxtricity (Low Key Form) for Shield.

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Milcery & Gigantamax Toxtricity

Release Dates:

Global: February 7th 2020 - February 16th 2020

If you play during this allotted time, you will have an increased chance of finding Gigantamax Pokémon in the Wild Area.
The increases are Milcery, Gigantamax Kingler, Gigantamax Grimmsnarl & Gigantamax Toxtricity (Amped Form) for Sword and Milcery, Gigantmax Orbeetle, Gigantamax Hatterene & Gigantamax Toxtricity (Low Key Form) for Shield.

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Coalossal, Lapras, Flapple, Appletun & Milcery

Release Dates:

Global: January 31st 2020 - February 6th2020

If you play during this allotted time, you will have an increased chance of finding Gigantamax Pokémon in the Wild Area.
The increases are Coalossal, Flapple & Milcery for Sword and Lapras, Appletun and Milcey for Shield.

All Milcery in this event are able to Gigantamax into Alcremie when they evolve and it also allows for all 63 variants, including different sweets, to Gigantamax. It also introduces the Ribbon & Star Sweets

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Coalossal, Lapras, Flapple, Appletun & Alcremie

Release Dates:

Global: January 9th 2020 - January 30th 2020

If you play during this allotted time, you will have an increased chance of finding Gigantamax Pokémon in the Wild Area.
The increases are Coalossal, Flapple & Alcremie for Sword and Lapras, Appletun and Alcremie for Shield. Alcremie's Gigantamax variants here provide different Flavor base forms which were not available beforehand, some flavors are version exclusive.
Gigantamax Alcremie Salted Cream and Ruby Swirl are exclusive to 5☆ Sword Raids Gigantamax Alcremie Caramel Swirl & Rainbow Cream are exclusive to 4☆ Shield Raids

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Magikarp

Release Dates:

Global: December 31st 2019 - January 3rd 2020

If you play during this allotted time, you will have an increased chance of finding Magikarp in the Wild Area. These raids offer lots of Nuggets as rewards as well as a higher chance of a shiny Magikarp

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Delibird

Release Dates:

Global: December 20th 2019 - December 25th 2019

If you play during this allotted time, you will have an increased chance of finding Delibird in the Wild Area. These raids offer more candy rewards than the standard raids

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Snorlax

Release Dates:

Global: December 4th 2019 - January 9th 2020

If you play during this allotted time, you will have an increased chance of finding Gigantamax Snorlax in the Wild Area

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Butterfree, Drednaw & Corviknight

Release Dates:

Global: November 15th 2019 - December 4th 2020

If you play during this allotted time, you will have an increased chance of finding Gigantamax Pokémon in the Wild Area. The increases are for Gigantamax Butterfree for all games, Gigantamax Drednaw for Pokémon Sword and Gigantamax Corviknight for Pokémon Shield

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Butterfree Max Raid Battle Event Image

Some of the data was compiled with help from SciresM & Lean