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

Gigantamax Meowth

Release Dates:

Global: May 26th 2020 - June 1st 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 Meowth Max Raid Battle Event Image

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 Eevee Max Raid Battle Event Image

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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Gigantamax Pikachu Max Raid Battle Event Image

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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May 2020 Max Raid Battle Event Image

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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Easter Max Raid Battle Event Image

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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Gigantamax Duraludon & Charizard Max Raid Battle Event Image

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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Gigantamax Machamp & Gengar Max Raid Battle Event Image

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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Toxtricity Max Raid Battle Event Image

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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Toxtricity Max Raid Battle Event Image

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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Toxtricity Max Raid Battle Event Image

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 Max Raid Battle Event Image

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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Coalossal & Lapras Max Raid Battle Event Image

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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Magikarp Max Raid Battle Event Image

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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Delibird Max Raid Battle Event Image

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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Snorlax Max Raid Battle Event Image

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