Pokémon Sword & Shield Max Raid Launch Event Guide

Max Raid Launch Event Guide

With the release of Pokémon Sword & Shield, Pokémon Company has encouraged playing on day one by adding several events. These are similar to those featured in previous titles and Pokémon GO events, but these ones do not require you to leave your couch!

Max Raids provide you with the opportunity to battle alongside three other trainers: non-player characters (NPCs), other gamers, or a combination of both! These battles occur in the dens throughout the Wild Area! You can tell there’s a Pokémon in the den if you see a red light extending upward. Also, keep an eye out for a purple beam! This suggests a rare Pokémon with a hidden ability!

Dynamax Crystals

Depending on your pre-order, you may have access to Dynamax Crystals! These single use items allow the player to manipulate the inhabiting Pokémon of a den in the Wild Area. After they are used, the effects of the Dynamax Crystal remain until midnight of that day. So be careful when you use it! This event features version exclusive Dynamax Pokémon.
These 1-star raids also give trainers: (5) Exp. Candy XS, (1) Exp Candy S

Sword

PokémonLevelDropsDrop Rate
Jangmo-o16TR 47 Dragon Claw
Oran Berry
Pecha Berry
Sitrus Berry
Nugget
Rare Bone
Dynamax Candy
100%
90%
70%
70%
20%
20%
10%

Shield

PokémonLevelDropsDrop Rate
Larvitar16TR 32 Crunch
Oran Berry
Pecha Berry
Sitrus Berry
Nugget
Rare Bone
Dynamax Candy
100%
90%
70%
70%
20%
20%
10%

Distribution Raids

Players will experience increased probability of encountering the following Gigantamax Pokémon in raids from November 15th to early January 2020. There are two sets of version exclusive Pokémon available in these raids, but Gigantamax Butterfree will be equally available in both games! Raids are given a challenge level between 1 and 5 stars, 1-star being easiest. The incentives for higher stars are greater rewards! The drops add one or two new items per star. The ^ in a Drops or Drop Rate box indicates “same as above.”

The following are bonus drops associated with each star level of these raids.

  • 1-Star: (5) Exp. Candy XS, (1) Dynamax Candy, (1) Exp. Candy S
  • 2-Star: (5) Exp. Candy S, (1) Dynamax Candy, (1) Exp. Candy M
  • 3-Star: (5) Exp. Candy M, (1) Dynamax Candy, (1) Exp. Candy L
  • 4-Star: (3) Exp. Candy L, (2) Medium Exp. Candy, (1) Dynamax Candy
  • 5-Star: (2) Dynamax Candy, (2) Exp. Candy L, (1) Exp. Candy XL
PokémonLevelDropsDrop Rate
1-Star Butterfree17TR25 Psyshock
Figy Berry
Kelpsy Berry
Rare Candy
Balm Mushroom
Big Mushroom
100%
80%
80%
25%
20%
20%
1-Star G-Max Butterfree17^^
2-Star Butterfree30TR11 Psychic
TR25 Psyshock
Figy Berry
Kelpsy Berry
Balm Mushroom
Big Mushroom
Rare Candy
100%
100%
80%
80%
25%
25%
25%
2-Star G-Max Butterfree30^^
3-Star Butterfree40TR11 Psychic
TR12 Agility
Figy Berry
Kelpsy Berry
Balm Mushroom
Big Mushroom
Rare Candy
Bottle Cap
100%
100%
80%
80%
30%
30%
25%
1%
3-Star G-Max Butterfree40^^
4-Star Butterfree50TR11 Psychic
TR12 Agility
TR34 Future Sight
Figy Berry
Kelpsy Berry
Balm Mushroom
Big Mushroom
Rare Candy
Bottle Cap
100%
100%
100%
80%
80%
35%
35%
25%
2%
4-Star G-Max Butterfree50^^
5-Star Butterfree60TR11 Psychic
TR12 Agility
TR25 Psyshock
TR34 Future Sight
Figy Berry
Kelpsy Berry
Balm Mushroom
Big Mushroom
Rare Candy
Bottle Cap
100%
100%
100%
100%
80%
80%
50%
50%
25%
3%
5-Star G-Max Butterfree60^^

Sword Exclusives Raids

PokémonLevelDropsDrop Rate
1-Star Silicobra17TR87 Drill Run
Aguav Berry
Grepa Berry
Rare Candy
Star Piece
Star Dust
100%
80%
80%
25%
20%
20%
1-Star Chewtle17TR 16 Waterfall
Rare Candy
Big Pearl
Pearl
100%
25%
20%
20%
2-Star Silicobra30TR87 Drill Run
TR 94 High Horsepower
Aguav Berry
Grepa Berry
Rare Candy
Star Piece
Star Dust
100%
100%
80%
80%
25%
25%
25%
2-Star Drednaw30TR 16 Waterfall
TR 84 Scald
Rare Candy
Big Pearl
Pearl
100%
100%
25%
25%
25%
3-Star Sandaconda40TR 76 Stealth Rock
TR 94 High Horsepower
Aguav Berry
Grepa Berry
Star Piece
Star Dust
Rare Candy
Bottle Cap
100%
100%
80%
80%
30%
30%
25%
1%
3-Star G-Max Sandaconda40^^
3-Star Drednaw40TR 45 Muddy Water
TR 84 Scald
TR 98 Liquidation
Big Pearl
Pearl
Rare Candy
Bottle Cap
100%
100%
100%
30%
30%
25%
1%
3-Star G-Max Drednaw40^^
4-Star Sandaconda50TR 10 Earthquake
TR 76 Stealth Rock
TR 87 Drill Run
Aguav Berry
Grepa Berry
Star Piece
Star Dust
Rare Candy
Bottle Cap
100%
100%
100%
80%
80%
35%
35%
25%
2%
4-Star G-Max Sandaconda50^^
4-Star Drednaw50TR 03 Hydro Pump
TR 04 Surf
TR 84 Scald
TR 98 Liquidation
Big Pearl
Pearl
Rare Candy
Bottle Cap
100%
100%
100%
100%
35%
35%
25%
2%
4-Star G-Max Drednaw50^^
5-Star Sandaconda60TR 10 Earthquake
TR 76 Stealth Rock
TR 87 Drill Run
TR 94 High Horsepower
Aguav Berry
Grepa Berry
Star Piece
Star Dust
Rare Candy
Bottle Cap
100%
100%
100%
100%
80%
80%
50%
50%
25%
3%
5-Star G-Max Sandaconda60^^
5-Star Drednaw60TR 03 Hydro Pump
TR 04 Surf
TR 84 Waterfall
TR 98 Muddy Water
Big Pearl
Pearl
Rare Candy
Bottle Cap
100%
100%
100%
100%
50%
50%
25%
3%
5-Star G-Max Drednaw60^^

Shield Exclusive Raids

PokémonLevelDropsDrop Rate
1-Star Rookidee17TR 19 Tri Attack
Qualot Berry
Sitrus Berry
Balm Mushroom
Big Mushroom
Tiny Mushroom
100%
80%
80%
25%
20%
20%
1-Star Sizzlipede17TR 88 Heat Crash
Figy Berry
Tamato Berry
Rare Candy
Big Nugget
Nugget
Rare Bone
100%
80%
80%
25%
20%
20%
20%
2-Star Corvisquire30TR 19 Tri Attack
Qualot Berry
Sitrus Berry
Balm Mushroom
Big Mushroom
Tiny Mushroom
Rare Candy
100%
80%
80%
25%
25%
25%
25%
2-Star Centiskorch30TR 88 Heat Crash
Figy Berry
Tamato Berry
Rare Candy
Big Nugget
Nugget
Rare Bone
100%
80%
80%
25%
25%
25%
25%
3-Star Corviknight40TR 19 Tri Attack
TR 66 Brave Bird
Qualot Berry
Sitrus Berry
Balm Mushroom
Big Mushroom
Tiny Mushroom
Rare Candy
Bottle Cap
100%
100%
80%
80%
30%
30%
25%
1%
3-Star G-Max Corviknight40^^
3-Star Centiskorch40TR 41 Blaze Kick
TR 88 Heat Crash
Figy Berry
Tamato Berry
Big Nugget
Nugget
Rare Bone
Bottle Cap
100%
100%
80%
80%
30%
30%
25%
1%
3-Star G-Max Centiskorch40^^
4-Star Corviknight50TR 19 Tri Attack
TR 66 Brave Bird
TR 89 Hurricane
Qualot Berry
Sitrus Berry
Balm Mushroom
Big Mushroom
Tiny Mushroom
Rare Candy
Bottle Cap
100%
100%
100%
80%
80%
35%
35%
35%
25%
2%
4-Star G-Max Corviknight50^^
4-Star Centiskorch50TR 41 Blaze Kick
TR Flare Blitz
TR 88 Heat Crash
Figy Berry
Tamato Berry
Big Nugget
Nugget
Rare Bone
Bottle Cap
100%
100%
100%
80%
80%
35%
35%
35%
25%
2%
4-Star G-Max Centiskorch50^^
5-Star Corviknight60TR 19 Tri Attack
TR 66 Brave Bird
TR 89 Hurricane
Qualot Berry
Sitrus Berry
Balm Mushroom
Big Mushroom
Tiny Mushroom
Rare Candy
Bottle Cap
100%
100%
100%
80%
80%
50%
50%
50%
25%
3%
5-Star G-Max Corviknight60^^
5-Star Centiskorch60TR 41 Blaze Kick
TR Flare Blitz
TR 88 Heat Crash
Figy Berry
Tamato Berry
Big Nugget
Nugget
Rare Bone
Bottle Cap
100%
100%
100%
80%
80%
50%
50%
50%
25%
3%
5-Star G-Max Centiskorch60^^