Best Answer: It's a new co-operative multiplayer mode where up to four players work together to battle super-powerful wild Pokémon and get a chance to catch them.

How do Max Raid Battles work?

During the Nintendo Direct presentation, we were told that you can connect with nearby friends who each have their own copy of the game and their own Nintendo Switch console using local wireless play or you can play with people around the world using an internet connection. In order to play online, you must have a Nintendo Switch Online membership as well as a Nintendo Account.

From what we can tell, it looks like trainers will be able to wander the Wild Area section of the map together. When they converge on a raid beam, a raid battle begins. But unlike previous Pokémon encounters these are wild Dynamaxing Pokémon, which means they are huge and are far more powerful than usual.

In Sword and Shield, trainers also have the ability to use Dynamax on one Pokémon during a battle. This make your monster larger and more powerful for three turns. However, in Max Raid Battles, only one of the four of you will be able to Dynamax their Pokémon. You'll need to strategically plan with your friends in order to take down your wild opponent.

Once you've sufficiently weakened the wild raid Pokémon, you'll have the chance to catch it using a massive Dynamax Poké Ball. As of right now, we don't know where you get these Large Poké Balls in the game or how many you can hold at once, but we'll update when we learn more.

What Pokémon can you battle in Max Raid Battles?

Your location on the map and the current in-game weather determine the type of Pokémon you encounter in raids. Some Pokémon can only be caught after you defeat them in a Max Raid Battle, so you'll need to go raiding if you want to complete your Pokédex. We're not sure if legendary Pokémon from previous games will appear in Max Raid Battles, but it looks like just about any regular Pokémon featured in Sword and Shield should show up in raids.

How many Max Raid Battles can you do each day?

We currently don't know if there is a cap for the number of raids you can engage in throughout the day. It might be like Pokémon GO where you can take part in one free raid per day but must pay for additional raid passes. We'll update this section when we learn more.

Image Gallery

Here are addition pictures of Max Raid Battles:

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Pokémon Sword

Encounter Zacian and explore a new region

Wander the Galar region as you complete your Pokédex and encounter new characters. The game includes new battle styles, new Pokémon, and a new story. You'll even get the chance to capture the legendary Pokemon, Zacian.

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Pokémon Shield

Complete your Pokédex and meet Zamazenta

Take part in an all-new Pokémon adventure as you explore the Galar region and encounter new Pokémon. There are new battle elements and a new co-op multiplayer option you can play with friends. You'll also get the chance to capture the Zamazenta, the legendary Pokémon.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield Double Pack

Play both games and capture all Pokémon

This set gives you both Sword and Shield games in one package. It's the perfect option for completionists since different Gen 8 Pokemon are exclusive to either game. You'll also be able to encounter both legendary Pokemon, Zamazenta and Zacian.

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