Get your Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield teams powered up, Trainers. You’re about to face new Gigantamax Pokémon during a special Max Raid Battle period. Pokémon Sword players are more likely to encounter Gigantamax Coalossal and Gigantamax Flapple in Max Raid Battles, while Pokémon Shield players are more likely to encounter Gigantamax Lapras and Gigantamax Appletun. These encounters will be available until February 6 at 23:59 UTC. Meanwhile, the current Gigantamax Alcremie event is set to end first on January 30 at 23:59 UTC.
To encounter these Pokémon in a Max Raid Battle, you’ll need to connect your Nintendo Switch system to the internet. Then, whenever you see a pillar of light shining from a Pokémon Den in the Wild Area, you can walk up to the Pokémon Den and interact with it to start a Max Raid Battle with a Dynamax Pokémon. In rare cases, one of these Gigantamax Pokémon can appear instead of a Dynamax Pokémon.