Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield Halloween Max Raid Event Available Now

Pokemon Sword Shield Halloween Max Raid

The Pokemon Company have announced the in-game Halloween Max Raid event for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield is available now.


From now until October 31st at 4:59 p.m. PDT, players can use their Mystery Gift function to get “Wild Area News”; causing Sableye, Dusknoir, Zoroark, Corviknight, and Thievul in Max Raid dens. Players also have a chance of seeing a Shiny Zoroark! You can find the full breakdown on the event via Serebii.

Of note is Sableye; as the Pokemon cannot be caught in Pokemon Sword. Therefore, fans seeking to complete their Pokedex who have been unable to obtain the Pokemon through trading or transfer may wish to download the event.

Dusknoir, while it can be found roaming the wild area, can also be hard to obtain as players will usually need to trade a Dusclops holding a Reaper Cloth to evolve into it. Zoroark can also usually only be obtained via the Isle of Armor expansion pass. It is also worth noting that once an event is downloaded, it will be active until the next time Wild Area News is updated after the event is over.


Zoroark was also recently featured in Pokemon Legends Arceus, though not as we know it. After being teased and revealed, Hisuin Zorua and Zoroark were fully detailed. Having been driven to the region by humans, they perished in the harsh climate, coming back as spiteful Normal and Ghost type Pokemon. They use their illusions to scare the daylights out of people, growing stronger from it.

In other Sword and Shield news; an event distributing a shiny Zacian and Zamazenta can be done online, rather than having to visit a physical store.

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are available on Nintendo Switch. In case you missed it, you can find our review here, our Isle of Armor expansion review here, and The Crown Tundra expansion review here.

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