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Pokemon Sword and Shield: How Max Raid Battles and Dynamax Work

Pokemon Sword and Shield Zacian and Zamazenta Legendaries Revealed

Ths announcements from the Nintendo Direct earlier today have Switch and Nintendo gamers in general hyped beyond belief, but the Pokemon fans are extremely happy with all of the news about Pokemon Sword and Shield that’s coming out from the event.

For starters, we learned that Pokemon Sword and Shield will be coming out for the Switch on November 15th this year. Fans of the legendary RPG franchise also got to see some new gameplay details during the livestream. The company also revealed two of the Legendary beasts which will be part of the roster, say hello to Zacian and Zamazenta.

And you’re going to need all of the help you can get due to the way battles have been completely overhauled to be much more challenging in Pokemon Sword and Shield. The new “endgame” of sorts in the game is Max Raid Battles. These Max Raid Battles will allow teams of up to four trainers to take on other teams in a chaotic struggle for power and dominance.

This system will interface with the Dynamax system that allows a trainer to create a massive and ultra-powerful version of a chosen Pokemon. It’s basically the next step of Mega-Evolutions, and it adds a new layer of strategy to battles in the game.  Only one player’s Pokemon can activate Dynamax during a Max Raid Battle, and only for three turns until it runs out. In addition, other players can connect in order to battle the Dynamax Pokémon.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Dynamax Pokemon

A Dynamax Pikachu

All moves that a Pokemon knows will turn into Max Moves when they transform, which are more powerful than regular moves. The Max Moves that are learned are determined by the moves that the Pokemon knows. The Gen 8 Dynamax system is unlocked once a trained obtains the Dynamax Band key item. Players will also be able to use this powerful ability in Gym battles in addition to Max Raids.

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield release on November 15 exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. All in all, it looks like this game is going to be amazing for fans and new players alike.

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