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Nintendo Reveals Raid Battles for Pokémon Sword and Shield

Pokemon Sword and Shield

Nintendo Reveals Raid Battles for Pokémon Sword and Shield

There are plenty of new features Nintendo revealed will be in Pokémon Sword and Shield, including a new multiplayer raid mode against special, ultra-powerful Pokémon.

Revealed during the June 5 Nintendo Direct, the new mode allows players to take on wild Pokémon alongside other players in The Wild, or the wilderness of Sword and Shield’s world.

In this untamed area, certain Pokémon are able to undergo Dynamax evolutions which greatly increase their stats and size, turning them into formidable opponents.

Defeating them can net players massive amounts of experience, rare Pokémon and other rewards, all of which will benefit each player that chooses to participate in the raid.

As such, these raids will play an integral role in strengthening players and will be a must-play feature of the upcoming titles.

A preview of these raids can be viewed via the archived direct video below.

First announced in February of 2019, Sword and Shield are the latest mainline entries in the Pokémon franchise. Set in the Galar region, the title is modeled around British themes and designs with architecture and aesthetics to match.

In addition to raid battles, the games will also include several new Pokémon, a more expansive world and a new story tied to the region and its characters.

Players can dive into the experience for themselves when it launches on Nov. 15 for the Nintendo Switch.

For more on the game, check out this fan-made animation tied to the game’s three starters. Likewise, check out the initial reveal trailer from February to get an idea for what the games’ region looks like.

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Keenan McCall

Keenan has been a nerd from an early age, watching anime and playing games for as long as I can remember. Since obtaining a bachelor's degree in journalism back in 2017, he has written thousands of articles covering gaming, animation, and entertainment topics galore.
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