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Summer storms are brewing in Pokémon Sword and Shield, causing frog-inspired Pokémon to take up residence in the game’s Pokémon Dens. From now until Sunday, June 6th at 4:59 p.m. you’ll want to visit the Galar region and take part in some Max Raid Battles. According to the official Pokémon site, “[b]e on the lookout for a torrent of Pokémon appearing in Pokémon Dens, including Venusaur, Politoed, Croagunk, and Seismitoad. Lucky Trainers may even come across a Gigantamax Venusaur or a Shiny Politoed.”



To access Pokémon Dens, just follow the instructions below:

For an opportunity to encounter these Pokémon in a Max Raid Battle, you’ll need to connect your Nintendo Switch system to the internet through Y-Comm or by selecting Mystery Gift in the X menu, then selecting Get the Wild Area News. After that, whenever you see a pillar of light shining from a Pokémon Den, you can walk up to the Pokémon Den and interact with it to start a Max Raid Battle with a Dynamax Pokémon. Usually, there’ll be an extremely small possibility a Gigantamax Pokémon will appear instead of a Dynamax Pokémon, but during an event, certain Gigantamax Pokémon are more likely to appear. 


Don’t worry if your heart is set on some Dynamax Adventures this weekend, as “[t]his event does not affect the Pokémon encountered within Dynamax Adventures.”


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)