Pokemon Sword And Shield Celebrate Halloween With Lots Of Ghost And Dark Pokemon

Ghost- and Dark-type monsters like Gigantamax Gengar and Grimmsnarl are appearing more frequently in Max Raids all October long.

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A new Max Raid event is now underway in Pokemon Sword and Shield. In keeping with the spirit of Halloween, players can encounter a variety of spooky Pokemon in Max Raid dens this month, including two rare Gigantamax forms.

All October long, certain Ghost- and Dark-type Pokemon such as Drifblim, Dusknoir, Hydreigon, Morpeko, and their pre-evolved forms will appear in Max Raid dens more frequently than usual. You'll also be more likely to encounter Gigantamax versions of Gengar and Grimmsnarl throughout the event. Gigantamax Pokemon are normally very rare outside of events like this, so you'll want to add them to your collection if you haven't already (although you can also teach Pokemon to Gigantamax if you have the Isle of Armor DLC).

This month's Max Raid event runs until 4:59 PM PT / 7:59 PM ET on October 31. Before the event Pokemon can start appearing in your game, you'll first need to refresh your Max Raid dens. You can do so either by connecting the Y-Comm online, or by going into the Mystery Gift menu and selecting Get the Wild Area News.

In other Pokemon news, Sword and Shield's next DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra, launches later this month on October 22. Like The Isle of Armor before it, The Crown Tundra takes players to an entirely new area filled with new and returning Pokemon, such as Galarian Slowking. The expansion also introduces new gameplay features and items like the Ability Patch, which lets you change a Pokemon's Ability to its Hidden Ability.

In the lead up to Crown Tundra's release, The Pokemon Company is giving away eight free Pikachu wearing the different caps Ash donned throughout the Pokemon anime. These Pikachu are all available via special passwords that are being shared across Pokemon's official social media channels. You can see all the free Pikachu passwords so far here.

In other news, The Pokemon Company also confirmed that Pokemon Go compatibility is coming to Pokemon Home by the end of the year, letting you move Pokemon you've caught in the mobile game to Sword and Shield. You'll receive a couple of bonuses from transferring a Pokemon, as well. First, you'll get the Mystery Box in Pokemon Go; when opened, this makes the Mythical Pokemon Meltan appear in the wild for a limited time. You'll also receive a Gigantamax Melmetal via Mystery Gift in Pokemon Home.

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