Pokemon Sword And Shield's Latest Max Raid Event Features Ditto And More

The Transform Pokemon is appearing more frequently in Max Raid dens alongside a handful of Gen 8 Pokemon for a limited time.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield's brief Easter-themed Max Raid event has ended, but a new event is now underway in the games. Unlike the past few Max Raid events, however, this one doesn't appear to feature any Gigantamax Pokemon, although it does give you more chances to catch Ditto as well as a few other Gen 8 monsters.

According to Serebii, Ditto is currently appearing more frequently in Max Raid dens across the Wild Area, Isle of Armor, and Crown Tundra. Since Pokemon you encounter in Max Raids typically have better base stats than the ones you find in the field, this is a good chance to catch a few Ditto (particularly if you're interested in breeding Pokemon). Corviknight, Centiskorch, Dubwool, Drednaw, Orbeetle, and their pre-evolved forms are also appearing more frequently for the duration of the event.

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Before you can encounter the featured Pokemon in your game, you'll first need to refresh your Raid dens. You can do so either by connecting your game online or by opening the Mystery Gift menu and selecting Get the Wild Area news.

Sword and Shield have been regularly holding Max Raid events since the games launched back in 2019. These typically run for the entire month and feature some normally hard-to-find Pokemon, such as Gigantamax forms. The Pokemon Company also periodically holds brief "special" Max Raid events that give players a chance to catch some Shiny Pokemon. The most recent one took place this past weekend and featured various rabbit Pokemon for Easter, including Shiny Azumarill.

In other Sword and Shield news, The Pokemon Company is distributing another freebie for all players. During this weekend's Pokemon Players Cup competition, the company revealed a code to receive a free Dream Ball in your game. To claim the item, open the Mystery Gift menu, select Get with a Code/Password, and input the code DREAMB1GPC3 when prompted. The item will only be available until April 12, so you only have a little time to grab it.

A handful of Pokemon games are on the way to Switch over the next few months. New Pokemon Snap, the long-awaited follow-up to the classic N64 spin-off game, releases on April 30, while remakes of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl are coming later this year. Then, in early 2022, Game Freak and The Pokemon Company are releasing Pokemon Legends: Arceus, a new open-world installment set in ancient Sinnoh.

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