Pokémon Sword Shield Wild Area event

A new Wild Area event is taking place in Pokémon Sword and Shield and it features Grass-type and Electric-type Pokémon. The event runs from now until the end of September. Here’s what you need to know.

Pokémon featured in the event

During the event, certain Electric and Grass-type Pokémon will appear more frequently in Max Raid Battles in the Wild Area and on the Isle of Armor in both Pokémon Sword and Shield. Here are the Pokémon that will appear:

Electric types:

  • Toxel
  • Yamper
  • Helioptile
  • Boltund
  • Heliolisk
  • Gigantamax Toxtricity

Grass types:

  • Applin
  • Ferroseed
  • Gossifleur
  • Ferrothorn
  • Eldegoss
  • Appletun (Sword)
  • Flapple (Shield)

Each of these Pokémon will drop specific rewards when you beat them in Raid Battles, such as Experience Candies and Technical Records (TRs). To find these, go to a raid den with a beam of red light coming out of it and check the den. If you see one of the above Pokémon listed, it’s an event den. If you are a Nintendo Switch Online member, you can invite others to help you fight.

Best raid counters

If you want to ensure that you will win these Max Raid Battles, you will want to bring appropriate counters. Since you can only bring one Pokémon to a Max Raid Battle, here are some of the best ones to take for this event.

For every Electric-type during this event, you will want a strong Ground-type Pokémon with High Horsepower if it’s a physical attacker or Earth Power if it’s a special attacker (don’t use Earthquake as it will damage your allies). Excadrill, Gastrodon, Runerigus, and Rhyperior are all good options.

For Ferroseed, Ferrothorn, Gossifluer, and Eldegoss, you will want to bring a good Fire-type. Chandelure, Charizard, Reshiram, and Centiscorch are all good options. For Applin, Appletun, and Flapple, you will want an Ice-type. Weavile, Alolan Ninetails, Vanilluxe, Kyurem, and Eiscue will all work well.

Be sure to update your Wild Area news in the Mystery Gift menu and check out your dens before the end of September if you want any of these!

Nate Searl
Nate is a college graduate with a B.A. in Journalism who loves gaming and esports. He has reached Legend rank in Hearthstone, Master Ball tier in Pokémon Sword, and pretends to be good at League of Legends and Overwatch.