Pokemon Sword and Shield’s latest event lets you capture solar and moon starters


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A new event is now underway in Pokemon Sword and Shield. This weekend, players get a chance to catch the three starters from Pokemon Sun and Moon – Rowlet, Litten and Popplio – in Max Raids.

All three Pokemon will appear in Max Raid caves across the wild, the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra throughout the event. While there is no guaranteed shiny Pokemon this time around, the event offers a chance to capture starters with their hidden abilities, which are usually hard to get and make each of the Pokémon more viable in competitive battles.

The Alola Max Raid event runs until 16:59 PT / 19:59 ET on October 3rd.

Before the Pokemon event can begin to appear in your game, you must first update your Max Raid caves. You can do this either by connecting online via Y-Comm or by selecting Get Wild Area News from the Mystery Gift menu.

More Pokemon games are on the way for the Nintendo Switch over the next few months. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will be launched for the console on November 19th. Everyone who picks up a copy before February 21, 2022, is entitled to an early purchase bonus: a free Manaphy.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus will then launch on console on January 28th. Pokemon Company recently shared one new trailer which showcased a variety of the Pokemon debuted in the game, including a new Scyther evolution called Kleavor.

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