Trainers can now battle Gigantamax Pikachu during Max Raid Battles in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, The Pokémon Company announced Monday.
Gigantamax Pikachu, also known as “fat Pikachu,” is randomly available in Pokémon Dens throughout the Wild Area. And it can use the move Surf to wipe out opposing party members trying to thwart its power.
We added video footage of our battle with a 5-star Gigantamax Pikachu we encountered shortly after today’s announcement. During the battle, our team was able to successfully absorb a few well-placed G-Max Volt Crashes and some monstrous waves produced by Surf. We also scored useful loot. Check it out below.
Players have until 7:59 PM Eastern time on Monday, May 18, 2020 to catch the electrifying fat Pikachu. To ensure you’re receiving the latest game content, open the menu in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield and select “Mystery Gift” then “Get the Wild Area News.
Prior to this event, Gigantamax Pikachu was only available to players who had a save file for Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!