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Mewtwo Available to Battle in Sword and Shield Max Raids, But You Can’t…

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At level 100, Mewtwo will provide a challenge to even the most battle-hardened players.

Today is Pokemon day, and that means there are all sorts of goodies waiting for players in Pokemon GO and Sword and Shield, the latter of which just received a brand new Legendary challenge in Max Raids. That’s right, Mewtwo is available to battle against at a mere level 100.

But here’s the thing- you can’t catch it.

Joining Mewtwo in Raids are the three Kanto starters, two of which, Bulbasaur and Squirtle, were previously unobtainable in Sword and Shield until now. And unlike Mewtwo, encounters with Bulbs and Squirts can end with you catching them and adding them to your teams.

Even though Mewtwo isn’t currently catchable, players who face the Legendary powerhouse and walk away victorious will receive a handful of useful and relatively rare items to help you on your journey.

You will have until March 1 at 6:59p EST to challenge Mewtwo in Max Raids and or take on the Kanto starters Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, within 1-3 Star Raids. You can also find their mid-tier evolutions (Ivysaur, Charmeleon, and Wartortle) in 4 Star Raids.

Pokémon moves at a glacial pace when it comes to major changes. It’s taken roughly two decades for its traditional RPG experience to land on a console. Before that, it felt revolutionary when the series finally introduced online play or 3D graphics — years after many games had already done so. Sword and Shield, released last year, were the series’s arrivals in the modern era. In 2019, that is, just as this console generation prepares to give way to the next.

Unlike Pokémon Let’s Go, a pair of simplified adventures taking inspiration from the original Pokémon Yellow, Sword and Shield offered something bigger, more exciting. Gym battles take place in cheering arenas; pokémon grow to skyscraper heights; a huge, new “Wild Area” offers a place players can return to over and over to explore. Galar is a region ripe for new adventures. What form improvements took was up for debate.

If you are having trouble finding Mewtwo and the Kanto starters in Raids, you may need to first update your Wild Area News to ensure the encounters go live within your own game. You can do this by going into the menu and choosing Mystery Gift. From there, click on ‘Get the Wild Area News’ and connect to the internet and you should be all good to go.

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