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Pokemon Sword and Shield adds Mewtwo to max raid battles

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Mewtwo is confusing its way into Pokemon Sword and Shield (opens in new tab) as part of the Pokemon Company's celebration of the franchise's 24th birthday. Mewtwo, as well as the Kanto region starters, will be appearing in Sword and Shield's max raid battles from now until Monday, March 2.

Alongside Squirtle, Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Mewtwo, the limited-time event will also see Gigantamax Grimmsnarl, Kingler, Hatterene, Orbeetle and Toxtricity crop up here and there. You can check out the Japanese announcement trailer, complete with aptly-legendary music, below (via Nintendo Life (opens in new tab)). 

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Sadly, you won't have the chance to actually catch the legendary Psychic Pokemon, but you will reap some valuable rewards each time you defeat one. While the Kanto region starters will be dropping EV reducing berries, Toxic Orbs, Flame Orbs, and Life Orbs, beating Mewtwo gives you the chance to earn Ability Capsules and PP Max. It's not as good as adding a Mewtwo to your team, but it's something. Until we get the full details on the English-language Pokemon sites, you can check out a more complete set of data for the limited-edition max raid battles courtesy of Serebii.net (opens in new tab).

Mewtwo isn't the only one celebrating Pokemon Day 2020 (opens in new tab) - in fact, we're set to lay our eyes on a brand-new, never-before-seen Pokemon any time now. A silhouette of the new Pokemon was teased (opens in new tab) by The Pokemon Company a few days back, and at last the time is almost here that we make its acquaintance.

It might be Pokemon's birthday, but we won't blame you for treating yourself to our comprehensive round-up of every Pokemon Sword and Shield Mystery Gift code (opens in new tab) we know about.

Jordan Gerblick
Jordan Gerblick

After scoring a degree in English from ASU, I worked as a copy editor while freelancing for places like SFX Magazine, Screen Rant, Game Revolution, and MMORPG on the side. Now, as GamesRadar's west coast Staff Writer, I'm responsible for managing the site's western regional executive branch, AKA my apartment, and writing about whatever horror game I'm too afraid to finish.