Wild Area News

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Wild Area News (Japanese: ワイルドエリアニュース Wild Area News) is a feature in Pokémon Sword and Shield that expands on the available Max Raid Battles in the Wild Area, making certain Pokémon more common for a limited time. It can be accessed via Mystery Gift or updated automatically by connecting to the internet in game. Wild Area News typically spawns different Max Raid Battles depending on the game version. Certain species of Gigantamax Pokémon, which are usually very rare, are often made more common through Wild Area News events. Additionally, during the Wild Area News events, certain Pokémon such as Mewtwo and Zeraora sometimes cannot be captured.

Any Pokémon Den can spawn a Max Raid Battle from Wild Area News. Pokémon Dens that do so will always emit a red beam, indicating the "common" pool. In contrast to normal Max Raid Battles (which either only allow Pokémon in 4★ and 5★ raids to have their Hidden Abilities, or guarantee Pokémon in the Pokémon Den will always have their Hidden Abilities), all Pokémon that spawn from Wild Area News have a chance of having their Hidden Abilities. Wild Area News Raids battled after Version 1.2.0 and 1.3.0 can drop Armorite Ore and Dynite Ore, respectively, regardless of whether or not the player has purchased the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass.

Currently, when no other Wild Area News event is active, any Pokémon Den that would normally contain an event raid will default to the April 5th, 2021 event data:

Main article: Wild Area News/2021 → April 5, 2021 to Present

List of Max Raid Battles

The following lists, in reverse chronological order, the encounter rates for Max Raid Battles from different Wild Area News events.

Default

This Wild Area News focuses on Galar Pokémon that have the potential to Gigantamax, though none of them have the Gigantamax Factor, as well as Ditto.

Starting April 5th, 2021, this Wild Area News data is used as the default "event data" for any Pokémon Den that is flagged to use the Wild Area News data, but no Wild Area News event is active.

It becomes unavailable when any other Wild Area News event is in progress, but is otherwise available indefinitely.[1]

Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 15%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 17%
★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 15%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 17%
★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 15%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 17%
★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 15%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 17%
★★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 15%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 17%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.


2022

September 9 to 19, 2022

This Wild Area News event focuses exclusively on Snom, Pyukumuku, and Pincurchin.[2]

Notably, one of the 5★ encounters is a battle with a guaranteed Shiny Snom.

Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 32%
★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 32%
★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 32%
★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 32%
★★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 2%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 19%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 39%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 40%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.


August 11 to 21, 2022

This Wild Area News event focuses exclusively on Impidimp, Morgrem, and Grimmsnarl, and coincides with the Bon Festival celebrated in Japan.

Notably, one of the 5★ encounters is a battle with a guaranteed Shiny Grimmsnarl.

Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 100%
★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 100%
★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 50%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 50%
★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 32%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 34%
★★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 98%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 2%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.


July 1 to 10, 2022

This Wild Area News event focuses defeating Water Pokémon to earn items like Fresh Water, Soda Pop, and Lemonade according to the official announcement.[3] However, likely due to an oversight, the item rewards for this event did not contain any of the above, instead rewarding typical raid rewards such as TRs, Berries, Mushrooms, etc.[4]

Notably, one of the 5★ encounters is a battle with a guaranteed Shiny Marill.

Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 32%
★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 32%
★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 32%
★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 32%
★★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 32%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 2%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 32%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.


June 17 to 19, 2022

This Wild Area News event focuses on Urshifu. Notably, the 5★ encounters are a battle with an uncatchable Gigantamax Urshifu, guaranteed to reward one of each Apricorn, a Choice Band, Exp. Candy (L and XL), Armorite Ore, Dynite Ore, a Max Mushroom, and a 50% chance to receive Max Honey when defeated.

Due to an oversight, (prior to approximately 2:00-11:00 UTC on the 18th, when it was fixed[5]), the uncatchable Urshifu could appear as shiny, making it possible to register an unreleased Shiny Pokémon in the Pokédex.[6]

Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 100%
★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 100%
★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 100%
★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 100%
★★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 50%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 50%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.


May 19 to 22, 2022

This Wild Area News event focuses on exclusively Shellder. Notably, one of the 5★ encounters is a battle with a guaranteed Shiny Shellder. [7]

Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 100%
★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 100%
★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 100%
★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 100%
★★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 98%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 2%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.


April 1 to 2, 2022

This Wild Area News event focuses on Bonsly and Sudowoodo, and was released for April Fool's Day. Notably, one of the 5★ encounters is a battle with a guaranteed Shiny Sudowoodo.

Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 100%
★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 100%
★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 100%
★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 100%
★★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 98%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 2%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.


March 18 to 27, 2022

This Wild Area News event focuses on Fossil Pokémon. Notably, one of the 5★ encounters is a battle with a guaranteed Shiny Tyrantrum.[8] Also, this is the only appearance of the Tirtouga and Archen lines in Max Raid Battles.

Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 25%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 25%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 25%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 25%
★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 25%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 25%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 25%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 25%
★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 25%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 25%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 25%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 25%
★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 25%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 25%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 25%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 25%
★★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 25%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 25%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 23%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 2%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 25%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.


February 22 to 27, 2022

This Pokémon Day special Wild Area News event focuses on the Kanto Starter Pokémon. Every Pokémon in 4★ and 5★ encounters will have the Gigantamax Factor. Notably, while 5★ encounters are usually level 60, all of these 5★ encounters are level 80.

Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 15%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 17%
★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 15%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 17%
★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 15%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 17%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 17%
★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 33%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 33%
★★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
80 33%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
80 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
80 33%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.


February 10 to 20, 2022

This Valentine's Day Wild Area News Event focuses on Milcery, all with the Gigantamax Factor when later evolved into Alcremie.

Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 100%
★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 100%
★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 100%
★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 100%
★★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 2%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 98%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.


January 1 to 9, 2022

This New Year's Wild Area News Event focuses on Pokémon them around luck. All of the encounters give the player one guaranteed Big Nugget as well as up to nine Nuggets. Notably, one of the 5★ encounters is a battle with a guaranteed Shiny Magikarp.

Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 33%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 13%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
17 20%
★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 33%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 13%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
30 20%
★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 33%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 13%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
40 20%
★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 33%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 34%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 13%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
50 20%
★★★★★
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 25%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 23%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 2%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 25%
Sw Sh
Wishing Piece
60 25%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.


2021

Main article: Wild Area News/2021

2020

Main article: Wild Area News/2020

2019

Main article: Wild Area News/2019

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 曠野地帶新聞
Mandarin 曠野地帶新聞 / 旷野地带新闻
France Flag.png French Bulletin des Terres Sauvages
Germany Flag.png German Neuigkeiten Aus
Italy Flag.png Italian Bollettino delle Terre Selvagge
South Korea Flag.png Korean 와일드에리어 뉴스를
Spain Flag.png Spanish Noticias del Área Silvestre


References

See also



Pokémon Dens
South Wild Area
Rolling FieldsDappled GroveWatchtower Ruins (Lair) • East Lake AxewellWest Lake Axewell
Axew's EyeSouth Lake MilochGiant's SeatNorth Lake Miloch
North Wild Area
Motostoke RiverbankBridge FieldStony WildernessDusty BowlGiant's Mirror
Hammerlocke HillsGiant's CapLake of Outrage
Isle of Armor
Fields of HonorSoothing WetlandsForest of FocusChallenge BeachBrawlers' Cave
Challenge RoadCourageous CavernLoop LagoonTraining LowlandsPotbottom Desert
Workout SeaStepping-Stone SeaInsular SeaHoneycalm SeaHoneycalm Island
Crown Tundra
Slippery SlopeFrostpoint FieldGiant's BedOld Cemetery
Snowslide SlopePath to the PeakCrown ShrineGiant's Foot
Frigid SeaThree-Point PassBallimere LakeDyna Tree Hill
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