Sword and Shield’s Pok√©mon Day surprise is a Mewtwo you can’t catch


Happy Pok√©mon Day! It’s February 27, the celebratory birthday of Pok√©mon, which first released in Japan 24 years ago today. Pok√©mon GO has some party hat Pok√©mon, the Mewtwo Strikes Back remake is coming to Netflix, and the latest games in the series have… a Mewtwo you can’t catch. Wait, what?

Logging into Pok√©mon Sword and Shield between now and the 2nd of March will give you the opportunity to go toe-to-toe with Pok√©mon’s OG Legendary Pok√©mon, Mewtwo, in a Max Raid Battle. This is an insanely difficult battle, and the rewards are said to be worth your while. One of those rewards, however, is not the ability to catch said Mewtwo. For some strange reason, before entering a Mewtwo Raid, you’ll be met with the message that you cannot this Pok√©mon. It’s an odd restriction, but hopefully the challenge enough is worth it ‚ÄĒ not to mention the rewards for beating it. Those rewards include items that are hard to get normally, like Ability Capsules and PP Maxes, as well as stacks of money-making items and EXP Candies.

On a lighter, less confusing note, Kanto starters Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle are also available in Raid Battles, as well as their second stage evolutions. Thankfully, these are catchable after defeating them, which allows players who don’t have Pok√©mon HOME to obtain the Bulbasaur and Squirtle lines, which are usually unobtainable in-game. These Pok√©mon also have the chance to be holding rare competitive items, like the Flame Orb, Toxic Orb, and Life Orb, so they’re definitely worth doing, too.

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