Now that Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield have had a staggeringly successful launch, Game Freak is ready to start expanding the games' post-launch content, as indicated by an announcement that was made just today. This announcement simultaneously confirmed Pokemon Sword and Shield's next event and revealed a brand new Gigantamax Pokemon, Gigantamax Snorlax, who will be debuting in the new season of the Pokemon anime and in this event.
Starting on December 4, Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield players will have their first chance at catching a Gigantamax Snorlax, who is appropriately depicted in a sleeping position with its head on the ground. Atop its belly is an entire park, with bushes, grass, a berry tree, and a path running down the middle, which is a whole new look for Snorlax and differentiates this Gigantamax Pokemon from its Dynamax counterpart.
Gigantamax Snorlax will be available exclusively through Pokemon Sword and Shield Max Raid Battles, which means that players will need to challenge as many Max Raid Battles as possible in order to find one. Between December 4 and January 5, Gigantamax Snorlax will have an increased chance of being one of the Max Raid Battle spawns, but it's unclear if Gigantamax Snorlax will be fully unavailable or just more difficult to find after the event comes to a conclusion.
To note, this isn't the first Gigantamax Pokemon event that has come to Pokemon Sword and Shield since its launch. To coincide with Pokemon Sword and Shield's release, Game Freak initiated an event that increased Max Raid Battle spawn chances for Gigantamax Butterfree, Drednaw, and Corviknight in the Wild Area. This event is active through January 2020, and Drednaw's increased spawn rate is exclusive to Pokemon Sword, while Corviknight's is exclusive to Pokemon Shield.
Both the Gigantamax Snorlax event and the Gigantamax Butterfree, Drednaw, and Corviknight events will be occurring simultaneously after December 4, and players will simply have to venture into the Wild Area in hopes of finding these rare Pokemon. Additionally, these events are certain to be just the start of Game Freak's plans for post-launch Pokemon Sword and Shield support, and the developer is likely to share more information about what comes next in short order.
Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are available now exclusively on Nintendo Switch.