The latest Pokemon raid event is a great excuse to get into competitive Pokemon

The latest raid event to come to Sword and Shield makes an odd assortment of Pokemon appear more often. Until May 11 you will see a lot more of Excadrill, Tyranitar, Whimsicott, Dragapult, Togekiss, and Rotom. On top of increased spawns, these Pokemon are also guaranteed to drop all available TRs from their respective raids.

At a quick glance, there seems to be little rhyme or reason why Game Freak picked these Pokemon. However, there actually is a common thread here. These are some of the most common picks in competitive Pokemon at the moment. 

If you have been thinking about dabbling into the Pokemon competitive scene, now is a great time to jump in. In fact, you could take these six Pokemon together onto the Battle Tower ladder and have a pretty decent team. Add to that how easily accessible some great TRs are during this event, and you can have a battle ready team in almost no time.

Is Nintendo starting to pay attention to their esports scene?

Perhaps the most exciting thing about this event is that it shows Nintendo may be giving more attention to the competitive scene. Pokemon is one of the most popular video games series of all time, yet its competitive scene remains relatively obscure by comparison. This is not limited to just Pokemon either. Nintendo has been hesitant to invest in several of the esports scenes around their games. 

With the release of Sword and Shield, interest in competitive Pokemon is higher than ever. This is evident in the recent success of the fan-organized tournament The Champions Cup. Perhaps it’s this kind of fan response that has encouraged Nintendo to change their attitude about esports. 

This event gives casual players a good segue into competitive Pokemon. That is a great first step in helping the massive player base take notice of the competitive nature of their game.

If you play Sword and Shield, consider participating in this Pokemon raid event and jumping into the online Battle Tower. There’s never been a better time than now.

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Will Newhouse

Currently enjoying being the 2nd player on my wife's Animal Crossing island and falling down the Pokemon Battle Tower ranks.
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