Pokemon Sword and Shield players were treated to the release of the Isle of Armor DLC this June, which brought new areas to explore and Pokemon to catch into the game. In celebration of the new update, players will be able to team up with one another get a Shiny Zeraora as a reward for defeating a regular Zeraora in Max Raid Battles. In this guide, we are going to show you exactly what you need to do to catch the rare Pokemon. Here’s how it all works.

How to Get a Shiny Zeraora in Pokemon Sword and Shield

To get a Shiny Zeraora in Pokemon Sword and Shield, one million players will need to defeat the regular Zeraora in Max Raid Battles. Once Zeraora has been beaten one million times, players will be able to claim their Shiny Zeraora as a reward in the Pokemon Home app. The Shiny Zeraora will appear in Max Raid Battles until June 28, so players will have a bit of time to rack up a million defeats. 

If you want to help your fellow trainers get the Shiny Zeraora reward, then you need to do your part and participate in the Max Raid Battle. You can do this by heading into the main menu after you’ve purchased the Isle of Armor DLC and navigating to the “Mystery Gift” tab. From there, select “Get the Wild Area News,” which will activate Zeraora in Pokemon Dens. Once you encounter the Zeraora, you’ll be able to battle it like normal, but at the end of the fight, you won’t be able to capture it. 

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While this certainly may seem like a moral defeat, you’ve got to remember that your victory still counts in the grand scheme of things and once Zeraora has been beaten one million times, you’ll receive your reward. To claim your Shiny Zeraora reward, open up the Pokemon Home app on your phone and navigate to the “Mystery Gifts” section. From there, you’ll be able to capture the elusive creature once the milestone has been met. Further, for every 100,000 Zeraora defeats after the one million mark, players will receive a piece of Amorite Ore that can be used to teach your Pokemon new moves at the dojo in the Isle of Armor expansion.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Isle of Armor DLC has a new level scaling feature that will increase the difficulty of your opponents based on your highest level Pokemon. So keep that in mind if you plan to add the Shiny Zeraora to your party. For more on Pokemon Sword and Shield, be sure to check out some of our guides linked below.

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