How to Get Eternatus in Pokémon Sword and Shield


Close to the end of the game, you’ll find yourself facing off against Eternatus in Pokémon Sword and Shield. The fight is a Max Raid Battle and, luckily, you’ll have three combatants with you to fight it off.

SPOILER WARNING: Because this happens at the end of the game, we’re be discussing spoilers to the story. You’ve been warned.

Before you get into the fight, it’s essential to note Eternatus is a Poison and Dragon-type Pokémon. You’ll want to take in a Ground, Psychic, Ice, or Fairy-type Pokémon. Dragon-types are also weak against other Dragon-types, but you have four choices to pick from to fight it, so we recommend those first four selections.

The encounter happens near the end of the game, so it’s impossible to miss this Pokémon. The engagement occurs at the Hammlocke energy plant before you fight Leon in the story’s final battle, after you beat Chairman Rose.

When you first face off against Eternatus, it’s a one-on-one fight. After you defeat it the first time, it transforms into the Dynamax version of itself, and then Hop hops in to assist you. During the fight, you and Hop take the ancient Sword and Shield artifacts, summoning Zacian and Zamazentra. You’ll have those two Pokémon providing help, alongside yours and Hop’s chosen Pokémon. Note that you are able to switch your choice out during this fight, unlike traditional Max Raid battles.

At the end of the fight, Eternatus is a guaranteed capture. You can use any Poké Ball on it, adding it to your collection.