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How to Catch Raikou, Entei, and Suicune in Pokemon Sword and Shield



With the latest Crown Tundra Expansion in Pokemon Sword and Shield, finally, the die-hard Pokemon fans have their wishes fulfilled. Yes, that’s right, the three Legendary Dogs, Entei, Suicune, and Raikou have arrived in the Sword and Shield Series.

How to Catch Raikou, Entei, and Suicune in Pokemon Sword and Shield

These legendary Pokemons date back right from Pokemon Crystal and Pokemon LeafGreen series where you could only find these Pokemon using a Max Repel. Additionally, they would immediately fee the moment you encounter them, so you just had one chance to catch them, unless you make them fall asleep.

In Pokemon Sword and Shield, catching them has become even more interesting yet not at all easy either.

Raikou is a pure electric type Pokemon, Entei is a pure fire type Pokemon and Suicune is a pure water-type Pokemon.

How to Catch Raikou, Entei, and Suicune in Pokemon Sword and Shield

However, players cannot just directly hunt for Raikou, Entei and Suicune like they did back then. In Pokemon Sword and Shield, they will have to complete some objectives before they can actually go and catch those Legendary Dogs.

The first step that players need to do is unlock the Max Raid Den by getting an invitation from Peony. Before this invitation, they also have to face several Dynamax encounters. Once they face all, the invitation from Peony will directly take them into a tuff battle with one of the Legendary Dogs.

When you first arrive to the Crown Tundra region, you will meet Peony and his daughter. As you go forward with the game, you will eventually reach Max Lair. Once you finish all the raids in the Max Lair region, you will get a Max Lair Boss encounter where Suicune has a chance to appear.

Since, Suicune doesn’t just appear, you might have to try the Max Lair Run many times before you finally encounter Suicune.

Similarly, for Raikou and Entei, it is the same procedure. In fact, these three Legendary Dogs can appear randomly, so you never know who will appear. The best advice is to keep a Grass-type, ground type and water type Pokemon in your team ready so that the battle will be much easier.

With that said, for the most die-hard Pokemon fans who are collecting shiny Pokemon, the chances are these three Legendary Pokemon’s appearing shiny is pretty darn awful. The chances are 1 in 300 which is pretty bad. However, if you carry the Shiny Charm, you can increase the chances to 1 in 100 and have the Shiny Legendary Pokemon Dogs in your collection.

However, if you do catch one, do ping me up on Instagram or Facebook. I’d be extremely happy to hear how you caught one.


To conclude, catching these Legendary Dogs is not easy at all. However, if you do encounter, be prepared for the battle, try to get Pokemon types that are their weaknesses and use moves that are Super effective against these dogs.

Good luck and thanks a lot of reading. I hope you enjoyed reading this article, please share it with your friends and game buddies.

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