Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Max Raid Battles are supposed to be tough: It’s you and up to three other players against a gargantuan Dynamax Pokémon. But one cute, pink monster is proving to be a particular nuisance for players trying to enjoy multiplayer.
Clefable, a fairy-type, doesn’t seem like it would give anyone particular trouble. Clefable isn’t the toughest enemy available during a raid, and it doesn’t have a Gigantamax form. But what Clefable does have is access to is a pesky little move called “Minimize,” which sharply increases Clefable’s evasiveness. And Minimize can stack, meaning that in some nightmare scenarios, you might be stuck in a raid where nobody can land a single hit. Couple this with folks hopping into raids unprepared, or without knowing their type match-ups, Clefable raids are proving to be some of the worst experiences players are having in raids thus far:
Raid Bosses should not be allowed to get away with this pic.twitter.com/i5HAowXZYr— Matt (@mattyoukhana_) November 21, 2019
Who the FUCK thought it would be ok to let raid clefable use minimise?!— Aboveaveragefrog ⚔️ (@GavinMcCormic15) November 21, 2019
Ugliest fucking raid pokemon to beat.. Clefable.. be spamming minimize all time, he be like pic.twitter.com/dM5YJ6UZFo— Bangiras (@ShiningMilotic) November 20, 2019
Seriously, you don't know how BAD it gets. +6 Evasion on a Raid Mon is a NIGHTMARE and it should have never been a thing. Failed at least 5 Clefable Raids as a result of damn Minimize.— Memeshadow (@CipherYinYang) November 20, 2019
Minimize clefable raid is a NIGHTMARE— William (@helioptile) November 20, 2019
If i ever see another fucking Clefable after this 5* raid battle, I'm going to rip off it's stupid little tuft piece of shit, shove it down its own throat, then use it's horns as handlebars to yeet is into the nearest black hole.— Amiko (@ThatAmiko) November 17, 2019
Veteran Pokémon players will note that, in the past, some competitive sects have an “evasion clause” to avoid Minimize spam — that’s how bad the experience can be. But it’s not like anyone has a choice as to Clefable’s move set here.
So, what can aggrieved players do?
“Dynamax moves would be the best,” says competitive Pokémon expert Jason Krell. “They can’t miss.”
This might be tricky, though, because only one player can Dynamax in the entire raid, and the mode only lasts three turns. The game also switches up who has the ability to Dynamax with every turn as well.
“If a poison type uses toxic, it can’t miss,” Krell adds.
Players should also note that many steel-types can also learn the move “Smart Strike,” a maneuver that guarantees a hit regardless of accuracy changes — and has a type advantage to boot. The moves Swift and Magical Leaf and also guaranteed to hit, but don’t have a type advantage against Clefable.
Good luck out there!