Find the news and updates for Pokemon Sword and Shield! Get the latest patch notes, limited time Max Raid Battles, special events, new Pokemon, features and more!
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Isle of Armor Expansion Pass News
Nintendo Mini Direct Info Reveals Details
On March 26th, a Mini Nintendo Direct was held and some new details about the upcoming Isle of Armor expansion pack were revealed! It included info about Kubfu's evolutions, the new Challenge Towers, Gigantamax Starter G-Max moves, new clothing, and more! Get more detailed information below!Check Out More Info On The Expansion Pass Here
Zarude Advance Ticket Date Announced
Pre-Orders Start April 17th
According to the official Japanese Pokemon Twitter account, starting April 17th, ticket pre-orders will be available for the upcoming new Pokemon Movie "Coco", set to release in Japanese theaters on July 10th. By preordering at that point, Sword and Shield players will be able to get a Shiny Celebi and the new mythical Pokemon, Zarude! Information about the English version of the movie has not yet been released.Check Out More Info On Zarude Here!
Gigantamax Machamp and Gengar Event
New Raid Battle Event
|Event Duration||March 8th - March 25th, 2020|
A new official Max Raid Battle event was announced. Starting from March 8th, you will be able to encounter Gigantamax Machamp, Gengar, and Snorlax in dens across the Wild Area!Check Out All Max Raid Battle Events Here!
New Mythical Pokemon Zarude Revealed
New Mythical Ape Pokemon
The first mythical Pokemon to be added to Sword and Shield was finally revealed yesterday by official sources. Zarude is a Dark/Grass type, a type combination not seen since Generation 3. It has not yet been made clear how this Pokemon will be obtained!Check Out More Info On Zarude Here!
Mewtwo Max Raid Battle
Now Available In Game
|Event Duration||February 27th - March 2nd, 2020|
As part of Pokemon Day celebrations this year, Mewtwo will be making an appearance in Max Raid Battles across the Galar region! While it seems that this Pokemon is not able to be captured, you can still take it out and get rewards!Check Out More Info On Pokemon Day 2020 Here
International Challenge and Free Ball Guy Shirt
Participate In The February Challenge
|Sign Up Period Duration|
|February 19th, 2020 to February 27th, 2020 @ 3:59PM PST.|
The February Challenge will allow players all over the world to register and face off against each other in Pokemon Battles. What's more is, if you participate in this tournament (regardless if you win or lose), you will receive a complimentary gift in the form of an (in-game) Ball Guy T-Shirt!>> Read More About The Competition Here
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Ranked Series 3 Rules Announced
New Pokemon Available In Ranked
(2/3) Series 3 opens on March 1. The following Pokémon will become legal (provided they have the Galar symbol):— Play Pokémon (@playpokemon) February 13, 2020
1. All available regional forms, including Galarian Slowpoke
2. Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, and their Evolutions
3. More Gigantamax Pokémon (TBA)
The official PlayPokemon Twitter channel posted regarding new ranked battle rules which will take effect starting on the first of March! Read more about them on the official Twitter page!Check Out The State Of The Current Meta Here!
Expansion Pass Preorder Bonus
Available At Pokemon Centers In Japan
Players who pre-order the Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass at a Pokemon Center in Japan will be eligible to receive a special bonus including a translucent document sleeve and several illustrations of Sword and Shield characters. This offer currently seems to be exclusive to Japan.Check Out Info On The Expansion Pass Here!
Mythical Pokemon Silhouette Revealed
New Pokemon Announced
New Pokémon Discovered?!— Pokémon (@Pokemon) February 15, 2020
Stay tuned, Trainers... pic.twitter.com/UBKI2CfQHz
On February 15th, the official Pokemon Twitter posted an outline of what will be the first mythical Pokemon added to Pokemon Sword and Shield. It is speculated that this Pokemon will be revealed on February 27th, which is Pokemon's Anniversary!Find Out More About Pokemon Day 2020!
Pokemon Home Errors Found
Several Errors On The Switch and iOS Version Occuring
▲The Japanese Pokemon Official Twitter account notifying users of the service errors.
On February 12th, the Pokemon Official Japanese Twitter account reported that they've identified several errors occurring in Pokemon Home. Some of these include being unable to move over Pokemon, and the app freezing upon opening certain menus. The freezing issue has been fixed, but the transfer failure error seems to still be occurring.Read More About The Issue In Detail Here!
New Mythical Pokemon
New Mythical Pokemon to Be Revealed
|Reveal Date||Feb 27, 2020|
A new mythical Pokemon, which is a very rare Pokemon is set to be revealed on Pokemon Day! It will be available in Pokemon Sword and Shield and the upcoming Pokemon movie.
Teaser to Be Revealed Feb 15, 2020
Despite only having a few details, a teaser for the new mythical Pokemon is set to be shown on Feb 15, 2020. A silhouette of the Pokemon will be shown, giving us an idea of what the new Pokemon may actually look like!
New Mystery Gift Code
Earn One Bottle Cap
|Duration||March 30, 2020|
Players will be able to redeem one Bottle Cap by using the code C0MPET1T10N in the Mystery Gift. You can use these Bottle Caps to Hyper Train your Pokemon and get them ready for competitive battles against other trainers!Check Out Mystery Gift Codes Here!
Numbers Replace Certain Letters
Remember to write the code as displayed in the table above. The letters O and I have been replaced with the numbers 0 and 1 respectively. Writing the code in any other way will not allow you to redeem your reward.
Gigantamax Toxtricity Discovered
Challenge Gigantamax Toxtricity In Max Raid Battles
|Duration||February 6, 2020 ~ March 8, 2020|
|Amped Form||Pokemon Sword only|
|Low Key Form||Pokemon Shield only|
Gigantamax Toxtricity is a new Gigantamax Pokemon. You will be able to find this new Pokemon by participating in Max Raid Battles! Keep in mind that you must have received the latest news from the Wild Area in order to have a chance of encountering this Pokemon.Check Out Max Raid Battle Events Here!
Uses G-Max Stun Shock
Gigantamax Toxtricity's Electric-type moves will turn into G-Max Stun Shock. Not only will this move deal massive damage to enemies, but will also either poison or paralyze the target!Check Out The Gigantamax Pokemon List Here!
Pokemon Home New info
Move and Trade Pokemon
New info was released regarding the upcoming Pokemon Home service, which will be releasing in February this year. Information such as the price point, and interaction with the previously existing Pokemon Bank was included in this post.Check Out More Info On The Home App Here!
VGC 2020 World Championship Date Confirmed
|Date||August 14-16, 2020|
On January 23rd the official date of the 2020 VGC World Championships was confirmed on the official Pokemon website. It will be held in London over the course of 3 days from August 14th to 16th. It was noted that there will be a fee for spectators.Read More On The Official Site Here!
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Pokemon Direct - Full Summary
On January 9th, a Pokemon Direct presentation was held online where a lot of important information was revealed. We've put together detailed coverage on the event, which includes the Expansion Passes, Pokemon Home, and Gigantamax Raid Battle Events.Check Out Our Pokemon Direct Summary Here
News - Expansion Pass Revealed!
Nintendo announced the Expansion Pass, which is additional content for Pokemon Sword & Shield. The first part, "The Isle Of Armor" will release in June 2020. The second part, "The Crown Tundra" will come out sometime in Fall 2020. Buying the Pass will let you play both of these new adventures!Check Out Expansion Pass Details Here
Pokemon Home To Come In February!
Pokemon Home To Come In February!
Pokemon Home allows the transfer & storage of Pokemon from other Pokemon game titles to Sword and Shield. It will be available on Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS and will launch Feb. 2020.Pokemon Home App Guide - Release Date
News - Pokemon Direct Livestream On January 9!
A Pokemon Direct live stream has been announced to take place on January 9, 6:30 a.m PT (9:30 a.m. ET). It is speculated that the livestream may shed light important info on new contents such as Pokemon Home release date. Don't forget to tune in!Pokemon Home Guide & Release Date
News - Magikarp New Year Event
|Schedule|| January 1, 2020|
January 3, 2020
Happy new year, trainers! From now until Friday, January 3, 2020, Pokemon dens will have an increased appearance of Magikarp. Do not miss the first max raid event of 2020!
Internet Connection Required
To take advantage of the event, you'll need to connect your Nintendo Switch system to the internet. Nintendo switch online is not required.Check Out What Is Nintendo Switch Online Here
News - Series 2 Ranked Rules Now Available
Rules Can Be Downloaded In Game
The new rules for Series 2 Ranked Single and Double Battles are available for download now. These rules include the imposition of an overall battle time limit, and the shortening of Your Time by 3 minutes. Also, you will be able to use certain Gigantamax Pokemon in ranked battles. These rules are very similar to the ones announced for the VGC 2020 tournament and will become effective starting January 4th.Check Out The Pokemon VGC 2020 Rules In Detail Here!
News - Extra TRs & EXP Candies From Delibird Raid
|Schedule|| December 20, 2019|
December 26, 2019
From now until Thursday, December 26, 2019, Pokemon dens will have an increased chance of containing a Delibird! Defeating Delibird will gift players with higher amount of Ice-type TRs & Exp Candy rewards!
Internet Connection Required
To get these limited-time bonuses, you'll need to connect your Nintendo Switch system to the internet. Then, check a pillar of light shining from a Pokemon Den in the wild area!
News - Ball Guy Twitter Campaign Launched
Get Free Poke Balls VIA Mystery Gift
Use Codes To Get Free Pokeballs
The Japanese Pokemon Official Twitter Account posted on December 19th that they would be giving out free Pokeballs via Mystery Gift to all trainers in Galar. You can access these Pokeballs by entering the following three mystery gift codes:
News - Pokemon: Twilight Wings Animated Series Incoming!
Short Anime Series Of Life In Galar
Pokemon: Twilight Wings, a new animated short Pokemon series, is coming on Jan. 15, 2020! It will focus on the everyday life of residents & Pokemon in the Galar Region, first introduced in Pokemon Sword and Shield.Check out Pokemon: Twilight Wings Details Guide here!
Updates - Scheduled Maintenance (Dec. 16)
Online Functions Unavailable From December 16, 2019 at 17:00 PT
An Online Maintenance is scheduled for December 16 at 5 :00 PM -> 7 :30 PM Pacific Time. All online features will be unavailable.All about Scheduled Maintenance (Dec. 16) here!
News - VGC2020 Competition Announced!
Want to fight in a real tournament against real people?? Check out Global Video Game Championships (VGC) held in Britain, where trainers from all over the world gather and compete to become the best!Pokemon VGC2020 Rules
News - Gigantamax Snorlax Is Now Available
Can Be Caught In-Game Now
Gigantamax Snorlax is now available to catch in the Wild Area in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Gigantamax Snorlax is only available until January 5th, so make sure you catch it as soon as possible!
How To Catch Gigantamax Snorlax
Snorlax is a powerful and bulky Pokemon, so it's recommended you bring strong Pokemon that can resist its moves. A Steel type is recommended. It's highly recommended to take it on with other human players, as the Pokemon that AI bring are extremely weak and will be taken out by Snorlax easily.Check Out Other Max Raid Battle Events Here!
News - New Gigantamax Snorlax Max Raid Event
Gigantamax Snorlax Comes Dec. 4, 2019
|Schedule||December 4, 2019 ~ January 5, 2020|
Announced on November 27, 2019, a new Gigantamax Pokemon will arrive in Pokemon Sword and Shield - Snorlax! The Max Raid can be found in the Wild Area from Dec. 4, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020.Check Out Max Raid Battle Events Here!
Gigantamax Snorlax Has G-Max Move Replenish
Gigantamax Snorlax will have a unique move called G-Max Replenish. This will deal damage to enemies and also restore any Berries that Gigantamax Snorlax's allies have eaten during the battle.Check Out All G-Max Moves List!
Updates - Online Service Error 2-ALZAA-0014
Server Error Starting From November 21 14 :57 Pacific Time
An Online Server Error 2-ALZAA-0014 has occurred since November 21 14:57 Pacific Time, causing some disruptions to online features. It has been announced on the Nintendo online portal.Online Service Error 2-ALZAA-0014 Explained here!
News - First Official Online Competition
Competition Starts From December 6th
Nintendo announced that first online competition will take place in December 6th. Breed strong pokemon and get ready for the competition!
|Sign Up Period||November 15th to December 5|
|Competition Period||Friday, Dec 6th 00:00 UTC|
Sunday, Dec 8th 23:59 UTC
|Battle Format||Single Battle|
|Notes|| Nintendo Switch Online Paid Subscription Required|
>> How To Sign Up For Nintendo Switch Online
|URL||>> Click Here for Official Tournament Page|
News - One More Commercial Released!
Features 3 New Gym Leaders
A new commercial showed a scene where several characters, two of whom are confirmed to be Gym Leaders Nessa & Milo, walk into a brightly-lit stadium.
Check Out The Commercial Here
News - New Commercial Revealed
Third (And Final?) Commercial Revealed
One more commercial for Sword and Shield was revealed today. It features more Gigantamax Pokemon, some Gym Leaders, and the new Legendaries using their moves! Check it out!In The Meantime, Check Out All The Confirmed Pokemon Here!
News - New Max Raid Battle Event
Fight Gigantamax Butterfree
|Schedule||November 15, 2019 ~ early January 2020|
Starting from the game's launch all the way to early January, players will have a higher chance of encountering Gigantamax Butterfree! Other Pokemon will also have a higher chance of appearing depending on if you have Sword or Shield!Check Out the Max Raid Battle Event Schedule Here!
News - New Items and Features Video
Egg Moves, Natures, and More!
A new video was released which gave lots of new information about Sword and Shield. For one, you will be able to change natures by using Mints. Additionally, you can now pass on Egg Moves to other Pokemon of the same species!Find Out More About Breeding Here!
News - New Game Footage Video Released
5 Minute Video Showing New Features
The official Japanese Youtube Account has released a new video highlighting all the new features and visuals of Pokemon Sword & Shield. This includes the Wild Area, Camping, Character Customization & more!Check Out All The New Features In Sword and Shield Here!
Updates - Pre-Download Now Available!
Start Downloading Sword And Shield In Advance
The official Japanese Pokemon Website has announced that the games are now available to download ahead of time on the Nintendo Store! Doing this will save you time when the game is released on Friday November 15th.Find Out Why You Should Pre Download ASAP Here!
Updates - Get Free Ingredients and Berries At Pokemon Centers!
6 Different Varieties Available
|Date||Starts November 15th|
|Location||Pokemon Centers in Japan|
|Reward||A Free Berry or Ingredient|
|Limitation||Once Per Day|
Starting November 15th, 2019, you will be able to get some free berries or ingredients to cook curry by going to a Pokemon Center in person. You can get 1 item every day, for a total of up to 6 unique items. This offer is currently limited to Japan!Learn More About How To Cook Curry Here!
What Are Pokemon Centers?
Pokemon Centers are special shops in Japan where you can buy Pokemon goods, including games and plushies. The next time you're in Japan, make sure to check them out!Check Out A List Of All Pokemon Centers Here!
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Updates - New Commercial Revealed
Many Galar Dex Pokemon Appear!
A new commercial was released on the official Pokemon channel. It features dozens of Pokemon which will appear in the Galar region and some new ones, like Bisharp and Seedot!
Many Pokemon Spotted!
▲Some of the above Pokemon are listed because they are in the same evolutionary line as Pokemon that appeared.
The above Pokemon were spotted in the official commercial just released for Pokemon Sword and Shield! It is possible that they will also appear in the new games!Check All The Confirmed Pokemon In Galar Here!
News - Move Deleter In Pokemon Centers Revealed!
First 90 Minutes Of The Game Given Limited Release
Several outlets were able to gain access to the new games and play them for approximately 90 minutes. During these playthroughs a lot of information was revealed, including the fact that
"In addition to healing your Pokémon through the nurse, you can also have their nicknames rated, rename them, or even delete moves."
▲The above information is quoted from Game Informer
Deleting and relearning moves early on in the game will give a lot of freedom to customize your Pokemon!In The Meantime, Check Out All Pokemon Coming to Galar Here!
News - 5 New Gigantamax Pokemon Revealed
Pikachu, Charizard, Eevee, Meowth, and Butterfree Can Gigantamax!
5 New Gigantamax Pokemon were revealed on October 16th. All 5 of these Pokemon will have special new abilities and appearances!Check Out The 5 New Pokemon's Gigantamax Form and Moves Here!
Get Gigantamax Pikach & Eevee With Pokemon Let's Go Save Data
In order to obtain these two special Gigantamax Pokemon, you will need to have Pokemon Let's Go Eevee or Let's Go Pikachu on your Nintendo Switch.Click Here To Find Out How To Get The Special Pikachu And Eevee Here
Gigantamax Meowth Preorder Bonus
Gigantamax Meowth will only be obtainable if you preorder Pokemon Sword and Shield! It will have a special G-Max moves that allows you to make more money, so it might be worth getting!Check Out All The Preorder Bonuses For Sword And Shield Here!
News - Galarian Ponyta Information Released
Detailed New Info About Galarian Ponyta
The New Galarian Form of Ponyta seems to have adapted to the environment of the Galar region and changed completely. It is able to store energy in its mane and change its mane color! Also, Galarian Ponyta is exclusive to Pokemon Shield!
This new form is not only visually different - Galarian Ponyta will have an entirely new type. It is now the Psychic type.
New Ability: Pastel Veil
Galarian Ponyta has a new ability called Pastel Veil which prevents you and your allies from becoming poisoned!Find Out What Other Galarian Form Pokemon Are Coming Here!
News - Two New Pokemon Confirmed
Impidimp and Galarian Ponyta
We've confirmed two new pokemon from the live camera In Glimwood Tangle; Impidimp and Galarian Ponyta.
We've confirmed the back of the Impidimp in the Glimwood Tangle.
A pair of Ponyta in Galarian form. It's color shined in rainbow color.
News - Pokemon Live Camera In Glimwood Tangle
Live Stream Straight From Strange Forest In Galar
The official site has announced that they will broadcast live footage of Glimwood Tangle, a strange forest in the Galar region.
Starts From October 4th 6:00am PDT
The live stream starts from Oct. 4th 6:00am PDT for 24 hours only. There might be new Pokemon appearing so don't miss it!
▼The button below directs to the Pokemon official site's streaming page.Check Out Live Camera In Glimwood Tangle
News - Meet The New Pokemon Sirfetch'd
|Category||Wild Duck Pokemon|
|Ability||Steadfast (Speed stat increases when opponent flinches)|
Poweful attack but unable to take action immediately after using this move.
|Description||- Exclusive in Sword version.|
- Evolves from Farfetch'd
Other Latest News
New Pokemons & Trainers, New Features, & More!
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