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This page is an archive for past events in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on to find out what events, distributions, or wild area news you might have missed!

January 2022

January 14: International Challenge Online Competitions Announced!

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Details for the upcoming 2022 International Challenge have been revealed! Three separate online competitions have been announced for February, March, and April and will coincide with the distribution of shiny Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos, and Galarian Moltres, as entry gifts!

Additionally, players in Japan who participate in these online competitions have a chance of winning an entry to the 2022 Pokemon Japan Championships.

List of Online Competitions

January 1: Ranked Battle Series 12 Announced!

Pokemon Sword and Shield (SWSH) - Ranked Battle Series 12
Duration February 1, 2022 (Tue.) 9:00 PM PDT - August 31, 2022 (Wed..) 4:59 PM PDT

The rules for Ranked Battle Series 12 have been announced! From February 1, 2022 to August 31, 2022, two Legendary Pokemon are useable in competitive play as well as Dynamax and Gigantamax.

Ranked Battle Series 12

December 2021

December 31: New Year Max Raid Event

New Year Max Raid Event
Start December 31st, 2021
End January 9th, 2022

A festive new year is being celebrated in the Galar region! Starting on December 31, 2021 until January 9, 2022, get a chance to encounter various New Year-themed Pokemon. If you're extra lucky this coming year, you might even encounter a Shiny Magikarp!

December 31st, 2021 to January 9th, 2022
Max Raid Event
Meowth ImageMeowth Magikarp ImageMagikarp
Darumaka ImageDarumaka Darmanitan ImageDarmanitan
Bonsly ImageBonsly Sudowoodo ImageSudowoodo

List of Max Raid Events

December 23: Test Your Luck Online Competition

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The Test Your Luck Online Competition has begun! From December 23, 2021 to January 6, 2022, players can test their luck with an online competition that only allows the use of the move Metronome!

Duration December 23, 2021 to January 6, 2022
Registration Deadline December 22, 2021
Battle Format Singles
Eligible Pokemon Select Pokemon from National Pokedex
Team Composition 3-6 Pokemon Team
Pokemon Level Level 1 to 100
(Automatically set to Level 50)
Battle Limits 15 Battles per day

Test Your Luck Online Competition

December 17: Winter 2021 Max Raid Event

Winter 2021 Max Raid Event
Start December 17th, 2021
End December 26th, 2021

Winter is here in Pokemon Sword and Shield! Starting on December 17, Delibird, Cryogonal, and Starmie will appear more often in Max Raid Battles! If you're lucky, you might even encounter a Shiny Delibird! Make sure to check out this event!

December 17th to December 26th
Max Raid Event
Delibird ImageDelibird Cryogonal ImageCryogonal Starmie ImageStarmie

List of Max Raid Events

November 25: Tiny Tourney Online Competition

Tiny Tourney Online Competition

The Tiny Tourney Online Competition has started! Only Pokemon that yet to evolve and are under three feet and three inches can participate in this event.

Duration December 10 to December 12, 2021
Registration Deadline December 9, 2021
Battle Format Doubles
Eligible Pokemon Select Pokemon from National Pokedex
Team Composition 3-6 Pokemon Team
Pokemon Level Level 1 to 100
(Automatically set to Level 50)
Battle Limits 15 Battles per day

Tiny Tourney Online Competition

November 2021

November 19: Eeveelution Max Raid Event

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Start November 19th, 2021
End November 28th, 2021

Get a chance to battle and catch Eevee and all its evolutions in this Max Raid Event. You may even encounter a Gigantamax or Shiny Eevee! This event runs from November 19, 2021 until November 28, 2021.

List of Max Raid Events

November 12: Gym Challenge Online Competition Has Begun!

The Gym Challenge Online Competition has started! For this competition, you can only battle with Pokemon used by Galar Gym Leaders!

Pokemon SWSH - Gym Challenge Online Competition

Duration November 12 to November 14, 2021
Registration Deadline November 11, 2021
Battle Format Singles
Eligible Pokemon National Pokedex
Team Composition 3-6 Pokemon Team
Pokemon Level Level 1 to 100
(Automatically set to Level 50)
Battle Limits 15 Battles per day

You need to participate in at least 3 battles to be eligible in claiming 50 Battle Points once the event is over. To redeem this prize, you need to choose Get Battle Stadium Rewards when redeeming a Mystery Gift.

Gym Challenge Online Competition

November 1st: New Ranked Battle Season

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Duration November 1, 2021 (Mon.) 9:00 PM PDT - January 31, 2022 (Mon.) 4:59 PM PDT

Ranked Battle Series 11 has officially begun! This series once again allows the use of Dynamax and Gigantamax Pokemon, as well as one playable Legendary Pokemon per team!

Ranked Battle Series 11 | Rules and Legal Pokemon

October 2021

October 31st: Global Exhibition 2021 Charizard

Global Exhibition 2021 Distribution
Start October 31st, 2021 (Sun.)
End November 3rd, 2021 (Wed.)
Code GL0BALCHAMP2021

As part of the Global Exhibition 2021, players can redeem a special Charizard based on the event's winner Leonardo Bonanomi by using the code: GL0BALCHAMP2021.

This gift is only redeemable until November 3rd, 2021.

October 29: Halloween-Themed Max Raid Event

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Start October 29th, 2021
End October 31st, 2021

Get a chance to encounter rare Pokemon in this Halloween-themed Max Raid Event! From October 29 to October 31, players have a chance to encounter Pokemon such as Dusknoir, Sableye, and even a Shiny Zoroark!

Past Max Raid Events

October 28: Gym Challenge Online Competition

Pokemon Sword and Shield - Gym Challenge Online Competition

Players can now register for the Gym Challenge Online Competition until November 11, 2021.

Duration November 12 to November 14, 2021
Registration Deadline November 11, 2021
Battle Format Singles
Eligible Pokemon National Pokedex
Team Composition 3-6 Pokemon Team
Pokemon Level Level 1 to 100
(Automatically set to Level 50)
Battle Limits 15 Battles per day

Sign ups for the Gym Challenge Online competition have begun! From November 12 to November 14, players can participate in a Singles Battle Competition that only allows Pokemon used by Gym Leaders!

Gym Challenge Online Competition

October 22: Japan Birthday Happiny Distribution

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Start November 1st, 2021
End October 31st, 2022

Starting November 1, players visiting Pokemon Centers in Japan who can prove it's their birthday month will receive a serial code for a special Birthday Happiny!

As with all Birthday Pokemon, this Happiny knows the move Celebrate.

October 10: Shiny Zacian and Zamazenta Distribution

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Start October 22nd, 2021
End November 18th, 2021

To celebrate the upcoming release of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, players will have the chance to get a Shiny Zacian or Zamazenta via Serial Code.

These special Zacian and Zamazenta come equipped with the Rusted Sword and Rusted Shield respectively, allowing them to change to their Crown Forms!

Shiny Zacian and Shiny Zamazenta Serial Code Distribution

October 8: Ranked Battle Series 11 Rules Announced!

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Start November 1st, 2021
End January 31st, 2022

The rules for Ranked Battle Series 11 have been announced! From November 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022, Legendary Pokemon are once again allowed in competitive play as well as Dynamax and Gigantamax.

Ranked Battle Series 11 | Rules and Legal Pokemon

October 7: Best Buy Dynamax Crystal Distribution

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Start October 10th, 2021
End October 24th, 2021

Players visiting Best Buy from October 10 to October 24, 2021 will receive special Dynamax Crystals that allow them to catch Gigantamax Piakchu and Gigantamax Eevee!

Gigantamax Pikachu

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Ability Lightning Rod
Moveset Celebrate
Double Team
Thunderbolt
Wish

Gigantamax Eevee

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Ability Anticipation
Moveset Celebrate
Wish
Double Edge
Swift

October 1: Alolan Starters Max Raid Event!

Alolan Starters Max Raid Event
Start October 1st, 2021
End October 3rd, 2021

Alola! The three starters from Pokemon Sun and Moon makes an appearance at Max Raid Battles! Grab the chance to capture Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio from October 1st to October 3rd!

You can even encounter one with their own respective Hidden Ability, and you are able to use different Poke Balls to capture them!

October 1st to October 3rd
Max Raid Event
Rowlet ImageRowlet Litten ImageLitten Popplio ImagePopplio

List of Max Raid Events

September 2021

September 30: Sign Up for the Spooky Cup Online Competition!

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Start October 15th, 2021 (Fri.)
End October 17th, 2021 (Sun.)

Sign ups for the Spooky Cup 2021 have begun! From October 15 to October 17, players can participate in a Doubles Battle Competition that only allows Spooky Pokemon!

Spooky Cup 2021 Online Competition

September 30: Shiny Zacian and Zamazenta Distribution

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Start October 22nd, 2021
End November 18th, 2021

To celebrate the upcoming release of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, players in Japan have the chance to get a Shiny Zacian or Zamazenta.

These special Zacian and Zamazenta come equipped with the Rusted Sword and Rusted Shield respectively, allowing them to change to their Crown Forms!

Present Your Pokemon Home App

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To redeem these special legendary Pokemon, players need to present their Pokemon Home menu screen on their Nintendo Switch to a staff member at video game stores nationwide!

September 22: Shiny Zacian and Zamazenta Distribution

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Start November 19th, 2021
End December 31st, 2021

South Korean players who pre-order the retail and digital versions of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will receive a special code for Sword and Shield for a Shiny Zacian or Zamazenta, with the code being distributed from November 19 to December 31, 2021.

Pre-orders for the game in South Korea begin on October 1, 2021 for the retail version, while digital versions of the copy are already accepting pre-orders through Nintendo eShop.

Pokemon Trading Board

September 17th: Meteorite Max Raid Event!

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Start September 17th, 2021
End September 19th, 2021

Get ready for a taste of space! From September 17 to 19, some Max Raid Dens will feature Solrock and Lunatone! You may even get the chance to encounter them as Shinies so make sure to catch this Max Raid Event!

September 17th to September 19th
Max Raid Event
Lunatone ImageLunatone Solrock ImageSolrock

List of Max Raid Events

September 7: Dada Zarude and Shiny Celebi Giveaway!

Dada Zarude and Celebi

In celebration of the upcoming international release of Pokemon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle, Dada Zarude and Shiny Celebi will be given away in Pokemon Sword and Shield!

The Mystery Gift code will be distributed through email to all players who are signed up and subscribed to the Pokemon Trainer Club newsletter on or before September 25, 2021.

Check out this link to sign up for an account!

Dada Zarude and Shiny Celebi Online Distribution

Semptember 3: Cleaning-Themed Max Raid Event!

Max Raid Event - Cleaning-Themed Event
Start September 3rd, 2021
End September 5th, 2021

Get your cleaning supplies ready! Encounter Altaria, Cinccino, and more in this Max Raid Event from September 3rd until September 5th!

In addition to these, you might also meet a rare Shiny Cincinno! Don't miss this event!

September 3rd to September 5th
Max Raid Event
Swablu ImageSwablu Altaria ImageAltaria
Cinccino ImageCinccino Mow Rotom ImageMow Rotom
Wimpod ImageWimpod

List of Max Raid Events

August 2021

August 26: Sign Up for the Mythical Melee Online Competition!

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Start September 10th, 2021 (Fri.)
End September 12th, 2021 (Sun.)

Sign ups for the Mythical Melee Online Competition have begun! From September 10 to September 12, players can participate in a Singles Battle Competition that only allows Sub-Legendary, Legendary, and Mythical Pokemon!

Mythical Melee Online Competition

August 21: A Special Porygon-Z Mystery Gift!

Pokemon Sword and Shield - Sang Yoon
Start August 21st, 2021 (Sat.)
End August 22st, 2021 (Sun.)
Code 1STPTCCHAMP

As part of the Pokemon Trainers Cup Stream, players can redeem a special Porygon-Z based on the one used by Jeong Sang-yoon, the winner of 2020's Pokemon Trainer's Cup by using the code: 1STPTCCHAMP.

How to Get Mystery Gifts

August 20: Haunted Summer Max Raid Event!

Max Raid Event - Haunted Summer Event
Start August 20th, 2021
End August 22nd, 2021

Spooky Ghost-type Pokemon makes their way in Max Raid Battles! Get a chance to meet Gengar, Chandelure, Drifblim and other Ghost-type Pokemon in Raid Dens! You might even get the chance to encounter Gigantamax Gengar or a Shiny Chandelure! Don't miss this event!

August 20th to August 22nd
Max Raid Event
Pokemon SWSH - Gastly ImageGastly Pokemon SWSH - Haunter ImageHaunter
Pokemon SWSH - Gengar ImageGengar Pokemon SWSH - Litwick ImageLitwick
Pokemon SWSH - Chandelure ImageChandelure Pokemon SWSH - Drifloon ImageDrifloon
Pokemon SWSH - Drifblim ImageDrifblim Pokemon SWSH - Gigantamax Gengar ImageGigantamax Gengar

List of Max Raid Events

August 15: A Special Coalossal Mystery Gift!

Pokemon Sword and Shield - Wolfe Glick
Start August 14th, 2021 (Sat.)
End August 16th, 2021 (Mon.)
Code V1CT0RYENG1NE25

As part of the Pokemon Players Cup Invitational Stream, players can redeem a special Coalossal based on the one used by the 2016 World Champion Wolfe Glick by using the code: V1CT0RYENG1NE25.

How to Get Mystery Gifts

August 13: Same Double Beat Online Competition Begins!

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Start August 13th, 2021 (Fri.)
End August 15th, 2021 (Sun.)

The Same Double Beat Online Competition has begun! From August 13 to August 15, players can participate in a Doubles Battle Competition that allows duplicate Pokemon and Held Items!

Same Double Beat Online Competition

August 6: Summer Max Raid Event!

Summer Max Raid Event
Start August 6th, 2021
End August 8th, 2021

The sun's out in the Galar region! Seaking, Fan Rotom, Vanilluxe, and other summer-themed Pokemon will show up in Max Raid Battles!

Head to the Wild Area now and you may even get a chance to encounter a Shiny Vanilluxe! Don't miss this event!

August 6th - August 8th
Max Raid Event
Pokemon SWSH - Vanillite ImageVanillite Pokemon SWSH - Vanillish ImageVanillish
Pokemon SWSH - Vanilluxe ImageVanilluxe Pokemon SWSH - Fan Rotom ImageFan Rotom
Pokemon SWSH - Pinsir ImagePinsir Pokemon SWSH - Heracross ImageHeracross
Pokemon SWSH - Goldeen ImageGoldeen Pokemon SWSH - Seaking ImageSeaking
Pokemon SWSH - Nincada ImageNincada Pokemon SWSH - Ninjask ImageNinjask

List of Max Raid Events

August 1: Ranked Battle Series 10 Begins!

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Start August 1st, 2021 (Sun.)
End August 31st, 2021 (Tue.)

Ranked Battle Series 10 is now live! With the new ruleset, Legendary Pokemon are once again included in competitive play.

Additionally, the new Ranked Battle Season prevents the use of Dynamax and Gigantamax!

Ranked Battle Series 10 | Rules and Legal Pokemon

August 1: Beast Ball Mystery Gift!

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Start July 31th, 2021 (Sat.)
End August 1, 2021 (Sun.) 11:59 PM GMT

A code was released and players will have the chance to get a Beast Ball by using the code: PC4F1NALSBEAST.

This giveaway will end soon, so don't miss the chance to get this gift!

How to Get Mystery Gifts and List of Codes

July 2021

July 29: Same Double Beat Online Competition!

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Start August 13th, 2021 (Fri.)
End August 15th, 2021 (Sun.)

The Same Double Beat Online Competition has been announced! From August 13 to August 15, players can participate in a Doubles Battle Competition that allows duplicate Pokemon and Held Items!

Same Double Beat Online Competition

July 23: Kanto Fossils Max Raid Event!

Kanto Fossils Max Raid Event
Start July 23rd, 2021
End July 25th, 2021

From July 23 to July 25. Omanyte, Kabuto, and Aerodactyl will show up in Max Raid Battles! And if you're lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Omanyte! Don't miss this event!

List of Max Raid Events

July 23rd to July 25th
Max Raid Event
Omanyte ImageOmanyte Kabuto ImageKabuto Aerodactyl ImageAerodactyl

July 18: Torkoal Mystery Gift!

Torkoal Mystery Gift Menu - July 18 to July 19
Start July 18th, 2021 (Sun.)
End July 19th, 2021 (Mon.) 11:59 PM GMT

As a celebration of the Japan National Championships, players will have the chance to get Torkoal viable for competitive battling by using the code: PJCS2020CHAMP.

This event is for a limited time only, and will only be available until July 19, 2021. Don't miss the chance to get Torkoal!

How to Get Mystery Gifts and List of Codes

Torkoal Mystery Gift Moveset
Torkoal Mystery Gift - July 18 to July 19
Level 50
Ability Drought
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Moves Burning Jealousy
Body Press
Yawn
Protect

Moveset and Best Builds for Torkoal

July 17: Pokemon Players Cup IV Celebration!

Gold Bottle Cap Mystery Gift - July 17 to July 19
Start July 17th, 2021 (Sat.)
End July 19th, 2021 (Mon.) 11:59 PM GMT

As a celebration of the Pokemon Players Cup IV, players will have the chance to get a Gold Bottle Cap by using the code: PLAYERSCH01CEPC.

This event is for a limited time only, and will only be available until July 19, 2021. Don't miss this chance!

How to Get Mystery Gifts and List of Codes

July 16: Water Paradise Online Competition Begins!

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Start July 16th, 2021 (Fri.)
End July 18th, 2021 (Sun.)

The Water Paradise Online Competition has begun! From July 16 to July 18, players can participate in a Singles Battle Competition that only allows Water-type Pokemon!

Water Paradise Online Competition

July 9: Curry Pro Max Raid Event!

Pokemon Sword and Shield - Curry Pro Max Raid Event
Start July 9th, 2021
End July 11th, 2021

Encounter Koffing, Wobbuffet, Milcery, and more in Max Raid Battles! To spice things up, you might even get the chance to face a Shiny Gigantamax Copperajah!

You will also receive Bach's Food Tin in Pokemon Sword or Bob's Food Tin in Pokemon Shield if you clear Max Raid Battles. Don't miss this event!

July 9th to July 11th
Max Raid Event
Pokemon SWSH - Cufant ImageCufant Pokemon SWSH - Koffing ImageKoffing
Pokemon SWSH - Wobbuffet ImageWobbuffet Pokemon SWSH - Milcery ImageMilcery
Pokemon SWSH - Charmander ImageCharmander Pokemon SWSH - Charmeleon ImageCharmeleon
Pokemon SWSH - Gigantamax Copperajah ImageGigantamax Copperajah Pokemon SWSH - Gigantamax Charizard ImageGigantamax Charizard

July 1: Ranked Battle Series 10 Announced!

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Start August 1st, 2021 (Sun.)
End August 31, 2021 (Tue.)

The ruleset for Ranked Battle Season 10 has been revealed! Players once again can use one Legendary Pokemon in competitive play as with Season 8, but with an extra restriction that prevents the use of Dynamax and Gigantamax!

Ranked Battle Series 10 | Rules and Legal Pokemon

July 1: Water Paradise Online Competition Announced!

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Start July 16th, 2021 (Fri.)
End July 18th, 2021 (Sun.)

The Water Paradise Online Competition has been announced! From July 16 to July 18, players can participate in a Singles Battle Competition that only allows Water-type Pokemon!

Water Paradise Online Competition

June 2021

June 25: Tentacle Max Raid Event!

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Start June 25th, 2021
End June 27th, 2021

A surge of tentacle-themed Pokemon are appearing in the Wild Area from June 25 to June 27. Keep your eyes peeled as you may have a chance to get a Shiny Grapploct!

June 25th to June 27th
Max Raid Event
Pokemon SWSH - Clobbopus ImageClobbopus Pokemon SWSH - Grapploct ImageGrapploct
Pokemon SWSH - Remoraid ImageRemoraid Pokemon SWSH - Octillery ImageOctillery
Pokemon SWSH - Inkay ImageInkay Pokemon SWSH - Malamar ImageMalamar

List of Max Raid Events

June 23: New Play! Pokemon 2022 Championship Details!

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New details regarding the 2022 Championship Series season have been revealed, with the most important being some changes regarding the age divisions.

Junior Division Born in 2010 or later
Senior Division Born in 2006 - 2009
Masters Division Born in 2005 or earlier

Accordding to Play! Pokemon, the 2022 World Championships will take place over four days starting on a Thursday and will be held in London in August 2022.

June 20: Far and Square Online Competition Ends!

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Start June 18th, 2021 (Thu.)
End June 20th, 2021 (Sat.)

The Fair and Square Online Competition has ended. The results of the competition are now available and you can now redeem your participatory prizes via Mystery Gift!

Fair and Square Online Competition

June 18: Fair and Square Online Competition Begins!

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Start June 18th, 2021 (Thu.)
End June 20th, 2021 (Sat.)

The Fair and Square Online Competition begins! From June 18 to June 20, you can participate in a Singles Battle competition that follows the standard ruleset but disallows the use of Sub-Legendary Pokemon such as Glastrier, Spectrier, Urshifu, and the Ultra Beasts to name a few.

Fair and Square Online Competition

June 17: G-Max Factor Bulbasaur and Squirtle Now Available!

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Start June 17, 2021
End June 30, 2021

Following the recent Pokemon Home update, Bulbasaur and Squirtle with the Gigantamax Factor are now available to redeem via Mystery Gift!

Mystery Gifts
Pokemon SWSH - Bulbasaur ImageBulbasaur Pokemon SWSH - Squirtle ImageSquirtle

How to Get Mystery Gifts

June 17: Pokemon Home Maintenance

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Pokemon Home will undergo maintenance on Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 01:00 UTC to 06:00 UTC.

Following the schedule maintenance, users need to download a new update to use the app on mobile devices.

Pokemon HOME News & Guide

June 4: Froggy Pokemon Event!

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Start June 4th, 2021
End June 6th, 2021

A horde of frog-themed Pokemon are flooding the Wild Area from June 4 to June 6! Not only do you have a chance to get a Gigantamax Venusaur, you may also snag a shiny Politoed!

June 4th to June 6th
Max Raid Event
Pokemon SWSH - Ivysaur ImageIvysaur Pokemon SWSH - Poliwag ImagePoliwag
Pokemon SWSH - Croagunk ImageCroagunk Pokemon SWSH - Tympole ImageTympole
Pokemon SWSH - Poliwhirl ImagePoliwhirl Pokemon SWSH - Palpitoad ImagePalpitoad
Pokemon SWSH - Politoed ImagePolitoed Pokemon SWSH - Seismitoad ImageSeismitoad
Pokemon SWSH - Venusaur ImageVenusaur Pokemon SWSH - Gigantamax Venusaur ImageGigantamax Venusaur

List of Max Raid Events

June 3: Fair and Square Online Competition Announced!

Fair and Square Online Competition.png
Start June 18th, 2021 (Thu.)
End June 20th, 2021 (Sat.)

The Fair and Square Online Competition has been announced! From June 18 to June 20, players can participate in a Singles Battle Competition.

While this online competition follows the standard ruleset of banning legendaries, it also disallows the usage of Sub-Legendary Pokemon such as Glastrier, Spectrier, Urshifu, and the Ultra Beasts to name a few.

Fair and Square Online Competition

June 1: Ranked Battle Season 9 Begins

Ranked Battle Series 9.jpg
Start June 1st, 2021 (Tue.)
End June 30th, 2021 (Wed.)

Ranked Battle Series 9 is now live! WIth the new ruleset, Legendary Pokemon are once again banned from competitive play!

Ranked Battle Series 9 | Rules and Legal Pokemon

May 2021

May 21 - May 23: Wooloo Event!

Wild Area News May 21.png
Start May 21st, 2021
End May 23rd, 2021

A herd of Wooloo and Dubwool are loose in the Wild Area from May 21 to May 23! You may even have a chance to find a Shiny Wooloo!

May 21 to May 23rd
Max Raid Event
Wooloo ImageWooloo Dubwool ImageDubwool

List of Max Raid Events

May 1: Ranked Battle Series 9 Announced!

Ranked Battle Series 9.jpg
Start May 1st, 2021 (Mon.)
End TBA

Ranked Battle Series 9 has been announced! Legendary Pokemon are once again banned from competitive play but the metagame is as offensive-oriented as ever!

Ranked Battle Series 9 | Rules and Legal Pokemon

April 2021

April 30 - May 2: Meowth Festival Event!

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Start April 30th, 2021
End May 2, 2021

Celebrate the Meowth Festival with a Max Raid Event featuring everybody's favorite Scratch Cat Pokemon! Not only do you have a chance to get a Gigantamax Meowth, you may even get a Shiny Galarian Meowth!

April 30th to May 2nd
Max Raid Event
Meowth ImageMeowth Alolan Meowth ImageAlolan Meowth
Gigantamax Meowth ImageGigantamax Meowth Galarian Meowth ImageGalarian Meowth

List of Max Raid Events

April 23: World Penguin Day Event!

Wild Area News - April 23.jpg
Start April 23rd, 2021
End April 25th, 2021 (Sun.)

Celebrate World Penguin Day with Pokemon Eiscue! Encounter Eiscue in Max Raid battles until April 25th, 2021. And if you are lucky enough, you might encounter a Shiny Eiscue!

April 23rd to April 25th
Max Raid Event
Eiscue ImageEiscue Eiscue ImageEiscue (Shiny)

List of Max Raid Events

April 05: Ditto, Centiskorch and More!

Centiskorch.png
Start April 5th, 2021
End TBA

Easter Pokemon have left the Max Raid Battles! Get ready to encounter Ditto, Centiskorch, and more! There's no information yet as to when this event will end, and if there will be an additional Gigantamax Pokemon in the coming days. But, this might be available for the rest of April. We will make sure to add more details as soon as we get more information. Stay tuned!

April 5th to TBA
Max Raid Event
Ditto ImageDitto Centiskorch ImageCentiskorch
Drednaw ImageDrednaw Orbeetle ImageOrbeetle
Corviknight ImageCorviknight Dubwool ImageDubwool

April 02: Bunny Pokemon Max Raid Battles!

April 02 2021 - Max Raid Battle.jpg
Start April 2nd, 2021
End April 4th, 2021 (Sun.)

Bunny Pokemon on Max Raid Battles starting from April 02, 2021, until Easter Sunday! You'll have an increased chance to encounter Azumarill, Lopunny, Diggersby, and, a Shiny Azumarill if you're lucky!

Gigantamax Cinderace will also be making a rare appearance in five-star Max Raid Battles and will give you lots of useful Candy upon defeating it. You will not be able to catch it at the end of the battle, but those useful candies are worth having!

April 02 to April 04, 2021
Max Raid Event
Gigantamax Cinderace ImageGigantamax Cinderace
Azumarill ImageAzumarill Lopunny ImageLopunny
Diggersby ImageDiggersby Azumarill ImageAzumarill
(Shiny)

April 01: Uncatchable Magikarp on Max Raid Battles!

Magikarp.png
Start April 1st, 2021
End April 1st, 2021 (Thu.)

Magikarp is on Max Raid Battles for the entire day! But the thing is, you will be unable to catch it. Yes, you read it right! Players will only be able to encounter Magikarp because this event is made to celebrate April Fool's Day. Though, you can still get items after each battle. Well, that's a good prank right there. Happy April Fool's Day!

April 01, 2021
Max Raid Event
Magikarp ImageMagikarp

March 2021

March 26: Floral Pokemon Special Max Raid Battles!

Flower-themed Pokemon Wild Area News.jpg
Start March 26th, 2021
End March 28th, 2021 (Sun.)

Celebrate spring in Galar Region by catching flower-themed Pokemon! Encounter Vileplume, Bellossom, Cherrim, Lilligant, Lurantis, and Comfey in Max Raid Battles. You'll also have a chance to encounter a Shiny Lilligant too!

March 26 to March 28, 2021
Max Raid Event
Vileplume ImageVileplume Bellossom ImageBellossom
Cherrim ImageCherrim Lilligant ImageLilligant
Lurantis ImageLurantis Comfey ImageComfey
Lilligant ImageLilligant
(Shiny)

March 19: Dynamax Crystal Distribution Event!

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Start March 19th, 2021
End April 19th, 2021 (Mon.)

Good news for Players in certain European countries! To tie in with the release of Battle Styles TCG set, they have distributed Dynamax Crystal (☆Sgr6913) that you can use in Max Raid Battle to encounter Gigantamax Appletun in Sword and Gigantamax Flapple in Shield. You can get the serial code from the list of stores below.

Store Location
GameMania (Online Store) Netherlands
GameMania (Online Store) Belgium
Micromania (Online Store) France
Gamestop (Online) Italy

This is for a limited time only, don't miss this chance!

March 04: Spikemuth Cup!

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Start March 19th, 2021
End March 21st, 2021 (Thur.) 11:59 PM GMT

Get ready and register for the Spikemuth Cup Single Battle competition! This competition can be very challenging and put your skills to the test, it has the same restriction that all Gym Challengers face when battling in Spikemuth. So, Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing are not possible. Also, your Battle Team can't have more than one of the same Pokemon and can't bring the same item. Give your best shot!

Eligible Pokemon
Galar Pokedex No. 001–397
Isle of Armor Pokedex No. 001–210
Crown Tundra Pokedex No. 001–209

How to Register

The registration will be from March 04, 2021 to March 18, 2021. To register for the competition, follow the steps below:

1. Launch your Pokemon Sword or Shield game.
2. Press the X button.
3. Select VS.
4. Select Battle Stadium.
5. Select Online Competitions.
6. Select Search Official Competitions.

Results and Gifts

The ranking results of the battle will be available in April 2021 (date subject to change). Once the results are posted, you can view your rankings and receive your participation gift by following the same steps you followed when you registered.

March 01: Fairy and Flying Type Pokemon!

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Start March 1st, 2021 (Mon.)
End March 31st, 2021 (Wed.)

New month, new Max Raid event! This month, it is all about Fairy and Flying Type Pokemon. You will get a chance to encounter Gigantamax Hatterene and Gigantamax Corviknight. Don't miss this chance, grab them all!

March 01 to March 31, 2021
Max Raid Event
Gigantamax Pokemon
Gigantamax Hatterene ImageGigantamax Hatterene Gigantamax Corviknight ImageGigantamax Corviknight

February 2021

February 26: Gigantamax Pikachu on Pokemon Day!

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Start February 26th, 2021 (Fri.)
End February 28th, 2021 (Sun.) 11:59 PM GMT

In celebration of Pokemon Day, a Gigantamax Pikachu will be available on Max Raid Battle! If more than 1M players will defeat Gigantamax Pikachu, a reward will be distributed. This event will run from February 26th to 28th. Mark your calendar!

Rewards
100 Armorite Ore 100 Dynite Ore
Distribution Date
March 2nd ~ March 14th, 2021

February 25: Pikachu with Sing Move!

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Start February 25th, 2021 (Fri.)
End March 25th, 2021 (Thur.) 11:59 PM GMT

Pokemon will celebrate their 25th year with a music motif! There will be a virtual concert featuring global superstar Post Malone who is also an avid fan of Pokemon. Together with this, players can also get Pikachu with Sing move starting February 25th! The move Sing is an attack that Pikcahu can't normally learn. Make sure to get it!

Mystery Gift Code P25MUS1C

Pikachu Moveset

Level 25
Ability Lightning Rod
Held Item Light Ball
Moves Sing
Encore
Celebrate
Electro Ball

Pikachu - Evolution and Learnset

Virtual Concert on Pokemon Day

You can watch the virtual concert on February 27th for free! Just tune in to Pokemon's 25th Anniversary website, the official Pokémon YouTube channel, or the official Pokémon Twitch channel starting at 12:00 a.m. GMT.

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February 19: Shiny Toxtricity Event!

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Start February 19th, 2021 (Fri.)
End March 18th, 2021 (Thur.) 11:59 PM GMT

GameStops have confirmed the distribution of Shiny Toxtricity. This event is in ties with the new TCG set release, Shining Fates, and will run starting from February 19, 2021.

You can get Shiny Toxtricity at participating game stores with no purcahse necessary! To receive your Shiny Toxtricity, drop by to the nearest participating GamesStop and scan the QR code using a Pokemon Pass app. Don't miss this chance!

Country Store
US GameStop using Pokemon Pass.
Curbside pickup is also available.
Canada, Australia, and New Zealand EB Games
Call the store or knock on the front door and request for a code.
Germany and Italy GameStop's website
France Micromania's website
Belgium and Netherlands GameMania's website

Shiny Toxtricity Moveset

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Level 50
Ability Punk Rock
Held Item Throat Spray
Moves Overdrive
Sludge Wave
Boomburst
Rising Voltage

Toxtricity - Evolution and Learnset

Redeem Shiny Toxtricity through Mystery Gift

1. Launch Pokemon Sword or Shield.
2. Press X button, and select Get a Mystery Gift.
3. Select Get with Code/Password
Make sure you are connected to the internet.
4. Enter the code.
5. Wait for a while, and receive Shiny Toxtricity!
6. Don't forget to save the game!

February 12: Milcery Valentine's Day Event

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Start February 12th, 2021 (Fri.)
End February 14th, 2021 (Sun.) 11:59 PM GMT

A special Max Raid for Valentine's Day! Up until February 14th, players can encounter Milcery on Max Raid Battle and receive different kinds of sweets, including Star Sweets and Ribbon Sweets, which are only available during special events. These sweets allow Milcery to evolve into different forms of Alcremie. Don't miss this opportunity! Also, you have a small chance to encounter a Shiny Milcery during this Valentine's Day event.

February 12 to February 14, 2021
Max Raid Event
Milcery ImageMilcery Milcery ImageMilcery
(Shiny)

February 04: Special Max Raid Battle Event!

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Start February 4th, 2021 (Thurs.)
End February 8th, 2021 (Mon.) 11:59 PM GMT

Here is a Special Max Raid event in celebration of the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle! It will feature Pokemon from the movie, including a chance to encounter a Shiny Cramorant. All players can also receive cool items Cramorant swallowed if they defeated Cramorant more than 500,000 and 1 million times. Players will receive these items via Mystery Gift.

Number of Players Items
500,000 Players Flame Orb, Toxic Orb and Light Ball.
1,000,000 Players Gold Bottle Cap, 3 Bottle Caps and 3 Pearl Strings
Items Distribution Date
February 10, 2021 (Wed.) 12:00 AM GMT - February 28, 2021 (Sun.) 11:59 PM GMT
Pokemon with Increased Appearance Rate
Quagsire ImageQuagsire Flygon ImageFlygon Golurk ImageGolurk
Cramorant ImageCramorant Indeedee ImageIndeedee
(Female)
-

February 01: Fighting and Psychic Type Gigantamax Pokemon!

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Start February 1st, 2021 (Mon.)
End February 28th, 2021 (Sun.)

February's Max Raid Event is all about Fighting and Psychic Type Pokemon. Challenge them more frequently in Pokemon Dens, featuring Gigantamax Machamp and Gigantamax Orbeetle. Remember, February has shorter days, don't miss this chance!

February 01 to February 28, 2021
Max Raid Event
Gigantamax Pokemon
Gigantamax Machamp ImageGigantamax Machamp Gigantamax Orbeetle ImageGigantamax Orbeetle
Pokemon with Increased Appearance Rate
Fighting-type Pokemon Psychic-type Pokemon
Machamp ImageMachamp Orbeetle ImageOrbeetle
Lucario ImageLucario Reuniclus ImageReuniclus
Falinks ImageFalinks Gothitelle ImageGothitelle

January 2021

January 22: Ranked Battle Series 8 Rules Announced!

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Start February 1st, 2021 (Mon.)
End April 31st, 2021 (Fri.)

The ruleset for Ranked Battle Series 8 have been announced! From February 1 to April 31, 2021, players can now include one Legendary Pokemon on their team!

Ranked Battle Series 8 | Rules and Legal Pokemon

January 22: Year of the Ox!

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Availability Period
Start January 22nd, 2021 (Fri.)
End January 24th, 2021 (Sun.) 11:59 GMT

A special Max Raid event in celebration of the Year of the Ox is now available! You will get a chance to encounter Shiny Tauros, as well as Miltank and Bouffalant. This event will only run for only 3-days.

January 1: Normal and Dragon-type Gigantamax Event

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Availability Period
Start January 1st, 2021 (Fri.)
End January 31st, 2021 (Sun.) 11:59 GMT

January's the season for catching Gigantamax Snorlax and Gigantamax Duraludon in the latest Wild Area event! It will be a while before these Pokemon are as commonly available again, so don't miss this chance to grab them. Two other Normal and Dragon type Pokemon are available at increased rates in Max Raids as well.

January 01 to January 31, 2021
Max Raid Event
Gigantamax Pokemon
Gigantamax Snorlax ImageGigantamax Snorlax Gigantamax Duraludon ImageGigantamax Duraludon
Normal-type Pokemon Dragon-type Pokemon
Bewear ImageBewear Cinccino ImageCinccino
Haxorus ImageHaxorus Goodra ImageGoodra

January 8: Shiny Skwovet and Shiny Greedent!

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Availability Period
Start January 8th, 2021 (Fri.)
End January 10th, 2021 (Sun.) 11:59 GMT

A similar event from November 2020 is returning to Max Raids for 3-days! Get a chance to encounter a Shiny Skwovet and Shiny Greedent. This Wild Area Event will also feature Pokemon such as Cherubi, Morelull, Shiinotec, Foongus, and Amoonguss.

January 08 to January 10, 2021
Max Raid Event
SkwovetSkwovet (Shiny) GreedentGreedent (Shiny) FoongusFoongus
MorelullMorelull CherubiCherubi ShiinoticShiinotic
AmoongussAmoonguss - -

December 2020

December 1: Ice and Fire Type Gigantamax Pokemon!

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Availability Period
Start December 01, 2020 (Tue.)
End December 31st, 2020 (Thur.) 11:59 GMT

Are you looking for Gigantamax Lapras or Gigantamax Centiskorch? Good news! You will have the chance to encounter them together with other Ice-type and Fire-type Pokemon in Max Raid Battles throughout December! Check the table below for all the available pokemon.

List of Pokemon
Weavile ImageWeavile
Ice Type
Avalugg ImageAvalugg
Ice Type
Gigantamax Lapras ImageGigantamax Lapras
Ice Type
Rapidash ImageRapidash
Fire Type
Turtonator ImageTurtonator
Fire Type
Gigantamax Centiskorch ImageGigantamax Centiskorch
Fire Type

November 2020

November 20: Shiny Skwovet and More!

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Availability Period
Start November 20th, 2020 (Mon.)
End November 23rd, 2020 (Sun.) 11:59 GMT

List of Pokemon that will appear

Cherubi.png Cherubi Shiinotic.png Shiinotic Skwovet.png Skwovet
Greedent.png Greedent Amoonguss.png Amoonguss

Are you looking for a Shiny Skwovet? It is now your chance! Skwovet will appear more frequently in Max Raid Battles for 3-days from November 20th. More Skwovet means more chance of encountering a Shiny Skwovet!

You also have a higher chance of encountering the Pokemon listed in the table above and get rare items such as Custap Berry and Jaboca Berry. If you want these lovely treats, don't miss this chance!

To participate in this event, get the Wild Area News from the Mystery Gift menu.

November 13: Get Dada Zarude from Coco Movie

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Pokemon Official YouTube Channel Japan announced that Dada Zarude is coming this December! You can get Dada Zarude by watching Pokemon the Movie: Coco. This version of Zarude is the same as the Zarude in the movie, which is wearing a pink scarf around the neck with Celebi's Pokedex number.

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Level 70
Nature Adamant
Ability Leaf Guard
Move Jungle Healing
Hammer Arm
Power Whip
Energy Ball
Item Held Choice Scarf
Nickname オモヤのもり (Okoyanomori, the name of the forest from the movie)
Ball Cherish Ball

The movie is only available in Japan and is showing on December 25th. Fans will get a card with the serial number upon entering the theater, and it is for single-use only. Hopefully, some people that will watch the movie without the games are willing to share the serial number from unused cards.

How to Get Zarude

November 1: Bugs and Poison-types on the Loose!

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Availability Period
Start November 2nd (Mon.)
End November 30th, 2020 (Sun.) 11:59 GMT

Natural doesn't always mean safe with these critters! Several Bug-type and Poison-type Pokemon will appear at increased rates throughout November, with Gigantamax Butterfree and Gigantamax Garbodor making increased appearances as well.

October 2020

October 29: An Increase in Ghost Types in the Wild Area!

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Availability Period
October 29, 2020 5:00 PDT(Thu.) - November 1st, 2020 (Sun.) 03:59 PST

For a short time, between October 29 to November 1, there will be more chances to encounter Ghost-type Pokemon such as Cofagrigus, Trevenant, Mimikyu, and Polteageist from Max Raid Dens.

Players may also get a chance to encounter a Shiny Gourgeist!

October 23: Ranked Battle Series 7 Rules Revealed

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Ranked Battle Series 7's rules has been announced! Starting November 1, Pokemon reintroduced in The Crown Tundra DLC will be available for use.

Additionally, Pokemon banned during Series 6 will make a return. The new and returning Pokemon is sure to shake up the metagame once more!

Duration
November 1, 2020 (Sun.) 9:00 PM PDT - December 31, 2020 (Thu.) 4:59 PM PDT

Ranked Battle Series 7 | Rules and Legal Pokemon

October 23: The Crown Tundra Update Released

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The Software Update containing The Crown Tundra DLC has been released for Pokemon Sword and Shield as of 01:00 UTC.

Learn how to find and download the update below!

How to Download the Crown Tundra DLC Update

October 2: Ranked Battle Series 7 Starts on November 1

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Ranked Battle Series 7 has been announced! Starting November 1, Pokemon banned during Series 6 will make a return and is set to shake up the metagame once more!

Duration
November 1, 2020 (Sun.) 9:00 PM PDT - December 31, 2020 (Thu.) 4:59 PM PDT

Ranked Battle Series 7 | Rules and Legal Pokemon

October 1: Ghost and Dark Types Stalk the Wild Area!

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Availability Period
October 1st, 2020 (Thu.) - November 1st, 2020 (Sun.) 24:00 UTC

From October 1 to November 1, Ghost-type and Dark-type Pokemon are more likely to appear in Max Raid Dens. After checking the Wild Area News, you'll be able to finda variety of Pokemon in Dens across the Wild Area.

All players have a chance to to encounter a Gigantamax Gengar and a Gigantamax Grimmsnarl in these dens!

Check out our full article to learn more!
List of Max Raid Events

September 2020

September 29: Ash's Pikachu Distribution

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Special Pikachu wearing variants of Ash's cap make a return and will be released one after another via Mystery Gift! Passwords for these special Pikachu will be revealed in the Official Website.

Check out our full article for more information.
Ash's Pikachu Distribution

September 29: Pokemon GO and Pokemon HOME Link Coming Within 2020!

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The link between Pokemon GO and Pokemon HOME has been confirmed for availability within 2020, by the end of the year. This unlocks new potential for players to use Pokemon that would normally be difficult to obtain in Pokemon Sword and Shield!

Pokemon GO and Pokemon HOME Link Details

September 29: Physical Versions of Expansion Pass Announced

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Until this point, the Expansion Pass has been available solely as a digital download. For the first time, a physical bundle of Pokemon Sword and Shield together with the Expansion Pass will be released on November 6th, 2020!

Expansion Pass Physical Release

September 17: New Chance for a Shiny!

Availability Period
Start September 17th, 2020 (Thurs.) 5:00 p.m. PDT
End September 20th, 2020 (Sun.) 4:59 p.m. PDT

Don't miss this extremely short Max Raid Event appearing for the Seasonal Equinox! The Moon Stone evolvees Clefable, Wigglytuff, and Musharna and the Sun Stone evolvees Bellossom, Whimsicott, and Lilligant will appear throughout the Wild Area and Isle of Armor.

This event features a high chance of Shiny Clefable appearing, so Shiny hunters, get your Ultra Balls stocked and ready!

September 17 to September 20, 2020
Max Raid Event
Moon Stone Pokemon
ClefableClefable WigglytuffWigglytuff MusharnaMusharna
Sun Stone Pokemon
BellossomBellossom WhimsicottWhimsicott LilligantLilligant

List of Max Raid Events

September 1: Shimmering Electric and Grass Types Abound

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Availability Period
September 1st, 2020 (Sat.) - September 30th, 2020 (Sun.) 24:00 UTC

From September 1 to September 30, Electric-type and Grass-type Pokemon are more likely to appear in Max Raid Dens. After checking the Wild Area News, you'll be able to find a variety of Pokemon in Dens across the Wild Area.

Players with Pokemon Sword also have a chance to encounter Gigantamax Appletun and Gigantamax Toxtricity (Low Key Form).

Players with Pokemon Shield will have a chance to encounter Gigantamax Flapple and Gigantamax Toxtricity (Amped Form).

List of Max Raid Events

August 2020

August 31: Ranked Battle Series 6 Begins!

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Starting on August 31, all the Series 6 ruleset has come into official use for Ranked Battle. Over 16 top ranking Pokemon will be excluded from Ranked Battle. Check out our full article to learn more!

Ranked Battle Series 6 | Rules and Legal Pokemon

August 23: Competitive Porygon2 Giveaway

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From August 23 to August 31, a competitive Porygon2 is available to download via Mystery Gift! Don't miss the chance to get this battle-ready Pokemon built for Trick Room Teams!

How to Get Mystery Gifts and List of Codes

August 6: Pikachu Mass Appearance!

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From August 6 to August 9, there is an increased chance to encounter the entire Pikachu family in the Wild Area's dens. Apart from a chance to get a shiny Pikachu, you have a chance to get an Alolan Raichu - a Pokemon you can't find outside of Pokemon HOME or as a one-time present in the Isle of Armor!

Mimikyu also has a chance to appear as part of the event!

List of Max Raid Events

August 1: A Surge of Water and Ground Types Appear!

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From August 1 to August 30, Water-type and Ground-type Pokemon are more likely to appear in Max Raid Dens. After checking the Wild Area News, you'll be able to find a variety of Pokemon in Dens across the Wild Area, with Gigantamax Drednaw and Gigantamax Sandaconda making appearances as well.

List of Max Raid Events

July 2020

July 7th: Pokemon Sword and Shield Upgraded to Version 1.2.1!

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The latest update for the game is available as a free patch! This update fixes an issue in the Y-Comm where trainers were being mismatched to the wrong Link Code. Hopefully we've received some quality of life improvements with the Y-Comm as well.

To download the update, simply go to the Home menu on your switch, hit the + button while the Pokemon Sword/Shield icon is selected, and choose Software Update > Via the Internet.

You'll need to have your Nintendo Switch connected to the Internet, but a Nintendo Online subscription is not required.

Patch Notes for Version 1.2.1

Ver. 1.2.1 (Released July 7, 2020)

A bug in regards to the number of digits for password settings has been fixed.
In regards to the passwords that can be set for Y-Comm and Max Raid Battles, we fixed the bug where players could be matched with others whose passwords were not coinciding.

Other updated content
We fixed several other issues to improve game play experience.

June 2020

Ranked Battle Series 5 has begun!

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Itching to use your new Isle of Armor Pokemon in the big leagues? The wait is over! All Isle of Armor Pokemon, including Urshifu and its Gigantamax forms, are now legal for Ranked Battle!

Before you start, check out our new Best Builds for each of the new Pokemon, and our detailed explanation of the revised ruleset!

Movesets & Best Builds for Isle of Armor Pokemon
Pokemon SWSH - Scizor Best BuildsScizor Pokemon SWSH - Kingdra Best BuildsKingdra Pokemon SWSH - Magnezone Best BuildsMagnezone
Pokemon SWSH - Volcarona Best BuildsVolcarona Pokemon SWSH - Chansey Best BuildsChansey Pokemon SWSH - Blissey Best BuildsBlissey
Pokemon SWSH - Talonflame Best BuildsTalonflame Pokemon SWSH - Azumarill Best BuildsAzumarill Pokemon SWSH - Galarian Slowbro Best BuildsGalarian Slowbro
Pokemon SWSH - Porygon2 Best BuildsPorygon2 Pokemon SWSH - Urshifu Single-Strike Style Best BuildsUrshifu Single-Strike Style Pokemon SWSH - Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style Best BuildsUrshifu Rapid-Strike Style
Pokemon SWSH - Slowbro Best BuildsSlowbro Pokemon SWSH - Alolan Marowak Best BuildsAlolan Marowak Pokemon SWSH - Dragalge Best BuildsDragalge
Pokemon SWSH - Klefki Best BuildsKlefki Pokemon SWSH - Lycanroc Best BuildsLycanroc Pokemon SWSH - Amoonguss Best BuildsAmoonguss
Pokemon SWSH - Poliwrath Best BuildsPoliwrath Pokemon SWSH - Palossand Best BuildsPalossand Pokemon SWSH - Mienshao Best BuildsMienshao
Pokemon SWSH - Starmie Best BuildsStarmie Pokemon SWSH - Heracross Best BuildsHeracross Pokemon SWSH - Comfey Best BuildsComfey
Pokemon SWSH - Porygon-Z Best BuildsPorygon-Z Pokemon SWSH - Alakazam Best BuildsAlakazam Pokemon SWSH - Politoed Best BuildsPolitoed

Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion have also been made available, but can currently only be obtained via Pokemon HOME or trading with other players.

Newly Legal Pokemon via Pokemon HOME
Pokemon SWSH - Terrakion Best BuildsTerrakion Pokemon SWSH - Cobalion Best BuildsCobalion Pokemon SWSH - Virizion Best BuildsVirizion

Ranked Battle Rules and Legal Pokemon

Collect Your Free Zeraora!

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Event Period
(Year 2020)
June 30, 2020 (Tues.) 3:00 PM UTC - July 6, 2020 (Tues) 11:59 PM UTC
Requirements Move Pokemon between Pokemon HOME and Pokemon Sword or Shield between June 30 and July 6, 2020.

Because more than a million players defeated Zeraora in Max Raid Battles during its event, all players, even those who did not defeat Zeraora, can receive a free Shiny Zeraora!

To receive and transfer your Zeraora to Pokemon Sword or Shield, you'll need to download both the mobile and Switch versions of Pokemon HOME, though no subscriptions are required. Learn how to complete the process easily in our full guide!

How to Get the Zeraora Mystery Gift

Steel & Rock Types Rising from the Earth!

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Availability Period
June 30th, 2020 (Tues.) - July 31st, 2020 (Fri.) 24:00 UTC

Starting on Tuesday, June 30th, Steel-type and Rock-type Pokemon are more likely to appear in Max Raid Dens. After checking the Wild Area News, you'll be able to find a variety of Pokemon in Dens across the Wild Area, with Gigantamax Coalossal and Gigantamax Copperajah making appearances as well.

List of Max Raid Events

Galar Starters available with Hidden Abilities!

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The Galar Starter Pokemon, Rillaboom, Cinderace, and Sobble, are available for the first time with new Hidden Abilities, available for free in the mobile version of Pokemon HOME. This will unlock a world of new potential for these Pokemon, so be sure to grab them before it's too late!
How to Get & Transfer Hidden Ability Starters from Pokemon HOME

Also, check out our new Best Builds for each of their fully-evolved forms to learn how to use 'em once you got 'em!

Galar Starters - Hidden Ability Builds
Cinderace Icon.pngCinderace
Libero Build
Rillaboom Icon.pngRillaboom
Grassy Surge Build
Inteleon Icon.pngInteleon
Sniper Build

Gigantamax Festival!

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Dates of the Festival
June 1nd, 2020 (Mon.) - June 29th, 2020 @4:59 PM PDT (Mon.)

In preparation for the release of The Isle of Armor on June 17th, the first half of the Expansion Pass DLC, Pokemon Sword and Shield are playing host to the biggest appearance of Gigantamax Pokemon ever! Read our full article for a list of all available Pokemon and what games they can be found in.

List of Max Raid Events

The Isle of Armor Release Date Confirmed for June 17th

At 10:00 PM JST on June 2nd, 2020, the release date for The Isle of Armor was confirmed for June 17th, 2020. Together with its release, we got a huge reveal of new Pokemon, Moves, Abilities and more for both parts of the Expansion Pass! Check out all updates to the game in our full articles below!

The Isle of Armor - All New Info

The Crown Tundra - All New Info

May 2020

Gigantamax Pikachu, Eevee and Meowth

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Pokemon's mascots are coming to Max Raid Battles in Gigantamax form! These Gigantamax Pokemon were previously available only under exclusive circumstances, and are all appearing for the first time in raid battles. Don't miss your chance to obtain these cuties!

Pokemon Dates Appearing
Gigantamax PikachuGigantamax Pikachu May 11, 2020 – May 18, 2020
Gigantamax EeveeGigantamax Eevee May 18, 2020 – May 25, 2020
Gigantamax MeowthGigantamax Meowth May 25, 2020 – June 2, 2020

See All Max Raid Events

New Information About The Isle of Armor from Nintendo Direct Mini!

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  • A dojo has been added!
  • Evolution conditions for Kubfu via Towers of Two Fists have been explained!
  • More information about Starter Pokemon's Gigantamax forms and G-Max moves!

The Isle of Armor

March 2020

Kanto and Alola Starters Join Ranked Battle

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On Sunday, March 1st, 2020, Series 3 of Ranked Battle begins! With the Kanto and Alola Starters now legal for all play, the metagame is in for a shakeup. Find out how to use and counter the new fighters with our guides below!

Kanto & Alola Starters
Pokemon SWSH - Primarina Best BuildsPrimarina Pokemon SWSH - Incineroar Best BuildsIncineroar Pokemon SWSH - Blastoise Best BuildsBlastoise
Pokemon SWSH - Decidueye Best BuildsDecidueye Pokemon SWSH - Venusaur Best BuildsVenusaur

Kanto and Alola Regional Forms In Ranked Battle

Together with the newly legal Starter Pokemon, all Kanto and Alola regional forms available via Pokemon HOME became simultaneously legal for use in Ranked Battle.

Regional Forms
Pokemon SWSH - Darmanitan Best BuildsDarmanitan Pokemon SWSH - Alolan Ninetales Best BuildsAlolan Ninetales

The New Mythical Pokemon, Zarude, Has Been Discovered

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The Rogue Monkey Pokemon has been discovered in the Galar region.

See the page on Zarude, the Dark/Grass-type Pokemon to debut in the new Pokemon the Movie: Coco, set to release in Japan on July 2020. Read on for the latest information, behavior, and characteristics predictions!
Zarude - How to Get and Release Date

February 2020

Pokemon HOME brings new Pokemon, Moves and Abilities to the table

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They say old is the new new! Pokemon HOME has opened the floodgates of Pokemon, Moves and Abilities from previous games, and players are already watching to see how the Ranked Battle metagame will change. Take a peek to see which strategies will be newly available to players.
New Pokemon, Abilities, and Moves available through Pokemon HOME

Pokemon Home Now Available on Nintendo Switch

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As of February 1st, 2020, Pokemon HOME is now available from the Nintendo eShop. Learn how to connect up to receive a free Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle and Pikachu and transfer Pokemon from Let's Go, Eevee!, Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon Bank.
How to Download Pokemon HOME and Transfer Pokemon

New Gigantamax Pokemon Released – Gigantamax Toxtricity!

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He's big, he's bad, he's Punk Rock. Amped Form and Low-Key Form are both represented in the new Gigantamax form of Toxtricity! Check out our article to find out what Dens to find Gigantamax Toxtricity, and learn about its G-Max Move, G-Max Stun Shock!!

Gigantamax Toxtricity and Den Location

Star and Ribbon Sweets Released!

From January 31 to February 17, 2020, new Sweets to create 18 new forms for Alcremie were available in-game.

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How to Get Star and Ribbon Sweets

Pokemon Sword and Shield Related Guides

Latest News

Ongoing Events

Event Description
Pokemon Sword and Shield (SWSH) - Ranked Battle Series 12.pngRanked Battle Series 12 Description:
Legendary Pokemon included but Dynamax disabled for competitive play!
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Feb 1 ~ Aug 31, 2022
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