Pokémon Sword and Shield: Pokémon distributions, Serial Codes, Tournaments, Events (Gigantamax, etc.)

Just like we did for Pokémon Sun and Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Eevee!, we have opened this special page for Pokémon Sword and Shield. On it, we will list all the Serial Codes and Pokémon distributions for the game, including when, where, and how to get them (along with any additional details. We are also going to list upcoming and current tournaments and special events (such as Dynamax increased spawns).

We will keep updating it as long as new Serial Codes and Pokémon distributions are announced, so keep coming back regularly!

Make sure to download the latest Software update to keep using the online features of Pokémon Sword and Shield!

Latest update: new Serial Code (Premier Balls).

Pokémon Sword and Shield – Pokémon distributions and other distributions

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  • [Worldwide] Gigantamax-ready Pikachu – Available as present to players who have save data for Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! on their Nintendo Switch [more details]
  • [Worldwide] Gigantamax-ready Eevee – Available as present to players who have save data for Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! on their Nintendo Switch [more details]
  • [Japan] Curry ingredients – Present available at Pokémon Center Stores across Japan, once per day. Present is distributed via the Mystery Gift [more details]

January 15th

  • [Worldwide] Gigantamax-ready Meowth – Available via Mystery Gift for anyone [more details]

Pokémon Sword and Shield – Serial Codes

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  • [Worldwide] Dynamax Crystals for Dynamax Larvitar and Dynamax Jangmo-o – Serial Code available in copies of Dual-Pack / Double-Pack (two codes, one for each game) (no end date provided) [more details]
  • [Worldwide] Tracksuit outfit – Serial Code available by pre-ordering the game from participating retailers (UK and Spain = GAME, UK = ShopTo, Ireland = Smyths Toy Store, Italy = Gamestop, Japan = 7 Eleven)
  • [Worldwide] Gold Studded Leather Case – Serial Code available by pre-ordering the game from participating retailers (Japan = Amazon, Spain = Carrefour and MediaMarkt, United States = Amazon (Double Pack only))
  • [Japan] Pikachu or Eevee – Serial Code available at Pokémon Center Stores across Japan during the month of your birthday [more details]
  • [Japan] 100 Poké Balls – Serial Code available at Pokémon Center and Pokémon Stores across Japan (requires a purchase) [more details]
  • [Worldwide] AREAS1LVESTRE – 10 Premier Balls

January 15th

  • [Worldwide] 12 Quick Balls – Serial Code available by purchasing either Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield from the Nintendo eShop before January 15th. (available until January 15th, but code useable until November 30th) [more details]
  • [Worldwide] K0UN1NMASC0T – Fast Ball, Moon Ball, Level Ball
  • [Worldwide] 1YAHAYA – Heavy Ball, Lure Ball, Beast Ball
  • [Worldwide] 0KUGAFUKA1B0RU – Love Ball, Friend Ball, Dream Ball

January 30th

  • [Worldwide] Present – Luxury Ball x10
  • [Worldwide] G1GANTAMAX – 20BP
  • [Worldwide] 0T0SH1DAMA – Dive Ball x10

February 28th

  • [Worldwide] KAMPFTEAM – 20BP
  • [Worldwide] GALAR – Bottle Cap x1

Here’s how to redeem Serial Codes:

  1. Launch Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield
  2. Select Mystery Gift on the X menu
  3. Select Get a Mystery Gift
  4. Select Get with Code/Password, then select Yes to save your game and connect to the internet
  5. Enter your code
  6. Watch as the gift arrives in your game.
  7. Save your game.

Pokémon Sword and Shield – Online Competitions

November 15th

  • Name: Galar Beginnings
  • Sign-Up Period: Friday, November 15, at 00:00 UTC, to Thursday, December 5, at 23:59 UTC
  • Competition Period: Friday, December 6, at 00:00 UTC, to Sunday, December 8, at 23:59 UTC
  • Battle Format: Single Battle
  • Eligible Pokémon: Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
    • Certain special Pokémon will not be allowed.
    • Register three to six of your Pokémon to your Battle Team.
    • All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
  • Ranking Results Announcement: December 2019

Pokémon Sword and Shield – Special Events

November 15th

  • What: Gigantamax spawns
    • Gigantamax Butterfree in both games
    • Gigantamax Dreadnaw and Sandaconda in Pokémon Sword
    • Gigantamax Corviknight and Centiskorch in Pokémon Shield
  • When: November 15th to January 9th

December 4th

  • What: Gigantamax spawns
    • Gigantamax Snorlax in both games
  • When: December 4th to January 9th 2020

December 31st

What: Max Raid Battles

  • Magikarp spawns in both games. Beating them will allow you to earn various rewards. Shiny Magikarp may appear;
  • When: December 31st to January 4th

January 9th

  • What: Gigantamax spawns
    • Gigantamax Flapple, Alcremie, and Coalossal in Pokémon Sword
    • Gigantamax Appletun, Alcremie, and Lapras in Pokémon Shield
  • When: January 9th to ???

Pokémon Sword and Shield (Switch) is now available worldwide.

Source: The Pokémon Company



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