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Pokemon Sword and Shield Wild Area event update (May 25th, 2020)

Welcome Gigantamax Meowth

The Wild Area event in Pokemon Sword and Shield has shifted yet again. Gigantamax Eevee has left the boosted raids to make room for Gigantamax Meowth, who is now the focus. Players can get multiple Gigantamax Meowth, and also have a chance to find Shiny Gigantamax Meowth with its Hidden Ability.

Share your Pokémon Sword/Shield snapshots and videos in Nintendo UK's #SnapshotContest

A chance to win some eShop credit!

The wild adventure continues later this year with the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass! Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass Part 1, The Isle of Armor, will launch by the end of June 2020, while Part 2, The Crown Tundra, will be available this autumn.

Lots of Trainers are gearing up their teams in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield to prepare for the arrival of Isle of Armor (don’t forget to catch a Galarian Slowpoke)!

In anticipation for the arrival of Part 1 of the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, we’re bringing back our Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield #SnapshotContest for another few rounds! To enter, simply share a tweet with the hashtags #SnapshotContest and #PokemonSwordShield with an image or video taken from either Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield.

There will be three themes, the first one being: Pokémon Camp. It’s a great time to jump into Pokémon Camp to increase your friendship with your Pokémon (and build up your Curry Dex!). Show us your favourite snapshots and videos from your time in Pokémon Camp in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield! To share them, you can simply use the built in screenshot, video capture and sharing functions of Nintendo Switch.

Every Monday from 1st June 2020 to Monday 15th June 2020 we will pick one winner at random from all entries received by midnight on Sunday on the previous week’s theme. Each winner will receive £100 Nintendo eShop credit! Check the Nintendo UK Twitter account on Monday each week throughout the contest to learn the new weekly theme or check back right here.

Read the full contest details here

Dataminers discover 21 new moves heading to Pokemon Sword and Shield

Your move!

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Expansion Pass content is right around the corner, and Pokemon Co. is gearing up for the launch. That includes an update for Pokemon Home, which is live right now.

Dataminers have been picking through that update, and its given them a glimpse of some things to come with the Expansion Pass update. We now know that 21 new moves are going to be added to the game. You can check out the rundown of moves below.

- Expanding Force
- Steel Roller
- Scale Shot
- Meteor Beam
- Shell Side Arm
- Misty Explosion
- Grassy Glide
- Rising Voltage
- Terrain Pulse
- Skitter Smack
- Burning Jealousy
- Lash Out
- Poltergeist
- Corrosive Gas
- Coaching
- Flip Turn
- Triple Axel
- Dual Wingbeat
- Scorching Sands
- Jungle Healing
- Wicked Blow
- Surging Strikes

Pokemon Sword and Shield 2020 International Challenge May competition now live

Let the battles begin!

The battles are officially underway for the Pokemon Sword and Shield 2020 International Challenge May competition. This is a Double Battle competition running VGC Rules.

The competition allows players to compete towards the Pokémon Players Cup, where the top 256 players from each region will move on to the special competition. Battles run from May 22nd to May 24th, 2020, and all players get a special Casual Tee (Ultra Ball Guy).

Pokemon Sword and Shield Mystery Gift update available

Free gifts!

There are two new gifts waiting for Pokemon Sword and Shield players through the Mystery Gift option. If you hop in and check it out, you'll be able to get a Level 15 Hidden Ability Galarian Mr. Mime, along with a collection of Poke Balls. The collection includes a Lure Ball, Heavy Ball, Moon Ball and Dream Ball.

Pokemon Scale World line expands with new Galar region Pokemon

Make some room on the shelves!

The Pokemon Scale World line from Bandai is getting an update. A new group will be made available in the Galar set, but Rillaboom is going to be sold separately.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Pokemon Sword and Shield Wild Area event update (May 18th, 2020)

Eevee is in

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Wild Area event has now shifted once again. Gigantamax Pikachu has left the boosted raids, and Gigantamax Eevee has been added as the focus of the event. Players can now get multiple Gigantamax Eevee, with the chance of finding a Shiny Gigantamax Eevee with its Hidden Ability.

Get new details on the Pokemon Players Cup

Them's the rules

The Pokémon Players Cup is an online tournament taking place from June through August in which players from around the world will compete to prove they're the best and win Travel Awards to a future Pokémon International Championship. In the Pokémon Players Cup, there will be separate competitions for the Pokémon TCG, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, and Pokkén Tournament DX. The Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield competition will use the standard Pokémon Video Game Championships (VGC) rules. The Pokémon Players Cup is limited to Masters Division players only. Additional eligibility rules may apply.

The Pokémon Players Cup will take place over several phases. Be sure to check out the Pokémon TCG Pokémon Players Cup, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Pokémon Players Cup, and Pokkén Tournament DX Pokémon Players Cup pages for schedule information and more.

The players who come out on top in the qualification stages will be eligible to compete in the final stage of the Pokémon Players Cup in August. Matches will also be broadcast on the official Pokémon Twitch and YouTube channels. Learn more on the Pokémon Players Cup Stream Information page.

Qualifying for the Pokémon Players Cup Finals

From the Pokémon Players Cup's three competitions, the following numbers of players will be selected to compete in the finals.

Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

4 players from the Pokémon Players Cup North America Online Qualifier
4 players from the Pokémon Players Cup Europe Online Qualifier
4 players from the Pokémon Players Cup Latin America Online Qualifier
3 players from the Pokémon Players Cup Oceania Online Qualifier
1 player from the Pokémon Players Cup Kickoff Invitational

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

4 players from the Pokémon Players Cup North America Online Qualifier
4 players from the Pokémon Players Cup Europe Online Qualifier
4 players from the Pokémon Players Cup Latin America Online Qualifier
3 players from the Pokémon Players Cup Oceania Online Qualifier
1 player from the Pokémon Players Cup Kickoff Invitational

Pokkén Tournament DX

4 players from the Pokémon Players Cup North America Online Qualifier
2 players from the Pokémon Players Cup Europe Online Qualifier
1 players from the Pokémon Players Cup Oceania Online Qualifier
1 player from the Pokémon Players Cup Kickoff Invitational

Prizes

Pokémon Trading Card Game Online: Top 4 players will receive a Travel Award to a future International Championship of their choosing
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield: Top 4 players will receive a Travel Award to a future International Championship of their choosing
Pokkén Tournament DX: Champion will receive a Travel Award to a future International Championship of their choosing
Eligible Pokémon TCG players who participate in the Regional Online Qualifiers receive a special in-game deck box and sleeves

New Galar region and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX plush at the Pokémon Center

The power of plush

Looking for some new Pokémon friends to snuggle? A wide selection of adorable new Pokémon plush—based on Pokémon originally discovered in the Galar region and characters from the recently released Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX game—have just arrived at the Pokémon Center. You're bound to find at least one Pokémon that catches your eye in these collections.

The Galar region selection includes Thwackey, Raboot, and Drizzile, the first evolved forms of the first partner Pokémon from Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. You'll also find new plush versions of popular Galar region Pokémon like Cramorant, Polteageist, and Sirfetch'd.

The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX line features beloved Pokémon like Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pikachu, and Eevee, each wearing the trademark scarf of a Rescue Team member. There are also Pokémon Square shopkeepers, including a Pelipper from the Pelipper Post Office and a pair of Kecleon brothers who manage the Kecleon Shop.

Head over to the Pokémon Center now to check out these adorable plush!

Pokemon Sword and Shield 2020 International Challenge May online competition announced

You may want to check it out

The next Pokemon Sword and Shield competition is on the way. Registration for the 2020 International Challenge May online competition is now open, and runs until May 21st, 2020. Battles kick off May 22nd and stick around until May 24th, 2020.

This online competition is a Double Battle that runs VGC Rules. All players get a special Casual Tee (Ultra Ball Guy) for participating.

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