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Pokemon Sword and Shield Max Raid Battle Event Special Item distribution live

The gift of giving

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Max Raid Battle Event has come to an end, and trainers took down over 874k Pikachu. Due to this success, a Special Item distribution is now live. Hop into the game and grab your Mystery Gift, which is 87 Armorite Ore and 87 Dynite Ore.

Compete in the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles March 2021 Season

Marching into battle

March has officially kicked off, and for Pokemon trainers, that means a whole new month of ranked battles. For full details on what Pokemon Sword and Shield offers over the next 30 days, check out the official press release below.

The new season of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles has begun and will run throughout March 2021. Test your Trainer skills in head-to-head battles with players around the world, move up the global leaderboards, and earn helpful in-game rewards.

Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield or those with the battle-ready symbol are eligible. Pokémon from previous games in the Pokémon series can receive the battle-ready symbol from the character next to the door in the center of the Battle Tower. When the battle-ready symbol is applied to your Pokémon, your Pokémon will forget the moves it knows. If your Pokémon forgets moves that it cannot use or learn in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, those moves cannot be relearned.

Eligible Pokémon

The Ranked Battles March 2021 Season (Season 16) will follow Series 8 regulations, which means you can battle with one powerful, usually ineligible Legendary Pokémon at your side. Eligible Pokémon include:

Galar Pokédex No. 001–400, Isle of Armor Pokédex No. 001–210, and Crown Tundra Pokédex No. 001–210, as well as the following Pokémon: Mewtwo, Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Treecko, Grovyle, Sceptile, Torchic, Combusken, Blaziken, Mudkip, Marshtomp, Swampert, Latias, Latios, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Dialga, Palkia, Heatran, Regigigas, Giratina, Cresselia, Tornadus, Thundurus, Reshiram, Zekrom, Landorus, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Rowlet, Dartrix, Decidueye, Litten, Torracat, Incineroar, Popplio, Brionne, Primarina, Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, Tapu Fini, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Nihilego, Buzzwole, Pheromosa, Xurkitree, Celesteela, Kartana, Guzzlord, Necrozma, Poipole, Naganadel, Stakataka, and Blacephalon.

How to Start a Ranked Battle

To start a Ranked Battle, follow these steps:

Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.

Open the X menu.

Select VS.

Select Battle Stadium.

Select Ranked Battles.

You can press the Y Button to see an overview of Ranked Battles before you begin your match.

Game Rewards

Before battle, you'll be matched up with other players of similar rank to ensure even competition. When the season concludes, the higher the tier you finish in, the greater your in-game rewards. The March 2021 Season rewards include the following:

Master Ball Tier

Gold Bottle Cap ×3
600 Battle Points
Dynite Ore ×30
Armorite Ore ×30

Ultra Ball Tier

Gold Bottle Cap ×1
300 Battle Points
Dynite Ore ×10
Armorite Ore ×10

Great Ball Tier

Bottle Cap ×3
Ability Capsule ×1
100 Battle Points
Dynite Ore ×5
Armorite Ore ×5

Poké Ball Tier and Beginner Tier

Ability Capsule ×1
50 Battle Points
Dynite Ore ×5
Armorite Ore ×5

Once the season is over, you can collect your in-game rewards. Remember, you will need to finish at least one match with a win or loss during the March Season to be eligible for rewards at the end of the season. To receive your in-game rewards, follow these steps:

After the competition has ended, launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.

Open the X menu.

Select Mystery Gift.

Select Get a Mystery Gift.

Select Get Battle Stadium Rewards.

Have fun battling and check back later for more Ranked Battles season news!

Pokemon Sword and Shield Wild Area Event update for Feb. 28th, 2021

Marching forward

The Pokemon Sword and Shield Wild Area Event has been updated once again. Trainers will now encounter various Fairy and Flying Pokémon , including Gigantamax Corviknight and Gigantamax Hatterene. They'll be sticking around until March 31st, 2021.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Wild Area Event update and Global Challenge 2021 Winter Battle details

There's not one, but two different things for Pokemon Sword and Shield players to make note of today. Check out details on both below.

Wild Area Event

- new Extra Event live
- Gigantamax Pikachu will appear
- if 1 million people defeat Pikachu during this event, everyone will receive 100 Armorite Ore & 100 Dynite Ore on March 4th

Global Challenge 2021 Winter Battle

- Single Battle competition that allows you to use 1 of the Restricted Legendaries on your team
- all players who enter get 50 BP
- battles run until Feb. 28th, 2021

Special 25th anniversary Pikachu now available in Pokemon Sword & Shield, knows the move Sing, can be obtained in Mystery Gift with code P25MUSIC

A special Pikachu is being released in Pokemon Sword & Shield to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Pokemon franchise. This Pikachu knows the moves Sing, Encore, Celebrate, and Electro Ball. Additionally, this Pikachu is holding a Light Ball. It is available via the game's Mystery Gift option by entering the code P25MUS1C, and it will be live until March 25th.

Pokemon News - CHUMS merch line, Cafe menu item, more plush dolls, Marnie Nendoroid release date

Pokemon Co. X CHUMS merch line

- new line of apparel and bags
- will be sold at Japanese Pokemon Center locations starting March 6th, 2021
- the lineup is as follows:

T-shirt WH (M / L / XL) 6,050 yen
T-shirt POKÉMON WITH YOUR CHUMS! Multicolor (M / L / XL) 6,050 yen
Kids T-shirt Multicolor (115 / 130 / 145) 4,180 yen
Kids T-shirt NV / WH (115 / 130 / 145) 4,180 yen
Plunge Divers Pants (S / M / L) 8,250 yen
Kids Plunge Divers (115 / 130 / 145) 6,050 yen
Campfield Hoody (M / L) 16,500 yen
Kids Campfield Hoody POKÉMON WITH YOUR CHUMS! (115 / 130) 10,780 yen
Pullover Parka (M / L / XL) 12,100 yen
Daypack 11,550 yen
Junior Daypack 9,570 yen
Two-zipper Shoulder Pouch 5,500 yen
Shoulder Pouch 5,940 yen
Smartphone Shoulder Pouch 4,840 yen
Sweat pouch (BK / WH) 2,310 yen
Camper mug cup (YL / BU) 1,650 yen
TG hat 6,710 yen
Kids TG Hat 5,610 Yen
Sticker 605 Yen
Rubber Key Chain 935 Yen
Zip Pull Poke Ball 880 Yen

Pokemon Cafe Pokemon Day menu item

- available at both the Tokyo and Osaka Cafes
- limited-time dish available starting Feb. 27th to March 12th, 2021
- priced at 2,500 yen

Hatterene, Indeedee (♂), and Indeedee (♀) plush dolls

- available at Pokemon Center locations in Japan starting March 6th, 2021
- Hatterene Plush 3,520 yen
- Indeedee (♂) Plush 1,815 yen
- Indeedee (♀) Plush 1,815 yen

Marnie Nendoroid release date

- set to launch in August 2021 in Japan

Pokemon Sword and Shield Max Raid Battle Event set for Feb. 26th, 2021

Pikachu is ready to rumble

Pokemon Co. has revealed another Pokemon Sword and Shield Max Raid Battle Event. The event runs from Feb. 26th to 28th, 2021, and it features Gigantamax Pikachu. If more than 1 million people beat the event, players will earn 100 Armorite Ore and 100 Dynite Ore.

Pokemon Sword and Shield reimagined as Game Boy games

The power of nostalgia

Longtime gamers are often curious what their favorite titles from today would look like if they came out decades ago. It's nice to have snazzy graphics and fully orchestrated soundtracks, but sometimes stripping things down to basic visuals and audio lets the gameplay really shine.

Pokemon fan ハヤテ京雲寺 loves Pokemon Sword and Shield, but he couldn't help wonder what the experiences would be like if they were on the Game Boy. Since no one out there had put together an answer to ハヤテ京雲寺's question, he decided to take on the task himself!

If you'd like to see what Pokemon Sword and Shield might have been like on the Game Boy, you can see what ハヤテ京雲寺 cooked up in the video above. Classic Game Boy visuals, but with locations and Pokemon from Sword and Shield. Looks like the perfect mash-up to us!

Pokemon Sword and Shield Max Raid Battle Event update for Feb. 15th, 2021

Fighting and Psychic types drop by

The Pokemon Sword and Shield Max Raid Battle Event has been updated once again. From now until February 28th, 2021, Fighting and Psychic-type Pokémon will be hanging around, including Gigantamax Machamp and Orbeetle.

Pokemon Sword & Shield - Series 9 ruleset announced

Throughout the lifespan of Pokemon Sword & Shield, the competitive scene has had to play by rules almost every month based on official rulesets released by The Pokemon Company International. Following the release of the Crown Tundra DLC back in 2020, the past few months allowed players to use a variety of Legendary and Mythical Pokemon, though a select few of them were still banned. Then, February 2021's ruleset allowed even more Legendary and Mythical Pokemon to be usable.

Now, as of May 2021, the rules will revert back to how they were prior to February. This means that certain Legendary and Mythical Pokemon shall once again be banned, but most Pokemon that can be obtained in The Crown Tundra DLC will still be usable. It is currently unknown how long this ruleset will remain in play once it launches, but if the rules change in the future, then the soonest they shall change will be at the beginning of the following month, June.

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