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Pokemon the Movie: Coco pre-sale tickets available in Japan, Pokemon Sword/Shield distribution codes being offered

Tickets, please

After a lengthy delay, pre-sale tickets for Pokemon the Movie: Coco are now available to the Japanese public. Those who grab one of the tickets will get a serial code to use in Pokemon Sword and Shield. These codes can be used to snag Shiny Celebi and Zarude, and Zarude is available right now. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased until December 24th, 2020, and the serial codes can be redeemed until March 31st, 2021. Multiple codes can be redeemed on each save file.

Pokemon Sword and Shield are now the third best-selling mainline Pokemon game of all-time

Pokemon's still got it!

Pokemon Sword and Shield may have courted some anger when various details were revealed, but it doesn't seem like that backlash hurt sales. According to Nintendo's latest financial report, Pokemon Sword and Shield have sold 18.22 million units worldwide since launch. That makes the pair the third best-selling entry in the mainline franchise. Check out the comparison chart below to see the whole picture.

New artwork shared for Pokemon: Twilight Wings' final episode

The final episode is just hours away!

The final episode of Pokemon Twilight Wings is set to release on Aug. 6th, 2020, so we're just hours away from seeing how everything wraps up. While we wait to check out the conclusion, a new piece of art promoting the episode has been released. As you can see, the artwork features trainers Leon, Bea, and Milo, along with Chairman Rose.

New trailer released for Pokemon the Movie: Coco, coming to theaters in Japan on December 25th

Ticket pre-sale available starting August 7th

Following previous delays, Pokemon the Movie: Coco has been confirmed for a theatrical release in Japan on December 25th, 2020, with early ticket sales going live on August 7th (purchasing a ticket in advance will provide you with a code for Zarude and a special Shiny Celebi in Pokemon Sword and Shield). A new trailer has also been shared alongside the news, giving us our first listen of the film's opening theme. Check out the brand new Japanese movie trailer above!

Pokemon Sword and Shield event announced for Korea

A special distribution

Pokemon Co. has announced an upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield event in Korea. On August 9th, 2020, the official Pokemon site in Korea will share a code for a Shiny Amoonguss. This Amoonguss matches the Amoonguss used by World Champion Senior Top 4 player Baik Jongyoon in the 2019 World Championships. It has the moves Clear Smog, Spore, Protect and Rage Powder and comes at Level 50.

Earn Battle Points, Armorite Ore, and Gold Bottle Caps in Pokemon Sword and Shield Ranked Battles August Season

August brings the heat

The latest season of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles has begun, and this month is a great time to show off how you've developed your strategies. The battle rules are the same as in July, so use what you've learned from the first round of battles with Pokémon from the Isle of Armor. Test your skills in head-to-head battles against players around the world to move up the leaderboards and earn in-game rewards.

Pokémon in either the Galar Region Pokédex or the Isle of Armor Pokédex that are caught, hatched from Eggs, or received as an official Mystery Gift are eligible for Ranked Battles, except for Mythical Pokémon and most Legendary Pokémon (Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion are permitted). Competitors will be permitted to use all known Pokémon with the Gigantamax Factor, including Venusaur, Blastoise, Rillaboom, Cinderace, Inteleon, and Urshifu. Pokémon of permitted species with the battle-ready symbol may also be used in Ranked Battles.

To start a Ranked Battle, select VS in the X menu, select Battle Stadium, and then select Ranked Battles. You can press the Y Button to see an overview of Ranked Battles before you begin your match.

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 August season rewards include the following:

Master Ball Tier

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

Ultra Ball Tier

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

Great Ball Tier

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

Poké Ball Tier and Beginner Tier

Ability Capsule ×1
50 Battle Points
Armorite Ore ×1

Good luck making it to the Master Ball Tier as you battle in August, Trainers!

Pokemon Sword and Shield Season Seven Ranked Battle Rewards available, August Series Now Live

The splendors of battle

We've got two tidbits of Pokemon Sword and Shield info today, and they're both tied to Ranked Battle. Check out the details below.

Season Seven Battle Rewards

- seventh season of Pokémon Sword & Shield's Ranked Battle has come to an end
- rewards for participation in battles is now live
- check your ranking in the Ranked Battle mode and then go to Mystery Gift > Receive via Battle Stadium
- rewards include BP and items range from Armorite Ore up to Bottle Caps, depending upon your placement

Ranked Battle Series August

- now live
- ruleset continues the addition of available Gigantamax Pokémon
- now allows all presently available Gigantamax
- runs from August 1st at 04:00 UTC to August 31st at 23:59 UTC

Pokemon Sword and Shield 'Wild Area Event' updated for July 31st, 2020

The Pokemon Sword and Shield Wild Area Event has now been updated. The Rock and Steel-type Pokémon have left the boosted raids. and now various Water and Ground Pokémon have been added.

Pokemon Sword and Shield 'Armor Beginnings' rankings now live, BP gif available

See where you stand

Did you participate in the Pokemon Sword and Shield 'Armor Beginnings' online competition? If so, the rankings for that event are now available. You can check them by going to VS, and then into the Battle Stadium feature. You can also receive the 50 BP gift if you go to Mystery Gift and select Get Battle Stadium Rewards.

3 Switch exclusives make the top 10 charts for worldwide digital revenue in June 2020

Pokemon, Smash, and Animal Crossing all make big moves

SuperData has shared their digital charts for June 2020, and three Switch-exclusive titles made the top 10 for consoles. Seeing Pokemon Sword and Shield and Smash Bros. Ultimate make the list is no surprise, as considerable DLC was launched. The real shocker is seeing Animal Crossing: New Horizons in the top 10 yet again, as digital figures are coming from just sales of the game itself! Check out the full top 10 below.

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