Original Stitch reveals a new round of Pokemon shirts

Galar region, it's your time to shine!

The Original Stitch collaboration with the Pokemon Co. has been quite expansive, and equally as lucrative. The two are continuing their partnership with yet another round of shirts, and this time designs are focused on Galar starters. You can snag a shirt featuring Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble. Right now, these designs are only being shipped in Japan, but they'll make their way to the rest of the world in February.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Players Cup III Qualifier underway

Good luck, trainers

It's time once again to show off just how good your trainer skills are. The Pokemon Sword and Shield Players Cup III Qualifier is now underway. This is a Double Battle competition following current VGC rules. All players who enter will get 50 BP, and the top players in each region will be able to qualify for the Players Cup III. Battles run until Jan. 17th, 2021.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Max Raid Battle Event updated, and Zarude distribution in Europe

Pokemon Sword and Shield keeps giving players reasons to jump back in and have some fun. Here's the latest changes that Pokemon Co. put into place.

Max Raid Battle Event

- reverted back to the Normal and Dragon-type event
- runs until January 31st
- Gigantamax Snorlax and Duraludon appear in Max Raid Battles

Zarude distribution

- newsletter being sent out in Europe
- contains unique serial codes for Zarude
- codes must be redeemed by March 31st, 2021

Pokemon Sword and Shield Wild Area event updated for Jan. 8th, 2021

Time for a change-up

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Wild Area Event has shifted once again. For the next few days, the Normal & Dragon-type Pokémon have left raids. Trainers will now find that Skwovet has returned, and Shiny Skwovet and Greedent are available as well. This event will remain in effect until Sunday.

Pokémon Sword and Shield Ranked Battles January 2021 Season Now Underway

New year, new battle season!

2021 is officially underway, as are Ranked Battles in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Season 14 is up-and-running, and you can get full details on what's being offered below.

The Ranked Battles January 2021 Season (Season 14) is now under way, and Trainers all over the world are ready for action. Join them in head-to-head battles in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield to work your way up the leaderboards and earn sweet in-game rewards.

The Ranked Battles January Season will follow the Series 7 regulations, which means Galar Pokédex No. 001–397, Isle of Armor Pokédex No. 001–210, and Crown Tundra Pokédex No. 001–209 are eligible, as well as the following Pokémon: Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Treecko, Grovyle, Sceptile, Torchic, Combusken, Blaziken, Mudkip, Marshtomp, Swampert, Latias, Latios, Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Heatran, Regigigas, Cresselia, Tornadus, Thundurus, Landorus, Rowlet, Dartrix, Decidueye, Litten, Torracat, Incineroar, Popplio, Brionne, Primarina, Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, Tapu Fini, Nihilego, Buzzwole, Pheromosa, Xurkitree, Celesteela, Kartana, Guzzlord, Poipole, Naganadel, Stakataka, and Blacephalon. All Gigantamax Pokémon that are eligible to participate may be used.

January 2021 Season Rewards

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

How to Start a Ranked Battle

Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
Open the X menu.
Select VS.
Select Battle Stadium.
Select Ranked Battles.
How to Receive In-Game Rewards

You will need to finish at least one match with a win or loss during the January Season to be eligible for rewards at the end of the season.

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.

Regarding the Battle-Ready Symbol

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. Moves that cannot be used in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be forgotten when the battle-ready symbol is applied to your Pokémon. Once forgotten, these moves cannot be remembered.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Wild Area Event updated for Dec. 31st, 2020

Once again, the Pokemon Sword and Shield Wild Area Event has been updated. Fire and Ice-type Pokemon have left boosted raids, and they've been replaced with Normal and Dragon-type Pokemon. This lineup includes Gigantamax Snorlax and Gigantamax Duraludon, and they'll be sticking around until Jan. 31st, 2020.

Pokemon Space Sunrise event recap and special Pikachu distribution

An out-of-this-world Pokemon experience

The Pokemon Space Sunrise event took place today, which was a collab between Pokemon Co. and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The live-stream was straight from the KIBO module on the International Space Station, and it featured a couple special tidbits for Pokemon fans.

First up, a view from outside the KIBO module was shown, where fans got to see Rayquaza flying around. Along with that, Astronaut Soichi Noguchi was shown inside the module along with Pikachu, who was hanging out for part of the trip.

To go along with the special event, Pokemon Co. has released a special Pikachu to fans. This Pikachu has the moves Thunderbolt, Swift, Wish, and Celebrate, and comes holding a Comet Shard. You can snag it via Mystery Gift until Jan. 15th, 2021.

A Special Pikachu known as "KIBO'S Pikachu" is now available in Pokemon Sword & Shield via Mystery Gift

Takara Tomy reveals Pokemon Dynamax Band toy

The ultimate fashion accessory of 2021

Takara Tomy is no stranger to Pokemon toys, as they've created tons over the years. The brand has been quite successful for them, which is why they've just revealed yet another entry in their Pokemon series.

The company has revealed a Pokemon Dynamax Band, which is the same as the one you see trainers wear in Pokemon Sword and Shield. The toy has two different modes that include both lights and sound effects. Dynamax Mode goes through the sounds and lights of a Dynamax event, and Cheer Mode has 14 phrases from Ash, Goh, and Leon. Finally, wearers can use the Dynamax Band with Pokemon Mezastar to activate Dynamax in the arcade game.

The Pokemon Dynamax Band will launch in Japan on Feb. 11th, 2021 for 1,980 yen. You can import yours from Amazon Japan here.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Wild Area Event updated for Dec. 28th, 2020

Pokemon of fire and ice

After a special Christmas event, the Wild Area event in Pokemon Sword and Shield has reverted back to its previous state. Once again, the Max Raid Battle Event now features Ice and Fire-type Pokemon. From now until Dec. 31st, 2020, Pokemon like Gigantamax Lapras and Centiskorch can be found in Max Raid Battles.