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The official Pokémon website has announced that from July 23rd, 2021 until July 25th, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT, Fossil Pokémon have invaded Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield’s Pokémon Dens and the Dynamax forms of the prehistoric Pokémon Omanyte, Kabuto, and Aerodactyl will be appearing more frequently.

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Discover Dynamax Forms of Omanyte, Kabuto, and Aerodactyl in Max Raid Battles

Fossil Pokémon have invaded Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield’s Pokémon Dens, and they have a bone to pick with you.

Now here's a Max Raid Battle event you're sure to dig! Until July 25, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT, Dynamax forms of the prehistoric Pokémon Omanyte, Kabuto, and Aerodactyl will be appearing more frequently in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield's Pokémon Dens. You might event encounter a rare Shiny Omanyte while taking part in these Max Raid Battles.

For an opportunity to encounter these Pokémon in a Max Raid Battle, you'll need to connect your Nintendo Switch system to the internet through Y-Comm or by selecting Mystery Gift in the X menu, then selecting Get the Wild Area News. After that, whenever you see a pillar of light shining from a Pokémon Den, you can walk up to the Pokémon Den and interact with it to start a Max Raid Battle with a Dynamax Pokémon. This event does not affect the Pokémon encountered within Dynamax Adventures.

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/discover-dynamax-forms-of-omanyte-kabuto-and-aerodactyl-in-max-raid-battles/

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During the Pokémon Japan Championships 2021 Game Division broadcast on July 18th, 2021, a serial code was revealed that allowed all players of Pokémon Sword and Shield to receive a Cotoise. This Cotoise's ID is Clara (クララ) and is named after the one Kōhei Sakurai used to help them win the Pokémon Japan Championships 2020 Video Games Masters Division. It will be available to claim from July 18th, 2021 until July 19th, 2021. The code is: PJCS2020CHAMP

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Cotoise Event Pokémon Details:

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OT: 210718
ID: クララ
Ability: Drought
Hold Item: Sitrus Berry
Moves: Burning Jealousy, Body Press, Yawn, Protect

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIHrV0AJMaA

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Fans can watch broadcasts of exciting matches from the Region and Global Final rounds of the Pokémon Players Cup IV. Matches from each competition—the Pokémon TCG competition, the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video game competition, and Pokkén Tournament DX—will be streamed on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter with commentary from the Pokémon Company's team of Pokémon experts.

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During the Pokémon Players Cup IV - VG Region Finals Day 1 broadcast, a serial code was revealed that allowed all players of Pokémon Sword and Shield to get a Gold Bottle Cap. The code was active from July 17th, 2021 until July 19th, 2021. The code is: PLAYERSCH01CEPC

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At the end of the Pokémon Players Cup IV - TCG Region Finals Day 1 broadcast, a serial code was revealed that allowed Pokémon Trading Card Game Online players to get a Marnie Full Art Supporter card. The code was active from July 17th, 2021 until July 26th, 2021 but only for 50,000 redemptions. The code is: PC4YOURCHOICE

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/pokemon-players-cup-iv/streaming/

From July 9th, 2021 until July 11th, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT, Pokémon Dens in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be occupied by Pokémon that inspired the games' curry Taste Ratings. Koffing, Wobbuffet, Milcery, Gigantamax Charizard, and Gigantamax Copperajah appearing more frequently in Max Raid Battles.

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Gigantamax Charizard, Gigantamax Copperajah, and More in Max Raid Battles

The Pokémon that inspired Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield’s curry Taste Ratings are here, and you might even encounter Shiny Gigantamax Copperajah.

We hope you've got an appetite for some spicy Max Raid Battles in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield! Until July 11, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT, Pokémon Dens will be occupied by Pokémon that inspired the games' curry Taste Ratings. Be on the lookout for Koffing, Wobbuffet, Milcery, Gigantamax Charizard, and Gigantamax Copperajah appearing more frequently in Max Raid Battles. Very rarely, you may even encounter a Shiny Gigantamax Copperajah.

If you manage to defeat a Pokémon in a Max Raid Battle during this event, you'll receive Bach's Food Tin in Pokémon Sword or Bob's Food Tin in Pokémon Shield—rare ingredients that can be used to prepare curry at your Pokémon Camp to help you complete your Curry Dex!

For an opportunity to encounter these Pokémon in a Max Raid Battle, you'll need to connect your Nintendo Switch system to the internet through Y-Comm or by selecting Mystery Gift in the X menu, then selecting Get the Wild Area News. After that, whenever you see a pillar of light shining from a Pokémon Den, you can walk up to the Pokémon Den and interact with it to start a Max Raid Battle with a Dynamax Pokémon. Usually, there'll be an extremely small possibility a Gigantamax Pokémon will appear instead of a Dynamax Pokémon, but during an event, certain Gigantamax Pokémon are more likely to appear. This event does not affect the Pokémon encountered within Dynamax Adventures.

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/gigantamax-charizard-gigantamax-copperajah-and-more-in-max-raid-battles/

The official Pokémon website has announced the details for Ranked Battles Series 10 in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield which begins on August 1st, 2021. Pokémon will not be allowed to Dynamax in this season but tough Legendary Pokémon usually not permitted in competitive matches are featured in this season.

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Trainers Can Once Again Use a Restricted Pokémon in Ranked Battles Series 10, Starting August 1, 2021

Choose wisely and play hard in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield with the latest Ranked Battles Series.

Ranked Battles Series 10 begins on August 1, 2021, in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, and with it comes another chance to battle together with tough Legendary Pokémon usually not permitted in competitive matches. As previously seen in Ranked Battles Series 8, Trainers can include one Pokémon from the Restricted Pokémon list below on their Battle Team. Note that this is different from previous GS Cup regulations where two of these Pokémon were permitted on a Battle Team.

As an added twist to the Series 10 regulations, Pokémon will not be allowed to Dynamax!

Eligible Pokémon

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Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Zacian, Zamazenta, Eternatus, Calyrex

  • Mythical Pokémon are not permitted in battle.
  • All other Pokémon from the Galar Pokédex, the Isle of Armor Pokédex, and the Crown Tundra Pokédex as well as certain other Pokémon are permitted.
  • Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield or those with the battle-ready symbol are eligible.
  • Pokémon will not be allowed to Dynamax.
  • All Pokémon will be set to Lv. 50, including Pokémon below Lv. 50.
  • Duplicate Pokémon are not allowed.
  • Duplicate held items are not allowed.

Timer Regulations

  • Each battle begins with a 90-second Team Preview phase.
  • In each battle, players have the following time limits:
    • 7 minutes of Your Time
    • 45 seconds of Move Time
    • 20 minutes of Game Time

Good luck battling in Pokémon Ranked Battles Series 10 starting August 1

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/trainers-can-once-again-use-a-restricted-pokemon-in-ranked-battles-series-10-starting-august-1-2021/

From June 25th, 2021 until June 27, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT, players of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield can encounter Octillery, Malamar, and Grapploct in Max Raid Battles and have a chance to find a Shiny Grapploct.

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Encounter Octillery, Malamar, and Grapploct in Max Raid Battles

Tentacled Pokémon lurk in Pokémon Dens during this Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield event, and you might find Shiny Grapploct.

Be careful when poking around Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield's Pokémon Dens, as you're liable to find yourself in the grip of a powerful tentacled Pokémon! Until June 27, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT, Octillery, Malamar, and Grapploct will appear in Max Raid Battles. And very rarely, you might even encounter a Shiny Grapploct.

For an opportunity to encounter these Pokémon in a Max Raid Battle, you'll need to connect your Nintendo Switch system to the internet through Y-Comm or by selecting Mystery Gift in the X menu, then selecting Get the Wild Area News. After that, whenever you see a pillar of light shining from a Pokémon Den, you can walk up to the Pokémon Den and interact with it to start a Max Raid Battle with a Dynamax Pokémon. This event does not affect the Pokémon encountered within Dynamax Adventures.

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/encounter-octillery-malamar-and-grapploct-in-max-raid-battles/

The Pokémon Company has announced the Pokémon Sword and Shield - Pokémon Global Exhibition where top players from around the world will complete in this exclusive competition in October 2021.

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Watch the Pokémon Global Exhibition This October

The top Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield players from around the world will face off against each other in this exclusive competition.

This October, our celebration of 25 years of Pokémon continues with the Pokemon Global Exhibition. This thrilling tournament will feature eight of the best Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield players from around the world.

Competitors will include the highest-ranking players from each of the four regions participating in the Pokémon Players Cup IV Global Finals (Europe, North America, Latin America, and Oceania). They will be joined by other incredible players from around the world, including players from Japan.

Tune in to the Pokémon Global Exhibition to see some of the world's best Pokémon Trainers in action

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/watch-the-pokemon-global-exhibition-this-october/

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A serial code distribution for a Dynamax Crystal ☆Sgr7348 which allows players of Pokémon Sword and Shield to encounter Gigantamax Sandaconda in a Max Raid Battle is being distributed in Europe from June 18th, 2021 until July 18th, 2021 at participating retailers. This code must be redeemed by October 31st, 2021.

Using this Dynamax Crystal will make a special Max Raid Battle available in your game where you’ll be able to face Gigantamax Sandaconda. You’ll be able to attempt this Max Raid Battle as many times as it takes to win or until midnight on the day that the Dynamax Crystal was used.

Serial Code Distribution:

GAME - UK
Micromania - France
GameMania - Belgium and The Netherlands
Gamestop - Gemany, Italy, Austria

How to Receive the Gigantamax Sandaconda Dynamax Crystal

  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Select Mystery Gift on the X menu.
  3. Select Get a Mystery Gift.
  4. Select Get with Code/Password to connect to the internet.*
  5. Enter your code.
  6. Watch as the gift arrives in your game. (Pokémon will appear in your party or your Pokémon Boxes. Items will appear in your Bag or in the fitting room of any boutique in the Galar region.)
  7. Be sure to save your game.

Distribution Details:

Receive a free code for a Dynamax Crystal in selected stores. For online please enter a valid email address and allow up to 7 working days for receipt of code. Offer available from 00:01 on 18th June 2021 until 18th July 2021. No purchase necessary. One code per customer. Offer available while stocks last - stock levels and availability for eligible products will vary over time and from store to store and so may not always be available. GAME reserves the right to amend or cancel this offer at any time without prior notice. Launch Pokémon Shield or Pokémon Sword game to redeem code. GAME reserves the right to refuse anyone believed to be representing a trade buyer. Your legal rights are not affected.

The official Pokémon website has announced that from June 4th, 2021 until June 6th, 2021, lucky trainers in Pokémon Sword and Shield may come across a Gigantamax Venusaur or a Shiny Politoed in Max Raid Battles.

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Battle Gigantamax Venusaur and More in Max Raid Battles

You might even encounter a Shiny Politoed during this rainy Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield event.

The rainy season has arrived in the Galar region! Until June 6, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT, you'll find all sorts of Pokémon that enjoy the rain in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield's Max Raid Battles. Be on the lookout for a torrent of Pokémon appearing in Pokémon Dens, including Venusaur, Politoed, Croagunk, and Seismitoad. Lucky Trainers may even come across a Gigantamax Venusaur or a Shiny Politoed.

For an opportunity to encounter these Pokémon in a Max Raid Battle, you'll need to connect your Nintendo Switch system to the internet through Y-Comm or by selecting Mystery Gift in the X menu, then selecting Get the Wild Area News. After that, whenever you see a pillar of light shining from a Pokémon Den, you can walk up to the Pokémon Den and interact with it to start a Max Raid Battle with a Dynamax Pokémon. Usually, there'll be an extremely small possibility a Gigantamax Pokémon will appear instead of a Dynamax Pokémon, but during an event, certain Gigantamax Pokémon are more likely to appear. This event does not affect the Pokémon encountered within Dynamax Adventures.

Be sure to read our Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Max Raid Battle Tips article for advice on how to topple these opponents. Don't wait, though—you don't want to miss out on the chance to add these Pokémon to your team!

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/battle-gigantamax-venusaur-and-more-in-max-raid-battles/

The official Pokémon website has announced the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield June 2021 Ranked Battles Season 19 details.

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Compete in the June 2021 Ranked Battles Season (Season 19) in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

Climb the leaderboards and earn great prizes to help develop your Pokémon further.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles allow you to test your mettle as a Trainer in head-to-head battles with players around the world, move up the global leaderboards, and earn helpful in-game rewards.

Eligible Pokémon

The Ranked Battles June 2021 Season (Season 19) will continue to follow the Series 9 regulations. See the list below for details on what Pokémon are eligible to compete.

Galar Pokédex No. 001–397, Isle of Armor Pokédex No. 001–210, and Crown Tundra Pokédex No. 001–209 are eligible for battle, 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.

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.

How to Start a Ranked Battle

  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select VS.
  4. Select Battle Stadium.
  5. Select Ranked Battles.

June 2021 Season 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 June 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

How to Receive In-Game Rewards

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 June 2021 Season to be eligible for rewards at the end of the season. To receive your in-game rewards, follow these steps:

  1. After the competition has ended, launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select Mystery Gift.
  4. Select Get a Mystery Gift.
  5. Select Get Battle Stadium Rewards.
Have fun battling in the Ranked Battles June 2021 Season!

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/compete-in-the-june-2021-ranked-battles-season-season-19-in-pokemon-sword-and-pokemon-shield/
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