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The official Pokémon website has announced that from July 1st, 2022 until July 10th, 2022, Max Raid Battles in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will feature Poliwag, Marill, and Spheal appearing more often in Pokémon Dens with a chance for Shiny Marill to show up.

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Defeat Water-type Pokémon to Earn Refreshing Beverages in Max Raid Battles

Make a splash and chill with Poliwag, Marill, and Spheal in the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games.

Cool off this season with some refreshing Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Max Raid Battles. Until July 10, 2022, at 4:59 p.m. PDT, Poliwag, Marill, and Spheal will appear more often in Pokémon Dens. Lucky Trainers might even encounter a Shiny Marill! Defeat these Water-type Pokémon to earn refreshing items like Fresh Water, Soda Pop, and Lemonade.

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/defeat-water-type-pokemon-to-earn-refreshing-beverages-in-max-raid-battles/

The Pokémon Company has announced the details for the 2022 Pokémon North America International Championships Streaming which will be available on Twitch on June 24th, 2022 to June 26th, 2022.

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2022 Pokémon North America International Championships Streaming Info

Players will compete for incredible prizes and high Championship Point payouts during the 2022 Pokémon North America International Championships in Columbus, Ohio, from June 24–26, 2022.

Even if you can't make it to Ohio, you can still watch all the action live at home. Matches from the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be streaming all weekend long, starting Friday at 6 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time). You can also catch Pokémon GO and Pokkén Tournament DX competitions during the event's first two days.

Tune in to each game's Twitch.tv channel to catch all the action! Don't forget to check out the winning teams and decks at Pokemon.com/EventResults once the tournament is complete.

When to Watch: Pokémon TCG

Pokémon TCG stream: Twitch.tv/PokemonTCG
Commentators: Kyle Sabelhaus, Chip Richey, Adam Watson, Shelbie "FrostedCaribou" Bou
Friday, June 24: Match coverage begins at 6 a.m. PDT
Saturday, June 25: Match coverage continues at 6 a.m. PDT, including the final Swiss rounds followed by top cut
Sunday, June 26: Final matches for all three Pokémon TCG age divisions begin at 7 a.m. PDT on Twitch.tv/Pokemon

When to Watch: Pokémon VGC

Pokémon VGC stream: Twitch.tv/Pokemon
Commentators: Adam Dorricott, Rosemary Kelley, Joe Brown, Sierra Hunter
Friday, June 24: Match coverage begins at 6 a.m. PDT
Saturday, June 25: Match coverage continues at 6 a.m. PDT, including the final Swiss rounds followed by top cut
Sunday, June 26: Final matches for all three Pokémon VGC age divisions will be held after the Pokémon TCG final matches, which begin at 7 a.m. PDT on this channel

When to Watch: Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO stream: Twitch.tv/PokemonGO
Commentators: Gabby Snyder, William “SpeediestChief2” Dunphey, Caleb Peng, Steven "2OButters" Sanders
Friday, June 24: Match coverage begins at 6 a.m. PDT
Saturday, June 25: Match coverage continues at 6 a.m. PDT, followed by the final matches

When to Watch: Pokkén Tournament DX

Pokkén Tournament DX stream: Twitch.tv/PokkenTournament
Commentators: Evan “WonderChef” Hashimoto, Russell “Kino” Klein, Alex “Jin” Williams
Friday, June 24: Match coverage begins at 6 a.m. PDT
Saturday, June 25: Match coverage continues at 6 a.m. PDT, followed by the final matches

All times are approximated and subject to change.
Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/internationals/2022/north-america/streaming/

The official Pokémon website has announced that players of Pokémon Sword and Shield can encounter Gigantamax Urshifu (Single Strike Style) and Gigantamax Urshifu (Rapid Strike Style) more often in Pokémon Dens from June 17th, 2022 until June 19th, 2022, at 4:59 p.m. PDT.

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Challenge Gigantamax Urshifu in Max Raid Battles

Earn valuable items by defeating this Legendary Pokémon in your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.

Big Max Raid Battles against Legendary Pokémon are waiting for you in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Until June 19, 2022, at 4:59 p.m. PDT, Gigantamax Urshifu (Single Strike Style) and Gigantamax Urshifu (Rapid Strike Style) will appear more often in Pokémon Dens. Although these mighty Wushu Pokémon won't give you a chance to catch them, you'll be rewarded with valuable items you wouldn't normally receive from Max Raid Battles by defeating them.

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 in the Wild Area or elsewhere, 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/challenge-gigantamax-urshifu-in-max-raid-battles/

The Pokémon Japan Championships 2022 and the Pokémon Trainers Cup 2022 were held this weekend in Japan and Korea respectively, and during both streams, codes were given out to players of Pokémon Sword and Shield to receive Sableye and Grimmsnarl.

Pokémon Japan Championships 2022 - Yamirami

From June 11th, 2022 until June 12th, 2022 at 23:59JST, a Yamirami will be distributed to players of Pokémon Sword and Shield based on the Pokémon Japan Championship 2021 Champion Kohei Fujita's (フジタ コウヘイ) Yamirami. The code is: 21JAPANCHAMP10N

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YouTube Clip - Pokémon Japan Championships 2022 Game Division Day 1


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLM31tHrD5M

Pokémon Trainers Cup 2022 - Olongteol

From June 11th, 2022 until June 12th, 2022 at 23:59JST, Olongteol will be distributed to players of Pokémon Sword and Shield based on the Pokémon Trainers Cup 2021 Champion Wonseok Jung's (정원석) Olongteol. The code is: K0REACHAMP10N21

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YouTube Clip - Pokémon Trainers Cup 2022 Finals


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFZ7ZkmS_cs

The Pokémon Company has announced the details for the Single Battle Cup competition for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Our 8th Generation Online Competitions page has been updated with these details.

Single Battle Cup

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Region: International
Registration Period: June 10th, 2022 until June 23, 2022, at 4:59 p.m. PDT
Tournament Period: June 23, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. to June 26, 2022, at 4:59 p.m. PDT,
Ranking Results Announcement: July 2022
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Eligible Pokémon: Ranked Battles Series 9 - All Pokémon from the Galar Pokédex, the Isle of Armor Pokédex, and the Crown Tundra Pokédex, excluding the following Pokémon: 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
Battle Type: Single Battles
Entry Gift: Qualifying players who participate in at least one battle during the event will receive 50 BP whether they win or lose.
In this in-game competition, you can take on Trainers from around the world using the Ranked Battles Series 9 regulations, which means that Mythical Pokémon and the more powerful Legendary Pokémon are not permitted in battle. Put together a team without any of these restricted Pokémon and prepare to show off your skills!

Register Now for the Single Battle Cup Competition

Challenge Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield players from around the world to earn BP.

Registration is now open for the Single Battle Cup in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. In this in-game competition, you can take on Trainers from around the world using the Ranked Battles Series 9 regulations, which means that Mythical Pokémon and the more powerful Legendary Pokémon are not permitted in battle. Put together a team without any of these restricted Pokémon and prepare to show off your skills!

Qualifying players who participate in at least one battle during the event will receive 50 BP whether they win or lose.

You can register from now until June 23, 2022, at 4:59 p.m. PDT. To register for the competition, follow these steps:

  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select VS.
  4. Select Battle Stadium.
  5. Select Online Competitions.
  6. Select Search Official Competitions.

The competition takes place from June 23, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. to June 26, 2022, at 4:59 p.m. PDT, so don't forget to return during that time to play your matches. Follow these steps to receive your Participation Gift:

  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.

Good luck competing in the Single Battle Cup, Trainers!

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/register-now-for-the-single-battle-cup-competition/

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles June 2022 Season (Season 31) is here! Compete against other players in Season 31 to earn in-game rewards!

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Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles June 2022 Season (Season 31)

Earn in-game rewards and climb the leaderboards by competing against players from around the world.

The new Ranked Battles season in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield has begun, giving Trainers the chance to test their skills in head-to-head battles against players from around the world, move up in the global leaderboards, and earn helpful in-game rewards.

The leaderboards reset every month, so now's the perfect time to jump in. Running until 4:59 p.m. PDT on June 30, 2022, the Ranked Battles June 2022 Season (Season 31) will follow the Series 12 regulations, which means you can battle with two powerful, usually ineligible Legendary Pokémon at your side. Also, Pokémon are allowed to Dynamax or Gigantamax during battle.

Only Pokémon obtained in the Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Sword, or Pokémon Shield games 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 in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. 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

Eligible Pokémon for the Ranked Battles June 2022 Season include:

Galar Pokédex No. 001–400, Isle of Armor Pokédex No. 001–210, and Crown Tundra Pokédex No. 001–210 are eligible, 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.

Two of the following special Pokémon may be registered to your Battle Team:

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

June 2022 Season Rewards

Before battle, you'll be matched up with other players of similar rank to ensure even competition. The higher the tier you finish in, the greater your in-game rewards will be after the season concludes. The June 2022 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 Start a Ranked Battle

To start a Ranked Battle, follow these steps:

  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.

How to Receive In-Game Rewards

You will need to finish at least one match with a win or loss during the June 2022 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.

Good luck battling in the Ranked Battles June 2022 Season!

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/pokemon-sword-and-pokemon-shield-ranked-battles-june-2022-season-season-31/

Players of Pokémon Sword and Shield can catch Shellder in Max Raid Battles from May 20th, 2022 until May 22, 2022, at 4:59 p.m. PDT.

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Catch Shellder in Max Raid Battles

Crack open your Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield game for some Bivalve Pokémon fun, and you might encounter a Shiny Shellder.

The latest Max Raid Battle event in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield is just too exciting to clam up about. Until May 22, 2022, at 4:59 p.m. PDT, Shellder will appear more frequently in Pokémon Dens. Lucky Trainers might even encounter a Shiny Shellder!

For an opportunity to encounter this 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/catch-shellder-in-max-raid-battles/

The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo have announced Pokémon HOME version 2.0.0, which will now allow the Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokémon Shining Pearl video games to be mutually compatible with the cloud service app alongside past games Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!, Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!, and Pokémon GO. [1] Players can look forward to the update in the coming weeks. High resolution pictures from the press release have been added to an Imageboard thread.

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NEW VERSION OF POKÉMON HOME INTRODUCES MORE GAME COMPATIBILITY

Pokémon HOME enables Trainers to continue their Pokémon adventures beyond a single game system and manage their collection of Pokémon across many of their games. The Pokémon that players can take to each game are limited to the Pokémon that appear in those games. Players can view the details on which Pokémon can be taken to which games from the Help menu of the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME.[2]

Introducing Strange Balls
Pokémon Legends: Arceus takes place in the distant past of the world of Pokémon, where Poké Balls from the other games do not yet exist. When Pokémon caught in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Sword, or Pokémon Shield are transferred to Pokémon Legends: Arceus, they will appear in Strange Balls. Strange Balls will only appear in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokémon Shining Pearl. All Pokémon caught in Pokémon Legends: Arceus that are transferred to Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield will appear in regular Poké Balls.[3]

Strange Ball

In Pokémon HOME, players will be able to see the Poké Balls that Pokémon were originally caught in.

Claim Special Pokémon When Linking Games
To celebrate Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus becoming compatible with Pokémon HOME, players will be gifted special Pokémon when linking each game to Pokémon HOME.[4]

Pokémon Legends: Arceus Connectivity
After depositing a Pokémon from Pokémon Legends: Arceus into the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME, players will receive Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott with maximum effort levels as Mystery Gifts in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl Connectivity
After depositing a Pokémon from Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Pokémon Shining Pearl into the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME, players will receive Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup with Hidden Abilities as Mystery Gifts in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME.

Connectivity Between Various Games
The moves that Pokémon can learn in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Sword, and Pokémon Shield differ from those that they can learn in other games, so a Pokémon's moves will not be reflected when it is transferred to another game.When a Pokémon is taken to another game for the first time, the moves it can use will be determined by its level.[5]

If a Pokémon is brought from the game it was caught into another game and learns other moves, and is then brought back to the game it was caught in, it will go back to having the moves that it originally knew.[6]

Linking to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl
Players can check on the condition of Pokémon deposited from Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl to Pokémon HOME as well as their other details.

Please be cautious of the following when connecting Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl to Pokémon HOME.

  • Special Pokémon that can only be caught once during regular gameplay can only be deposited once per save data to Pokémon HOME.

Linking to Pokémon Legends: Arceus
You can view the effort levels of Pokémon deposited from Pokémon Legends: Arceus to Pokémon HOME as well as its other details.

  • The objective of Pokémon Legends: Arceus is to help compile the first Pokédex in the Hisui region. As such, the National Pokédex in Pokémon HOME will update its Pokédex entries based on your completion of the Pokédex in your Pokémon Legends: Arceus save data.
  • If a Pokédex entry in Pokémon Legends: Arceus is incomplete, you will not be able to see that Pokémon's entry in Pokémon HOME.

Additional Achievements and Stickers
Players can obtain stickers by completing achievements by meeting certain conditions in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME. New achievements and stickers based on Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokémon Shining Pearl will be added from version 2.0.0 onwards.

For more information on Pokémon HOME version 2.0.0, please click here.

[1] Linking Pokémon HOME to different games can be done through the Nintendo Switch version.
[2] Example: Hisuian Growlithe cannot be transferred to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Sword, or Pokémon Shield, but players will be able to take a Pikachu they've caught in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield into Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, or Pokémon Shining Pearl.
[3] When Pokémon are deposited or withdrawn between Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Pokémon Shining Pearl and Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield, the caught Pokémon will appear in the original Poké Balls that they were caught in and not in Strange Balls.
[4] Mystery Gifts in Pokémon HOME are only available on the mobile device version. The ability to link Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokémon Shining Pearl to Pokémon HOME is only available on the Nintendo Switch version. To prepare, please make sure that the Nintendo Switch version and the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME are linked. (For more details, please check here.)

Depending on the OS or device, players may not be able to use certain features. The particulars of this event may be changed at any time without prior warning. Thank you for your understanding.

[5] These moves will be learned when Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Sword, or Pokémon Shield are linked.
[6] A Pokémon caught in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! and transferred to Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield will keep the moves they had in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go Eevee! A Pokémon caught in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! and transferred to Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond,or Pokémon Shining Pearl will have moves that correspond to its level. A Pokémon caught in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! and transferred to Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Sword, or Pokémon Shield cannot be transferred back to Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!

The Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles May 2022 Season (Season 30) is here! Compete against other players in Season 30 to earn in-game rewards!

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Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles May 2022 Season (Season 30)

Compete against players from around the world to climb the leaderboards and earn in-game rewards.

The new Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles season has begun, giving Trainers another chance to test their skills in head-to-head battles with players around the world, move up the global leaderboards, and earn helpful in-game rewards.

The leaderboards reset every month, so now's the perfect time to jump in. Running until 4:59 p.m. PDT on May 31, 2022, the Ranked Battles May 2022 Season (Season 30) will follow the Series 12 regulations, which means you can battle with two powerful, usually ineligible Legendary Pokémon at your side. Also, Pokémon are allowed to Dynamax or Gigantamax during battle.

Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword and 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

Eligible Pokémon for the Ranked Battles May 2022 Season include:

Galar Pokédex No. 001–400, Isle of Armor Pokédex No. 001–210, and Crown Tundra Pokédex No. 001–210 are eligible for battle, 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.

Two of the following special Pokémon may be registered to your Battle Team:

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

May 2022 Season Rewards

Before battle, you'll be matched up with other players of similar rank to ensure even competition. The higher the tier you finish in, the greater your in-game rewards will be after the season concludes. The May 2022 season rewards include the following:

  • 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

To start a Ranked Battle, follow these steps:
  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.

How to Receive In-Game Rewards

You will need to finish at least one match with a win or loss during the May 2022 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.

Good luck battling in the Ranked Battles May 2022 Season!

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/pokemon-sword-and-pokemon-shield-ranked-battles-may-2022-season-season-30/

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During the 2022 European International Championships stream, a serial code was revealed for Pokémon Sword and Shield that allows players to receive a Dracovish based on the one that @marc0fier0 (Marco Silva) used to win the 2020 Pokémon Oceania International Championships.

Distribution Date: April 22nd, 2022 until April 25th, 2022
Code: EU1C2022G1FT

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Sources: https://twitter.com/playpokemon/status/1516871728932134912 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX7wMYKqKEI
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