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The Pokémon Japan Championships 2022 (PJCS2022) will be held in June! The information about the online tournaments for the Game Division of PJCS2022 has been released. The PJCS2022 is an official tournament to determine the best Pokémon Battlers in Japan for the 2022 season. The top finishers will receive prizes, so be sure to check it out!

In the following official Internet tournaments held in Pokémon Sword and Shield and the top finishers who meet the requirements will be granted the right to participate in the PJCS2022 Game Division!
The following Internet tournaments are eligible for the PJCS2022 Game Division
2022 International Challenge February to be held in February
2022 International Challenge March
2022 International Challenge April
Pokémon Japan Championships 2022 Preliminary Round to be held in May 2022

All participants of the Internet tournaments will receive an Alternate-colored Legendary Pokémon!

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Players who participate in the Internet Tournaments held in February, March, and April, who are eligible to participate in the PJCS2022 Game Division, can receive the following Alternate-colored Legendary Pokémon: Freezer (Galarian Form), Thunder (Galarian Form), and Fire (Galarian Form). Each tournament has a different Pokémon to give away, so don't miss out on any of them! They can be received in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

In order to participate in the online tournaments that will grant you the right to participate in the PJCS2022 game division, you need to register in advance.

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Alternate-colored Freezer (Galarian Form) will be be distributed players of the 2022 International Challenge February. Registration runs from February 3rd, 2022 until February 18th, 2022 and the tournament takes place from February 18th, 2022 until February 21st, 2022.

Alternate-colored Thunder (Galarian Form) will be distributed to players of the 2022 International Challenge March. Registration runs from February 24th, 2022 until March 11th, 2022 and the tournament takes place from March 11th, 2022 until March 14th, 2022.

Alternate-colored Fire (Galarian Form) will be distributed to players of the 2022 International Challenge April. Registration runs from March 31st, 2022 until April 15th, 2022 and the tournament takes place from April 15th, 2022 until April 18th, 2022.

Source: https://www.pokemon.co.jp/info/2022/01/220114_e01.html

The official Pokémon website has announced the details for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles January 2022 Season (Season 26).

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Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles January 2022 Season (Season 26)

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

The new Ranked Battles season has begun, giving Trainers another chance to test their battling skills. The leaderboards reset every month, so now's the perfect time to jump in. The Ranked Battles January 2022 Season (Season 26) will follow the Series 11 regulations, which means you can battle with one powerful, usually ineligible Legendary Pokémon at your side. See the full list of these Pokémon below.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Ranked Battles allow you to 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. The January 2022 season will run until 3:59 p.m. PST on January 31, 2022.

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

Eligible Pokémon for the Ranked Battles January 2022 Season include Galar Pokédex No. 001–397, Isle of Armor Pokédex No. 001–210, and Crown Tundra Pokédex No. 001–209, as well as the following Pokémon:

Mewtwo, 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 one 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, and Calyrex.

Please note that Pokémon may Dynamax or Gigantamax in this competition.

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.

January 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 after the season concludes. The January 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 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 January 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 January 2022 Season!

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/pokemon-sword-and-pokemon-shield-ranked-battles-january-2022-season-season-26/

From December 31st, 2021 until January 9th, 2022, players of Pokémon Sword and Shield can encounter Meowth, Sudowoodo, Darmanitan, and Magikarp more frequently in Pokémon Dens and they might even encounter a Shiny Magikarp!

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Meowth, Sudowoodo, Darmanitan, and Shiny Magikarp in New Years Raid Battles

Celebrate the new year in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, and you just might encounter a Shiny Magikarp!

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.

The official Pokémon website has announced that from December 17th, 2021 until December 26th, 2021, at 3:59 p.m. PST, players of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will find Starmie, Delibird, and Cryogonal more frequently in Pokémon Dens and they might even encounter a Shiny Delibird!

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Starmie, Delibird, and Cryogonal Spread Cheer in Holiday Max Raid Battles

Celebrate the season in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, and you just might encounter a Shiny Delibird.

The holidays are here, and what better way to celebrate than with some Max Raid Battles? Until December 26, 2021, at 3:59 p.m. PST, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield players will find Starmie, Delibird, and Cryogonal more frequently in Pokémon Dens. Very rarely during the event, you might even encounter a Shiny Delibird!

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/starmie-delibird-and-cryogonal-spread-cheer-in-holiday-max-raid-battles/

The official Pokémon website has announced the Tiny Tourney for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Our 8th Generation Online Competitions page has been updated with these details.

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Tiny Tourney

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at 9:00 p.m. PST until Thursday, December 9, 2021, at 3:59 p.m. PST.
Tournament Period: Thursday, December 9, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. PST until Sunday, December 12, 2021, at 3:59 p.m. PST.
Ranking Results Announcement: December 2021
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Eligible Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Caterpie, Sandshrew, Nidoran♀, Nidoran♂, Vulpix, Zubat, Oddish, Diglett, Meowth, Psyduck, Growlithe, Poliwag, Abra, Machop, Tentacool, Ponyta, Magnemite, Farfetch'd (Galarian Form), Shellder, Krabby, Exeggcute, Cubone, Koffing, Rhyhorn, Tangela, Horsea, Goldeen, Staryu, Magikarp, Eevee, Porygon, Omanyte, Kabuto, Hoothoot, Chinchou, Pichu, Cleffa, Igglybuff, Togepi, Natu, Wooper, Sneasel, Swinub, Corsola (Galarian Form), Remoraid, Tyrogue, Smoochum, Elekid, Magby, Larvitar, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Zigzagoon, Lotad, Seedot, Wingull, Ralts, Nincada, Whismur, Azurill, Aron, Electrike, Carvanha, Trapinch, Swablu, Barboach, Corphish, Baltoy, Lileep, Anorith, Feebas, Duskull, Wynaut, Snorunt, Spheal, Bagon, Beldum, Shinx, Budew, Combee, Cherubi, Shellos, Drifloon, Buneary, Stunky, Bronzor, Bonsly, Mime Jr., Happiny, Gible, Munchlax, Riolu, Hippopotas, Skorupi, Croagunk, Mantyke, Snover, Lillipup, Purrloin, Munna, Pidove, Roggenrola, Woobat, Drilbur, Timburr, Tympole, Venipede, Cottonee, Petilil, Sandile, Darumaka, Dwebble, Scraggy, Yamask, Tirtouga, Archen, Trubbish, Zorua, Minccino, Gothita, Solosis, Vanillite, Karrablast, Foongus, Joltik, Ferroseed, Klink, Elgyem, Litwick, Axew, Cubchoo, Shelmet, Mienfoo, Golett, Pawniard, Rufflet, Vullaby, Deino, Bunnelby, Fletchling, Pancham, Espurr, Honedge, Spritzee, Swirlix, Inkay, Binacle, Skrelp, Clauncher, Helioptile, Tyrunt, Goomy, Phantump, Pumpkaboo, Bergmite, Noibat, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Grubbin, Cutiefly, Rockruff, Mareanie, Mudbray, Dewpider, Fomantis, Morelull, Salandit, Stufful, Bounsweet, Wimpod, Sandygast, Jangmo-o, Poipole, Grookey, Scorbunny, Sobble, Skwovet, Rookidee, Blipbug, Nickit, Gossifleur, Wooloo, Chewtle, Yamper, Rolycoly, Applin, Arrokuda, Toxel, Sizzlipede, Clobbopus, Sinistea, Hatenna, Impidimp, Milcery, Snom, Dreepy, and Kubfu are eligible. Each Pokémon in your Battle Team must have the Galar symbol or battle-ready symbol.
Battle Type: Double Battles
Entry Gift: By taking part in this Gym Challenge, you'll earn a participation gift of 50 Battle Points.
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Trainers have until 3:59 p.m. PST on December 9, 2021, to register for the latest iteration of the Tiny Tourney Online Competition in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. During this event, petite Pokémon get a chance to show off their skills—your Battle Team can only contain Pokémon three feet, three inches tall or smaller that have not evolved but are able to. This competition is comprised of Double Battles, and qualified participants will earn 50 Battle Points. Are you ready to go big with small Pokémon? Sign up for the Tiny Tourney and find out!

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/sign-up-for-the-tiny-tourney-online-competition/

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The Christmas Pokémon Exchange (クリスマスポケモン交換会) will be held on Saturday, December 18th, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.! The Christmas Pokémon Exchange is an online event focusing on Pokémon trades between Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl and Pokémon Sword and Shield. The event will be broadcast live on the official Pokémon YouTube and other media.

There will be a lot of fun on the day, including Pokémon trades between guests and viewers, Pokémon battles between guests, and gorgeous gifts for viewers! Even if you don't have the game yet, you can still enjoy the content, so be sure to watch!

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How to Watch:

YouTube
LINE LIVE

Source: https://www.pokemon.co.jp/info/2021/12/211203_e01.html

The official Pokémon website has announced that players of Pokémon Sword and Shield can encounter Eevee and its evolutions in Max Raid Battles from November 19th, 2021 until November 28th, 2021, at 3:59 p.m. PST.

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Encounter Eevee and Its Evolutions in Max Raid Battles

You’ll find the Evolution Pokémon and friends in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, and you might encounter a Gigantamax Eevee or a Shiny Eevee.

You say you want an Evolution? Well, you're sure to get plenty of them during this month's Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Max Raid Battle event—until November 28, 2021, at 3:59 p.m. PST, Eevee, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon, and Sylveon will be appearing more frequently in Pokémon Dens. The elusive Gigantamax Eevee will also be making an appearance, and you'll even have an increased chance of encountering a Shiny Eevee!

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/encounter-eevee-and-its-evolutions-in-max-raid-battles/

The official Pokémon Legends: Arceus website has announced that players of Pokémon Sword game or the Pokémon Shield game can get the Mythical Pokémon Shaymin (Land Forme) and Shaymin Kimono Set if they have a save on their system. Players of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! game or the Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! game can also get Pikachu and Eevee-Themed Masks if they have a save game.

Special Bonuses

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Catch the Mythical Pokémon Shaymin (Land Forme)
If you have play records from the Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game, you’ll be able to take on a research request in Pokémon Legends: Arceus in which you’ll have a chance to add the Mythical Pokémon Shaymin (Land Forme) to your team.

This research request will be available for you to accept in Jubilife Village after viewing the game’s end credits.

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Shaymin Kimono Set
You’ll also be able to claim the Shaymin Kimono Set. You can claim this in-game outfit by speaking to the clothier after joining the Galaxy Expedition Team. (It takes approximately one hour of play time to reach the point where this option is available.)

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Get Pikachu- and Eevee-Themed Masks
If you have play records from either the Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! game, you’ll be able to claim both the Pikachu Mask and the Eevee Mask in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

You can claim these masks by speaking to the clothier after joining the Galaxy Expedition Team. (It takes approximately one hour of play time to reach the point where this option is available.)

Source: https://legends.pokemon.com/en-us/shop/bonus-3/

The official Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl website has announced that players of Pokémon Sword game or the Pokémon Shield game can get the Mythical Pokémon Jirachi in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl if they have a save record. Players of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! game or the Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! game can also get Mew if they have a save game.

Befriend a Mythical Pokémon

If you have game save records on your Nintendo Switch system from the Pokémon Sword game or the Pokémon Shield game, you can get the Mythical Pokémon Jirachi as a companion.

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Speak to a gentleman in the flower field located on the southwest end of Floaroma Town to add Jirachi to your team.

If you have game save records on your Nintendo Switch system from the Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! game or the Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! game, you can get the Mythical Pokémon Mew as a companion.

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Speak to a madame in the flower field located on the southwest end of Floaroma Town to add Mew to your team.

Note: Even if you have multiple game save records from the qualifying games, you can only receive one Jirachi and one Mew in your Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or the Pokémon Shining Pearl game.

Source: https://diamondpearl.pokemon.com/en-us/shop/other-games-bonus/

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Nintendo announced their Consolidated Results for the Six Months Ended September 30, 2020 and 2021 and the report indicated that sales of Nintendo Switch titles released this fiscal year all exhibited strong growth.

Nintendo Consolidated Results for the Six Months Ended September 30, 2020 and 2021

During the six months ended September 30, 2021, sales of Nintendo Switch titles released this fiscal year all exhibited strong growth. For example, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD sold 3.60 million units, New Pokémon Snap sold 2.19 million units, and Mario Golf: Super Rush sold 1.94 million units.

The Nintendo Switch family of systems welcomed a new member in October with the release of Nintendo Switch – OLED Model equipped with a vibrant OLED display, giving consumers another model option to choose from to better suit their preferences and lifestyles. We aim to convey the appeal of the hardware trio of Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite, and Nintendo Switch – OLED Model to further expand sales. As for software, Metroid Dread and Mario Party Superstars were both released in October, and upcoming releases include Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl (November), Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain (December) and Pokémon Legends: Arceus (January).

Top Selling Titles Sales Units - As of September 30, 2021

Pokémon Sword/Pokémon Shield - 22.64 million pcs.
Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!/Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! - 13.83 million pcs.
New Pokémon Snap - 2.19 million pcs. (excluding Japan)

Source: https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/finance/software/index.html
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