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The next online battle competition for Pokemon Sword & Shield has been announced. Titled Galar Newcomers, the only allowed Pokemon are those that were discovered in the Galar region as well as Galarian Forms, excluding Zacian and Zamazenta. The format will be Double Battles. All participating players get 50 BP.

Currently, there’s some confusion over the exact timing of this competition. The English version of the description states that registration for the competition is now open until January 30th, 23:59 UTC, and that battles will run from January 31st 00:00 until February 2nd 23:59 UTC. However, the Japanese version of the description says that registration is open from January 16th through January 23rd 23:59 UTC and that battles will run from January 24th 00:00 UTC till January 26th 23:59 UTC. Registration actually isn’t open right now, despite what the English description claims, so the Japanese dates being correct seems more likely. We will keep you updated once this has been cleared up.

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A new Wild Area event has started in Pokemon Sword & Shield. Until 23:59 UTC on January 3rd, you will have a higher chance of encountering Magikarp in Max Raid Battles. Additionally, these Magikarp have a higher chance of being Shiny and you get more Nuggets than usual when clearing the raid.

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A new Max Raid Battle is now available for players of Pokemon Sword and Shield. Delibird will be available to challenge in the Wild Area until December 25th 2019 at 23:59 UTC. The Delibird event will see players rewarded with Candy items. If you can’t seem to encounter this festive bird, be sure to update your Wild Area news in game.

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Two sets of codes have been revealed to redeem in Pokémon Sword & Shield. The codes will be available for players to redeem until January 15th, 2020. You can see the codes here, along with what you will receive by redeeming them. Note that only one of each ball will be received per player, and that the codes can only be redeemed once per save file.

  • K0UN1NMASC0T: Fast Ball, Moon Ball, Level Ball
  • 1YAHAYA: Heavy Ball, Lure Ball, Beast Ball

We already knew that Pokemon Sword & Shield were selling well due to retail numbers from Japan and the UK, but now we have a much clearer idea of its global success: The Pokemon Company announced today that the games have sold 6 million copies worldwide in their first week on the market. 2 million copies have been sold in Japan alone.

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Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are now available worldwide. To celebrate the occasion, Nintendo put together a launch trailer for this newest generation of Pokemon games:

The Wild Area Search site is now available in Japanese. The site is used to explore the Wild Area and see some examples of the Pokemon that can be found there. There’s a feature where you can also zoom in and watch short clips of Pokemon found in various areas. You can view the site for yourself here.

Undertale creator Toby Fox recently worked on the soundtrack for Gamefreak’s Little Town Hero. Today, he announced that he collaborated with Gamefreak once again – but this time, on something a bit bigger. He composed one of the tracks in Pokemon Sword & Shield. We don’t know yet which track he worked on, and Toby Fox himself says it wasn’t “one of the main tracks or anything”. Pokemon Sword & Shield are out in two weeks, on November 15.

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It appears that the Gigantamax versions of Meowth, Charizard, Eevee, and Pikachu have all been confirmed from an image leak of the latest CoroCoro Ichiban cover.

It is unclear at this time if this will be part of the Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield information scheduled to be released later today. Those interested can view the full cover below.

Little Town Hero, the RPG developed by Gamefreak, is out next week, on October 16. Today, Gamefreak uploaded a 20-minute video to their Youtube channel, showcasing some gameplay from the Japanese version of the game: