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Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield held an event over the past few days with an opportunity to obtain a Shiny version of Zeraora. Players were tasked with defeating the Mythical Pokemon at least one million times, which was quickly reached, and the final tally was double that.

If you deposited a Pokemon in Pokemon Home or moved a Pokemon to Sword/Shield, you should be eligible. This also includes eight Armorite Ore.

Unsurprisingly, the servers for Pokemon Home are being hammered right now. Users may have issues claiming Shiny Zeraora as a result. You’ll have several days to obtain the Pokemon though, as it can be registered until July 6. Once you’ve claimed Shiny Zeraora, it can be moved over to Pokemon Sword/Shield.

A brief trailer for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield has surfaced featuring the Mythical Pokemon Zarude. The signature move Jungle Healing has been given the spotlight.

To recap, here’s how Jungle Healing works:

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are now hosting a new Max Raid Battle event. A number of Steel-type and Rock-type Pokemon are being featured, including Rhydon, Steelix, and Gigantamax Copperajah.

Unfortunately, players may want to avoid participating for the time being due to a significant issue. The raid data contains rewards for item 1604, which is thought to be the Armorite-ore variant for The Crown Tundra DLC. However, this hasn’t actually been released yet, and can crash your game.

You may encounter the error below:

My Nintendo has updated in North America with a new reward. To celebrate the launch of The Isle of Armor for the Pokemon Sword/Shield Expansion Pass, a wallpaper has been added to the site. It costs 50 Platinum Points.

You can redeem the wallpaper on My Nintendo here. It’ll be on the site through the end of 2020.

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield kicked off a special promotion with Zeraora last week. The Mythical Pokemon began to appear in Max Raid Battles, and players were tasked with collectively defeating it at least one million times. That goal has now been reached, and a Shiny Zeraora will join everyone in Pokemon Home starting June 29/June 30.

Every person that participates will also receive a piece of Armorite Ore – usable in The Isle of Armor’s dojo – for every 100,000 Trainers that defeat Zeraora after the first million is reached. The Pokemon Company says the maximum number of Armorite Ore pieces that can be obtained this way is ten (achieved when two million players have defeated Zeraora).

The current amount of defeats for Zeraora currently sits at 1,435,283.


The Isle of Armor DLC for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield added in just over 100 returning Pokemon from previous games. Later this year, there’ll be another drop of familiar creatures. Game Freak intends to bring back even more Pokemon for the launch of The Crown Tundra this fall.

We won’t have the official lineup of returning Pokemon from the second DLC until the official release. However, based on findings from The Isle of Armor, we may have the potential list. As spotted by Twitter user abcboy101, Game Freak has apparently deleted certain entries from the Pokedex while others have been left blank (aside from Mewtwo, Mew, Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion, which are already available but not with Pokedex entries). The Pokemon that were deleted are rumored to be returning since something similar took place prior to the arrival of The Isle of Armor.

Here’s the list making the rounds:

The way in which you purchase the Expansion Pass for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield has been confusing enough that some players have been purchasing the wrong one.

There’s no universal Expansion Pass. If you have Pokemon Sword, you need to buy the Pokemon Sword Expansion Pass. And if you own Pokemon Shield, you need that game’s Expansion Pass. Unfortunately, players have been mixing up the two versions on the eShop, and have incorrectly picked up the wrong version of the DLC for their games.

Nintendo at least now appears to be addressing the situation with refunds. Players who purchased the wrong Expansion Pass are advised to contact the company here. Nintendo also asks players to “ensure you select the one that corresponds with the version of the game you own.”


Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield have brought along a slew of additional Pokemon from past titles with its new DLC, The Isle of Armor. However, players might be interested to know that there are some version exclusives.

Here’s the full list:

Rockruff was first introduced in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. In those games, depending on the version you had, it could evolve into different forms of Lycanroc. These Pokemon have now finally returned in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield as part of today’s new Isle of Armor DLC. Thankfully, it looks like you don’t have to purchase both games in order to obtain the pair of evolution forms.

Rockruff now evolves into Lycanroc Midday or Midnight depending on the time of day only. That’s all there is to it – there’s no version exclusivity.

As a reminder, Rockruff has a third evolution form. You can get your hands on the Dusk Form if Rockruff has the ability “Own Tempo” and having it evolve at dusk. Dusk Form Lycanroc has a rare chance of showing up in a Max Raid Battle in Pokemon Sword/Shield, though you can also go the breeding route or move it over if you happen to own one in the 3DS games.


GameXplain held a live stream a short while ago to show off the new Isle of Armor DLC for Pokemon Sword/Shield. The full recording, which contains a ton of footage, can be found below.

The Isle of Armor is now out for Pokemon Sword/Shield as part of the Expansion Pass. The Crown Tundra will follow this fall.