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How to claim free competitive Porygon2 in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Published: 22/Aug/2020 20:54 Updated: 26/Aug/2020 8:22

by Brent Koepp


To celebrate the Player’s Cup, all Pokemon Sword & Shield owners are being given a free Porygon2 for a limited time only. Here is how you can get your hands on the competitively trained version of the Normal-type monster. 

The Pokemon series entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield in 2019. The popular Nintendo Switch title takes place in the Galar region, and brought new additions to the franchise such as Dynamaxing and Max Raids.


In August, Game Freak is giving away a competitive Porygon2 to Trainers in all regions as a part of a giveaway for this 2020’s Player’s Cup. The special battle-ready version of the monster is packed with incredible moves and stats that you won’t want to miss out on – but it is only available until August 31.

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Sword & Shield owners can get a free competitive Porygon2 for a limited time.

Pokemon players get free special Porygon2

First introduced in 2000’s Gold & Silver, Porygon2 was added to Sword & Shield in its first DLC add-on, The Isle of Armor, in June. And during the 2020 Player’s Cup on August 22, The Pokemon Company released a code that can be redeemed in the Nintendo Switch title for a competitive version of the monster.


According to outlet ‘Serebii‘, the competitive ‘mon has a move set that contains Recover, Trick Room, Ice Beam, and Thunderbolt. The Normal-type’s personality is Sassy, and has max Effort Values (EVs) in HP, and Defense. Its IV’s in Special Defense, Special Attack and Defense are random. Follow the steps below to claim it:

How to get free competitive Porygon2 in Sword & Shield

  • Step 1: Boot up your game and go to the menu once your save is loaded.
  • Step 2: Head to the Mystery Gift tab and go to Get A Mystery Gift. Then click Get with Code/Password.
  • Step 3: Enter the code PKMNPLAYERSCUP.
  • Step 4: Select Porygon2 Gift.

pokemon sword shield porygon2 mystery gift code

The promotion will likely be soured for many because on August 20, Game Freak announced they are banning Porygon2 along with 15 other of the “most used” Pokemon from online ranked battles starting in September. However, it’s still nice to have a competitive version of the Normal-type for future battles. Plus some Trainers might still need the character for their Pokedex.

Despite releasing at the end of last year, Sword & Shield is already the third best-selling game in the franchise. With its continued success in sales, it could even eventually pass Gold & Silver and take the second place spot.


The Gen VIII RPG is also getting expanded in a big way this Fall with the release of The Crown Tundra. The DLC will bring many Legendary creatures to the title, including Galarian versions of the mythical birds Zapdos, Moltres, and Articuno.


Pokemon Go October Community Day: Charmander move, research tasks, more

Published: 17/Oct/2020 4:15 Updated: 17/Oct/2020 18:47

by Paul Cot


To the delight, and dismay of others, Charmander will headline the Pokemon Go October Community Day. As usual there will be bonuses, Community Day research and an exclusive move.

It is the second time Charmander headlines a Community Day. The iconic Kanto starter previously headlined in May of 2018.


It’s a decision that doesn’t sit well with some trainers but it came about as a result of a public vote. Porygon won that vote but Charmander came second, meaning it gets the October headlining spot.

Start time

The Pokemon Go October CD takes place on Saturday, October 17. They have been alternating between Saturday and Sunday, so make sure you know it’s on Saturday and don’t miss out!


Since April, Community Days have been lasting for six hours, instead of the traditional three. That continues for this one, starting at 11am and finishing 5pm local time.


Three-hour Incense has been a mainstay of Community Days since the global health crisis began and remains for the Charmander CD, too. The other bonus this time around is 3x Catch Stardust.

Charizard October Community Day
Charizard’s exclusive move for the October Community Day is Dragon Breath…

Exclusive move

Charmander, or more accurately, Charizard’s exclusive move is Dragon Breath. This is a powerful dragon-type (clue is the name) Fast Move that many believe will change Charizard’s standing in the Pokemon Go meta.


It will automatically be taught to Charizard, if you evolve Charmeleon anytime during the event or within two hours after. In other words if you get a Charizard between the times of 11am and 7pm it will have the Fast Move Dragon Breath by default.

Interestingly one of Charizard’s Mega Evolutions, Mega Charizard X, is a dual dragon and fire-type. This means the dragon-type move Dragon Breath will get a boost, known as STAB. This is in addition to Charizard X’s incredible attacking stats.

Special Research

The Charmander Community Day exclusive Special Research is called A Tale of Tails. It costs $0.99 to buy. The tasks and rewards are as follows:


Stage 1/5

  • Power up Pokemon 10 times – 10 PokeBalls
  • Catch 15 Charmander – 20 Charmander Candy
  • Make 5 Nice Throws – Charmander encounter
  • Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 1 Incense, 1 Charmander encounter

Stage 2/5

  • Catch 15 Charmander – 20 Charmander Candy
  • Transfer 10 Pokemon – Charmeleon encounter
  • Evolve 3 Charmander – 1,000 XP
  • Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 1 Incense, 1 Poffin

Stage 3/5

  • Make 3 Great Curveball Throws – 20 Charmander Candy
  • Evolve 1 Charmeleon – 5 Golden Razz Berries
  • Transfer 10 Pokemon – 1,500 XP
  • Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 1 Incense, 1 Rocket Radar

Stage 4/5

  • Make 15 Nice Throws – 5 Silver Pinap Berries
  • Take a snapshot of a fire-type Pokemon – 1,500 XP
  • Power up Pokemon 10 times – 5,000 Stardust
  • Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 3 Rare Candy, 1 Charizard encounter

Stage 5/5

  • Claim reward (x3) – 150 Mega Charizard energy
  • Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 3,000 XP, 150 Mega Charizard energy

There had been some murmurings online that the original Charmander catch difficulty would be in place for the Community Day, too. However, we can confirm that isn’t true and the catch chances have been increased inline with other CDs.