How to claim mystery gifts in Pokemon Sword & Shield – codes and tips

by David Purcell
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Pokemon Sword and Shield players can get their hands on some of the coolest free Mystery Gifts and if you would like to claim them, there are some codes and tricks you need to know about. They do have deadlines, though, so act fast! 

While we're all waiting around for Game Freak to release its first 'Isle of Armor' expansion pass, there's nothing stopping us from opening some special presents in the Galar Region this year, with the chance to get ahold of a number of useful items for a limited time.

If you're looking to catch 'em all in these Pokemon games, opening some mystery gifts will certainly help you along the way. So, let's take a look at what codes can be used to claim them and how it all works.

Tower in Pokemon's Isle of Armor
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Pokemon Sword and Shield will be given a real shakeup when the first set of Expansion Pass DLC drops in June.


All you have to do in order to redeem these mystery gifts is to enter a code into your Nintendo Switch console, much like how redeeming codes work on PlayStation and Xbox.

Mystery gifts mostly have different variants of PokeBalls in them, at the time of writing, but there's a chance that different species will soon be popping out of these free gifts in the near future.

Pokemon Sword & Shield mystery gift codes

Here are the only mystery gift codes that are active for March, along with the rewards that you will receive for each. As you can see below, there are different things available depending on which code you input and they're not sticking around for long.

  • G1GAGRANF1NALE – 10 Heal Balls (March 30)
  • C0MPET1T10N – Bottle Cap (ends March 30)
  • SUPEREFF1CACE – 20 Battle Points (ends March 30)
  • PUNKR0CK – 3 TR94 (ends March 30)

As the list shows, this means that once March ends that there will be zero active mystery gift codes in Pokemon Sword & Shield, which is a real shame for those trainers looking to grab some useful rewards in their Galar Region journey. Don't fret, though, we'll be the first to let you know when more are made active. While you've got a chance, redeem them!

Bottle caps in Pokemon Sword Shield
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Bottle Caps can be really handy to have in Pokemon Sword and Shield.


What is TR94? High Horsepower free gift

The final one on the list there, where Pokemon are giving away three TR94s, gives trainers the chance to teach three of their Pokemon a ground-type attack called High Horsepower.

To get it, simply type in the code using the Mystery Gift menu in-game and soon enough you will have another strong form of attack in your arsenal. While there are other really useful gifts included in Pokemon Sword and Shield like free Bottle Caps and Battle Points, this is definitely one of the most rewarding on offer at the moment.

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Here's the menu you need to visit in order to redeem your Mystery Gift codes.


More free rewards in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Ranked Battle Rewards

Those players who have played at least one game of Ranked Battles during Season 1 will be eligible for a free mystery gift. According to serebii, the choices are as follows:


Get 100 more Battle Points

The active mystery gift codes might not offer too much extra cash where BP is concerned, although there are tricks to get an extra 100 and it's really easy to do.

Game Freak have updated the Galar Newcomers Online Competition rankings for players to look at. All you have to do is access that menu, check the rankings and pick up 50BP for free. It's as easy as that. For more details, check out our guide here.

Aside from that, there's also another way of grabbing another 50 BP. Just like the advice above, those who competed in the Extreme Speed! Single Battles!! March event can check out the rankings in-game. Head over to VS, then Battle Stadium, to check previous competitions and results. Once that's done, go back into Mystery Gifts and you should have your reward there waiting for you.


Free Gigantamax capable Pikachu & Eevee

Those who have played Pokemon Let's Go: Pikachu or Pokemon Let's Go: Eevee and have saved data on their game can grab themselves a special version of the game case stars in the Galar Region.

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Grab yourself a Gigantamax capable Pokemon for free!

You will receive a Pikachu or Eevee, depending on what title you played, that can transform into its Gigantamax form. You can collect that free gift inside the Wild Area's train station. More information on how to do that in our guide.

On that bombshell, there we have it! Those are all of the ways we have found to receive a free mystery gift in Pokemon Sword and Shield. If we find any more, we'll update this article with more codes and tricks.