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How to claim Mystery Gifts in Pokemon Sword & Shield – all free codes & rewards

Published: 31/Dec/2020 22:50 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 16:13

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 tricks you need to know about. They do have deadlines, though, so act fast! 

With both expansions for Sword and Shield — The Isle of Armor & The Crown Tundra —  released, 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 you can claim and how it all works.

Crown Tundra with Glastier Spectrier on mountain
Pokemon Company
Glastier and Spectrier became available on October 22nd with The Crown Tundra expansion.

Mystery gifts mostly have different variants of PokeBalls in them, but recently actual Pokemon have been added to the mix.

How to get Mystery Gifts in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Mystery Gifts can be unlocked in a number of ways. Occasionally, there will be free codes linked to an event like a Pokemon anniversary or new release. Players can also unlock Mystery Gifts through Ranked Battles and in-game events.

Claiming your Mystery Gifts in Pokemon is easy, but it won’t be available until you complete the game’s first event in Slumbering Weald. This is where you encounter Sword or Shield’s legendary Pokemon for the first time.

Once you’ve done this, follow the steps below to claim your Mystery Gift:

  1. Load up Pokemon Sword or Shield.
  2. Open the game menu by pressing X and select Mystery Gift, with the pink present icon.
  3. Select the Get A Mystery Gift option.
  4. Choose which method you want to use to receive a gift. If you have a code, select the Get With Code/Password option.
  5. Collect your gifts and enjoy!
Pokemon / NintendoHere’s the menu you need to visit in order to redeem your Mystery Gift codes.

Pokemon will be added to your Party or your Pokemon Boxes if there’s no room. Fashion items can be found by visiting the fitting room of any in-game boutique. Non-fashion items will appear in your Bag.

You can see previously downloaded Mystery Gifts by choosing ‘Check Mystery Gifts’ in the menu.

Pokemon Sword & Shield Mystery Gifts (January)

Free Kibo’s Pikachu

To celebrate the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, The Pokemon Company teamed up with the International Space Station to give away a free ‘mon to Sword & Shield players.

Pokemon Sword & Shield screenshot of Kibo Pikachu.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Sword & Shield trainers can get their hands on this Pikachu from space for a limited time.

Kibo’s Pikachu is available in the Nintendo Switch titles until January 15, 2021 and can be obtained via Mystery Gift’s “Get via Internet” option – no code needed! The special monster holds a Comet Shard and has a unique Ribbon, as well as the Thunderbolt, Swift, Wish, and Celebrate moves.

More free rewards in Pokemon Sword & Shield

There are plenty of wonderful gifts and rewards that players can claim for their journey across Galar:

Free Zarude

By heading to the Official Pokemon website and signing up for a newsletter before December 18th 2020, players can obtain a free level 60 Zarude via email. Once signed up, Pokemon will begin rolling out emails that will contain the code for this fantastic Pokemon.

Zarude in Pokemon Sword & Shield
Pokemon Company
Zarude will fare you well across all of your Pokemon battles.

This grass and dark-type Pokemon’s codes have already gone out to those that are in America, but European players can still take advantage of this fantastic chance to grab this popular Pokemon.

Free Gigantamax capable Melmetal

Those who have played Pokemon Go are in luck, as transferring Pokemon between Pokemon Go & Pokemon HOME will allow you to open a Mystery Box in Sword & Shield containing a special Melmetal with Gigantamax capabilities!

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.

Gigantamax Pikachu and Eevee
The Pokemon Company
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 note, 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.

FIFA

How to complete Layvin Kurzawa FIFA 21 Player Moments SBC: cheapest solutions

Published: 19/Jan/2021 19:04 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 19:33

by Bill Cooney

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It’s time for another fresh Player Moments SBC from EA Sports, and this time around the upgrade goes to Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa, and we have all the info on how to complete the challenges and pick up his new card as cheap as possible.

Kurzawa has been a familiar sight in the PSG backfield for years now and was the first Champion’s League defender in modern history to score a hat trick back in 2017 against Anderlecht.

His new Player Moments card doesn’t celebrate this feat, instead, it celebrates his acrobatic goal v Toulouse during the ’17/’18 Ligue 1 Season, so let’s take a look at the stats price, requirements, and more for this massive upgrade of a card.

Layvin Kurzawa Player Moments in-game stats

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Stats for Kurzawa’s Player Moments card.

Like we said this 86 OVR Player moments card is a ridiculous upgrade from Kurzawa’s regular 77-rated gold card. As this celebrates him as a goalscorer, it’s no surprise that Shooting gets bumped up 18 points from 65 to 83.

Pace also sees a significant boost, up 16 points from 74 all the way to 90. Defending and Dribbling also both get 9 point increases, making this a definite upgrade at LB.

Layvin Kurzawa Player Moments price & requirements

Price-wise, Kurzawa’s new card will run you a tiny bit on the expensive side at roughly 181,000 to 206,000 FUT Coins altogether, depending on which platform you prefer to play on.

There are only two SBCs you have to knock out to get this done though, so while it might take a few coins, it shouldn’t take that much time or effort to complete. Plus, you also get a pack reward for both of the challenges. The full list of challenges and requirements is below:

Paris Saint-Germain

  • Number of players from Paris SG: Min 1
  • In Form Players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 82
  • Team Chemistry: Min 80
  • Number of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: 1 Small Rare Gold Players Pack

National Duty

  • Number of players from France: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 85
  • Team Chemistry: Min 75
  • Number of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: 1 Prime Electrum Players Pack

Layvin Kurzawa Player Moments cheapest solutions

Below are some of the cheapest solutions to Kurzawa’s SBC. To make things even easier none of them will require any loyalty or position change cards to complete.

Paris Saint-Germain

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Solution for Kurzawa’s Paris Saint-Germain SBC.

National Duty

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Cheap Solution for Kurzawa’s National Duty SBC.

If you want to grab Kurzawa’s Player Moment’s card, don’t wait around as you only have one week until January 26 to complete all of the requirements.

As always, be sure to follow us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK for all the latest FIFA 21 news, guides, leaks and more, and if you do pick up Kurzawa, send us a clip and let us know how he got on for you!