How to get free Kibo’s Pikachu Mystery Gift in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Published: 31/Dec/2020 18:47

by Brent Koepp


To celebrate the end of 2020, The Pokemon Company is giving out a special ‘mon from space in Sword & Shield. Here is how to claim your galactic Kibo’s Pikachu for free right now for a limited time.

Pokemon fans around the world were wowed when the beloved Nintendo franchise made an appearance on the International Space Station during the epic Space Sunrise live event on December 31.

To celebrate the end of 2020, Sword & Shield players are being given a special version of the Pikachu from outer space for free. Here’s the steps you need to collect the limited time ‘mon.

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.

Pokemon Sword & Shield gets galactic gift for New Year’s

As Japan rang in the New Year, popular monsters such as Pikachu and Rayquaza showed up on the International Space Station using incredible AR technology. While the livestream closed without any major announcements from Game Freak, viewers were given a special Pikachu in Sword & Shield.

Thankfully it can be claimed by anyone. The unique version of the adorable mascot is themed after the Kibo space module that is apart of the ISS. Adorably, the character holds a Comet Shard, while sporting the moves Thunderbolt, Swift, Wish, & Celebrate. It also has a special Ribbon.

Players will have to act quick though as the limited time Mystery Gift expires on January 15.

How to claim free Kibo’s Pikachu in Sword & Shield

  • Step 1: After booting up your Sword & Shield save, press X and scroll down to the Mystery Gift menu.
  • Step 2: Click “Get a Mystery Gift” and select “Get via Internet.”
  • Step 3: Select “KIBO’s PIKACHU GIFT” and you are done. If you have an internet connection, it should drop the ‘mon into your game instantly.
Pokemon Sword & Shield screenshot of claiming Kibo Pikachu Mystery Gift.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Pokemon fans can claim the New Year’s Eve Pikachu using Sword & Shield’s Mystery Gift feature.

While some may be let down by the promotion being yet another Pikachu, the free reward was a pretty neat tie-in for those that tuned in to the epic galactic livestream event.

As we head into 2021, it’s unclear whether Sword & Shield will get any more future content. But with Pokemon celebrating its 25th anniversary in just a few months, fans have a lot to be excited for.


Overwatch’s tank mains want nerfs as Echo & Zenyatta make ranked “hell”

Published: 15/Jan/2021 20:44

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch tanks have been on the receiving end of some major nerfs lately with Sigma and Wrecking Ball on the chopping block, but now players are calling for changes to two heroes responsible for making ranked “hell” for them.

Tanks in Overwatch are critical pieces of any team composition and while they’ve seemed overpowered for quite some time, now, Echo and Zenyatta seem to be on the receiving end of fury from the playerbase.

Notably, Echo’s ability to delete targets with ease thanks to her ammo count and powerful Focusing Beam makes her a dangerous foe while Zenyatta’s Discord Orb shreds tanks.

When applied, Discord Orb causes an opponent to receive 30% extra damage. As such, large health pool tanks can be obliterated when focused down thanks to Zen’s utility.

Echo using Focusing Beam
Blizzard Entertainment
Echo has a lot of tools to be a pain for enemy teams.

Players on Reddit have been vocal in calling for changes. “Tanks f**king suck to play right now and the sigma nerfs just solidified that for me,” wrote user HaMx_Platypus.

“None of the tanks actually feel like tanks at all when you’re going up against 30% Discord,” they added.

Redditors chimed in with their own thoughts. “Completely agree, Discord should be taken back down to 25% at least,” one wrote.

Zenyatta attacks

“Echo’s issue is that her clip is too big,” another pointed out. “The Sticky [cool down] doesn’t matter, the issue is she can often use them again before having to reload.”

“It’s bonkers that she can combine all 3 abilities (right click, throw out a few left clicks and then immediately use beam) to stack the damage, as it will literally kill any hero in the game if you land the stickies,” a fan blasted.

Another took their criticism of Echo and Discord to another level. “Discord is simply too powerful. It’s literally like 6 Mercy boosts at a time and 90% of the time that’s going onto the main tank. Plus you add the spam damage that Zen does and it’s just unreal,” they slammed.

“Echo was poorly designed. I couldn’t tell upon release but it’s much clearer now. She just has too many tank-busting abilities and not enough punishability,” the user further remarked.

With so many players voicing their frustration, it may be a sign for Blizzard to consider some slight nerfs on the Experimental Mode in the coming weeks.