How to get Shiny Toxtricity for free in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Published: 8/Feb/2021 20:54 Updated: 8/Feb/2021 20:55

by Brent Koepp


Game Freak is celebrating the new Pokemon Trading Card Game expansion, Shining Fates, by giving out a Shiny Toxtricity in Sword & Shield in the USA. Here is how you can get your hands on the rare variant of the popular Gen 8 ‘mon.

The Pokemon TCG is gearing up to launch its wildly anticipated Shining Fates expansion in February. The new set focuses on the incredibly rare Shiny variants of popular monsters throughout the series, including the Galar region.

To celebrate the release, Sword & Shield players in the USA are being given a Shiny Toxtricity for a limited time. Here is everything you need to know on how you can claim the special version of the eighth generation Poison-type.

Pokemon TCG Shining Fates Toxtricity promotional wallpaper.
Pokeguardian / The Pokemon Company
Sword & Shield players can get a free Shiny version of the popular Pokemon.

Free Shiny Toxtricity in Pokemon Sword & Shield

The epic giveaway was first leaked online after data was discovered in the Pokemon Pass app. GameStop is teaming up with The Pokemon Company to give away a rare Shiny Toxtricity in Sword & Shield for Nintendo Switch.

The free ‘mon will be given away on February 19th to coincide with the debut of the Shining Fates expansion for the Trading Card Game. The Gen 8 Poison-type is featured heavily in the set.

Redditor ‘VGCToast’ confirmed the limited time event, and uploaded a promotional image from GameStop. “Receive Shiny Toxtricity starting February 19.  Use Pokemon Pass to scan the code below,” the ad reads.

Shiny Toxtricity coming soon to Gamestop! from PokemonSwordShield

How to claim free Shiny Toxtricity in Pokemon Sword & Shield

  • Step 1: First, Sword & Shield players need to download the Pokemon Pass app. Both the iOS and Android versions can be found here.
  • Step 2: After downloading the app, you need to sign up for a Pokemon Trainer account. You can find the account creation on their website.
  • Step 3: Go to your local GameStop on February 19th. It’s not entirely clear yet whether you will need to enter the store, but so far it appears you will have to get the serial from inside the location.
  • Step 4: Scan the serial number with your Poke Pass app, which will then give you a code for Sword & Shield. Entering that in the game will net you your free Shiny Toxtricity.
Screenshot of Shiny Toxtricity in Pokemon Sword & Shield.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
A free Shiny Toxtricity is being given away on February 19th, 2021.

At the time of writing it’s not entirely clear if players are expected to go into the store to get the code, or whether they will allow you to get the serial via Wi-Fi in your car. But fans wanting the Shiny ‘mon will have to make the trek to their local GameStop regardless.

Despite only releasing a year ago, Sword & Shield is already on track to becoming the second-highest selling title in the entire Pokemon franchise. The Nintendo series has never been more popular, and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.


How to watch PlayStation’s next State of Play event: PS5 games, start time, more

Published: 24/Feb/2021 2:50

by Brad Norton


Sony’s next major State of Play event is on the horizon as the PlayStation nation is in store for “deep dives” on a wide array of upcoming titles. From when it all kicks off to what we can expect, here’s everything there is to know.

With a lack of physical events in 2021, gaming industry juggernauts have turned to online events to break the latest news. Hot off the heels of Nintendo’s latest Direct event, Sony is next in line for a huge showcase.

State of Play broadcasts have ranged from smaller indie events to blockbuster hardware reveals. This time around, Sony appears set to focus on upcoming PS4 and PS5 titles.

There were just four State of Play events through 2020 and each focused on major developments for the PlayStation brand. You won’t want to miss the next livestream; here’s how you can tune in.

Ratchet and Clank gameplay PS5
Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart could be a big focus throughout this State of Play.

When is Sony’s next State of Play event?

Sony locked in dates for the next State of Play event in a February 23 announcement. It’s all set to go live on Thursday, February 25 at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET / 10 PM GMT.

While no exact duration was announced, Sony expects the upcoming broadcast to run for roughly “30 minutes or so.”

No different from previous events, this State of Play will be streamed live across the official PlayStation YouTube and Twitch channels. We’ve embedded the stream below for your convenience.

Sony confirms State of Play details

While no specific titles were mentioned, Sony confirmed that 10 games will be in focus throughout the upcoming stream. These games will range from indie titles, to third-party developments, and even brand new game announcements.

The event won’t fixate solely on PS5 releases either. A number of the titles on display are coming to both PS4 & PS5, they confirmed in a recent blog post.

There also won’t be an emphasis on “PlayStation hardware or business-focused updates” throughout the stream; this State of Play is about upcoming games.

Horizon Forbidden West gameplay
It could be too early for new information on Horizon Forbidden West.

What to expect from the next State of Play event?

Almost a quarter of the way through the year already, Sony still has a long list of titles set for the coming nine months. It’s safe to assume this State of Play could provide new looks at Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Deathloop, and even Returnal.

It’s likely too early for any considerable updates on the likes of Horizon Forbidden West or the God of War sequel, however. 

With new games set to be revealed though, anything is possible.

We’re yet to hear from Bend Studio, Santa Monica Studio is rumored to be working on a second project, and of course, Naughty Dog has been relatively quiet since the release of The Last of Us Part II. It’s possible we finally see the multiplayer update in action, along with a potential PS5 port.