How to obtain special Ash hat Pikachu in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Published: 12/Feb/2020 22:13 Updated: 13/Feb/2020 4:56

by Brent Koepp


Following the release of Pokemon Home, Sword & Shield players have discovered that the special hat-wearing Pikachu variant is allowed in the game. Here is how you can get your hands on the iconic nod to Ash Ketchum.

The cloud-based app ‘Home’ dropped on February 11, allowing trainers to house every Pokemon they have ever caught into one place for a fee of $2.99 a month. The service also connects to the latest release Sword & Shield, giving players access to characters from all previous entries in the series.

However, the community has discovered a special version of Pikachu is also being accepted into the game. Here is how you can get the adorable hat wearing Electric-type in the eighth generation title.

Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The adorable Electric-type has worn many hats over the years.

Reddit user ‘PunishingCrab’ first made the discovery, and uploaded a screenshot of the cap-wearing Pikachu in his Sword & Shield Pokedex. In the post, they informed the community by stating, “In case anyone was wondering, Hat Pikachus are supported!”

The adorable variant is actually from the seventh generation title Ultra Sun & Moon, and was a promotion held in 2017 to coincide with the release of Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You. To celebrate, Game Freak released codes which allowed trainers to download the monster into their game.

Reddit: PunishingCrab
The Reddit community discovered that the special released version of Pikachu works in Sword & Shield.

According to the same user, it appears that variants from Pokemon Go do not currently work. Although who knows, perhaps in the future?

Reddit: PunishingCrab
As of the time being, it seems most Pokemon Go special variants are not working.

How to obtain Ash Pikachu in Sword & Shield

Step 1: Grab a special QR code for Ultra Sun & Moon

So how do you get the Ash hat-wearing Pikachu into your game if the promotion has expired? Well, luckily there is a QR code that still works, and popular Pokemon information site Bulbapedia has them, which you can grab here. The version is specifically called ‘Partner Cap,’ and the scan has to be done in Ultra Sun & Moon to work.

QR allow you to download the promotional Pikachu in Sun & Moon.

Step 2: Boot up Ultra Sun & Moon and scan

Players have to get to Akala Island before they are able to make this work. Using your 3DS, scan the QR code and an event will trigger. Then on Route 4, enter the location called ‘Pikachu Valley.’ A delivery man will be waiting there, and after talking to him, you will get the special Electric-type.

Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Ultra Sun & Moon has a location called Pikachu Valley.

Step 3: Use Pokemon Bank & Home

Players are going to have to use Pokemon Bank on the 3DS to move their Pikachu over. It’s still available on the eShop and costs $4.99 a year. Once you save the monster to the bank, you can then connect to Home and transfer it. After it is in the recently released app, you can finally move him to Sword & Shield.

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Players that want the hat Pikachu need to move him over from Bank to Home.

Pokemon Sword & Shield made its debut in November 2019, and had players exploring the Galar region for the first time. The eighth generation title also smashed sales records, moving six million units in its release weekend alone.

While there was initially backlash from the fandom over Game Freak scrapping the National Pokedex, the recent release of Home looks to ease that pain by allowing trainers to bring in some of their past characters, including Ash Pikachu.


Complete First-Edition PSA10 Pokemon card set could sell for over $700K

Published: 16/Jan/2021 0:19

by Michael Gwilliam


An incredible, complete set of 1999 first-edition Pokemon cards is available for auction – and it’s looking like it could sell for more than half a million dollars when it’s all said and done.

The complete set is made up entirely of PSA 10s, the best possible grade one can give to a card, meaning these are in tip-top condition.

According to Goldin Auctions, who is hosting the bid, the collection includes four extremely sought-after Charizard cards. For many, Charizard is considered the holy grail of Pokemon cards.

So far, five people have put in the funds necessary to bid on the collection in two weeks. If you want to join in, you’re going to need some deep pockets – the minimum bid starts at $125,000.

Screenshot of Charizard Pokemon Trading Card Game 1999.
Charizard is one of the rarest Pokemon cards.

The fact that there are four Charizards alone in the collection is nothing to scoff at, and could very well be the cherry on top of the pristine PSA 10 collection.

Just back in October of 2020, rapper Logic purchased the 1st Edition card for just over $226,000. But that was then, and this is now.

Goldin Auctions states they “just sold an SGC Gold Label Pristine 10 ‘1 of 1’ example of the Charizard for nearly $400,000 in their December Holiday Auction.”

Pokemon booster box
Heritate Auctions
Booster boxes can sell for hundreds of thousands.

While the card alone can sell for a ridiculous amount, booster box prices have also seen their value rise.

As the TGC community has continued to grow, plenty of YouTubers and Twitch stars have started spending a lot of money on booster boxes from the 90s. The end result is that costs have skyrocketed.

Earlier in December, a booster box from Heritage Auctions sold for a whopping $408,000.

Given the insanity of the current lot and just how many perfect condition cards are included, we could be seeing a brand new Pokemon record once the bidding wraps up. The only question is: Will it ever reach the million-dollar mark? We’ll have to see what 2021 has in store.