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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.


Trainwrecks’ generosity backfires after Ludwig scores $10k Pokemon card

Published: 24/Nov/2020 1:42

by Brent Koepp


Smash Melee star Ludwig Ahgren sent a Pokemon card Twitch stream into a meltdown when he pulled a 1st Edition Dragonite worth up to $10k. The gaming pro scored the rare collectible after streamer Trainwreckstv gave him the pack.

Pokemon cards have taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch as viewers flock to see their favorite personalities chase after the rarest Nintendo collectibles.

A live Trading Card Game box opening hosted by streamer Mizkif and his org One True King went off the rails on November 22 when Smash pro Ludwig scored a rare Dragonite that could have been Trainwrecks’.

Twitch streamers react to Dragonite card during Pokemon broadcast.
Twitch: Mizkif
A rare Dragonite was pulled during the One True King Pokemon card stream.

Ludwig scores rare Pokemon card from 1999

The Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded for nothing on school playgrounds decades ago can now sell for as much as a house. The hobby has also become a major hit on sites like Twitch, with streamers buying sealed booster boxes from the 90s to open live for viewers.

On November 22, Twitch star Mizkif broke open 1st Edition sealed packs from the 1999 Fossil set. Those attending the event lost their minds when pro gamer Ludwig scored a 1st Edition Dragonite after streamer Trainwreckstv gave his pack to him.

The moment went viral due to the Twitch personality’s generosity backfiring. “Dude I swear to God if I said no to this pack to be fair and nice and its a good pack I want it back. Ludgwig, if this is good it’s my pack. If it’s bad, it’s your pack,” he exclaimed moments before the card was pulled. Unfortunately, the booster he passed on contained the exact rare holographic he was chasing after.

After the excitement settled, the group felt bad for Train’s incredibly bad luck. Although the popular Twitch star wasn’t too bitter about it, laughing it off on Twitter. If nothing else, he should be applauded for his generosity.

According to recent sales of the item, a 1st Edition Dragonite can sell anywhere from $8k to 9.7k depending on the grading. Luckily for Ludwig, the item looked incredibly pristine, giving him a good chance at a PSA 10 grading.