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New Pokemon Sword & Shield free Mystery Gift revealed

Published: 28/Jul/2020 14:10

by David Purcell


Pokemon Sword and Shield trainers have experienced quite the drought of Mystery Gifts in recent times, particularly the ones you can use codes for. However, a new one has finally been made available for some players. 

To replace the usual item-based Mystery Gifts, a number of species have been given away for free of late, leaving players who do want to collect more PokeBalls and Battle Points feeling a little shortchanged.


Fear not, though, as a free gift has been made available to collect in Game Freak’s latest Pokemon title.

Let’s take a look at what it includes, as well as how to redeem it right now.


How to claim new Pokemon Mystery Gift

Pokemon Mystery Gift
Mystery Gifts are made available periodically in Pokemon, and can be redeemed easily.

First of all, let’s talk about what is included this time around and how to get it.

As reported by, those who took part in the Armor Beginnings competition are eligible for a 50 Battle Points bonus. All they have to do is follow the step-by-step guide below in order to grab it in-game.

  1. Load up Pokemon Sword and Shield.
  2. Head over to the VS option in the menus, and then into the Battle Stadium feature.
  3. Here, you’re going to need to check the results of the Armor Beginnings Online competition.
  4. Once they have been seen, exit that menu and click the Mystery Gifts option.
  5. This should unlock the 50BP gift, which you can spend on whatever you want!
Pokemon Armor Beginnings art
The Pokemon Armor Beginnings tournament finished up on July 23.

Once these steps have been completed, those who participated in the Armor Beginnings tournament will be somewhat richer in Pokemon Sword or Shield.


As has always been the case, new Mystery Gifts will continue to be rolled out during the next few weeks and months. As soon as we hear about them, we’ll be the first to let you know on Twitter @PokemonSwordNS.


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.