Pokemon Sword and Shield: How to Get Shiny Galarian Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres – CNET

Pokemon Sword and Shield: How to Get Shiny Galarian Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres – CNET


Pokemon Sword and Shield are offering shiny Galarian legendaries as rewards for its next three International Challenges.

The Pokemon Company

Pokemon Sword and Shield players will soon have a chance to add three special legendary Pokemon to their collections.

The Pokemon Company is giving away shiny versions of Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos and Galarian Moltres as rewards for Pokemon Sword and Shield’s next three online competitions.

Players who participate in the February International Challenge will receive shiny Galarian Articuno. Registration is underway now until Feb. 17, with the competition taking place from Feb. 18-20.

Shiny Galarian Zapdos will be the reward for the March International Challenge. Players will be able to register for that event from Feb. 24 to Mar. 10, with battles taking place Mar. 11-13.

Finally, shiny Galarian Moltres will be distributed following the April International Challenge. Registration will take place from Mar. 31 to April 14, while the competition will run from April 15-17.

To sign up for the online competitions, fire up your copy of Pokemon Sword or Shield during the entry period and follow these steps:

  1. Press X to open the menu
  2. Select VS
  3. Select Battle Stadium
  4. Select Online Competitions
  5. Select Search Official Competitions and join that month’s International Challenge

You must participate in at least three battles during the specified competitions to receive the legendary Pokemon. The monsters will be distributed afterward via the Mystery Gift function. Note that you’ll need to have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to take part in online battles.

Pokemon Sword and Shield launched in November 2019 and have been a big commercial success for Nintendo. According to the company’s latest earnings report, the games have collectively sold almost 24 million copies, making them the second-best-selling pair of titles in the series’ history. A new Pokemon game called Pokemon Legends: Arceus launched for Switch on Jan. 28.

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