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Pokémon Sword and Shield Mystery Gift explained - how to download Mystery Gifts and Wild Area News explained

How to use Mystery Gifts to receive a variety of special presents.

Mystery Gift has returned in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

First appearing in Pokémon Gold and Silver, this feature allows you to download free gifts - be it a special Pokémon or a pre-order bonus.

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, it has additional functions, such as connecting to your Poké Ball Plus and receiving Wild Area News.

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How to access Mystery Gift in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Mystery Gift is available from the very beginning of Pokémon Sword and Shield, and you can find it by opening your X menu.

You can access Mystery Gift via the X menu.

From there select the option for Mystery Gift, it's the pink present, and this will open the Mystery Gift menu.

You will now have access to three different options:

  • Get a Mystery Gift
  • Get the Wild Area News
  • Take a Stroll with Poké Ball Plus

If your Nintendo Switch enters Sleep Mode while in any of the Mystery Gift menu, you'll loose connection.

This will return you to the main X menu, forcing you to manually return to whether you were in the Mystery Gift menu.

Get a Mystery Gift explained in Pokémon Sword and Shield

If you're looking to down a special gift, be it a pre-order bonus or a downloadable Pokémon, then 'Get a Mystery Gift' is the right option for you.

Selecting this option will send you to a second menu where you'll find five new options for you to choose from.

The first four consist of different ways to receive gifts, while the last option will inform you of which Mystery Gifts you've received.

The 'Get a Mystery Gift menu.'

Remember - if your Nintendo Switch runs out of battery or your disconnected from the Internet while downloading a gift, you may not be able to retrieve it again.

Always make sure that your Nintendo Switch has enough battery life and is securely connected to the Internet, before beginning a download.

Get via Local Communication

This will search for Mystery Gifts using the Local Communication connection.

This doesn't connect you directly to the Internet and works instead like the Y-Comm. If you are connected to the Internet, your Nintendo Switch will have to disconnect from its connection to use this function.

This screen will appear when you look for gifts using Local Communication.

Get via Internet

This option will connect you to the Internet. Once you're connected, a list of currently available Mystery Gifts will appear.

Select the gift you want from the menu and it will download onto your Nintendo Switch.

Finally, you'll see a list of what you download. This means that if you download a Pokémon, for example, then it will list which Pokémon you downloaded.

Receiving a very special Meowth using the Mystery Gifts Internet connection.

Get with Code / Password

This option will connect you to the Internet. Once you're connected, you'll be prompted to input your code or password for your gift.

After correctly inputting your code or password, you'll be shown an option for your gift.

Select it to confirm your download and watch as the gift arrives on your Nintendo Switch.

Finally, you'll be shown a list of everything that gift contains. This means, for example, if you download a special outfit, then it will contain a list of each individual clothing item for that outfit.

Input your code or password correctly to receive your gift.

Get Battle Stadium Rewards

By selecting this option you'll be able to retrieve any prizes you've won by defeating other players online in the Battle Stadium, which is accessible via the 'VS' option on the X menu.

Check Mystery Gifts

Here you'll find a list of all the Mystery Gifts you've received.

Scrolling up and down the list will allow you to review all the important information about the various Mystery Gifts you've downloaded.

This information includes:

  • The name of the Mystery Gift - e.g. Gigantamax Meowth
  • What the gift actually was - e.g. a Meowth with the ability to Gigantamax
  • The date and time when received this gift
Check Mystery Gifts lists all the gift you've received.

Get the Wild Area News explained in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Wild Area News updates the Pokémon Dens in your Wild Area to the latest spawn tables. This means if there is a limited time Gigantamax Pokémon currently available, updating your Wild Area News will allow them to appear.

Your Nintendo Switch must be connected to the Internet to update your Wild Area News.

Use Wild Area News to update your Pokémon Den spawns.

Remember - updating the spawns doesn't guarantee that the Pokémon will appear. You may find yourself having to refresh your Wild Area News multiple times after completing some Max Raid Battles.

Take a Stroll with Poké Ball Plus explained in Pokémon Sword and Shield

By selecting this option you can place one of your Pokémon from Sword or Shield in the Poké Ball Plus and take it for a lovely walk in the real world. Doing so will allow you to collect points, which can be swapped if for a variety of rewards.

To transfer a Pokémon into your Poké Ball Plus, select this option and press the Top Button or Control Stick on the Poké Ball Plus. This will connect it to your game and allow you to select which Pokémon you want to take with you.

This screen will appear as you connect to your Poké Ball Plus.

If this is the first time you've connected your Poké Ball Plus to a game, then you'll receive a Mew from your Poké Ball Plus.

With it finally in the wild, here's how to start the Crown Tundra DLC and our full Pokémon Crown Tundra walkthrough. Plus, here's how to catch Calyrex, Glastrier and Spectrier, the Regieleki and Regidrago puzzle solution and Regirock, Regice, Registeel locations, details on how to catch Legendary Birds Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres in the Crown Tundra, the Ultra Beasts and Necrozma adventure, Dynamax Adventures, including the legendries you can catch on these adventures, and the new Crown Tundra Pokédex and returning Pokémon explained. For Isle of Armor players, here's how to find the Slowpoke, where to find Max Mushroom locations, and how to get Kubfu, become best friends and evolve it, plus all Diglett locations too! For the base game, here's info on the ability to transfer Pokémon to Pokémon Home, the Wild Area, lists of all TM locations and TRs, all Galarian forms and finally our main Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough for the whole game.

Currently Available Mystery Gifts in Pokémon Sword and Shield

There are all the Mystery Gifts you can currently download in Pokémon Sword and Shield:

You can also use Mystery Gift to receive these pre-order bonuses:

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