Pokémon Sword and Shield Shiny Zeraora Free After Fans Catch 1 Million

It’s now possible to claim a Shiny Zeraora in Pokémon Sword & Shield by downloading it through Pokémon Home. Game Freak kicked off the release of the Isle of Armor expansion with one of the hardest events in the series to date.

Zeraora is a Mythical Pokémon from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon that could only be received through giveaways or trading with another player. In order for players to receive a Shiny Zeraora in Pokémon Sword & Shield, Game Freak required everyone to band together and defeat a million Zeraora in Max Raid Battles. Zeraora started appearing across the Wild Area in both the Galar region and the Isle of Armor, so that they could be fought in Pokémon Dens. This was an incredibly tough battle and players had to come up with strategies to defeat the Dynamax Zeraora as quickly as possible.

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Pokémon trainers around the world completed the task set out for them by Game Freak, which means that everyone can now receive a Shiny Zeraora for free. In order to claim the Shiny Zeraora, the player needs to have access to Pokémon Home on mobile and to have moved a pokémon from the app into Pokémon Sword & Shield from June 17 until July 6. Simply depositing a pokémon into Pokémon Home will also make the player viable for claiming the Shiny Zeraora. If this task has been completed, then the Shiny Zeraora can be downloaded into Pokémon Home from the Mystery Gift section of the app and then moved into Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield. 

The Shiny Zeraora isn’t the only freebie available, as it’s also possible to claim eight pieces of Armorite Ore. The player can find the code for the Armorite Ore in the Mystery Gift section of Pokémon Home, but this code needs to be inputted into the Mystery Gift menu in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield in order for the items to appear in-game. Armorite Ore is a useful item, as it can be traded to one of the Move Tutors in the Isle of Armor, in order for Pokémon to learn new attacks.

The giant Zeraora that plagued the Wild Area in the Galar region turned out to be formidable foes, but Pokémon fans around the world banded together and managed to defeat over a million of the DeviantArt rejects, just so that they could claim one of their own. Those who endured one of Zeraora’s Max Lightning attacks can now nab the pokémon and banish it to the depths of the Box forever, where it belongs.

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