Best Buy is giving out free Gigantamax Pikachu and Eevee codes for Pokemon Sword and Shield

You can pick up a free code card at participating stores around the US until Oct. 24.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield players have another chance to get Gigantamax Pikachu and Gigantamax Eevee.

The Pokemon Company

The Pokemon Company has teamed with Best Buy for a limited-time Pokemon promotion. Until Oct. 24, you can pick up a free Dynamax Crystal code card from the register at participating Best Buy stores around the US.

The code cards can be redeemed in Pokemon Sword and Shield, and they grant you Dynamax Crystals that summon Gigantamax Pikachu and Gigantamax Eevee. Each Pokemon has its Hidden Ability and knows the moves Wish and Celebrate to commemorate the launch of the Pokemon TCG: Celebrations set. You can read more details about each Pokemon below.

Gigantamax Pikachu

  • Ability: Lightning Rod
  • Moves: Celebrate, Double Team, Thunderbolt, Wish

Gigantamax Eevee

  • Ability: Anticipation
  • Moves: Celebrate, Wish, Double Edge, Swift

How to redeem code cards

Once you've picked up a free code card from Best Buy, you'll need to fire up your copy of Pokemon Sword or Shield and follow these steps to receive your Dynamax Crystals:

  1. Open Mystery Gift from the menu screen
  2. Choose Get a Mystery Gift
  3. Choose Get with Code/Password
  4. Connect online and input the code when prompted

Once you've received your Dynamax Crystals in-game, you can use them to summon Gigantamax Pikachu and Gigantamax Eevee at the Watchtower Lair in the Wild Area. If you're able to defeat the Pokemon in battle, you'll then have a chance to capture them.

Gigantamax Pikachu and Gigantamax Eevee are normally hard to come by. The Pokemon were originally given out as an exclusive bonus to Sword and Shield players who had save data for Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Let's Go, Eevee on their Switch. After that, they briefly appeared in-game as part of a limited-time Max Raid event, making the Best Buy promotion a good opportunity to get them if you've previously missed out.

That's not the only freebie Sword and Shield players can pick up this month. Beginning Oct. 22, GameStop stores around the US will be giving away free codes for a Shiny Zacian and Shiny Zamazenta. Zacian codes will be distributed from Oct. 22 to Nov. 11, while Zamazenta codes will be given out from Nov. 12 to Nov. 26.

Pokemon Sword and Shield launched for Nintendo Switch in November 2019 and have been a big commercial success, selling more than 20 million copies combined. More Pokemon games are on the way to the system in the next few months. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl launch on Nov. 19, while Pokemon Legends: Arceus arrives on Jan. 28.