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Free Shiny Pokemon Available for Pokemon Sword and Shield Until June 19

Sword and Shield players can claim a free shiny Clefairy for a limited time.

Kevin Knezevic Former staff writer
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Kevin Knezevic
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Pokemon players can add a free shiny Pokemon to their collections for a limited time.

In honor of this weekend's Pokemon Championships competition in Singapore, the Pokemon Company is giving away a free shiny Clefairy for the Pokemon Sword and Shield games.

This Clefairy is based on the one used by Jirawiwat Thitasiri, winner of the 2021 Pokémon Asia Players Cup. It comes equipped with an Eviolite, an item that boosts an unevolved Pokemon's defense stats, and knows the following moves:

  • Protect
  • Helping Hand
  • Follow Me
  • Icy Wind

The shiny Clefairy is being distributed until June 19 via the download code APC2021CHAMP. To redeem the code, you'll need to fire up your copy of Sword or Shield and follow these steps:

  1. Open the menu screen and select "Mystery Gift"
  2. Select "Receive a Mystery Gift"
  3. Select "Get with a Code/Password"
  4. Input the Clefairy code
  5. Save the game after receiving your gift

The download code will only be valid until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 19, so you'll need to redeem it before then if you want to claim the shiny Clefairy.

In other Sword and Shield news, a new Max Raid event is underway in the games. In honor of the Isle of Armor DLC's second anniversary, Gigantamax Urshifu is appearing in Max Raids until June 19. You won't be able to catch the mythical Pokemon, but if you defeat it, you'll earn some rare and valuable rewards that you wouldn't normally receive from Max Raids.

More Pokemon games are on the way later this year. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, the next installments in the mainline game series, launch for Switch on Nov. 18, and they take players to a new, open-world region filled with many brand-new Pokemon to catch. The games' latest trailer also offered a look at new characters and four-player co-op.