This page will be updated with information as new event Pokemon are announced for Pokemon Sword and Shield. Currently, this includes how to get Gigantamax Sandaconda, Gigantamax Centiskorch, Gigantamax Snorlax, Gigantamax Butterfree, Gigantamax Meowth, Gigantamax Pikachu, and Gigantamax Eevee. Online Events require a Nintendo Switch Online membership. Nintendo also releases Pokemon to players as Gifts through the use of promotional codes or other special actions. Gifts may require an internet connection, but not a Nintendo Switch Online membership.
Gigantamax Sandaconda and Gigantamax Centiskorch – 12/16/19 – 01/09/2020
From now until January 9, 2020 players who have Pokemon Sword will be more likely to encounter Gigantamax Sandaconda.
From now until January 9, 2020 players those who have Pokemon Shield will be more likely to encounter Gigantamax Centiskorch.
Gigantamax Snorlax – Online Event: 12/4/19 – Early January 2020
Players wondering how to get Gigantamax Snorlax in Pokemon Sword and Shield have finally gotten an answer. From December 4, 2019 until early January 2020 (subject to change) you can encounter Gigantamax Snorlax in Max Raid Battles!
To do this you’ll need to have connect your Nintendo Switch to the internet and then search the Wild Areas for dens containing the Gigantamax Snorlax.
Online Event: 11/15/19 – 1/15/2020
If you’re connected to the internet (Nintendo Switch Online membership required), Nintendo is increasing the chance of encountering specific Gigantamax Pokemon during the first few months of the launch of the game. From Friday, November 15, 2019, until be more likely to encounter Gigantamax Butterfree in Max Raid Battles. Players of Pokemon Sword will also have an increased chance to encounter Gigantamax Drednaw, and those playing Pokemon Shield will more likely encounter Gigantamax Corviknight during this time.
The official Pokemon website is also teasing a few surprises and that these Gigantamax Pokemon events might become routine saying, “…it seems there may even be other Gigantamax Pokémon that could appear more often than usual… We suspect that the Gigantamax Pokémon you’re likely to encounter will change over time, too, so stay tuned!”
Gigantamax Meowth: 11/15/19 – 1/15/2020
This special Gigantamax Meowth is available to all players as an early-purchase bonus. This unique Meowth will be unable to evolve. According to the official Pokemon website, “You will be able to receive this special Meowth by selecting the Get via Internet option in Mystery Gift.” This Gift will be available from Friday, November 15, 2019, to Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Those without a Nintendo Switch Online membership can still receive the gift as long as their Switch is connected to the internet during that period of time.
If your Switch has save data from Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu, you’ll be able to receive a special Pikachu that can Gigantamax in Pokemon Sword and Shield. This special Pikachu will be unable to evolve. To redeem it, you’ll need to visit the Wild Area Station in the game. According to the official Pokemon website, “You can reach this area after about two hours of playthrough.”
If your Switch has save data from Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu, you’ll be able to receive a special Eevee that can Gigantamax in Pokemon Sword and Shield. This special Eevee will be unable to evolve. To redeem it, you’ll need to visit the Wild Area Station in the game. According to the official Pokemon website, “You can reach this area after about two hours of playthrough.”