Pokemon Sword / Shield: Free Galarian Ponyta Available Right Now For A Limited Time

The Pokemon Company is giving away another Pokemon for Sword and Shield. Until June 4, you can claim a free Galarian Ponyta via Mystery Gift. This Ponyta has its Hidden Ability, Anticipation, which will cause it to shudder when it enters the field if the opposing Pokemon knows a super-effective attack.

Alongside Ponyta, The Pokemon Company is also giving away a handful of rare Poke Balls. This gift bundle includes one Level Ball, one Fast Ball, one Love Ball, one Friend Ball, and one Beast Ball.

To claim the freebies, select Mystery Gift from the menu screen and follow these steps:

  • Select Get a Gift
  • Select the Get via internet option
  • Follow the prompts to connect online and download the Pokemon and Poke Balls

The Pokemon Company will be giving away a few more freebies in the lead up to Isle of Armor, the first of two paid DLC expansions coming to Sword and Shield this year. Next week, you’ll be able to claim a free Galarian Corsola, while Galarian Meowth will be available the following week. You can see the distribution schedule below:

Free Pokemon Distribution Schedule

Date Free Pokemon Additional Gifts
May 29 – June 4 Galarian Ponyta w/Anticipation 1 Level Ball, 1 Fast Ball, 1 Love Ball, 1 Beast Ball
June 5 – June 11 Galarian Corsola w/Cursed Body Sweet Apple, Tart Apple, Chipped Pot, Cracked Pot, Sachet, Whipped Dream
June 12 Galarian Meowth w/Unnerve 100 Exp. Candies L, 50 Big Nuggets

Isle of Armor does not yet have a release date, but it is slated to launch this June. This expansion takes players to the eponymous island, where they’ll train under a former Pokemon League champion named Mustard and receive the new Legendary Pokemon Kubfu. The second expansion, The Crown Tundra, will follow sometime this fall.

In the meantime, The Pokemon Company is giving fans another chance to get Gigantamax Meowth. The Pokemon was previously only available as an early purchase bonus, but you can now encounter it in Max Raid battles until June 2.

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