Pokemon Sword and Shield Cheats

Looking for Pokemon Sword and Shield cheats on Switch? Here we’ll list Pokemon Sword and Shield cheat codes and unlockables with tips for Nintendo & Game Freak’s new RPG game.

Here we will show you how to unlock all Pokemon Sword and Shield codes with a cheats list that’s valid for the Switch title (where available).

Take a look at the cheats below…

Pokemon Sword and Shield Cheats List

Unlockable Gigantamax Pokemon

In Max Raid Battles, four Trainers team up to take on a wild Dynamax Pokemon. But in extremely rare cases, a Gigantamax Pokemon can appear instead of a Dynamax Pokemon. Normally, your chances of encountering a Gigantamax Pokemon are very, very small. However, we’ve discovered that certain Gigantamax Pokemon become more common during specific time periods!

Tip: You’ll be able to catch special Pokemon capable of Gigantamaxing in Max Raid Battles, as well as some having rare Hidden Abilities. So be sure to attempt many different battles to increase your chance to encounter & catch these Pokemon that can Gigantamax. Below we’ll also list sure-fire ways to get these rare Pokemon. (Note that we already know the special Meowth, Pikachu & Eevee cannot evolve.)

  • Receive a special Gigantamax Meowth (including its new G-Max Gold Rush move) — along with 12 Quick Balls — as an exclusive early purchase bonus if you buy Pokemon Sword or Shield before January 15, 2020. — You will be able to receive this special Meowth by selecting the “Get via Internet” option in “Mystery Gift”. It’s Level 5 with these moves: Fake Out, Growl & Pay Day.
  • Receive Gigantamax Pikachu (including its new G-Max Volt Crash move) by playing and saving Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! on the same Switch system you’re playing Pokemon Sword or Shield on. — You’ll be able to receive the special Pikachu at the “Wild Area Station” in the game. (You can reach this area after about two hours of gameplay, though individual gameplay time may vary.)
  • Receive Gigantamax Eevee (including its new G-Max Cuddle move) by playing and saving Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! on the same Switch system you’re playing Pokemon Sword or Shield on. — You’ll be able to receive the special Eevee at the “Wild Area Station” in the game. (You can reach this area after about two hours of gameplay, though individual gameplay time may vary.)
  • From Friday, November 15, 2019, until early January 2020, Pokemon Sword and Shield players will be more likely to encounter Gigantamax Butterfree (including its new G-Max Befuddle move) in Max Raid Battles.
  • From Friday, November 15, 2019, until early January 2020, players of Pokemon Sword-exclusively will be more likely to encounter Gigantamax Drednaw (including its new G-Max Stonesurge move) in Max Raid Battles.
  • From Friday, November 15, 2019, until early January 2020, players of Pokemon Shield-exclusively will be more likely to encounter Gigantamax Corviknight (including its new Mirror Armor Ability move) in Max Raid Battles.
  • There may even be other Gigantamax Pokemon that could appear more often than usual, so be sure to give Max Raid Battles a try often to see who else transforms to the max.
  • After early January 2020, the type of Pokemon that turns into a Gigantamax Pokemon encounter will change, likely every two months, during Max Raid Battles.
Which Gigantamax Pokemon are coming to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

How To Boost Your Shiny Chances

The shiny rate works a little different from past Pokemon games. In Pokemon Sword and Shield you’ll still keep increasing your shiny rate as you catch multiple of the same Pokemon in a row (AKA chaining); Without you or them running away or you missing a throw.

What’s new this time around is that the more of the same Pokemon you’ve ever battled without running into a shiny, the more the game will re-roll the shiny base chance roll, the max is 6 times every wild encounter. To be specific… At 50 battled it goes to 2 extra rolls, at 100 battled to 3 extra rolls, at 200 battled to 4 extra rolls, at 300 battled to 5 extra rolls, and finally at 500 or more battled to 6 extra rolls.

Of note is that Pokemon Sword and Shield’s code guarantees that any Pokemon that’s of too high a level for you to catch in the open wild area, that automatically means it cannot be shiny. That way you’ll never encounter a high level shiny Pokemon you’ve got no chance of actually catching.

PS: The Shiny Charm that increases your chances of a shiny Pokemon has been found in the game code. But it’s unclear how to unlock it so far. Possibly you’ll need to complete your Pokedex to get it, as that’s how it was in Pokemon Let’s Go.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Tips and Tricks

Pokémon Sword and Pokemon Shield will introduce new items and features that can help you raise your Pokemon! Get your favorite Pokemon all trained up, and enjoy your adventure with them!

  • Mints: Mints are items that will make their first appearance in these games. They’ll impact which stats of your Pokémon are likely to grow faster than usual! Each Pokémon has a Nature, and this Nature can impact which of the Pokémon’s stats are likely to grow faster or slower than average. Using a Mint on a Pokémon seems to change these stat-growth patterns! However, a Pokémon’s Nature itself won’t change even if you use a Mint.
  • Special Supplements: Nutritious drinks like Protein and Iron raise a Pokémon’s base points, which in turn help raise that Pokémon’s stats. Until now, there has been a limit on how many of these items could be used on a Pokémon. However, in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, you’re now able to max out a Pokémon’s base points using only these supplements! — If two Pokémon are of the same species but one has more base points, the Pokémon with more base points will grow to be stronger!
  • EXP. Candies: Normally, your Pokémon earn Exp. Points through battles. But if you use an Exp. Candy, you’ll be able to give your Pokémon Exp. Points directly! You can earn these Candies in Max Raid Battles, so collect a bunch and level up your Pokémon in a flash!
  • Egg Moves: Sometimes, a Pokémon hatched from an Egg will know unusual moves called Egg Moves. These Egg Moves are moves that the Pokémon wouldn’t normally be able to learn through more common means, like leveling up or using TMs. In these games, if you leave two Pokémon of the same species at the Pokémon Nursery together, an Egg Move that one of them knows can be passed on to the other Pokémon! — It appears that a Pokémon can only learn an Egg Move this way when it knows three or fewer moves.
  • Pokemon Boxes: You can deposit Pokémon you don’t want on your team in your Pokémon Boxes. In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, you’ll be able to access your Pokémon Boxes in various towns and facilities—but also while you’re on the road or even when you’re exploring in the tall grass! You’ll be able to swap Pokémon into and out of your team whenever you want, so try experimenting with all sorts of different Pokémon. — Just be aware that there are a few places—such as the mission areas where you take on Pokémon Gyms—where you won’t be able to access your Boxes.
  • Autosaving: Saving diligently has always been part of a Pokémon adventure, but now there’s an autosave function to help you out! The autosave function will automatically save your progress during your adventure at various points, such as when you enter a town or a building. — This function is automatically turned on when you begin your adventure, but you’ll be able to turn it off if you want to have more control over when your progress is saved. Even with autosave on, you’ll still be able to save manually, too, just as you can when autosave is off. Go to the Options menu to choose how you’d like to save, so you can set up an experience that suits your style! — A message will appear in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen when your progress is being automatically saved.
  • Nicknames: If a Pokémon you received in a trade doesn’t have a nickname, you’ll now have the chance to give it a nickname—but only once! Speak to the man standing behind the left-hand counter in any Galar region Pokémon Center—this jack-of-all-trades is sure to help you out! — Note that, just as in previous titles, you won’t be able to change the name of a traded Pokémon that already has a nickname.
  • Surprise Trades: One of the features available on the Y-Comm menu is the Surprise Trade. Select a Pokémon from your Boxes that you’re willing to trade, and that’s it! A trading partner will automatically be found as you continue on your adventure! — The game will keep trying to match you with a trading partner even as you engage in the Pokémon battles or other activities you’ll find while exploring Galar, so there’s no need for you to hunt for a trading partner or feel like you’re left waiting! — These trades can be carried out with players from around the world if you’re using the internet. But with local communication, you can even get a trade from someone around you before you know what’s happening! Head out to lots of different places, and see if you can get a Surprise Trade! You won’t know what Pokémon you’ll get in exchange for your Pokémon until you actually receive it. If you’re lucky, you might end up with a rare Pokémon. — Note that a membership in the Nintendo Switch Online (paid) service is required to participate in Link Trades and Link Battles using the internet. Luckily there’s no need to set up a membership for local communication use.
New Items and Features in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield


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There are no Pokemon Sword and Shield cheats on Switch yet. So until they are discovered, we made the handy Pokemon Sword and Shield guides listed above to help you with tips and tricks for the game!

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