Pokemon: How To Get Mew In Sword And Shield

You can add the Mythical Pokemon to your collection--but only if you have the Poke Ball Plus.


Pokemon Sword and Shield are out now on Nintendo Switch. This pair of games take players to Galar, a picturesque region that's home to a wide variety of Pokemon to collect. While the titles don't include the full roster of monsters, Sword and Shield feature a mix of new Gen 8 Pokemon and lots of old favorites, some of which can even take on new forms by Gigantamaxing.

In contrast to recent Pokemon games like Sun and Moon, there are only a couple of new Legendary Pokemon to catch in Sword and Shield, but it's also possible to get your hands on an old Mythical Pokemon, Mew--if you have the right accessory, that is. If you want to add the adorable Mythical Pokemon to your collection, we've broken down how to unlock Mew in Pokemon Sword and Shield below.

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How To Unlock Mew In Pokemon Sword & Shield

To unlock Mew, you'll need to have the Poke Ball Plus, a Poke Ball-shaped controller that was first released alongside Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee last year. The Poke Ball Plus could either be purchased individually for $50 USD or bundled together with a copy of either Let's Go game.

The accessory itself functions much like a Joy-Con and can be used to play the Let's Go titles, but the real incentive to pick one up is that it comes with Mew as an exclusive bonus. If you have not already redeemed Mew in Let's Go, you can connect the Poke Ball Plus to your copy of Sword or Shield and claim the Mythical Pokemon in those games instead.

To connect the Poke Ball Plus with Sword and Shield, go into the menu screen and select Mystery Gift. From there, select the option to connect to a Poke Ball Plus and you'll be able to download Mew into your game. As previously mentioned, however, this will only work if you haven't already claimed the Mythical Pokemon in a Let's Go title; if you have, then you'll either need to purchase another Poke Ball Plus or wait until the Pokemon Home service launches sometime next year to transfer it into Sword or Shield.

What Else Can The Poke Ball Plus Do In Sword & Shield?

While you can't use the Poke Ball Plus as a controller to play Sword and Shield, you can send your Pokemon to the accessory and walk around with them, just as in Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee. To do so, first select Mystery Gift from the menu screen, then choose Take a Stroll with Poke Ball Plus. The Pokemon you take on a walk won't receive any experience points, but it will come back with items such as Rare Candies, Poke Balls, and other items.

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