Pokemon Sword & Shield Giving Out Free Rare Poke Balls For A Limited Time

Get a handful of rare Poke Balls via Mystery Gift.

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The Pokemon Company is giving away a few more free gifts in Pokemon Sword and Shield. For a limited time, you can claim a handful of rare Poke Balls via Mystery Gift. What's special about these Poke Balls is that there is normally only one of each in the games, making this is a good opportunity to add another to your inventory.

The free Poke Balls will be available through January 15, so you have until then to claim them. There are three codes to input, each of which will net you a different trio of Poke Balls. On top of that, The Pokemon Company has also shared codes for 10 free Luxury Balls and Dive Balls. Unlike the previous codes, these are good until January 30. You can see the codes and their corresponding gifts below.

CodeGifts
K0UN1NMASC0T1 Fast Ball, 1 Moon Ball, 1 Level Ball
1YAHAYA1 Heavy Ball, 1 Lure Ball, 1 Beast Ball
0KUGAFUKA1B0RU1 Love Ball, 1 Dream Ball, 1 Friend Ball
PRESENT10 Luxury Balls
0T0SH1DAMA10 Dive Balls

Unlike standard Poke Balls, these all have special characteristics that make them more effective for catching certain kinds of Pokemon. You can see what each Poke Ball's effects are below.

Poke BallEffect
Beast BallHas a high success rate against Ultra Beasts but a low success rate against other Pokemon
Dream BallBetter at catching sleeping Pokemon
Fast BallBetter at catching Pokemon that flee
Friend BallMakes the Pokemon you catch more friendly toward you
Heavy BallBetter at catching heavy Pokemon
Level BallBetter at catching lower level Pokemon
Love BallBetter at catching Pokemon that are the opposite gender of yours
Lure BallBetter at catching Pokemon you fish up
Luxury BallPokemon's friendship grows more quickly
Moon BallBetter at catching Pokemon that evolve by Moon Stone

To receive the Poke Balls, you'll first need to fire up your copy of Sword or Shield and then follow the steps below to redeem the download codes:

  • Select Mystery Gift from the menu screen
  • Select Get a Mystery Gift
  • Select Get Gift via Code/Password
  • Follow the prompts to connect online
  • Input the download code when prompted

Be sure to also thank the Ball Guy for this generous Christmas gift.

These aren't the only freebies available in Sword and Shield right now. You still have time to claim a free Gigantamax Meowth via Mystery Gift. The special Pokemon will only be available until January 15. Players who have save data from Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu or Eevee on their Switch will also be able to get a free Gigantamax Pikachu or Eevee at the Wild Area station.

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