Typing in a could of Pokémon Sword and Shield codes into the ever-present Mystery Gift menu is a great way to get some cool and competitive-ready Pokémon for free. With the game still going strong as we learn more about Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, using the latest Mystery Gift codes will get you a bunch of powerful Pokémon you can take with you into the new games.
The Pokémon Sword and Shield Mystery Gift feature is nothing new. In fact, Pokémon games have used some version of the feature since the release of Gold and Silver, where players could hook the game up to their N64 console and even the handheld Pocket Pikachu device to score some freebies. Nowadays, it's all about Mystery Gift codes, and we've got a bunch below.
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All Working Pokémon Sword and Shield Codes - Mystery Gifts for April 2022
|EU1C2022G1FT||Dracovish (European International Championships)||April 25, 2022|
Right now, you can get your hands on a competitive-ready Dracovish. It's here to ring in the VGC European International Championships taking place until it's final day of availability.
Expired Pokémon Sword and Shield Codes
|1STPTCCHAMP||Porygon-Z (Pokémon Trainers Cup 2021)||August 22, 2021|
|GL0BALCHAMP2021||Charizard (Pokémon Global Exhibition)||November 3, 2021|
|PC4F1NALSBEAST||Beast Ball||August 21, 2021|
|V1CT0RYENG1NE25||Coalossal (Players Cup Invitational)||August 15, 2021|
|PJCS2020CHAMP||Torkoal (Japan National Championships)||July 19, 2021|
|PLAYERSCH01CEPC||Gold Bottle Cap||July 19, 2021|
|SPR1NGPA0R1||Lift Orb||May 16, 2021|
|WPF1NALSPC3||Weakness Policy||April 26, 2021|
|DREAMB1GPC3||Dream Ball||April 12, 2021|
|ADVENTUREB9F||12 Big Nuggets and 12 Exp. Candy XL||April 3, 2021|
|P25MUS1C||Pikachu w/ Sing||March 25, 2021|
|CR0WNF1NALS||Galarica Wreath||February 7, 2021|
|K1NP1KA1855||Ash-Hat Pikachu w/ Volt Tackle||November 30, 2020|
|ULTRAP1KA||Alola Ash-Hat Pikachu w/ Volt Tackle||November 30, 2020|
|P1KACHUGET||Ash-Hat Pikachu w/ Volt Tackle||November 30, 2020|
|1CH00SEY0U||Movie remake Ash-Hat Pikachu w/ Volt Tackle||November 30, 2020|
|P1KAADVANCE||Gen III Ash-Hat Pikachu w/ Volt Tackle||November 30, 2020|
|V0LTTACKLEP1KA||Ash-Hat Pikachu w/ Volt Tackle||November 30, 2020|
|P1KABESTW1SH||Best Wish Ash-Hat Pikachu w/ Volt Tackle||November 30, 2020|
|KAL0SP1KA||Kalos Ash-Hat Pikachu w/ Volt Tackle||November 30, 2020|
|K2020CHAMP10NS||King's Rock||September 6, 2020|
|PKMNPLAYERSCUP||Porygon2 w/ Trick Room||August 22, 2020|
|PJCS2019CHAMP||Gastrodon (east Sea Form - 2019 Japan Championships)||August 23, 2020|
|TRA1NERSCUP||Shiny Amoonguss (2019 World Championships)||August 10, 2020|
|PUNKR0CK||TR94 - High Horsepower||March 30, 2020|
|C0MPET1T1ON||Bottle Cap||March 30, 2020|
|SUPEREFF1CACE||20 BP||March 30, 2020|
|KAMPFTEAM||20 BP||February 28, 2020|
|G1GAGRANF1NALE||10 Heal Balls||February 27, 2020|
|AREAS1LVESTRE||10 Premier Balls||February 27, 2020|
|GALAR||Bottle Cap||February 27, 2020|
|0T0SH1DAMA||Dive Balls||January 30, 2020|
|G1GANTAMAX||20 BP||January 30, 2020|
|PRESENT||Ten Luxury Balls||January 30, 2020|
|K0UN1NMASC0T||Fast Ball, Moon Ball, Level Ball||January 15, 2020|
|1YAHAYA||Heavy Ball, Lure Ball, Beast Ball||January 15, 2020|
|0KUGAFUKA1B0RU||ove Ball, Friend Ball, Dream Ball||January 15, 2020|
How Do I Use Pokémon Sword and Shield Codes? - Mystery Gift Menu Location
Using any Pokémon Sword and Shield codes you come across is a relatively simple process. So long as you've obtained the Pokédex in-game, you should notice the Mystery Gift button on the game's main menu - just look for that inviting present button.
Once you're on there (and connected to the internet), just tap the Get with code/password option and type in any of the working Pokémon Sword and Shield codes above. Your reward will be dropped into your PC, bag, or party depending on the reward, and you'll be free to redeem another.
Another thing that's worth noting here is that the first Mystery Gift option "Get via Internet" is for event-specific items that don't require Pokémon Sword and Shield codes at all. These typically run during tournaments or other big events (like a movie premiere), but it doesn't hurt to check it once in a while to make sure you're not missing out on anything.
The other, 'via local communication' isn't for trading with friends, but for when Mystery Gift items are being distributed at in-person events. Not many of these tend to happen outside of Japan these days, but they used to be the primary method back before most Pokémon games had internet capabilities.
With the run-up to the Pokémon World Championships now fully underway, expect new Pokémon Sword and Shield codes to drop at each major event. You can keep track of those over at the Play! Pokémon events page. Until Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are released, codes will continue to release for Pokémon Sword and Shield instead.