How to prepare for Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor DLC

The Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass is set to make its first content drop at the end of June. With the debut expansion right around the corner, players are currently wondering if there’s anything they can do to prepare. Luckily, this how to prepare for Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor DLC guide is the helping hand you need.

How to prepare for the Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield Isle of Armor DLC

How to prepare for Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor DLC

Nintendo has announced a special Pokemon Sword and Shield promotion that awards players free Galarian Pokemon and tons of items via the Mystery Gift system. This content is the same regardless of whether you own Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield on Nintendo Switch, and can be claimed on a weekly basis starting now through June 18.

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How to prepare for Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor DLC

Redeem the following Mystery Gifts in either Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield to get a headstart in the upcoming Isle of Armor DLC. Take note of the available dates and times, as these Isle of Armor Mystery Gifts are missable.

  • First gift
    • Available May 21 at 5 pm PDT — May 28 at 5 pm PDT
      • Galarian Mr. Mime with the Hidden Ability Ice Body.
      • Set of Poké Balls:
        • 1x Lure Ball
        • 1x Moon Ball
        • 1x Heavy Ball
        • 1x Dream Ball
  • Second gift
    • Available May 28 at 5 pm PDT — June 4 at 5 pm PDT
      • Galarian Ponyta with the Hidden Ability Anticipation.
      • Set of Poké Balls:
        • 1x Level Ball
        • 1x Fast Ball
        • 1x Love Ball
        • 1x Friend Ball
        • 1x Beast Ball
  • Third gift
    • Available June 4 at 5 pm PDT — June 11 at 5 pm PDT
      • Galarian Corsola with the Hidden Ability Cursed Body.
      • Evolution item set:
        • 1x Sweet Apple
        • 1x Tart Apple
        • 1x Chipped Pot
        • 1x Cracked Pot
        • 1x Sachet
        • 1x Whipped Dream
  • Fourth gift
    • Available June 11 at 5 pm PDT — June 18 at 5 pm PDT
      • Galarian Meowth with the Hidden Ability Unnerve.
      • Candies and Nuggets set:
        • 50x Big Nuggets
        • 100x Exp. Candies L

Boot up your copy of Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield each week and follow these steps to claim your Mystery Gift rewards:

  • Press the X button to bring up the menu.
  • Select the “Mystery Gift” option.
  • Select the “Get a Mystery Gift” option.
  • Select the “Get via Internet” option.
  • If your Switch is online, the game will connect to the internet.
  • Wait as the game searches for available gifts.
  • Select the gift you wish to receive.