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Calling all Pokémon Trainers! There’s a new Pokémon distribution happening right now for Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Announced earlier this month, The Pokémon Company is holding a campaign throughout August and September where they’ll distribute Mystery Gift codes of Ash’s Pokémon team featured in the recent Master Tournament anime arc. Now, one of these codes (Ash’s Pikachu wearing the World Cap) is limited to movie screenings in Japan, and the lucky Trainers who attend get a unique, one-time use serial code. As for the other five Pokémon (Dracovish, Dragonite, Gengar, Sirfetch’d, and Lucario), they’ll be a bit easier to acquire worldwide.

Over the next few weeks, episodes of the Pokémon anime will show a code for each of these Pokémon. These codes will be available to use for 13 days, and then they’ll be invalid. Since the first episode included in this promotion has aired, you can add Ash’s Dracovish to your team before Thursday, August 25th by typing in the code “GANJ0UAG0882” via the Mystery Gift function in Pokémon Sword and Shield.



Ash’s Dracovish will be at level 80 and knows the following moves: Fishious Rend (Water), Draong Rush (Dragon), Ice Fang (Ice), and Water Gun (Water).

To collect the rest of Ash’s team, here is the release schedule for the remaining four (and their code’s expiration dates):

  • Dragonite: Friday, August 26th, 2022 (expires Thursday, September 8th, 2022)
  • Gengar: Friday, September 2nd, 2022 (expires Thursday, September 15th, 2022)
  • Sirfetch’d: Friday, September 9th, 2022 (expires Thursday, September 22nd, 2022)
  • Lucario: Friday, September 16th, 2022 (expires Thursday, September 29th, 2022)


Fingers crossed will see Ash’s Pikachu (World Cap) be released worldwide at a later date! For now, check back over the next few weeks when we report on the remaining codes.


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)