The official Pokémon website has announced the details for the 2022 International Challenge March
for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Our 8th Generation Online Competitions page
has been updated with these details.
Get a Shiny Galarian Zapdos in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Participate in the 2022 International Challenge March in-game competition to receive this powerful Pokémon.
Registration is now underway for the 2022 International Challenge March in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. This in-game competition lets you test your skills against Trainers from around the world using the Ranked Battles Series 12 regulations
, which allow you to battle with two Legendary Pokémon that are not usually permitted in competitive matches. One of your Pokémon will also be allowed to Dynamax or Gigantamax during these battles.
Qualifying players who participate in at least three battles during the event will receive a Shiny Galarian Zapdos in their Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game (please note that you will qualify to receive this Pokémon regardless of whether you win or lose your matches). Competitors can also earn Championship Points for participating in this event.
You can register from now until March 10, 2022, at 3:59 p.m. PST. To register for the competition, follow these steps:
- Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
- Open the X menu.
- Select VS.
- Select Battle Stadium.
- Select Online Competitions.
- Select Search Official Competitions.
The competition takes place from March 10, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. PST to March 13, 2022, at 4:59 p.m. PDT, so don't forget to return during that time to play your matches. Follow these steps to receive your Shiny Galarian Zapdos after the competition concludes:
- After the competition has ended, launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
- Open the X menu.
- Select Mystery Gift.
- Select Get a Mystery Gift.
- Select Get Battle Stadium Rewards.
Good luck competing in the 2022 International Challenge March, Trainers!