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Pokemon Sword & Shield: How to Get Mew

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Pokemon Sword & Shield: How to Get Mew

Game Freak caused a bit of a stink when it opted not to include the full 800-strong Pokedex in Pokemon Sword & Shield, but you will find all of the most iconic, original Pokemon in the game. That includes the legendary, mystical Mew, but catching it isn’t as simple as popping out into the Wild Area armed with a standard Poke ball. Here’s how to get Mew in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

How to Get Mew in Pokemon Sword & Shield

To get your hands on Mew you’re going to have to splash out on an extra peripheral — unless you have the Poke Ball controller already. Yes, that’s right, Mew isn’t a Pokemon you can just go out and catch. Instead, it requires you to purchase the Poke Ball controller that was first made available at the release of the Let’s Go games.

Once you have either spent the $50 for the Poke Ball or dusted off the one you already purchased, you can follow the below steps to unlock Mew.

Time needed: 1 minute.

To sum up how to get Mew in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

  1. Access the menu and select Mystery Gift

  2. Select the option to connect a Poke Ball Plus. You will then be given a prompt to download Mew.

There is a slight caveat to this, however, if you are using a Poke Ball that you’ve played Let’s Go with: you cannot unlock Mew if you used your Poke Ball to unlock Mew in Pokemon in Let’s Go.

If you have done this, you have two options: purchase another Poke Ball or wait until the Pokemon Home service launches sometime next year, which will allow you to transfer Pokemon from Let’s Go.

Until then, you can at least use your Poke Ball’s other functionality. Pokemon can be transferred to the Poke Ball and carried around with you. Just as was the case with Let’s Go, your Pokemon will then return to the game with special goodies, such as Rare Candy.

That does it for this guide on how to get Mew in Pokemon Sword & Shield. For more useful tips and guides on the game, you can refer to our extensive guide wiki.

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