Pokemon Sword and Shield Offering Special Starters for Trainers
By connecting Pokemon Sword or Shield to the service Pokemon Home, players can receive special variants of Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble.
A new trailer for the Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC expansions, The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra, debuted earlier today and included the official June 17 release date for The Isle of Armor. One of their big selling points is the addition of Gigantamax forms for Blastoise, Venusaur, and the Galar starter Pokemon, but for those who want Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble with their hidden abilities now, there is also a campaign active through the cloud storage service Pokemon Home. The campaign began at 1:00 p.m. UTC through the Mystery Gift functionality of Pokemon Home. To receive the starters with hidden abilities, players need to connect their console and mobile versions of Home to the same Nintendo Account and "transfer any Pokemon" between Home and Pokemon Sword or Shield according to the mobile application. Starter Pokemon are only available with the abilities Overgrow, Blaze, and Torrent through normal means, so having access to hidden abilities is a boon for any trainer. The Galar starters are also particularly useful for competitive breeding: Grookey's Grassy Surge activates a terrain that heals grounded Pokemon, Scorbunny's Libero acts the same as Greninja's Protean by changing its type to match the move it's using, and Sobble's Sniper boosts the damage of critical hits.