Pokémon Scarlet and Violet may be on the horizon, but there are still plenty of reasons to keep playing Pokémon Sword and Shield. One reason is Ash’s Lucario, which you can currently get for free as part of a weekly promotion alongside the game.
You need a code to get the Pokemon on offer, and there’s one per person available. Codes are released weekly as Pokemon the anime is streaming in Japan, but that doesn’t mean only Japanese fans can redeem them. You can also snag them, and all you need is the code that aired while the anime aired to get one.
This week’s code is for the Fighting/Steel Pokemon Lucario, which comes with a range of punishing moves that will undoubtedly render your opponents incapacitated in a few short moves: Bullet Punch is particularly difficult to pick up.
But there are a few steps you’ll need to go through first if you want to get your own Lucario. If you’re looking to add another Pokemon to your collection, here’s everything you need to know to do so.
To bring in Ash’s Lucario Pokémon Sword and Shield, you must first ensure that you have a copy of the game and have unlocked the Mystery Gift option. If you have it, press the X button, choose Mystery Gift, then choose “Get a Mystery Gift with Code/Password” to start the process.
When prompted for a code, enter HAD0UW0CATCH. If you are connected to the Internet, your code will be accepted. Once redeemed, you will receive a Lucario. It will be sent to a Pokemon Storage Box if you don’t have space in your current group.
Lucario is level 80. You can expect him to come with the Aura Sphere, Bullet Sphere, Reversal, and Steel Beam moveset. He has a serious nature and comes with the Inner Focus ability. It’s quite a trap, so you don’t want to miss adding this Pokemon to your roster.
Be sure to claim Ash’s Lucario before Thursday, September 29, when the code rolls over to the next available Pokémon in the rotation. Be sure to check back regularly each week, as there will be a wide variety of different Pokemon to add to your collection over time. You get a free new team of Pokemon without having to do anything, and some of them can get you through tougher battles without spending too much time grinding.
Pokémon Sword and Shield is currently available as a Nintendo Switch exclusive.