Shiny Zacian and Zamazenta for ‘Pokémon Sword’ and ‘Shield’ Comes with a Twist

PokéBeach, the popular fan site and gathering place for all things Pokémon news and rumors, recently announced that GameStop will soon be distributing codes for shiny versions of the legendary Galar Pokémon Zamazenta (Pokémon Shield) and Zacian (Pokémon Sword). Japan and South Korea were the first regions to get their hands on distributions of the shiny Pokémon and now the codes are making their way west. The first distribution, said to be for Zamazenta, will reportedly take place October 22.

Distribution images of the popular Galar legendary Pokémon (Credit: PokéBeach)

Shiny Pokémon are some of the most coveted mons in all the franchise, and players have spent hours, days, and even weeks hunting some of the most elusive Pocket Monsters through strategic means in-game.

Shiny Legendary Pokémon That Have Yet To Be Released In Pokémon GO
Various shiny legendary and mythical Pokémon already exist in the mobile game Pokémon GO (Credit: Bleeding Cool/Niantic)

That being said, legendary Pokémon are at the top of many players’ lists as some of the most valuable despite several of them being “shiny locked,” or unobtainable as a shiny version ever (unless you hack the game). Pokémon Sun and Moon legendaries Solgaleo and Lunala used to be shiny locked until a similar distribution event took place in 2019 with GameStop and the Pokémon Pass app.

Shiny Solgaleo and Lunala event from 2019 (Credit: Pokémon)

With news of the distribution of shiny Zamazenta and Zacian, players were excited to get their hands on the version exclusive legendaries, that is until they learned that players will be receiving the other legendary Pokémon instead of the one for their specific version of Pokémon Sword/Shield.

Zamazenta is version exclusive to Shield, and Zacian to Sword, but players were upset to find out that they won’t be receiving their version-exclusive legendary. The reason for this style of distribution remains muddled but trainers have multiple avenues to travel in order to trade for the shiny legendary they want. From Link Trades in SwSh, to Pokémon HOME, when the distribution goes live, players will no doubt find ways to get their hands on the legendary of their choice.

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