The Pokémon Company frequently implement ways of integrating their games, and will be rewarding franchise fans with Pokémon Legends: Arceus bonuses for, not only pre-ordering, but having save data from previous Pokémon titles.
At the time of writing, there are over eight adorable in-game bonuses that can be claimed once Pokémon Legends Arceus is released on January 28th, 2022, depending on whether you meet certain criteria. Here’s what they all are, whether you’re eligible to claim them, and how to do so!
Pokémon Legends Arceus early-purchase bonuses
If you haven’t already eagerly pre-ordered your copy of Pokémon Legends Arceus, but you’re definitely looking forward to getting your hands on it ASAP, it’s worth bearing in mind that you will earn a couple of cute early-purchaser bonuses if you buy before May 9th, 2022.
If you order the physical or digital versions of the game in time, you’ll be eligible to claim the Hisuian Growlithe Kimono Set, as well as the Baneful Fox Mask. These rewards will need to be claimed in-game by May 9th, 2022, and will require approximately two hours of gameplay, in order to access the Mystery Gift part of the menu. Once you have, simply click on “Get via Internet” to claim your bonuses.
By ordering the digital version of the game directly from the Nintendo eShop by May 9th, 2022, you will also be given a reward of 30 Heavy Balls. You will receive a code which can then be redeemed for the balls in-game before May 16th, 2022.
Pokémon Legends Arceus Sword and Shield save data bonuses
You’ll be able to redeem the remaining rewards whenever you purchase the game, as long as you have save data from previous, specific Pokémon titles.
First up, there’s Pokémon Sword or Shield. If you have save data on your Nintendo Switch from either Sword, Shield or both, you’ll be able to claim another Kimono Set, this time styled around grass-type Mythical Pokémon Shaymin. This Kimono Set will not be available from
your Mystery Gifts, but will instead be gifted in-game after around one hour of play time.
You’ll also unlock an encounter with the Mythical Pokémon Shaymin itself, but you won’t be able to add the Pokémon to your team until after you’ve completed the game’s full story. Check out our original article for more details on the Sword and Shield bonuses and how to redeem them.
Pokémon Legends Arceus BDSP save data bonuses
If you have save data from either of the most recent Pokémon releases, Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl, then you’ll be eligible for yet another Outfit Set with which to customize your avatar. This time, the clothes are based on the Galaxy Expedition Team which makes up part of your Legends: Arceus storyline. The Modern Team Galactic Set includes a jacket, trousers and shoes, and is able to be redeemed from the clothier as soon as you join the team.
With BDSP save data, you’ll also unlock another Mythical Pokémon encounter, this time with Pitch-Black Pokémon Darkrai. Like with the Shaymin encounter, you won’t be able to add Darkrai to your team until after viewing the game’s end credits.
Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee and Pikachu save data bonuses
Finally, if you have save data from Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee or Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu, you’ll be able to claim two masks for your avatar. Whichever game you have data from, you’ll be able to claim both the Eevee mask and the Pikachu mask, and won’t be limited to one or the other. These will also be available from the clothier after the Galaxy Expedition Team point in the gameplay.
If any new encounters or bonuses get added to the game, we’ll let you know here. However, since Pokémon Legends Arceus is the next Pokémon game to be released, it is likely this already generous list of bonuses is exhaustive. And if you’ve not already checked out the incredible new Pokémon being introduced in the newest game in the Pokémon franchise, check out our guide on every new Pokémon announced so far!
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