Pokemon Sword and Shield Let's Go experienceSource: iMore/ Casian Holly

While Eevee and Pikachu can be caught in Pokémon Sword and Shield, before you can ever encounter them in the wild, there is a way to get both as gifts. And not just that, you can get special Gigantimax versions of each of these iconic Gen I Pokémon without having to throw a single Poké Ball. The only catch: you have to have played Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu! or Let's Go Eevee!

Let's Go, Gigantimax!

Gigantimax is the next big thing for Pokémon, but few can do it. In general, Pokémon that can Gigantimax are a rare reward for Max Raid Battles, but there are a few that you can get without having to battle or throw a single Poké Ball. Our guide over here explains how every player can claim a Gigantimax Meowth for free but only those who also played Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Let's Go, Eevee! can get these special Gigantimax Pikachu and Eevee before making it to the second town. Here's how.

Products used in this guide

How to get Gigantimax Pikachu and Eevee

  1. Complete the first town of Wedgehurst and board the train.
  2. Once your train ride has been interrupted by the cutest delay ever, exit into the Wild Area Station.
  3. If you've played Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! talk to the boy in the top left corner of the screen.

    Pokemon Sword and Shield Let's Go EeveeSource: iMore/ Casian Holly

  4. After a brief explanation, he will give you a Gigantimax Eevee and tell you to try Dynamaxing it.
  5. If you've played Pokémon: Let's go, Pikachu! talk to the girl in the top left corner of the screen.
  6. After a brief explanation, she will give you a Gigantimax Pikachu and tell you to try Dynamaxing it.

    Pokemon Sword and Shield Let's Go PikachuSource: iMore/ Casian Holly

  7. Once collected, you can go to your Pokédex to see your new Gigantimax Pikachu and Gigantimax Eevee.

    Pokemon Sword and Shield Gigantimax EeveeSource: iMore/ Casian Holly

What if I haven't played Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Let's Go, Eevee!?

Pokemon Sword and Shield Let's go noSource: iMore/ Casian Holly

If you haven't played one of these games and try to approach the respective kid, you'll be dismissed. However, you can always go back and talk to them in the future. Even better, you don't have to make it any further in either game than the save screen to claim your Gigantimax Pikachu or Eevee.

Easy as that you can have a pair of Gigantimax Pokémon! Be sure to check out our other Pokémon Sword and Shield guides as our team dives into these games in the coming days!

Our top equipment picks

Finally, it's time for Gen 8! Though all your hard work in Let's Go, Pikachu, and Let's Go, Eevee is paying off, you can now explore the Galar region with those Gigantimax in hand. Explore new areas, test out new gameplay, and really try to catch 'em all.

Draw your Sword

Pokémon Sword

Explore the Galar region in Pokémon Sword

Generation 8 is here with the upcoming Pokémon Sword game. Capture Pokémon, battle in gyms, and explore a brand new map as you prove that you are the greatest Pokémon trainer of them all. You'll be able to trade Pokémon with other Switch gamers who own their own copies of Pokémon Sword or Shield.

Raise your shield

Pokémon Shield

Explore the Galar region in Pokémon Shield

Generation 8 is here with the upcoming Pokémon Shield game. Jump into this exciting adventure with all-new Pokémon in the latest console entry from this legendary franchise.

We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.