A series of Pokémon Sword and Shield promotional distributions coinciding with the Masters Tournament in the “Pokémon Journeys: The Series” anime is finally reaching its last leg. The Pokémon Company released information on Friday about the last Pokémon in the distribution, Ash’s Lucario.
While Ash’s iconic Pikachu was excluded from the distribution, this final piece of the puzzle can still help players go a long way toward replicating Ash Ketchum’s team for themselves. Here’s everything players need to know about adding this Fighting/Steel-type Pokémon to their teams.
How to get Ash’s Lucario in Pokémon Sword and Shield
To obtain Ash’s Lucario in Pokémon Sword and Shield, players will want to navigate to the main menu and press the “Mystery Gift” icon. From there, they can click “Get a Mystery Gift,” then select “Get with Code/Password” and connect their Switch to the internet. This will then bring them to a screen where they can enter a distribution code.
For this Lucario, the code that players should enter is HAD0 UW0C ATCH. As with previous giveaways in this promotion, the Lucario’s code will only work during a two-week window. This particular window began on Friday and will persist until September 29.
Serebii Update: The code for the Ash's Lucario distribution in Pokémon Sword & Shield has been revealed.
Runs until September 29th 2022
Details @ https://t.co/gDbXkHT3ar pic.twitter.com/VV2lUKXgHP
— Serebii.net (@SerebiiNet) September 16, 2022
What to know about the Lucario
Like Ash’s Dragonite, Ash’s Lucario will have the Inner Focus Ability in Pokémon Sword and Shield, making it immune to flinching. The level 80 Pokémon also has the Serious Nature, which neither raises nor lowers any of its stats. Given its similar Attack and Special Attack stats, that means this Lucario can function as a mixed attacker.
Fittingly, the Lucario knows a mix of physical and special moves. Its strongest attacks are special same-type-attack-bonus moves, Steel Beam and Aura Sphere. It also has two weaker, physical STAB moves, Bullet Punch and Reversal. As a result, players may want to invest in some Technical Machines or Technical Records in order to give this Lucario some coverage moves.
The ongoing anime crossover included three Pokémon codes that have already expired: Ash’s Dracovish, Dragonite and Gengar. However, the code for Ash’s Sirfetch’d is still active, as it will expire in a little less than a week.
About the Author
Dylan Tate is an alumnus of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.