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The Pokémon video game franchise has gone through plenty of changes throughout the years, especially when it comes to the series’ flagship titles. But fans have always been able to trust one thing to remain the same. You pre-purchase the game; you get free stuff.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus‘ long-awaited Jan. 28 release date on the Nintendo Switch is right around the corner. Soon, there’ll be something special in store for those who grab their copy of the game in the Nintendo eShop by 7:59 p.m. ET on May 9. 

Eager fans who made sure to pre-order Pokémon Legends: Arceus will have access to 30 Heavy Balls available for redemption via Mystery Gift right when the game goes live. But, even if you can’t snag a copy of the game until later, you’ll still be able to redeem them if you purchase before May 9. Here’s how to cash in on your new loot quickly so you can get to adventuring as fast as possible on the Jan. 28. 

Redeeming your Mystery Gift

Step 1: Make sure you pre-order or purchase the game in the Nintendo eShop

The first thing you need to do is ensure your eligibility for the gift by purchasing Pokémon Legends: Arceus through the Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo Switch. You can do this by selecting the eShop app from your Switch home screen, searching the game and buying a copy via your preferred payment method. 

Step 2: Check your email

After buying a digital copy of the game, Nintendo will send an email with the subject line “[Pokémon™ Legends: Arceus] — Here’s your code!” to whichever email address you have linked with the account that purchased the game. This email contains a unique Mystery Gift code that can be redeemed in-game for 30 Heavy Balls. Once you receive your code, it will remain valid until May 16.

Step 3: Connect to the internet and redeem in-game

Once Pokémon Legends: Arceus is available worldwide, make sure your Switch is connected to a stable internet connection, boot up your game and press the “Up” button to open a menu. Next, look for a screen titled Communications. From there, you’ll be able to select the Mystery Gifts option, select Get with Code/Password (which will take you online) and then enter the code provided in the email to receive 30 Heavy Balls.

After completing the above steps, you’ll be all set to kick off your adventures in ancient Sinnoh with a bit of an extra boost. Just make sure to save your game as soon as possible once you receive them!

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