So many people wanted Pokemon’s Shiny Zeraora that the Home app crashed

You can grab your gift now

In typical Nintendo fashion, multiple first-party games updated around midnight, Eastern time, yesterday.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate got Min Min and a new balance patch, and Pokemon Home/Pokemon Sword and Shield got their own updates as well. But while Smash fans were able to get in smoothly and try out the new character, Pokemon fans were greeted with error screens.

The update was small, but impactful. That Shiny Zeraora everyone wanted? It was finally available for every eligible player. The problem is that it crashed the servers to Home because so many people were trying to redeem it at once, but things have since been fixed: if you’re just waking up, congrats! You shouldn’t have any problems getting in.

In case you’re totally lost, you can find full instructions below on how to nab that new legendary.

How to get your free Shiny Zeraora in Pokemon Sword and Shield:

  • Transfer a Pokemon between the Home app and the main game: to or from works, but doing both will ensure everything goes smoothly. More info on that process is here.
  • After a short period of time, you will be deemed eligible for the Shiny Zeraora, as the community already reached the required goal of defeating it in a Max Raid Battle one million times.
  • Access the Home app and click the bullet list “settings” icon at the bottom. Select “Mystery Gifts” (which should have a red “!”) then select “Gift Box,” then “Victory over Zeraora 1.” You can also net Armorite Ore from the ordeal (you need to input a code into Sword/Shieldfor this one).
Chris Carter
EIC, Reviews Director - Chris has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step in January of 2009 blogging on the site. Now, he's staff!