How to get the Master Ball in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Get your hands on the most powerful ball in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

In Pokemon Sword and Shield, you have the ability to get your hands on a Master Ball, though its location isn’t immediately clear. What’s more, you have the opportunity to earn a second Master Ball as long as you take the time to follow a few key steps. To help, we’ve put together a guide explaining where to get the Master Ball in Pokemon Sword and Shield!

How to get the Master Ball in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Where to get the Master Ball in Pokemon Sword and Shield
After you beat the game and earn your first Master Ball, you have a chance to earn a second Master Ball by participating in the Loto-ID in Pokemon Sword and Shield.
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  • To get your first Master Ball, earn all eight badges and beat the Champion Cup. After the credits roll, an NPC will reward you for your efforts with a Master Ball.
  • To get a second Master Ball, participate in the daily Loto-ID. If you match 5 or more Loto-ID numbers, you have a chance to receive a Master Ball as a prize.

Similar to other Pokemon titles, you’ll need to progress through Pokemon Sword and Shield until you beat the main campaign. After that, you will receive your first Master Ball. To elaborate further, you need to accrue all eight badges and beat the Champion Cup.

Once the end credits are done, you’ll be returned to your room in Postwick and will have the ability to dig into post-game content like completing your PokeDex (if you haven’t done so already). To pick up your Master Ball, head out of your room and speak with the new NPC who’s arrived.

By speaking with them, you’ll receive a free Master Ball. Pretty straightforward, right? What’s interesting about Pokemon Sword and Shield is that you actually have the chance to score a second Master Ball, though it can be a real pain in the rear to do so.

To get the second Master Ball in Pokemon Sword and Shield, you’ll need to participate in the daily Loto-ID. To access the Loto-ID, simply interact with a Rotom PC (found in every Pokemon Center). Through the Loto-ID, you’re able to win prizes with drawings based around the ID number of the Pokemon held in your boxes.

Match the winning number, win a prize. The more Loto-ID numbers you match, the better the prizes you’ll receive. One of the best prizes? A Master Ball, though it’s also one of the hardest prizes to earn. To earn the Master Ball as a prize, you’ll need to match 5 or more Loto-ID numbers. To increase your odds of winning, you’ll want to catch as many Pokemon you can and store them in your box.

Now that you know where to get the Master Ball in Pokemon Sword and Shield, be sure to read through some of our other guides including how to fast travel in Pokemon Sword and Shield, how long to beat Pokemon Sword and Shield, and whether you can visit other regions in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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