Some Pokemon Sword & Shield Players are Banned for Abusing the Surprise Trade

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Just in, some players of Pokemon Sword and Shield reportedly banned from using the Nintendo online service, after abusing the trade bugs in the game. Players who were hit by the ban receive an error message “The use of online services on this console is currently restricted by Nintendo“. However, this information is not yet confirmed by Nintendo.

The Surprise Trade bug is when players trade the Pokemon that are not yet released in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Although trading these unreleased Pokemon is not possible in the game, some players found ways to do it by using a trade bug. Players who repeatedly receive these unreleased pokemon are likely to get banned.

A tweet from PokeXperto recommending not to use Surprise trade.

If you happen to receive one from other players using a link trade, we advise not to accept it. If you already received it, for the meantime, do not use the online gameplay and contact customer support immediately.

Unreleased Pokemon

Here are some of the unreleased Pokemon that you should avoid receiving to Pokemon Sword and Shield.

  • Bulbusaur
  • Ivysaur
  • Venusaur
  • Squirtle
  • Wartotle
  • Blastoise
  • Mewtwo
  • Celebi
  • Jirachi
  • Cobalion
  • Terrakion
  • Virizon
  • Reshiram
  • Zekrom
  • Kyurem
  • Keldeo
  • Rowlet
  • Dartrix
  • Decidueye
  • Litten
  • Torracat
  • Incineroar
  • Popplio
  • Brionne
  • Primarina
  • Cosmog
  • Cosmoen
  • Solgaleo
  • Lunala
  • Necrozma
  • Marshadow
  • Zaraora
  • Meltan
  • Melmetal
  • Shiny Zacian
  • Shiny Zamazenta
  • Shiny Eternatus
  • Shiny GMAX Eeve
  • Shiny GMAX Pikachu
  • Ash’s Pikachu

What will happen if you’re affected by the ban?

Your Nintendo Switch will no longer be allowed to play online games that use Nintendo Online Services and you cannot purchase new games from the eShops.

Are you affected by the ban? Let us know in the comment section.

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