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Here’s how to redeem Zeraora in Pokémon Unite

The Pokémon is available for a limited time

an image of Zeraora in Pokemon unite Image: The Pokémon Company/Tencent Games
Ana Diaz (she/her) is a culture writer at Polygon, covering internet culture, fandom, and video games. Her work has previously appeared at NPR, Wired, and The Verge.

Pokémon Unite, the new MOBA-style adaptation of the ever popular Pokémon franchise, released on Nintendo Switch on Wednesday. Starting now, you can download the game for free on the Nintendo eShop and grab Zeraora, the thunderclap Pokémon, free for a limited time.

Pokémon Unite is a new free-to-play game from The Pokémon Company and TiMi Studio Group. In it, two groups compete in teams of five to try and score as many points as possible against the opposing team. A huge part of the game will be unlocking new Pokémon to use in battle — one of which is Zeraora.

How to redeem Zeraora

First off, to get Zeraora, you’ll need to log on and download Pokémon Unite before August 31. If you plan to play on the mobile version that’s coming out this fall, don’t fret. A tweet from the game’s official page shared that players planning to play on mobile will still be able to get the Pokémon at a later date.

Once you’ve downloaded the game, launch it and navigate to the main menu with your trainer and Pokémon on it. Press “X” on your Switch controller and it’ll open a submenu. From there, scroll down to “Mail” and click on “System Messages.” In there is a message titled “Launch Bonus.” Press “A” to redeem Zeraora’s Unite license and unlock it. Once you do that, Zeraora will appear as an optional fighter.

It’s only day one, so players are still figuring out the strengths and weaknesses of each character, but it won’t hurt to pick up another fighter. Here’s a video showing off the Pokémon’s move set in the game.

Pokémon Unite is live on Nintendo Switch now and is scheduled to come to mobile platforms in September.