Christmas: a time to celebrate kindness and generosity. The holiday season allows all of us to share love and joy with those less fortunate, even in the video game community. While it may seem minuscule in comparison to some of the grander gestures in the world, some Pokémon fans are preparing to contribute their special kind of Christmas spirit with Operation Delibird. Never heard of it? Don’t worry, we’ll go over all the details so you can take part in this festive event.
What Exactly Is Operation Delibird?
To put it lightly, Operation Deilibird is a fan-made event where players of the latest Pokémon games give away some rare and unique Pokémon through random trades to younger players who may have some difficulty obtaining such hard finds. The idea began a few years ago after another event named Operation Zubat, in where players decided to bog down the Wonder Trade System with the annoyingly abundant Zubat.
It was then that some members of the Pokémon community decided to conduct something similar. Rather than agitate others with common Pokémon, however, fans would give some valuable Pokémon to those with less experience. The movement thus received the moniker of Operation Delibird, as the gift-giving Pokémon perfectly embodied the mission at hand.
How Do I take Part In Operation Delibird?
To participate, you will first want to obtain Pokémon with some sort of value. Whether it be a starter, a shiny, or even just a Pokémon with a low appearance/catch rate, someone will surely appreciate any rare addition to his or her collection that you can provide.
Once you’ve built up your horde of giveaways, you’ll then want to access the Surprise Trade System in Pokémon Sword and Shield on the days of the event. Known as Wonder Trade in previous games, Surprise Trades randomly match you up with other players all over to swap Pokémon. Neither of you will know what the other will offer up for the trade, thus the surprise. To start a Surprise trade, you can hit the Y button to pull up the Y-Comm menu and then select ‘Surprise Trade’. You’ll then be asked which Pokémon you want to trade. Once you’ve picked your choice, all that’s left is to let the game pair you with another player, which will then start the trade.
If you want more specifics, the official Pokémon Sword and Shield website has an article that covers the
topic in detail right here.
I Don’t Know What Pokémon to Give Away!
While Operation Delibird doesn’t have any exact guidelines on what Pokémon can and can’t be offered up, the main premise is to send up ones that a player may not come across easily. Shiny Pokémon is always a viable option, as the extreme rarity of these alternate versions will never go unappreciated when received. If you don’t want to go through the hours of grinding/breeding that comes with shiny hunting though, you could always provide version-exclusive or a starter Pokémon. While not as rare as shiny Pokémon, these usually cannot be accessed easily depending on which game and starter you chose, so giving one away could prove useful to someone who made different selections than you. We’ve provided a list of some potential Pokémon that would make great Surprise Trades.
- Farfetch’d (Galarian) – Sword
- StretchedSirfetch’d – Sword
- Darumaka (Galarian) – Sword
- Darmanitan (Galarian) – Sword
- Flapple – Sword
- Stonjourner – Sword
- Indeedee (male) – Sword
- Machamp (Gigantamax) – Sword
- Coalossal (Gigantamax) – Sword
- Flapple (Gigantamax) – Sword
- Ponyta (Galarian) – Shield
- Rapidash (Galarian) – Shield
- Corsola (Galarian) – Shield
- Cursola – Shield
- Appletun – Shield
- Eiscue – Shield
- Indeedee (female) – Shield
- Gengar (Gigantamax) – Shield
- Lapras (Gigantamax) – Shield
- Appletun (Gigantamax) – Shield
Of course, this list doesn’t cover every possible option, but it should give you a good place to start. With that, you can begin joining in the festivities of Operation Delibird!
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