The Pokémon Trainers in the Galar region won't need to waste time searching under every truck for the elusive Mew. As it turns out, it's possible to acquire one from a Poké Ball Plus accessory - so long as it hasn't already been claimed in Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! or Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu!.
Mew was the mysterious 151st Pokémon in Pokémon Red & Blue and acted as the source of numerous urban legends in the early Internet forums. It was impossible to catch a Mew in-game through legitimate means, so players had to attend live events in order to trade for one. There have since been numerous Mew distribution events for the different Pokémon games and it was possible to pay for one in the Let's Go games, as the Poké Ball Plus accessory came bundled with a Mew that could be sent to the player's game.
Pokémon Sword & Shield have come under fire for cutting so many Pokémon from the roster, but it seems that the most elusive Pokémon from the Kanto region is pretty easy to acquire. A Reddit user named Anonplox has uploaded images proving that the Mew from the Poké Ball Plus can be transferred to Pokémon Sword & Shield, so long as it hasn't already been transferred to the Let's Go games.
Mew isn't the only Pokémon that can be claimed from external sources in Pokémon Sword & Shield, as everyone can acquire a Gigantamax Meowth if they download it before January 15, while the people with save data from the Let's Go games can claim either a Gigantamax Eevee or a Gigantamax Pikachu from the train station near the Wild Area. It's possible to have a party stacked with powerful Kanto Pokémon before hitting the first Gym in the region.
Mew holds a special place in the hearts of many retro Pokémon fans, as many people look back fondly on the days when they tried the numerous fake methods for acquiring the Mythical Pokémon in Pokémon Red & Blue. Those days might be gone, but Mew can still be found in the modern Pokémon games with the right accessory.
Pokémon Sword & Shield are available now for Nintendo Switch.