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Pokemon cosplayer shows why Sword & Shield's Leon is the Champion

by Brent Koepp

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A talented Pokemon cosplayer shared his take on Sword & Shield's Leon, transforming into the Galar Region Champion with an incredible true-to-life costume.

Pokemon saw its eighth generation title Sword & Shield drop in November 2019, and had players exploring the Galar Region on their quest to become the ultimate trainer in the League.

A talented cosplayer brought the game's unbeatable hero Leon to life at MagFest 2020, becoming the gaming festival's champion with his insanely accurate costume.

The Pokemon Company / Game Freak
The Pokemon Company / Game Freak
Leon is the Galar Region's unbeatable champion.

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Cosplayer becomes Galar's champion

Leon is the undefeated champion in Sword & Shield, and is looked up to as a hero by the citizens of the Galar region. He's also the older brother of the protagonist's rival Hop, as both of them dream of one day beating him.

Cosplayer Maguma Usagi showed off his jaw-dropping outfit of the character on his social media, as the talented artist dressed up as the beloved Pokemon trainer at this year's MagFest, which was held in Washington County, MD.

Striking the character's iconic Charizard pose, the cosplay artist put his full costume on display, showing off the intricate details that went into faithfully recreating the trainer's outfit, from his flowing cape, to the iconic baseball cap that looks like a crown with the bill flipped up.

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As if the incredible costume wasn't enough, he also recorded a video embodying the character, and even handed out Galar League endorsements from the game to festival goers that found him at the event.

Maguma is the closest we've seen to someone being a dead ringer for the Champion, looking exactly how we would imagine a live action version of the trainer to look like.

The skilled artist teamed up with photographer Arsenio Dev for another photoset that showed him in various poses from the game, as he captured Leon's spirit by flicking his cape behind him as he readies up for battle.

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Sword & Shield broke sales record in November 2019, becoming the fastest selling Switch title to date, as it sold an astonishing six million units in its opening weekend alone.

The eighth generation title also had its best month in sales for the entire franchise, according to consumer date tracker NPDs, making it an incredible success for Game Freak and Nintendo.