Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer studies the Galar region as Sonia

Published: 19/Jul/2020 19:08

by Brent Koepp


A talented cosplayer brought Pokemon Sword & Shield’s Sonia to life with an incredibly accurate costume. The artist looks so much like the beloved professor, it’s almost as if she’s jumped out of the Nintendo Switch and into real life.

Pokemon entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield in 2019. The popular RPG had players exploring the Galar region for the very first time, while bringing new mechanics such as Dynamaxing and Max Raids to the series.

One of the new characters introduced in the Gen VIII release is Sonia, who is the assistant and granddaughter of Professor Magnolia. A cosplayer brought the popular heroine to life with a mind-blowing costume that will be sure to leave fans in awe.

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Sonia becomes the new professor in the Pokemon franchise.

Pokemon cosplayer becomes real life Sonia

While Sword & Shield centers on the player trying to become the next champion, the title also has a secondary story line about a character named Sonia who eventually becomes the Galar region’s next professor.

Bringing the beloved character to reality, cosplayer ‘angealy02‘ shared her true-to-life take on the researcher. The artist adorably posed as Sonia hunched over at her computer desk as she dives into her research.

Angealy absolutely nails the professor’s signature look, perfectly mirroring her peach colored hair with heart clips in it. She even recreated the ponytail which sits over her shoulder.

In another shot, the cosplayer channels the character’s love of Pokemon by hugging a Snorlax plush. With her black rimmed eyeglasses on her forehead, the artist shows off how she also faithfully captured Sonia’s striking aqua colored eyes.

Angeal’s take on the Sword & Shield heroine is incredibly accurate – from her green striped shirt, to her lab coat, this is one of the best cosplays we’ve seen of the character. To tie the whole piece together, she also posed as the professor taking a break from her studies and playing with a Nintendo Switch.

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Pokemon has never been more popular, as Sword & Shield is already on track to become the third fastest-selling title in the entire franchise.  Fans all over the world still can’t get enough of its addicting ‘Catch ‘Em All’ gameplay.

Those in love with the Gen VIII title are in luck as it’s getting expanded in a big way this year. The game’s second DLC addon ‘The Crown Tundra’ is set to release sometime this Fall.


Amazing Reaper cosplay would make the perfect Overwatch skin

Published: 6/Jan/2021 10:39

by Lauren Bergin


Overwatch’s resident villain Reaper has become one of the game’s most popular damage dealers. With a whole host of cool skins on offer for the infamous Talon agent, one cosplayer has brought an awesome skin concept to life.

Reaper is a pretty polarizing Overwatch character. While one of the key members of Overwatch’s enemy organization Talon, his former involvement with the Blackwatch squad and his fall from grace make him a difficult character to truly hate.

It’s also hard to hate him at the moment, because current glitches within Overwatch have left characters emoting all over the map on loop. While the American rebel is a force to be reckoned with, his dancing makes him seem a little more human.

Enter one cosplayer, who has given the infamous agent a physical form in the real world, but has added extra flair by cosplaying a skin concept that we want to see in-game.

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Reaper is a fearsome villain both on the virtual battlefield and in the game’s cinematics.

Cosplayer creates Hellspawn Reaper

Working off of a skin concept called “Hellspawn Reaper” by artist FonteArt, cosplayer and Overwatch fan My-Lil-Pwny (Warheart) took to Reddit to show off his take on the demonic design.

Adorned in deep burgundy armor decorated with tattered, fire themed fabric and a hood that would make an evil Little Red Riding Hood proud, this version of Reaper is truly terrifying.

The villain’s iconic mask has been warped and twisted as though it has been forged in the fires of hell itself, and a pair of devil horns protrude from his head whilst also adorning the shoulder plates of his armor.

Part of what gives the cosplay even more life though are the iconic weapons, which have been reimagined with spikes and tarnished gun metal to look as if they’ve been through some wars. Couple that with Warheart incorporating his own awesome tattoos into the mix and this cosplay really takes on a cool new edginess.

[Cosplay] Reaper Hellspawn Cosplay from r/Overwatch

Fans love this cosplay

While the whole thread sees compliments and positivity galore, this skin has sparked a debate around the future of Overwatch skins.

One fan notes that this skin is even better than a similar one that already exists in game, writing: “As much as I love the Hellfire skin, this one makes it look pathetic.”

Another goes on to say: “Blizzard should just pay creators that come up with skin ideas for them, because they sure as hell come up with better skin ideas than Blizzard themselves.” This has been an ongoing debate, as Reddit sees a whole host of skin concepts being posted every day, some of which truly deserve an in-game rendition.

On a more humorous note, one commenter told the cosplayer that he should “apply for a job as a skin” because of how well executed the cosplay was.

So, whether we’ll see Hellspawn Reaper in the future is up to Blizzard, but either this cosplay is a showstopper. We can’t wait to see if Warheart whips up another Overwatch cosplay in the future, but we won’t be forgetting this one anytime soon.