Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayers go viral as Gym Leaders Nessa & Bea - Dexerto

Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayers go viral as Gym Leaders Nessa & Bea

Published: 13/Jul/2020 20:40

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon cosplay duo went viral after transforming into Sword & Shield’s popular Gym Leaders Nessa & Bea. The cousins’ mind-blowing portrayal of the heroines is one of the best things you’ll see all day.

Pokemon players were first introduced to the Galar region in Sword & Shield, which hit stores in November 2019. The latest mainline title in the long-running Nintendo franchise brought the series into its eighth generation, which first launched in 1996 on the Game Boy.

Two of the title’s most popular characters are Gym Leaders Nessa & Bea. A talented cosplay duo has brought them to life with their adorable re-creation. The pair look so much like the heroines, it’s almost as if they kicked their way out of your Nintendo Switch.

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Nessa & Bea are two popular Gym Leaders from Sword & Shield.

Pokemon cosplayers become Nessa & Bea

Sword & Shield opens with players entering the Galar League as they set their sights on becoming the next champion. On their journey to become number one, they face the formidable Water-type Gym Leader Nessa at her stadium in the seaside city Hulbury.

Prolific artist ‘Alyssa Silos‘ went viral on Twitter when she transformed into the character, while teaming up with her cousin ‘kyraadela‘ who portrayed the Shield-exclusive Fighting-type Bea. The duo perfectly pull off the Trainers’ unique look.

The two posed together in their replica Galar League gym uniforms, next to a shot of the characters in-game portraits to demonstrate how much they actually look like them. The tweet was made on July 10, and at the time of writing has amassed over 274k likes, and has over 48k replies.

In another shot that will be sure to warms fans’ hearts, the cosplayers adorably depicted the Trainers’ fighting stances from Sword & Shield. Standing back to back, the two mirror each other’s battle pose.

Bea is one of the Gen VIII game’s exclusive Leaders, as Sword got the Ghost-type trainer Allister instead. He runs the Gym in Stow-on-Side. However, fans can’t seem to get enough of Nessa and the Fighting-type heroine, making this one of the best Pokemon cosplays we’ve seen to date.

Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, Sword & Shield is already on track to become the third best-selling title in the entire franchise. Proof that its addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” mechanic is as popular as it’s ever been.

Unlike previous entries, the release got an Expansion Pass instead of a third game. In June, the first addon ‘The Isle of Armor’ dropped, and the second DLC ‘The Crown Tundra’ is set to make its debut some time in the Fall.


Pokemon cosplayer takes on Galar League as Sword & Shield protagonist

Published: 17/Nov/2020 23:09

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon cosplayer made waves on Instagram after becoming the real-life version of Sword & Shield’s female protagonist, Gloria.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield in 2019. The RPG introduced players to the Galar region – which was largely inspired by famous locations in the U.K.

To celebrate the popular Nintendo Switch title, a talented cosplayer brought the game’s protagonist Trainer to life with their incredibly accurate costume. The artist’s adorable take on the heroine will capture fans’ hearts.

Screenshot of Pokemon Sword & Shield protagonist trainer Gloria on the Nintendo Switch.
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Gloria is one of the default protagonists in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Pokemon cosplayer becomes real life Sword & Shield protagonist

In Sword & Shield, players are given the option to choose either a male or female protagonist. The latter is called Gloria by default, although Trainers will no doubt customize their character’s name to their heart’s content.

Cosplayer ‘elle_pastelle’ went viral on Instagram after bringing the beloved heroine to life with her re-creation. Photographer ‘pastelle_images’ captured the artist adorably hoisting her Pokeball in the air.

The gorgeous outdoor backdrop used in the photo could easily be mistaken for a location in Galar, as Elle excitedly looks ready to begin her quest to become the region’s next champion.


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The cosplayer nailed the character’s Scottish-influenced style, perfectly mirroring her gray wool stitched hoodie and her iconic green Tam O’ Shanter cap. In another photo posted to social media, Elle poses as the Trainer readying for battle. 


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Sword & Shield celebrated its first anniversary on November 15. Despite only releasing a year ago, the Nintendo Switch release has quickly become the third highest-grossing title in the Pokemon franchise. Proof that the series has never been more popular.

In November, fans of the game were able to dive into the RPG all over again with the debut of The Crown Tundra DLC on October 22. The add-on brought a handful of popular Legendaries to the Galar region and introduced the new Dynamax Adventures Mode.