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

Published: 13/Jul/2020 20:40

by Brent Koepp

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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.

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League cosplayer comes out from the shadows as amazing Akali

Published: 23/Oct/2020 8:05

by Andrew Amos

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Ever seen a League of Legends cosplay so good that Riot can’t help but share it with the world? Well, now you have, with Sweet Angel’s take on Akali taking League players by storm.

Akali is one of League of Legends’ most popular characters to cosplay. Whether it be her default skin, or the mega-popular K/DA variant, people love to show off as the Ionian assassin.

However, few manage to grab the eyes of Riot as much as Sweet Angel. The talented Italian cosplayer decided to take on Akali as her most recent project, and while the costume looks simple, it was anything but.

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Akali is one of the most popular League champions to cosplay, but few catch the eyes of Riot.

“I thought it was a simple costume, but it required a lot more attention and time than I thought,” she told fans on her website.

It took Sweet Angel about 100 hours all up to create the Akali cosplay ⁠— and you can see every bit of hard work and time that went into it. From the handmade wig, to the dress, and even Akali’s smoke bombs, Sweet Angel didn’t miss a beat.

Everything that you see was basically handmade. Sweet Angel sewed all of the fabrics together, stitched everything up, and made it tailored not only to herself, but true to life to Akali’s design.

She even designed Akali’s signature Kana, using EVA foam so she can carry it around without too much hassle.

She added every detail to the weapon like she did the costume too, from the leather handle all the way down to the marks and blemishes on the battle-worn blade.

The cosplay is so good that even the official League of Legends account couldn’t help but react. Sweet Angel got a retweet on the cosplay from the near five million follower account, and they don’t hand those out lightly.

As for her next cosplay, Sweet Angel hasn’t revealed her plans just yet. However, she’s got a few more shoots on the way, and if they’re anything like this Akali cosplay, they’ll be worth a gander.