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Will there be a new Pokemon game in 2020?

Published: 16/Mar/2020 12:29 Updated: 16/Mar/2020 12:30

by Paul Cot


At this stage last year, Pokemon Sword and Shield had already been announced. Fast forward a year, though, and we have heard nothing about a 2020 Pokemon game – if there will even be one.

The January Pokemon Direct skipped over any new potential 2020 Pokemon game. Two further months have since passed and no news has materialized.

History shows the earliest a Pokemon game was announced was back in 2013 for the introduction of Gen 6 – Pokemon X and Y. Most recently, Pokemon Sword and Shield, was revealed in February 2019.


Pokemon Sword Shield DLCs instead?

With no announcement so far it seems increasingly likely Nintendo and co may have nothing in store for 2020 – at least in terms of mainline games.. Game Freak’s reveal of not one, but two new DLCs for Pokemon Sword and Shield has left questions as to whether they will replace what would be a brand new game.

As part of an exciting new expansion pass, two DLCs have been confirmed for June and sometime in the fall. The first of these is titled “The Isle of Armor” and the second “The Crown Tundra.”

This is clearly increasing the longevity of Pokemon Sword and Shield, a game which despite its flaws, has been received very well in most quarters. Perhaps the biggest flaw of all was the removal of hundreds of Pokemon from the game as part of the National Pokedex controversy. It looks like this is being rectified over time, though, as 200 (or more) Pokemon are being added to the game across the two expansion packs.

Pokemon Sword Shield Expansion Pass
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The Pokemon Direct announcement of new Sword and Shield DLCs surpassed many expectations…

Time to skip a year?

On paper having to wait another year for a new Pokemon game doesn’t sound great. Yet, if we look at it a little closer, a year’s gap may actually benefit Pokemon trainers.

In this day and age, new games cost $60 and this would almost certainly be the price tag of any game. Whether it were to be a sequel to Pokemon Let’s Go or even a remake of the Pokemon Diamond & Pearl games, the usual RRP of $60 would likely accompany it.

When looking at the two Pokemon Sword and Shield DLCs, it’s looking like they’re extensive enough to bring enough content to match that of a new game anyway. With the potential of even more expansions to come later in the year and possibly 2021, there should be plenty of adventures to enjoy yet.

What’s more is that the first expansion pass costs $30 and entitles you to the first two DLCs. It’s likely any subsequent expansions will come at another cost but still the $30 price tag is still half that of a brand new game.

There’s an argument to be made that Pokemon fans are getting better value for money for the $30 expansion pass than they would a brand new game. It also gives Game Freak the opportunity to refine whatever game they have coming next – whenever that may be.

So, while there would be inevitable disappointment that a new game may not come in 2020, it isn’t something Pokemon trainers should get too down-heartened about. It could work out to for the best.


Where to find new Regi-Pokemon, Regieleki Regidrago, in the Crown Tundra

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:47 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 16:57

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC has brought an array of new and returning Legendary Pokemon with some brand new Regi-Pokemon among them. Here’s where you can find Regieleki and Regidrago.

The original Regis were introduced all the way back in the Hoenn region. Since then, there hasn’t been any new ones released, so the addition of Regieleki and Regidrago will certainly be welcomed.

They are only available in the Crown Tundra portion of Pokemon Sword and Shield. Fortunately you can get them almost immediately, which is in contrast to the story driven process of catching Calyrex.

The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away

Before we can get these exciting new Regi ‘mons though, we’ll need to catch the originals. They can be found in temples throughout the Crown Tundra, and unlike in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, they are easy to encounter.

Here’s Regirock, Regice and Registeel’s temple locations:

  • Regirock: Northeast of Dyna Tree Hill
  • Regice: Snowslide Slope
  • Registeel: West of Giant’s Bed
Regirock Regice Registeel Crown Tundra
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Regirock, Regice and Registeel are actually pretty easy to get hold of in the Crown Tundra…

Catch Regirock, Regice and Registeel first

When you reach any of the above locations, you will be given a small puzzle to solve. Don’t worry, as we said before you don’t need to be a Pokemon master to solve these.

When opening Regirock’s temple in Dyna Tree Hill you’ll be greeted with the message: “Let the first Pokemon hold a never-changing stone.” Sounds complicated, right? Wrong.

Simply give the first Pokemon in your party an Everstone and you’ll be granted access to the temple.

Meanwhile, Regice’s temple asks you to “Walk together with a living crystal of snow.” So, to open the temple, you’ll need to make a Cryogonal your Buddy Pokemon.

By sheer coincidence (not so much), there’ll be one outside in the closest patch of grass. Buddy up with one and you’ll be encountering Regice in no time.

Lastly, there is the formidable Registeel. This is even easier than the first two as the message, “Let ring the piercing note that will wake the giant of steel,” requires nothing more than a whistle.

That seems an overly simplistic way to awaken one of the strongest Legendary Pokemon, but we’re not complaining. Each temple has a pattern of Regi dots on the floor. To begin the encounter of each Regi, light up all of these by walking across them – it really is that simple!

Regieleki OR Regidrago

Unsurprisingly finding Regieleki and Regidrago isn’t as easy. Firstly head over to the Giant’s Foot within the Crown Tundra.

Eventually, you’ll come to a tunnel overlooking a lake, these are the Roaring-Sea Caves. Jump on your aquatic bike and make your way down there.

This will take you to an area called the Frigid Sea. You’ll need to jump back in the water very quickly, making your way to the land opening to your right. Try to avoid the Avaluggs which are disguised as icebergs!

Keep making your way round to find the temple where Regieleki and Regidrago reside. Unfortunately, you cannot get both of these Pokemon, at least within the same save file. So, you’ll need to make a tough choice between the electric or dragon-type Regi.

Regieleki Regidrago Pattern
Use the pattern on the left to encounter Regieleki, and the one on the right for Regidrago…

The temple – Split-Decision Ruins

As you approach the temple, there is a Pokeball on either side. The one on the left contains the TM Thunder and the one on the right Outrage – their sides indicate which of Regieleki and Regidrago you’ll encounter.

To enter you’ll need to have all three of the original Regis in your party. This of course shouldn’t be a problem, given we have just caught all of them. At this point, we’d recommend saving just in case you change your mind on anything.

Upon entering the Split-Decision Ruins you’ll notice you’re shown two patterns. Remember these, as the left one will result in encountering Regieleki and the right Regidrago.

Using the circles on the ground, walk across them to make one of these two patterns. Walk over to the statue and you’ll be able to encounter the Regi-Pokemon you chose via the pattern.

Both of these will be at Level 70, just like other Legendary ‘mons. It’s a shame you can’t get both of them, which makes your decision all the more important.

One other very exciting thing about these Regis, and the originals, is they can all be found in Shiny form, unlike a lot of other Legendaries that are Shiny locked. It may take you a lot of soft resets, but if you’re patient enough, you could have four Regi-shinies by the time you complete The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away chapter.