Which Pokemon Sword and Shield leaks proved to be true and which didn't? - Dexerto

Which Pokemon Sword and Shield leaks proved to be true and which didn’t?

Published: 19/Nov/2019 14:51

by Paul Cot


The build up to Pokemon Sword and Shield was engulfed by leaks and rumors but which turned out to be true, and which didn’t?

It’s always fun to look back at leaks before a game was released. The occasional one will call the game verbatim while others will look ridiculous once the actual details have been revealed.

Eternatus – true

Those who had been following the build up the Gen 8 would have seen the name Eternatus dotted around the Pokemon community. During the build up the evil legend was never once alluded to in any official capacity.

This understandably made trainers question the leak’s authenticity. However, we now know the leak was absolutely correct — hindsight is a wonderful thing.

SerebiiThe Eternatus leak turned out to be legitimate…

While the Pokemon Company left Eternatus until the release itself, two other legends were confirmed beforehand. Zacian and Zamazenta were first revealed in June and are very much in-keeping with the Sword and Shield theme of the game.

Another leak went into greater detail too, claiming that “the actual evil organization is the Codex Organization, which is presented as a group of historians researching the region’s history and lore.” It looks like this subsequent leak was wrong, though.

It went on to say: “However, after that happens, their leader has a change of heart, and he decides to help you, telling you that the legendary Pokemon (of your version) is the only Pokemon capable of handling Eternatus.”

A return to Kalos – false

There had been strong rumors that the Pokemon Sword and Shield post-game will entail a return to the Kalos region. Long-term fans of the series will know that this was the setting of the 2013 games, Pokemon X and Y.

Several hints of a re-imagining of Kalos surfaced, one of which could be seen in the initial Pokemon Sword and Shield reveal trailer. There’s a particular part of the video shows one of the protagonists in a crystal cave. The significance of this is that it looks very similar to the caves seen in Kalos.

These caves look awfully similar…

There was more, though. With the Galar region expected to be based on Britain, and Kalos in France, they geographically align. Furthermore, within the confines of the Pokemon X and Y story, Kalos was at war with an unnamed region. To this day, it hasn’t been revealed who.

Elsewhere, one Reddit user made a very interesting point regarding the game: “Pokemon X and Y was slightly unfinished. They are the only main games in the series to never get a remake/sequel. There are few areas in the game that are inaccessible and there are some items that haven’t seen any use.”

One of those inaccessible areas is the train station in Couriway Town. With train stations being confirmed in Pokemon Sword and Shield this could be how you travel to it. Couriway Town is on the east side of Kalos, however.

This appeared to be almost certainly true given the details that seemed to align. However, now we have been able to play the Pokemon Sword and Shield post-game it looks like Kalos will remain a pipe dream.

Starter evolutions – true

The Pokemon Company decided to keep details about Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble’s evolutions a secret until the game releases. They successfully did this other than the last minute leak which did reveal the Galar starter’s evolutions.

However one leak, known as the Affleck leak, shared what proved to be correct details. This included your rivals’ name being Hop, Team Yell, the Gigantamaxing phenomenon and even Sirfetch’d. All of these were proved correct.

The source claimed the following details about the starter evolutions, as seen here:

  • Grookey will end up as a giant gorilla that beats a wood drum to attack
  • Scorbunny will have fighting moves, but is a pure fighter. It becomes Raboot and that its final evolution is a humanoid
  • Sobble becomes Sizzile and then Intelleon, a chameleon with a spy theme

It’s impossible to know which leaks are true before a game is released, at least for the most part, but it’s fun going back and seeing which you should have listened to and which fooled you. We’ll no doubt get to enjoy the whole leak fiasco for whatever the 2020 Pokemon game turns out to be, too.


Pokemon GO to celebrate series’ 25th anniversary with special Kanto event

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:13

by Brent Koepp


According to reports, Pokemon GO is gearing up to celebrate the series’ upcoming 25th anniversary by going back to the Kanto region. The special event will be centered around the 1996 Japanese Game Boy games Red & Green.

Pokemon initially made its debut in 1996, and quickly became a worldwide phenomena. Decades later, the beloved Nintendo property has grown into an absolute juggernaut and has even become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time.

According to reports, the hit mobile title GO will honor the series upcoming 25th anniversary by going back to very first region, Kanto. The special event will have players choose between the groundbreaking Japanese RPGs Red & Green.

Photograph of Pokemon Red & Green's Game Boy box art from 1996.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Pokemon GO will celebrate the series’ 25th anniversary with a special themed event based on the 1996 RPGs.

Pokemon GO’s 25th anniversary celebration

While most of the world first played Pokemon in 1998, the series originally launched in Japan two years prior with the Game Boy titles Red and Green (instead of Blue). In 2021, the the franchise will officially reach its 25th anniversary.

So far, Nintendo has been tight-lipped about how it will celebrate the epic milestone, however reports have surfaced about how GO will honor its legacy. According to popular outlet Serebii, the mobile game will be launching a special themed event based around the Kanto region.

While there aren’t a lot of details known yet, the Pokemon site further revealed it will feature an interesting in-game mechanic. “In a single day, players pick either Pokemon Red or Green and get unique spawns  and Special Research based on on what they have picked and can interact to get all Pokemon,” they wrote.

Perhaps the most interesting part is that Trainers will reportedly be able to work with friends to catch all 151 original Pokemon in a single day – which sounds absolutely wild. According to Serebii’s Joe Merrick, there is currently no date for the Gen I celebration. “This event is likely the one Niantic teased for release in February. We don’t have the date for this one yet,” he tweeted.

Serebii's Joe Merrick tweets about Pokemon GO Kanto event.

At the time of writing, there has been no official confirmation as to when Trainers can expect the event to go live. However, since it’s tied to the 25th anniversary, February 2021 is probably a safe bet.

Despite releasing over two decades ago, players still can’t get enough of Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design – proof that the franchise has never been more popular.