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.


Complete First-Edition PSA10 Pokemon card set could sell for over $700K

Published: 16/Jan/2021 0:19 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 17:52

by Michael Gwilliam


An incredible, complete set of 1999 first-edition Pokemon cards is available for auction – and it’s looking like it could sell for more than half a million dollars when it’s all said and done.

The complete set is made up entirely of PSA 10s, the best possible grade one can give to a card, meaning these are in tip-top condition.

According to Goldin Auctions, who is hosting the bid, the collection includes four extremely sought-after Charizard cards. For many, Charizard is considered the holy grail of Pokemon cards.

So far, five people have put in the funds necessary to bid on the collection in two weeks. If you want to join in, you’re going to need some deep pockets – the minimum bid starts at $125,000.

Screenshot of Charizard Pokemon Trading Card Game 1999.
Charizard is one of the rarest Pokemon cards.

The fact that there are four Charizards alone in the collection is nothing to scoff at, and could very well be the cherry on top of the pristine PSA 10 collection.

Just back in October of 2020, rapper Logic purchased the 1st Edition card for just over $226,000. But that was then, and this is now.

Goldin Auctions states they “just sold an SGC Gold Label Pristine 10 ‘1 of 1’ example of the Charizard for nearly $400,000 in their December Holiday Auction.”

Pokemon booster box
Heritate Auctions
Booster boxes can sell for hundreds of thousands.

While the card alone can sell for a ridiculous amount, booster box prices have also seen their value rise.

As the TGC community has continued to grow, plenty of YouTubers and Twitch stars have started spending a lot of money on booster boxes from the 90s. The end result is that costs have skyrocketed.

Earlier in December, a booster box from Heritage Auctions sold for a whopping $408,000.

Given the insanity of the current lot and just how many perfect condition cards are included, we could be seeing a brand new Pokemon record once the bidding wraps up. The only question is: Will it ever reach the million-dollar mark? We’ll have to see what 2021 has in store.