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3 ways to make Pokemon Sword and Shield more difficult

Published: 15/Nov/2019 11:43 Updated: 15/Nov/2019 11:56

by Paul Cot


Trainers have begun their journey through the Galar region but over the years some have found Pokemon games a little too easy. Here’s three ways to add some difficulty to Pokemon Sword and Shield and make it more of a challenge!

Unfortunately for experienced players, Pokemon games need to cater for younger audiences and new players. This means elements of the game need to be simple, and frankly not challenging whatsoever.

Fans have implored Game Freak to make difficulty options over the years but these requests have fallen on deaf ears. However, if you want to savor the game, after all they only come once a year, then you can do a few simple tricks to make the game harder, and in some opinions’ more enjoyable.

Battle style – set

Unbeknown to a surprisingly high number of trainers, there is a setting within the options menu called “battle style”. This has actually been in Pokemon games since the first generation but has either been missed or ignored by a lot of players.

Pokemon games allow you to change the battle style within the options menu…

By default it is set to ‘switch’ which means during battles you are given the option to switch each time you knock a Pokemon out. The game will tell you which Pokemon is coming next and therefore you can switch to a species that has a type advantage, making the game all too easy.

However, if you change this option to ‘set’ you will no longer have this luxury. It will play out like a Pokemon battle was supposed to, where you don’t know every species, and more importantly type, beforehand.

It will make you more strategic as opposed to being able to blitz through enemies teams at will. There is also the bonus of making the easiest battles even quicker as there is less text to sift through.

No items

Try going through Pokemon Sword and Shield without using items, at least not the healing ones. This is a trick trainers have used in previous generations as a way to increase the difficulty.

It’s one thing being able to destroy NPC’s Pokemon with ease and another to be able to heal your team back to perfect health shortly after. Having to rely on PokeStops to heal your Pokemon will make think harder about the battles.

Mid-battle healing also ruins encounters which turn out to be a grind, whereby it might take several turns to get the battling Pokemon down to 20% health, only to use a full restore.

One long-term Pokemon shared a funny story as to why they have never used items: “As a kid playing through Platinum, I never let my Pokemon hold any item because I was scared that the opposing Pokemon might use thief and steal the item, which would be permanently lost.”

Make gym battles the event they should be

Battling gym leaders are supposed to be a event in Pokemon games. However, some can feel like a random NPC because they are simply too easy.

For Pokemon Sword and Shield, extra emphasis has been put on gym battles as they are a big part of the entertainment for the Galar region. So why not treat them like that?

Pokemon CompanyGym leader battles should be difficult and big events within the game…

Instead of having six high level Pokemon ready to destroy the gym leaders, find out how many species you will be competing against and send out a team of the same number. After all, it isn’t really fair if have more at your disposal.

This should make gym battles the challenge they deserve to be.

There are already numerous reports that Pokemon Sword and Shield takes just several hours to complete. Hopefully, these three methods will make the game tougher to complete. 


How to get Shiny Rufflet in Pokemon Go: release date and tips

Published: 4/Dec/2020 14:56

by Alex Garton


Niantic has a lot of exciting new updates for Pokemon Go players in the upcoming weeks. The release of the Secrets of the Jungle movie will finally introduce Shiny Rufflet to the game.

The promotion of the Secrets of the Jungle movie has sparked a number of celebratory updates from Niantic. These include the upcoming release of Shiny Celebi and Shiny Rufflet.

Rufflet was introduced into Pokemon Go in March of 2020 alongside GO Battle Season 1. The fly-type Pokemon evolves into Braviary when fed 50 candles by players. It’s now receiving its very own Shiny version and it’s fair to say Pokemon Go fans are excited.

Let’s check when it’s releasing and how you can get your very own Shiny Rufflet.

The Shiny Rufflet will release alongside an event for the new Pokemon movie.

When is the Shiny Rufflet’s release date?

According to the Pokemon Go blog, the ‘Meet Pokemon connected to the Pokemon the Movie’ event will begin on December 14.

The event will run until December 17 and between these times players will be able to obtain a Shiny Rufflet.

How to catch a Shiny Rufflet

Unfortunately, there’s no guaranteed method for finding a Shiny Rufflet. Players will need to complete raid battles and hatch 5km eggs.

It’s just a case of persisting and playing a lot during the event to increase your odds of getting the Pokemon. However, it’s worth noting players can guarantee to secure themselves a Shiny Pokemon in the upcoming event.

Niantic has allowed trainers to obtain a Shiny Celebi through completing a limited-time research story. Make sure you participate during the event as it’s not every day Niantic gives players a free Shiny Pokemon.

The odds of finding a Shiny Pokemon in the wild are roughly 1 in 450.

Pokemon’s Secrets of the Jungle film will release in North America at some point in 2021. Luckily for us, Niantic is providing some great movie tie-in events to get us all excited.

Get ready for December 14 and good luck finding your very own Shiny Rufflet.