4 trade evolution Pokemon you can catch in Isle of Armor

Published: 10/Jul/2020 1:11

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Sword & Shield got its first DLC, The Isle of Armor, in June. The update brought new monsters and items for players to obtain. The addon also has finally given a workaround to trade evolutions. Here are four ‘mon you can now catch in Gen VIII.

Since its creation in 1996, Pokemon has included “trade evolutions” which require Trainers to connect with others to evolve certain monsters. The feature was, in theory, meant to bring players together.

However, the pesky design has left some out in the cold for years, as their favorite characters have been out of their reach. Sword & Shield’s latest DLC has finally made that easier by allowing you to catch some of them.

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Pokemon like Machamp and Gengar needed to be traded to reach their final evolution.

4 Pokemon evolutions you can catch in Isle of Armor

Trade evolutions can be problematic because if you don’t have a friend or family member willing to help out, you have to trust a complete stranger to send the monster back. However, Sword & Shield’s latest DLC Isle of Armor finally lets you capture some of them in the wild. Here is where you can find them.


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The popular Psychic character can finally be caught in the wild!

The spoon-bending Psychic-type Alakazam was introduced in Gen I. For decades, players had to evolve their Abra into Kadabra, and then trade it with someone else to get the monster. Now you can catch the third evolution in Isle of Armor.

The character can be found in the Loop Lagoon, and is specifically located on the middle island surrounded by water. Make sure you have normal weather, which can be forced by setting your Nintendo Switch system clock to March 15th.

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Alakazam can be found in Loop Lagoon.


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Politoed can be found in the rain.

Politoed made its debut in the Gen II title Gold & Silver, and became a sub-evolution for the Poliwhirl line. Instead of turning into Poliwrath, players could obtain this adorable green version by trading the monster holding a King’s Rock to another player.

The beloved frog can now be found taking a stroll in Isle of Armor’s Soothing Wetlands during rainy weather. If you need it to rain, change your Switch clock to April 15th and you will see the character frolicking in the marsh.

If you can’t find him right away, hop on your bike and cruise around the area. He should be standing in a pool of water next to a circle of grass and a tree. These trade evolution Pokemon always spawn in the same area, so as long as you have the weather, you should be good to go.


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The popular Bug-type can be found in the wild on the Isle of Armor.

In Gen I, the Bug/ Flying-type Scyther was one of the most popular Pokemon from the original games. In Gen II, Game Freak introduced a new evolution for the monster called Scizor.

The red version of the character becomes a Steel-type, and can be obtained by trading Scyther to another player while holding the Metal Coat item. In the DLC, it can be spotted flying in the Training Lowlands during a sandstorm.

If you need to change the weather, set your Switch’s clock to June 18th and it should get dusty quick. The bug will be found hovering against a mountain wall near a tree.


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The Water monster can be found during a thunderstorm.

Those that have played Red & Blue on the Game Boy are familiar with the adorable blue Horsea and Seadra. In Gen II, a third evolution – Kingdra – was introduced.

To obtain the Water/Dragon-type, you had to trade the character while it held the rare Dragon Scale item. The beloved creature can now be found swimming in the Honeycalm Sea during a thunderstorm.

Change the setting of your system clock to August 15th and then fast travel to Challenge Beach. Now take your bike onto the ocean and ride past Honeycalm Island. Kingdra will be in the water between four massive rocks that are in the middle of the sea.

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Kingdra can be caught while swimming in the ocean.

It should be stated that it is possible to spot some of these Pokemon in different locations on the Isle of Armor, however these are the guaranteed static spawn points. As long as you are in the right weather, they will show up.

Sword & Shield’s June DLC not only added new monsters and items to obtain, but it also gave players a workaround of how to obtain their favorite monsters that were always locked behind the pesky trade evolutions requirement.


Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp


A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
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The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.