Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres to be added to Pokemon Sword and Shield - Dexerto

Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres to be added to Pokemon Sword and Shield

Published: 9/Jan/2020 21:51

by Paul Cot


The legendary birds from the Kanto region are finally coming to Pokemon Sword and Shield as part of the newly revealed expansion pass. It looks like they’ll be coming in a totally new form, too, with images suggesting they are getting Galarian revamps.

It seemed strange with the legendary trio were omitted from Pokemon Sword and Shield upon its initial release, but now, their absence makes more sense. Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and other iconic Pokemon were not among the 400 Pokemon in the Galar Pokedex.

What was initially presumed to be part of the National Pokedex fiasco now seems like an intentional decision from Game Freak. They may have made us wait, but it looks all but certain they’ll be in the Galar region, and in a form we’ve never seen before.

Pokemon CompanyGalarian Articuno seems to exhibit all of flying, ice and psychic-type characteristics…

Leaked revealed the legendary birds early

Their addition to the game may come as a complete shock to many, but some trainers would have known this was always on the horizon. 35 Pokemon, which weren’t included in the game, were found in a datamine, and you guessed it, the list included Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres.

Although some clever trainers may have suspected their inclusion, we weren’t given any clues about potential Galarian forms. The three birds are certainly recognizable from their normal designs, but guessing their types doesn’t appear to be easy.

Pokemon CompanyGalarian Zapdos doesn’t look like the most friendly of Pokemon…

Articuno looks the most guessable as a flying and psychic-type. Zapdos, on the other hand, is tricky to speculate – but perhaps flying and fighting is the most likely combination here.

Finally, Moltres looks like a fire and dark-type. This is an interesting one, though, as flying, fire and dark all seem to fit. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see. You can check them out for yourself in the Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass trailer.

Pokemon CompanyMoltres looks perhaps the most different compared to its original form…

Galarian Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres release date

It looks like trainers will have to wait a little while before getting their hands on the legendary Galarian trio. The Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass trailer teased them, but this was within The Crown Tundra section.

This is the second of the DLC packages, which has been given a release date of “fall 2020”. Meanwhile, The Isle of Armor is coming in June. Therefore, it could nine or more months before players finally encounter the Kanto legends.


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.