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Artist reimagines Pokemon Sword & Shield’s starters as different types

Published: 23/Jan/2020 1:10

by Brent Koepp


A talented artist shared their concept of what Pokemon’s Gen VIII starters would look like if they were a different type, reimagining Sword & Shield in a whole new way.

Pokemon Sword & Shield dropped in November 2019, and saw players exploring the U.K. inspired Galar region as they battled their way to becoming the champion.

However, if you’ve ever wondered what the game would look like if the starter Pokemon – Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble – were different types, a skilled artist made it a reality.

Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble Pokemon Sword & Shield starters
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The starter Pokemon for Sword & Shield were Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble.

Gen VIII starters reimagined

Every title in Nintendo’s popular RPG series begins with players getting a starter Pokemon, as they began their journey by choosing one from the three types of grass, water, and fire.

However, artist ‘ill_be_Frank_wit_you‘ shared their reimagining of the Sword & Shield starter types on Reddit, making Grookey a fire monkey, Scorbunny a water rabbit, and finally Sobble a grass frog.

While some fans were not happy with the final evolutions of Gen VIII’s starters, the artist’s concept looks incredible, and especially makes Rillaboom look absolutely menacing. Although, we do have some questions about a bunny having fins.

Gen 8 starter Pokémon type swap redesigned by me! from pokemon

The poster’s submission was a big hit with the community, and went viral with over 16,000 upvotes on the social media platform since being posted on January 20.

This isn’t the first time the artist has recreated starters, and has uploaded several jaw-dropping redesigns that cleverly swap the types out for another which drastically changes the way the monsters look.

Back in 2017, the Redditor also uploaded his take on Red & Blue’s final evolutions, showing how awesome Venusaur would look with flames erupting from his back instead of plants, and how majestic Charizard is as a water dragon.

The Final Evolution for Gen 1 starters! from pokemon

Pokemon Sword & Shield broke sales record upon its release last year, pushing over six million units in its opening weekend alone, making it the fastest selling Switch game to date.

While not every fan was in the love with all aspects of the title, we can at least imagine what the game could have been like had the starter types been different, thanks to the talented artists in the Pokemon community.


Where to find new Regi-Pokemon, Regieleki Regidrago, in the Crown Tundra

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:47 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 16:57

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC has brought an array of new and returning Legendary Pokemon with some brand new Regi-Pokemon among them. Here’s where you can find Regieleki and Regidrago.

The original Regis were introduced all the way back in the Hoenn region. Since then, there hasn’t been any new ones released, so the addition of Regieleki and Regidrago will certainly be welcomed.

They are only available in the Crown Tundra portion of Pokemon Sword and Shield. Fortunately you can get them almost immediately, which is in contrast to the story driven process of catching Calyrex.

The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away

Before we can get these exciting new Regi ‘mons though, we’ll need to catch the originals. They can be found in temples throughout the Crown Tundra, and unlike in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, they are easy to encounter.

Here’s Regirock, Regice and Registeel’s temple locations:

  • Regirock: Northeast of Dyna Tree Hill
  • Regice: Snowslide Slope
  • Registeel: West of Giant’s Bed
Regirock Regice Registeel Crown Tundra
Pokemon Company
Regirock, Regice and Registeel are actually pretty easy to get hold of in the Crown Tundra…

Catch Regirock, Regice and Registeel first

When you reach any of the above locations, you will be given a small puzzle to solve. Don’t worry, as we said before you don’t need to be a Pokemon master to solve these.

When opening Regirock’s temple in Dyna Tree Hill you’ll be greeted with the message: “Let the first Pokemon hold a never-changing stone.” Sounds complicated, right? Wrong.

Simply give the first Pokemon in your party an Everstone and you’ll be granted access to the temple.

Meanwhile, Regice’s temple asks you to “Walk together with a living crystal of snow.” So, to open the temple, you’ll need to make a Cryogonal your Buddy Pokemon.

By sheer coincidence (not so much), there’ll be one outside in the closest patch of grass. Buddy up with one and you’ll be encountering Regice in no time.

Lastly, there is the formidable Registeel. This is even easier than the first two as the message, “Let ring the piercing note that will wake the giant of steel,” requires nothing more than a whistle.

That seems an overly simplistic way to awaken one of the strongest Legendary Pokemon, but we’re not complaining. Each temple has a pattern of Regi dots on the floor. To begin the encounter of each Regi, light up all of these by walking across them – it really is that simple!

Regieleki OR Regidrago

Unsurprisingly finding Regieleki and Regidrago isn’t as easy. Firstly head over to the Giant’s Foot within the Crown Tundra.

Eventually, you’ll come to a tunnel overlooking a lake, these are the Roaring-Sea Caves. Jump on your aquatic bike and make your way down there.

This will take you to an area called the Frigid Sea. You’ll need to jump back in the water very quickly, making your way to the land opening to your right. Try to avoid the Avaluggs which are disguised as icebergs!

Keep making your way round to find the temple where Regieleki and Regidrago reside. Unfortunately, you cannot get both of these Pokemon, at least within the same save file. So, you’ll need to make a tough choice between the electric or dragon-type Regi.

Regieleki Regidrago Pattern
Use the pattern on the left to encounter Regieleki, and the one on the right for Regidrago…

The temple – Split-Decision Ruins

As you approach the temple, there is a Pokeball on either side. The one on the left contains the TM Thunder and the one on the right Outrage – their sides indicate which of Regieleki and Regidrago you’ll encounter.

To enter you’ll need to have all three of the original Regis in your party. This of course shouldn’t be a problem, given we have just caught all of them. At this point, we’d recommend saving just in case you change your mind on anything.

Upon entering the Split-Decision Ruins you’ll notice you’re shown two patterns. Remember these, as the left one will result in encountering Regieleki and the right Regidrago.

Using the circles on the ground, walk across them to make one of these two patterns. Walk over to the statue and you’ll be able to encounter the Regi-Pokemon you chose via the pattern.

Both of these will be at Level 70, just like other Legendary ‘mons. It’s a shame you can’t get both of them, which makes your decision all the more important.

One other very exciting thing about these Regis, and the originals, is they can all be found in Shiny form, unlike a lot of other Legendaries that are Shiny locked. It may take you a lot of soft resets, but if you’re patient enough, you could have four Regi-shinies by the time you complete The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away chapter.