Best Pokemon to use a Master Ball on in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Published: 2/Jun/2020 1:50

by Brittany Vincent


The almighty Master Ball in Pokemon Sword and Shield can catch any Pokemon you wish, but you shouldn’t waste it on just any ‘mon. Here are the best Pokemon you should save your Master Ball for.

When it comes to the most surefire way to catch Pokemon, a safe bet is always using a Master Ball. It allows you to swiftly capture any Pokemon you face out in the field, but you only get one. Barring being lucky enough to win one in-game as a prize, you’re stuck with that lone Master Ball for the entire of the game.

This means you have to make the difficult decision of which Pokemon you want to use it on. Unsure which monster you should toss that Master Ball at? Here are some simple suggestions other than Zacian and Zamazenta, who can easily be captured with regular Poke Ball.

Gigantamax Drednaw

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Gigantamax Drednaw is a force to be reckoned with.

Pokemon found in Max Raid Battles are extremely formidable opponents. Gigantamax Drednaw is no exception. This massive Rock-type is enormous, almost mountain-like in appearance, and it’s difficult enough to challenge in battle, let alone capture.

As a Pokemon that can only be captured in Max Raid Battle, Gigantamax Drednaw has a wide arsenal of terrifying attacks that can decimate your entire roster in the blink of an eye.

If you’re going to go to the trouble of seeking out a Gigantamax Drednaw, you want to be ultra sure you’re not going to miss out on the opportunity to capture it. Using a Master Ball here is totally justified, and a choice you won’t regret.

Gigantamax Lapras

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Gigantamax Lapras looks like a gentle giant, but is anything but.

Lapras is a bit of a gentle giant, but don’t let that fool you. Once you’re up against a Gigantamax version of the monster, you’ll quickly understand what type of battle you’re in for. G-Max Lapras comes packing high defense, a ridiculous amount of hit points, and a powerful set of moves to level your team before you can even blink.

If you’re going into the battle with high hopes of nabbing that Lapras, you may as well go ahead and toss your Master Ball to end that battle as quickly as possible. At least you’ll be sure to nab the water-dwelling behemoth instead of wondering if you’ll ever have another chance to do so.

Gigantamax Snorlax

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Don’t sleep on catching Gigantamax Snorlax.

Gigantamax Snorlax may be a sloth, but don’t sleep on this nearly mountain-sized version of the normally gentle giant. This version of Snorlax is absolutely huge, with the hit points to match and a G-Max move that’ll blow your party away. Plus, it can only be captured in a Max Raid Battle.

If you happen to come across this overstuffed Snorlax, it could well be worth it to you to burn your Master Ball so that you can finally add it to your collection. It’s curious how such an enormous beast could ever fit in a Master Ball, but those things work in mysterious ways, after all.

Certain Shiny Pokemon

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There are many different varieties of Shinies.

Shiny Pokemon are difficult to come by, and if you miss out on capturing one, you can’t ever quite shake that feeling of disappointment. There are plenty of shiny varieties in Sword & Shield, with some very interesting colorways. Some of them are decidedly rarer than others, and much cooler-looking, too.

It’s never good to have any shinier escape your grasp when they’re right in front of you. You’ll have to make a judgment call on this, but your Master Ball may very well be worth tossing at a shiny Pokemon that’s exceedingly rare, or one that’s prone to running away. Of course, you’ll have to figure something else for the rest of your Pokedex, but you’ll be covered 100% for at least one of those ‘mons.

Upcoming Legendaries

There are additional Legendaries and special event Pokemon coming to Sword & Shield that haven’t yet been detailed. From The Isle of Armor’s Kubfu and The Crown Tundra’s Calyrex to the promotional Legendary Zarude, there are plenty of ‘mons that may be challenging to capture more so than what’s already in the game.

If none of the other Pokemon make sense to you to capture with your Master Ball, you may want to take a step back and preserve that precious tool for one of these new addition, especially since we don’t know much about all of them yet.


Pokemon Go datamine shows subscription service could be coming

Published: 19/Jan/2021 20:54

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Go could be getting a subscription service soon according to code discovered by fans. A new datamine suggests that Niantic might be gearing up to add a recurring payment option for the hit mobile title. 

Ever since its debut in 2016, Pokemon Go has continued to be a cultural phenomena. In 2020, the mobile title actually had its highest grossing profits since launch as millions of players continue to obsess over catching their favorite ‘mon in the real world.

Despite its incredible success, the community has been weary over the years over the game’s increase in paid ticket events and monetization. Now, a new datamine points towards Niantic possibly adding a subscription service soon. Here is everything we know.

Screenshot of Pokemon Go Hoenn Challenge art.
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Could Pokemon Go be getting a subscription service?

Pokemon Go code refers to a subscription service

The rumor first spread online on January 15 after dataminers looking over the game’s APK discovered new code that refers to a recurring service. A subscription in Go is hardly a new concept as murmurs of Niantic implementing one seems to pop up every year without ever coming true.

The latest datamine dump has many fans worried though, as it’s the most complete evidence yet that one could be arriving – and possibly soon. Curiously, the data includes terms such as “expired”, “grace period”, and “cancelled” which certainly sounds like a subscription of sorts.

Even if Go is getting a service, it could be for a variety of things. And of course, not all information in a datamine is final. Below we will list the code that has many speculating:

  • SubscriptionState
  • AutoRenewDate
  • ValidatedSubscriptionSkuInfo
  • .get_SubscriptionId
  • .set_SubscriptionId
  • isVendorItem
  • canBePurchased
  • virtualCurrencyPrice
  • virtualCurrencyGranted
  • presentationData
  • isActiveSubscription

Popular dataminer ‘PokeMiners’ took to Twitter to clarify what the data could mean after fans reacted to the new information. “What we know: A ‘subscription’ is a Store item (just like items, tickets, stickers, etc). This item has a current state like active, cancelled, expired, etc. It has an auto-renew date,” they said.

They also went on to explain what is currently unknown about the code: “What we don’t know/have no indication of at this time: What the subscription is for; there is currently no indication that any existing feature will be locked behind this subscription item. How much it will cost. How long the auto-renew date is for.”

So it’s not entirely clear at the time of writing what exactly the subscription is even going to be should it come to fruition. Based on the language though, it seems to point to some kind of recurring service.

Only time will tell if the new data comes to reality. Reactions so far have been mixed as some fans worry about the game being monetized further.