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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 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.