Can you get Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle in Pokemon Sword and Shield? - Dexerto

Can you get Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle in Pokemon Sword and Shield?

Published: 17/Nov/2019 18:52 Updated: 18/Nov/2019 5:01

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Sword and Shield have brought an array of new species to the series but trainers are still wondering how to get Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle.

The Kanto starters will always be among the more iconic Pokemon in the series and some trainers can’t imagine going on a journey without them. Unfortunately though, you can’t get all three of them in Pokemon Sword and Shield, at least for now.

Given Charizard is among the 26 Gigantamax Pokemon you could be forgiven for assuming you’ll come across one of its pre-evolved forms fairly early on in the game. However, it cannot be found in the wild anywhere in the Galar region.

Where is Charmander?

Charmander is relatively easy to obtain but you might have to wait a while. To get the face of the original Pokemon Red game you’ll first need to complete the main story. That means defeating Leon and becoming the Galar region’s champion.

BeardBearHop’s House is located in Postwick…

One completed, go to Hop’s house in Postwick. This is just a short walk away because following your victory a cut scene will follow and you’ll end up back home.

Go upstairs to Leon’s room and a PokeBall with Charmander inside will be waiting for you alongside a letter: “If you’re reading this, [PlayerName]… then I’m leaving you this special Charmander to you! Let’s have a fiery battle again soon! Best, Leon.”

The Charmander will only be level 5 so you’ll need to do some serious levelling up to get it battle-ready. It evolves into Charmeleon at level 16 and Charizard at level 36.

BeardBearCharmander is located inside the PokeBall, upstairs in Leon’s room…

What about Bulbasaur and Squirtle?

To the dismay of a lot of trainers, Bulbasaur and Squirtle aren’t included in the Galar Pokedex, at least in the initial 400. A datamine revealed that there are actually another 35 species that have curiously not been included.

This shows that while you won’t be finding either of them in the wild, they are indeed within the Pokemon Sword and Shield game code. At this time we can’t be sure what this means exactly, but it does give hope for trainers who want to play with either of them in the Galar region.

It could be these additional 35 Pokemon are added as part of a DLC at a later date — whether they will become part of the game or catchable in the wild would remain to be seen.

If it is the latter then Bulbasaur and Squirtle’s release could come alongside Pokemon Home, which itself is expected to come out in early 2020. This would presumably mean you can transfer them into the game but that would be the only way to get them there.

It was certainly raised a few eyebrows when it was revealed Charmander would be included and Bulbasaur/Squirtle would not be. It may have looked like so at first, but it doesn’t look like Game Freak would dare exclude the beloved Kanto starters from Pokemon Sword and Shield.


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.