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Pokemon Sword Shield: What are Dynamax Pokemon?

Published: 7/Jun/2019 11:23 Updated: 7/Jun/2019 11:53

by Paul Cot


A host of new information was revealed about Pokemon Sword and Shield at Pokemon Direct, but perhaps the most notable was the introduction of Dynamax Pokemon.

Huge Pokemon

Director of Pokemon Sword and Shield, Shigeru Ohmori, states: “In certain locations in the Galar region, a new phenonmen can be triggered that makes a Pokemon giant in size.”

This process is called Dynamaxing and literally makes Pokemon several times bigger than their normal size. Naturally, Dynamax Pokemon are stronger in battle and will therefore give you a huge advantage.

PokemonDynamax Pokemon will bring a new dynamic to Pokemon Sword and Shield…

All the moves they know significantly increase in power. Dynamaxing can only be used once per battle which means only one of your Pokemon can benefit from it. Furthermore, the Pokemon you choose to Dynamax will revert to its normal size after three turns.

While the concept may seem simple on paper, when you use your ability to Dynamax Pokemon will be crucial in whether you’re successful in the Galar region. It will add a new strategic depth to the game.

Max raid battles

Pokemon Go trainers will be all too familiar with raid battles – they are also making their way into Pokemon Sword and Shield. You and three other Pokemon trainers can join forces to participate in these max raid battles.

Presumably, although this wasn’t mentioned, these others players will be other real-life trainers playing through an Internet connection. There is also the possibility that they are NPCs although the former does seem more likely.

These raid battles will be competed against wild Dynamax Pokemon where it will be able to keep its huge form for the entirety of the fight. One of the four trainers will also have the chance to Dynamax, so communication between the team is crucial.

These new raid battles can be found in the wild area and judging by the trailer are indicated by a huge red spiral of light.

PokemonDo these red markings signify max raid battles?

Unsurprisingly, the enemy Pokemon will be hard to catch but if you and your team emerge victorious then you’ll have the opportunity to capture it. Various Pokemon will be available, with some of them only available in max raid battles.

This is clearly going to be a huge part of Pokemon Sword and Shield – and this was also evidenced by the official Pokemon Twitter account actually changing their name to “Dynamax Pokemon” for a short time.


Pokemon players put on notice as ‘Temtem’ confirmed for PS5

Published: 29/Oct/2020 17:04 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 17:05

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon inspired game Temtem is now coming to the PS5 as an early access console debut exclusive.

Temtem is an increasingly popular MMORPG game which was first made available on the PC back in January 2020. It had already been announced for next-gen consoles – PS5 and Xbox Series S/X, as well as the Nintendo Switch.

However, it is PlayStation players that will get to experience Temtem first though, as it will come to the PS5 on December 8. Releases dates for the Xbox systems and Nintendo Switch have yet to be announced, but it will be launching at some point in 2021.

The official PlayStation blog confirmed that the game will feature crossplay between the PS5 and PC. Presumably, this means it will feature crossplay between all consoles when it is eventually released universally.

Unfortunately, Temtem won’t be free. The standard edition will cost $37.49 and the deluxe edition $57.49. You can find the differences between the two versions below:

Temem Standard Deluxe Version Differences
PlayStation Blog
It’ll cost you an extra 20$ for the Early Access – Camo Outfit…

Pokemon clone?

Any time a game comes out where there are various different creatures to collect and put them into battle together, comparisons to Pokemon are naturally drawn. Attempts to emulate the franchise should come as no surprise given how incredibly successful it has been.

One thing that Crema is trying to differentiate from Pokemon, is that of the game’s difficulty. “Temtem also offers some more activities, catering to the more hardcore players out there. Attempt to take on Dojo leaders in new increasingly difficult battles in weekly challenges, hunt for ultra-rare, specially colored Temtems called Lumas at the Saipark, or fish for one of the many (10,368 to be exact!) variations of Koish at the Nuru Lodge,” the PlayStation blog shared.

This is in addition to ranked battles. The developers promise that these battles will be determined by skill rather than luck.

While it’s certain that Pokemon will remain at the top of the mountain, Temtem proves that there is room for a competitor. They’ve certainly got the console advantage, but time will tell if they can even lay a glove on the monster that is the Pokemon franchise.