Easy-to-miss Pokemon Sword & Shield Switch easter egg found - Dexerto

Easy-to-miss Pokemon Sword & Shield Switch easter egg found

Published: 16/Nov/2019 15:32

by Connor Bennett


Pokemon Sword and Shield players have found an easy-to-miss easter egg that places their real-life Nintendo Switch into the Galar region.

After months of waiting, Pokemon fans finally got their hands on Sword and Shield on November 15, as they get to discover the huge list on new Pokemon available to them in the Galar region.

The new release has received plenty of praise and criticism across the board – with complaints about animations, Pokemon evolutions, and the overall difficulty of the game clashing with some early, high-scoring reviews.

Yet, for those fans who just want to dive right into the next generation of Pokemon, there is a Nintendo Switch-themed easter egg that they might miss if they’re in a hurry to get exploring and catching them all. 

Pokemon, YouTubePlayers have finally had the chance to explore the Galar region and find the new Pokemon.

A number of Twitter users have noted that the Switch that appears in your character’s bedroom, similar to older Nintendo consoles in older titles, will change color depending on your Joy-Con scheme.

That means that if you have the Red and Blue edition Switch, they will appear as that color in-game. For Pokemon fans who have the Pikachu Yellow scheme, they’ll see that in their virtual bedroom.

However, anyone who has a funky, third-party Joy-Con set, the console will only show as the classic Grey color instead of anything else.

Of course, this is such an easy-to-miss easter egg considering how small the console will actually show in-game, but it’s a pretty cool nod from the developers to incorporate a player’s actual Switch.

Anyone who has jumped into the game and missed it, be sure to head back to your home and check it out. For anyone else who is still waiting to get their hands on Sword or Shield, make sure to check our guide on the biggest differences before deciding which version you want to pick up.


Pokemon Go January 26 Spotlight Hour: Shiny Phanpy, 2x Candy bonus, more

Published: 26/Jan/2021 21:29 Updated: 26/Jan/2021 21:34

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Go is celebrating Gen II ‘mon Phanpy on January 26. The special Spotlight Hour will give players a chance to catch the adorable Gold & Silver elephant in a rare Shiny form, and more.

Niantic is closing out the first month of 2021 with a celebration of the Johto region. Pokemon Go players are getting a chance to re-experience the 1998 RPG with special in-game events.

January’s final spotlight hour fittingly highlights beloved second generation elephant, Phanpy. The 60-minute celebration is also giving Trainers the chance to build up Candy with a transfer bonus.

Screenshot of Shiny Phanpy in Pokemonn 3DS.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The beloved Gen II elephant gets a Spotlight Hour in January 2021.

Pokemon Go Phanpy Spotlight Hour date & start time

Phanpy’s event kicks off the same day as the Johto Celebration makes its debut on January 26. Like all previous Spotlight Hours, the limited-time event will begin at 6PM and end at 7PM local time.

Trainers who log in during this time will see a massively boosted rate of the Gen II Pokemon. Those participating will even be able to run into its rare Shiny variant. Evolving one into a Donphan is pretty epic – so keep an eye out!

Even those not looking for more of the cute elephant will want to jump in as the week’s mystery bonus is actually incredibly useful with a boosted Candy rate.

Screenshot of shiny Donphan in Pokemon Go.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Players can evolve Shiny Phanpy into Donphan.

Pokemon Go Mystery Hour bonus

For January’s final mystery hour, players will get a 2x transfer Candy boost. This actually applies to all characters, so those hanging onto multiple Pokemon will want to offload their duplicates for twice the Candy.

There are some pretty hefty evolution requirements for some ‘mon, making this the perfect time to build up the Candy you need to evolve them. Trainers also looking to strengthen their monsters should take advantage of this hour.

Many will be out trying to get a head start on completing their Johto collection anyway, so utilizing the Spotlight Hour’s 2x transfer Candy is a quick way to get a Typhlosion or Feraligatr.

As the first month of 2021 wraps up, Niantic is getting players ready for the Kanto Tour which launches on February 20. The Gen I event will celebrate Pokemon’s 25th anniversary.