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Could we see an Eevee evolution in Pokemon Sword and Shield after all?

Published: 8/Feb/2020 16:21

by Paul Cot

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A new Eevee evolution was expected in Pokemon Sword and Shield but it never materialized. With the announcement of the new Sword and Shield DLCs though, could we finally an eeveelution added to the game?

In the lead up to Pokemon Sword and Shield, trainers were sure a new evolution of Eevee would be include in the Galar region. After all, it made total sense.

Gen 8 = Eevee evolution, right?

Previous new eeveelutions had come in every even generation. Gen 2 added Espeon and Umbreon, Gen 4 Leafeon and Glaceon and most recently in Gen 6 came Sylveon.

All Eevee evolutionsAll eight current Eevee evolutions…

Of course, the latest Pokemon game saw the introduction of Gen 8, making trainers understandably confident a ninth would be added. This never happened though, and while it fell under the radar for a lot of trainers, there were a vocal minority which were left disappointed.

A surprise for the DLC?

This wasn’t the only grievance Pokemon fans had with the new games. Hundreds of missing Pokemon and a surprisingly bland post-game were just two things that trainers were left underwhelmed by.

Following the announcement of the Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass though, it has been confirmed that more than 200 Pokemon will be returning to the game. This is in addition to new adventures, worlds, and brand new Pokemon. In short there’s a lot to look forward to.

Zephyreon Eevee evolution concept

So, it looks like the expansion packs address both the missing Pokemon and the supposed lack of post-game. Could we see an Eevee evolution as part of the June Isle of Armor DLC or is The Crown Tundra DLC a more likely option in the fall?

At this point it remains pure speculation that one (or two) will be added but given the historical pattern there seems to be a chance. It would also be a fantastic selling point to get trainers to buy the expansion pass.

Eeveelution concepts

Despite there already being eight Eevee evolutions, there are several types which could be in line next. Poison, flying, rock, steel, ghost and even normal-types are all waiting for one.

While we have no idea what the next one will look like, some talented Pokemon trainers have already designed their own concepts for an eeveelution. It’s safe to say if we were to see any of these in the Galar region nobody would be complaining.

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How to beat Kyogre in Pokemon Go: strategy & best counters

Published: 20/Jan/2021 0:59

by Brent Koepp

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Pokemon Go is kicking off the new year by celebrating the Hoenn region in January. This month players will revisit Ruby & Sapphire to take on Kyogre. Here is how to beat the Gen III Legendary in no time.

Niantic is dedicating the start of 2021 to all previous Generations, leading up to Pokemon’s 25th anniversary. In January, Go players will be able to face off against Ruby & Sapphire’s Legendary Kyogre.

The Legendary whale offers up a serious challenge, but can be taken down fairly easily with the right counters. We will go over the best way to take down the mighty beast.

Pokemon Kyogre, and Groudon in Go Hoenn Celebration.
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Gen III Legendaries will be featured in Raids during the Hoenn celebration.

How to defeat Kyogre in Pokemon Go

First introduced in Gen III’s Ruby & Sapphire, Kyogre has been a fan-favorite of Water-type Trainers for over the last decade. The primordial whale is both epic in size, and powerful in its attacks.

While intimidating for sure, the weather trio beast also has some major weaknesses that players can exploit rather easily with the right team of Pokemon.

Players will want to heavily focus on both Electric and Grass types to bring the ‘mon down. Below we will go over the best team and counters to achieve victory.

Screenshot of Legendary Zekrom in Pokemon anime.
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The Gen V Legendary is one of the best counters to Kyogre.

Best counters for Kyogre in Pokemon Go

  • Zekrom: The Black & White Legendary is a perfect counter to the Kyogre as its strong Electric moves will melt away the beast’s health. We recommend using Charge Beam and Wild Charge attacks.
  • Tangrowth: The Gen IV evolution is a perfect choice to leverage the Hoenn ‘mon’s Grass weakness. Vine Whip and Power Whip will quickly chip away the monster’s health.
  • Electivire: A favorite from Diamond & Pearl, the Electabuzz evolution packs a mean punch with Thundershock and Wild Charge attack combo.
  • Zapdos: A part of the Gen I bird trio, Zapdos is another great choice to take down Kyogre. Both Thundershock and Thunderbolt.

While there are a wide variety of Grass and Electric monsters we can use, not everyone has a powerful elite team of ‘mon, especially newcomers to the game. Below we will go over some lower-entry picks that can still pack a punch.

Screenshot of Gen 3 starter evolution Sceptile in Pokemon anime.
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Sceptile and other budget Grass and Electric Pokemon can also bring the whale down.
  • Roserade: Introduced in Diamond & Pearl, the Grass type is a solid budget level counter for the whale. We recommend using Razor Leaf and Solar Beam.
  • Jolteon: One of the most popular Eeveelutions of all time, the Electric type is easy to obtain in Go and powerful. Both Thundershock Thunderbolt will hit the Water Legendary hard.
  • Sceptile: The Gen III starter evolution has strong Grass moves that take advantage of Kyogre’s second stat weakness. Both Bullet Seed and Leaf Blade make for a deadly combination.
  • Luxray: The adorable Electric Lion is another entry level encounter that help you bring down the beast. Use Spark and Wild Charge.

For veteran players, Shadow versions of Raikou and Electivire are technically the absolute best and quickest way to defeat Kyogre. However, these rare ‘mon had to have been acquired in the past.

Ultimately, teaming up with a group of players who have Electric and Grass type Pokemon will bring down the weather trio Legendary. Use moves suggested above and feel free to mix and match with other characters.