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Pokemon trainers outraged as National Pokedex is axed from Sword and Shield

Published: 14/Jun/2019 14:40 Updated: 14/Jun/2019 15:27

by Paul Cot

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Pokemon trainers have came out in force to reject the decision taken by Game Freak to not include an option to complete the Pokedex in Pokemon Sword and Shield. 

No national Pokedex

The somewhat shocking news first surfaced on June 11 in Nintendo’s first Treehouse event. Up until the yet to be released 2019 Pokemon games, you could complete the entire Pokedex – known as the national Pokedex. 

While the hundreds of Pokemon aren’t available to capture in all of the games directly, Pokemon Bank would allow you to transfer them over. However, Pokemon Sword and Shield will now mark the first game where this isn’t possible.

Game Freak U-turn? 

Given the backlash to the news, it is still possible Game Freak will reverse this decision. It may not be as simple as them deciding to include the missing Pokemon, though.

Factors such as hardware restrictions and the resource required to create each of the Pokemon’s animations may prevent it, regardless. 

Pokemon fans react

The response has been pretty brutal. As of the time of writing, the video where the news was revealed has more than a 74% dislike ratio. This is a testament to how highly Pokemon trainers prioritize completing the Pokedex. After all, it’s always been part of the game. 

Some fans understood the decision, but the bulk of the responses were negative. A lot of trainers have already threatened to not buy Pokemon Sword and Shield altogether. So, let’s take a look at some of those reactions.

Only time will tell whether this bombshell will cause Pokemon trainers to cancel their pre-orders of Pokemon Sword and Shield. We may get an inside peek as to how pre-order totals are performing, as a backtrack on the removal of the national Pokedex may indicate poor sales. 

Other responses, while disappointed, suggested ways to resolve the issues that may alleviate the current issues Game Freak face. Being able to register the Pokemon, but not being able to use them directly, may fix development issues while appeasing Pokemon trainers.

Others inevitably poked fun at Pokemon’s slogan – gotta catch ’em all. With the news of the limited Pokedex in Sword and Shield, it’s now, apparently, ‘catch some of ’em.’

Nevertheless, some trainers were more philosophical about the decision, suggesting looking forward to the future is a healthier way of taking the decision.


Pokemon Sword and Shield is scheduled to release on November 15. It will be fascinating to see if Game Freak change their plans as a result of the backlash, but only time will tell. 

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How to catch Dragonite easily in Pokemon Sword & Shield Crown Tundra

Published: 29/Oct/2020 22:56

by Brent Koepp

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One of the most popular Pokemon of all time, Dragonite, can now be caught in Sword & Shield. The lovable orange dragon was added to the RPG in its second DLC, The Crown Tundra. Here is how you can catch the majestic beast fast. 

In a first for the franchise, Game Freak opted out of a third game for its eighth generation release, Sword & Shield, in favor of an Expansion Pass. And on October 22, the Nintendo Switch title got its second DLC, The Crown Tundra.

The massive update brought a host of past gen favorites to Galar, including the beloved ‘mon Dragonite. The majestic beast has an incredibly low spawn rate, however a new method will have you catching it in literally no time at all.

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Dragonite can now be caught in Sword & Shield.

How to catch Dragonite quickly in Pokemon Crown Tundra

Introduced in 1996, Dragonite has been one of the most beloved Pokemon for decades. According to its Pokedex entry, the creature is “kindhearted, and if it spots a drowning person or Pokémon, Dragonite simply must help them.”

While not a Legendary, the character is a fan favorite. Unfortunately for Sword & Shield owners, it also has one of the lowest spawn rates in the Crown Tundra DLC, with its lower evolutions having a 5% chance of showing up.

Thankfully, a method has been discovered that forces the monster to spawn. We will cover the steps below on how to find the Dragon-type, and it’ll have you adding it to your team in the quickest way possible.

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Dragonite can easily be found at Ballimere Lake near the Dyna Tree.

Steps to quickly catching Dragonite

  • Step 1: Hit the Home button on your Switch, and go to System Settings. Next, scroll down to the very bottom and click System. Go to Date and Time and set Synchronize Clock via Internet to OFF. Lastly, set your date to September 3, 2020.
  • Step 2: Fast travel to the Dyna Tree location. If step 1 was performed correctly, it should be thunderstorm weather. After spawning in front of the tree, immediately take a right, then a second right looping backwards. Cut across the grass and take the ramp down to the lower level.
  • Step 3: Due to the thunder, Dragonite will spawn in this location. You will see the lovable orange dragon walking around the overworld. Save your game first, then run into it and engage in a battle.
  • Step 4: We recommend using a Pokemon with False Swipe, or a sleep move. Using an Ultra Ball or higher will increase your odds. Should you accidentally knock it out or run out of items, reload your save and the monster will be in the exact same spot.
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Dragonite walks around the overworld only during thunderstorms.

Dragonite in Pokemon Max Raid dens

Another method to securing Dragonite is through Max Raid dens. According to popular Pokemon outlet Serebii, there are five raid dens that the monster shows up in.

Based on tests we ran though, the weather method at Ballimere Lake is infinitely faster. However, those that want to catch the character this way can do so at the locations below.

  • Giant’s Bed
  • Path to the Peak
  • Frigid Sea
  • Three-Point Pass
  • Ballimere Lake
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The Dragon can also be found in Raid dens.

There are two other methods to get the orange Dragon, and that is either capturing its lower evolution Dratini in Dynamax Adventures, or finding it at Ballimere Lake at a 5% spawn rate. However the thunderstorm method is almost instant.

The Crown Tundra has given Sword & Shield players hours of new gameplay with the host of Legendaries and new monsters they can catch. Thankfully, Dragonite is fairly easy to secure.