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Let’s focus on the positives of Pokemon Sword and Shield

Published: 2/Jul/2019 21:48 Updated: 3/Jul/2019 8:32

by Paul Cot

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It’s been a tough month or so for Game Freak as its upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield games have received a lot of criticism – but let’s focus on the good points that we can look forward to when the titles launch.

The removal of the National Pokedex has dominated discussions in the Pokemon community ever since the news was announced at E3 2019. This, combined with what many considered poor graphics in the gameplay footage we saw at the same event, has resulted in Game Freak being public enemy number one.

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In truth, this criticism, at least to a degree, is justified. New and old Pokemon fans alike are entitled to their opinion on the National Pokedex and some of the textures – most notably the infamous tree that is making the rounds – are objectively something not befitting the Nintendo Switch.

PokemonThe infamous tree that has been getting all the criticism…

Unless Nintendo and Game Freak have been hiding under rocks since, they will be all too aware of the criticism and will hopefully be doing their best to rectify it.

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However, the criticism has been so fierce that many will have forgot what features we have to look forward to in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Minus Pokemon Let’s Go, which was the first Pokemon game to appear on the Switch, Sword and Shield will begin an entirely new generation of Pokemon games – in multiple ways.

Sword and Shield will be the first entries in the series to utilize a new game-engine designed to get the best out of the Nintendo Switch. Now, while this sentiment will be debated by trainers, the upcoming game will provide the best graphics a Pokemon entry has to date.

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It will also mark the actual introduction of generation 8, the first time a new generation has come to the series since 2016 in Pokemon Sun and Moon. While the exact number of new companions is unknown, Sword and Shield will bring in what is expected to be a minimum of 100 Pokemon.

Within those new Pokemon will of course be a fresh set of starters, new legends such as Zamazenta and Zacian and maybe even a new Eevee evolution or two. That alone is enough to get excited about.

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Then perhaps there is the most exciting part of Pokemon Sword and Shield – the new open world areas. Trainers have been clamoring for an open world Pokemon experience ever since Pokemon Red and Blue broke onto the scene in the late 90s and while Sword and Shield won’t scratch that itch entirely, it does have confirmed open world areas.

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These are known as the wild areas and will play host to vast expanses of open land where wild Pokemon roam freely. Trainers will be able to travel the area as they please, providing the first taste of an open Pokemon world, albeit on a micro-level. It is currently unknown how open, or closed, the rest of the game will be.

The months leading up to the release of Pokemon Sword and Shield will be fascinating but remember whatever materializes there is still plenty to look forward to.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

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So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.