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Galarian Ponyta, Rapidash and Sirfetch’d found in Pokemon Go code

Published: 28/May/2020 18:35 Updated: 29/May/2020 3:43

by Paul Cot


We already knew that Galarian Meowth, Zigzagoon, Darumaka and Stunfisk will be making their Pokemon Go debuts, but it looks like Galarian Ponyta, Rapidash and even Sirfetch’d will be coming soon, too.

The Galarian forms of Meowth, Zigzagoon, Darumaka and Stunfisk will be available in 7km eggs as part of the culmination of the 2020 Throwback Challenge.

The latter will also be appearing in the wild. Of course, their evolutions will also be attainable. These will be available from June 3, 1pm to June 8, 1pm local time.

Niantic are currently in the middle of their Gen 5 rollout. With plenty of Pokemon from the Unova region still to be added, the announcement of some Galarian forms was quite surprising.

It would have seemingly made more sense to add them when Pokemon Sword and Shield was released but alas we’re getting them now. It looks like there’s a chance of some of the most popular Galarian forms could follow, too.

Niantic haven’t mentioned anything about the Shield exclusive Galarian Ponyta or about the Sword exclusive Sirfetch’d. As per the PokeMiners though, images of these Pokemon have been found in the Game Master files.

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All of these Galarian forms could be in Pokemon Go sooner rather than later…

When will they release?

Now, this doesn’t guarantee we’ll be able to find these species soon. After all, Niantic could be preparing for any point in the future but it is certainly worth noting.

They might be added to promote either of the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield DLCs – The Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra. This would result in a Summer or Fall release.

Alternatively, they could be added as part of a big event during the summer or even out of the blue as rare spawns. Ok, that last one is unlikely, but while we speculate as to when they’re coming, at least we know they’re definitely in the game.


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.