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Gastrodon deleted image leaks big change for Pokemon Sword & Shield

Published: 9/Jan/2020 11:46 Updated: 9/Jan/2020 13:17

by David Purcell


Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Galar Region might have a lot of things to see and numerous new Pokemon to catch, but not every form is available in the games – as seen with Gastrodon and Shellos.

There has been growing speculation surrounding Nintendo’s decision to host a Pokemon Direct press conference on January 9, with the game’s developers suggesting there will be around 20 minutes worth of content for people to watch during the livestream.

While official details about the conference were scarce at first, eagle-eyed fans spotted something on the official Play Pokemon Twitter account that appears to hint at a big change coming to the game soon.

PokemonGastrodon and Shellos can only be caught in their blue forms in Pokemon Sword and Shield, but that may soon change.

More Pokemon leaked?

Gastrodon and Shellos are only available to catch in their East Sea, or blue, forms in Pokemon Sword and Shield. There’s also West Sea forms available in previous titles, which is pink in color, but that wasn’t included in the new region.

However, a deleted image was posted to Twitter showing the pink form is actually in the game, leading many fans to believe that a change – whether it be announced in the Pokemon Direct presser or not – will be coming soon.

As seen below, the image captured by user PhillyBeatzU shows that the post was actually focusing on Gyarados, but perhaps accidentally revealed that more than just one form of Gastrodon exists in Pokemon Sword and Shield, or will do in the near future.

Pokemon Sword and Shield future changes

So, you might be wondering how can we actually see the West Sea Gastrodon making it into Pokemon Sword and Shield – or what’s the most likely path for it to be added?

There are a number of possibilities, including an update or expansion to Pokemon Home allowing players to move species and forms from previous titles to the Galar Region.


Another route that Game Freak could be going down is revealing downloadable content whereby players can visit other regions later in the game, possibly after completing it. This one, however, seems a little more unlikely. There’s also a chance more forms will be added as part of a future update.

Players have so many questions already, but what will actually change in Pokemon Sword and Shield remains something of a mystery at the time of writing. We’ll just have to wait and see.


How to get Shiny Rufflet in Pokemon Go: release date and tips

Published: 4/Dec/2020 14:56

by Alex Garton


Niantic has a lot of exciting new updates for Pokemon Go players in the upcoming weeks. The release of the Secrets of the Jungle movie will finally introduce Shiny Rufflet to the game.

The promotion of the Secrets of the Jungle movie has sparked a number of celebratory updates from Niantic. These include the upcoming release of Shiny Celebi and Shiny Rufflet.

Rufflet was introduced into Pokemon Go in March of 2020 alongside GO Battle Season 1. The fly-type Pokemon evolves into Braviary when fed 50 candles by players. It’s now receiving its very own Shiny version and it’s fair to say Pokemon Go fans are excited.

Let’s check when it’s releasing and how you can get your very own Shiny Rufflet.

The Shiny Rufflet will release alongside an event for the new Pokemon movie.

When is the Shiny Rufflet’s release date?

According to the Pokemon Go blog, the ‘Meet Pokemon connected to the Pokemon the Movie’ event will begin on December 14.

The event will run until December 17 and between these times players will be able to obtain a Shiny Rufflet.

How to catch a Shiny Rufflet

Unfortunately, there’s no guaranteed method for finding a Shiny Rufflet. Players will need to complete raid battles and hatch 5km eggs.

It’s just a case of persisting and playing a lot during the event to increase your odds of getting the Pokemon. However, it’s worth noting players can guarantee to secure themselves a Shiny Pokemon in the upcoming event.

Niantic has allowed trainers to obtain a Shiny Celebi through completing a limited-time research story. Make sure you participate during the event as it’s not every day Niantic gives players a free Shiny Pokemon.

The odds of finding a Shiny Pokemon in the wild are roughly 1 in 450.

Pokemon’s Secrets of the Jungle film will release in North America at some point in 2021. Luckily for us, Niantic is providing some great movie tie-in events to get us all excited.

Get ready for December 14 and good luck finding your very own Shiny Rufflet.