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Toxtricity Max Raid Battles event coming to Pokemon Sword and Shield

Published: 5/Feb/2020 15:50 Updated: 6/Feb/2020 1:01

by Paul Cot

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Gigantamax Toxtricity is coming to Max Raid Battles in Pokemon Sword and Shield from Wednesday, February 5 until Saturday, March 7.

The Punk Pokemon isn’t a new addition to Max Raid Battles but hasn’t been easy to find. As the featured Gigantamax Pokemon for the month, trainers will now have a great opportunity to grab hold of one.

Gigantamax Toxtricity details

According to the official Pokemon website, Toxtricity stores electricity like a thundercloud. Being both a electric and poison-type, it is also said it stores one million liters of poison – we’ll let you do the math on that one. “Every time Toxtricity moves, poisonous liquid gushes out and pours down on opponents like acid rain.”

G-Max Move Stun Shock

Those of you who have already participated in Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Max Raid Battles will be aware that each species has its own G-Max Move. That means there are (currently) 26 G-Max Moves in total as there are 26 Pokemon capable of Gigantamaxing.

Toxtricity’s G-Max Move is Stun Shock. “Electric-type moves used by Gigantamax Toxtricity will change to G-Max Stun Shock.” In addition to dealing damage, it will also paralyze or poison all opponents on the field.

Amped and Low Key

Toxtricity has two forms depending on the nature of Toxel when you evolve it. It will evolve into its Amped Form if it has one of the following natures: Bashful, Bold, Calm, Careful, Gentle, Lonely, Mild, Modest, Quiet, Relaxed, Serious, or Timid.

Toxtricity Low Key Form

You can obtain both of these in Pokemon Sword or Shield – they are not version exclusives. However, which Gigantamax form you encounter does depend on which version of the game you have.

Pokemon Sword players will encounter Amped Form Toxtricity, while Shield players can find the Low Key Form in Max Raid Battles. Luckily there is a way to encounter both, though.

If you join a Max Raid Battle hosted by someone with the other version to you, then you’ll be able to face off against the other form of Toxtricity.

Toxtricity Amped Form

In order to challenge Gigantamax Toxtricity you’ll need to download the latest wild area information. This will occur anytime your Nintendo Switch is connected to the internet.

If for any reason this doesn’t work, you can manually do so by opening the X menu, clicking Mystery Gift and then Get Wild Area News.

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Glastrier or Spectrier: Which one should you get in Crown Tundra?

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:21 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 0:22

by Paul Cot

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Glastrier and Spectrier are two new Legendary Pokemon added in the Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC. Unfortunately, you can only get one of them (at least in one save file), so which one is better and why?

First off let’s look at their typings. Glastrier is a pure ice-type and Spectrier is pure ghost.

Of course, this is somewhat down to preference but when it comes to weaknesses, there’s only one winner. Glastrier is weak to fire, fighting, rock and steel. It is immune against no types and only resistant to ice attacks.

Meanwhile, Spectrier is only weak to dark and ghost attacks. It is immune to normal and fighting, and resistant to bug and poison. In short, Spectrier’s typing is much more favorable.

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Calyrex fusing into its Shadow Rider form…

Glastrier vs Spectrier stats

There’s more to Pokemon than just typings, though. Each of their base stats are as follows:

Glastrier Spectrier
HP 100 HP 100
Attack 145 Attack 65
Defense 130 Defense 60
Special Attack 65 Special Attack 145
Special Defense 110 Special Defense 80
Speed 30 Speed 130

To simplify these stats, Spectrier will provide you with a fantastic fast and strong ghost-type Pokemon. However, while its special attack is massive, it doesn’t have the moveset to take full advantage of it.

Glastrier’s abysmal speed is a problem. Along with its undesirable pure ice typing many trainers won’t be interested in it, and we understand why.

Outside of those bad points though, the rest of it is very impressive. Along with great defense, it has a far better move pool than Spectrier which is very reliant on Shadow Ball.

If you’re interested in competitive battling then you can’t really go against Spectrier. If you’re playing for fun instead, then Spectrier may be the better option.

How to separate Glastrier/Spectrier from Calyrex

In the Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC you actually catch Calyrex with either Glastrier or Spectrier together. Respectively, it is Calyrex’s Ice Rider and Shadow Rider fusions forms.

While they do come together, you can separate them to give yourself two Legendaries for the price of one. To do this make sure either of Calyrex’s fusion forms are in your party.

Following that, head over to your inventory and select the Reins of Unity. Give it to the fused Calyrex to separate them. You can rejoin them while they are both in your party by once again selecting the Reins of Unity.

This is a brilliant option to have, although naturally the fusion forms are stronger. Now, you just have to decide which steed you want!