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Has the Pokemon community solved Sword & Shield’s biggest mystery?

Published: 8/Feb/2020 21:03

by Brent Koepp


After the recent release of Gigantamax Toxtricity in Sword & Shield, the Pokemon community believes a major question in the RPG’s lore may have finally been answered. 

Pokemon entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield in November 2019. The latest title in the long-running Nintendo franchise had players exploring the Galar region, which was largely influenced by locations in the U.K.


However, the game’s story left trainers with a lot of questions about the lore, such as the giant glyph etched into the rolling mountains of Turffield. Now the community thinks the mystery has been solved.

Could Gigantamax Toxtricity be the answer to one of Sword & Shield’s mysteries?

Has one of Sword & Shield’s biggest mysteries been solved?

Early on in the game, trainers will encounter the staggering mountains of Turffield. The location has major significance in the story as it houses a massive glyph etched into the rocks. The player learns from Sonia, the assistant of Professor Magnolia, that it has ties to the region’s past.


While it’s theorized that the etching is related to an event called The Darkest Day, until now it’s been one of the titles biggest mysteries. However after the February 6 addition of Gigantamax Toxtricity, fans believe the Pokemon is the answer they’ve been looking for.

Over on the Pokemon Reddit forum, user ‘DanteDameron’ posted a photo comparing the Electric/Poison-type with the Turffield glyph under it. While it should be pointed out that the etching is in a cave-painting style, the spiked tail and oval eyes of Gigantamax Toxtricity is absolutely identical.

Game Freak / Reddit: DanteDameron
A Reddit user shared his theory with the Pokemon community.

In the game’s plot, The Darkest Day was an event where a black storm caused Pokemon of the region to Dynamax and Gigantamax over 3,000 years ago. So it certainly seems that the glyph is depicting Toxtricity having transformed during the chaotic incident.


Even more compelling is that the creature has also been immortalized in statue form near the lighthouse in Hulbury, which is further proof that the Poison-type shares a special connection with the world’s history.

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Toxtricity is immortalized as a statue near the lighthouse.

It should be stated, however, that this theory has been pitched around since the game’s release, as dataminers discovered the Gigantamax creature list early on. YouTuber ‘TAHK0’ thoroughly broke this down back in December. Although with the official release of Toxtricity giant form, the community’s belief in the explanation has gained steam.

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While the glyph has not been officially confirmed to be the Electric/Poison-type, many fans now believe the mystery of the Turffield drawing can finally be put to rest. As of the time of writing, the Reddit post has over 9k upvotes.

If nothing else, it also shows that Sword & Shield has a world ripe with story waiting to be fleshed out, and fans are clearly hungry to learn more about the region and its history. Perhaps the game’s 2020 expansion pass will reveal more information.


Pokemon Go: Legendary Pokemon are getting even rarer

Published: 13/Oct/2020 15:36 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:37

by Paul Cot


In recent times Legendary Pokemon have been made what they should have been all along in Pokemon Go – rare.

There was a time in Pokemon Go when getting those legendary ‘mons became all too common and easy. This resulted in it becoming a mundane task – something which getting one should never be.


Research Breakthrough rewards were introduced to the mobile game in April 2018. You can obtain these rewards by earning seven Field Research stamps.

Only one can be earned per day and you get one for completing any Field Research task. As anyone who has completed these before can attest to, they are often very easy to do.


From April 2018 until December 2019, the majority of these months had a Legendary Pokemon waiting for you when you earned those seven stamps. This meant you could earn an encounter with the likes of Moltres, Latios, Groudon – and any other of the litany of legends that featured – for completing seven simple tasks.

If you routinely played, this meant a new Legendary Pokemon every seven days. It was no wonder Legendary Pokemon lost their allure.

Lugia Zapdos Articuno Moltres Pokemon Go
Easy to obtain Legendary Pokemon are a thing of the past in Pokemon Go…

Make Legendary Pokemon rare again

From January 2020 though, legendary species no longer featured as the Research Breakthrough encounter reward. Niantic likely realized they were too easy to get and wanted to make getting them mean something again.


Generally, this made them only obtainable in Raid Battles. This made sense because with rare ‘mons so easy to get hold of previously, fewer trainers would spend the time to get them in the more difficult route of Raid Battles. This is in addition to them costing real money/PokeCoins if you did more than one a day.

It hasn’t stopped there, however. It looks like Niantic want to make them even rarer. Many trainers will have noticed five-star Raids are appearing far less frequently.

This hasn’t been confirmed in any official capacity but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from the Pokemon Go community. “[I] was in an area with over 25 gyms but could only find 2 Giratina during 5 [a] hour period this afternoon,” MarinaBlu shared. They did note a lot more Mega Raids were appearing during that time.


Encouraging Mega Raids?

There could be multiple reasons for this. Firstly, it will make trainers jump on Raid Battles that feature Legendary Pokemon, stopping the often empty lobbies which single trainers have to avoid.

Then there could be an element of wanting to make Legendary Pokemon even more desirable. This is understandable but certainly puts newer players at a disadvantage. After all, experienced trainers will have a lot stocked up. They would argue this is deserved, however, due to the time they have put into the game.


Finally, it could be Niantic are trying to encourage trainers to play more Mega Raids. The concept of Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go hasn’t been received as well as the developers would have hoped, though.

We don’t know if the reduced five-star Raid Battles will carry on, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.