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Hilarious Pokemon Sword & Shield Raid battle ends with a single cheer

Published: 18/May/2020 0:58 Updated: 18/May/2020 11:29

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Sword & Shield are full of funny encounters, but one player’s experience in a Max Raid battle makes for a truly hilarious moment that’ll no doubt strike your funny bone.

Pokemon houses one of the biggest fanbases in the world, as millions grew up with the anime, the Trading Card Game, and of course, the games. Pokemon Red and Blue were an instant success when they first released in the West in 1998 for the Game Boy, and players have been captivated ever since.

The franchise’s latest mainline release, Sword & Shield, brought the Galar region to the Nintendo Switch in November 2019. The titles not only have new features and a fresh Pokedex, but also some pretty hilarious moments as well.

Max Raid battles are a popular feature in Sword & Shield.

Pokemon Max Raid battle ends with a cheer

Max Raid battles were first introduced in the Generation VIII games, and see players group up in order to take down giant versions of Pokemon, known as Gigantamax. Once you’ve whittled the monster’s health and shield down enough, it can be captured and added to your team.

Some fights can be tough though, and it all comes down to the wire when everyone’s HP is low. Reddit user ‘muvvin057’ had an unlikely hero in their battle – and they didn’t even have to use a move to secure the victory.

In the clip, the Gigantamax Pikachu’s health bar is critically low, meaning it’s on the cusp of fainting and becoming capturable. It’s all up in the air, though, as one team member’s Pokemon has passed out, so all they can do on their turn is cheer their teammates on.

Pikachu gets yelled at and hecking dies from PokemonSwordAndShield

This turns out to be the squad’s saving grace, as the battle’s Dynamax energy causes the rally to be boosted, causing it to smash through the monster’s barrier and weaken the foe enough to be captured.

It’s hilarious to think that you might not need to even make a move in your Raid battles – just get a fainted teammate to cheer for you and you could win the whole thing.

Sword & Shield brought the long-running RPG into its eighth generation. The latest release was an instant hit, moving over six-million units worldwide in its opening weekend alone. It’s also on track to become the third highest-selling title in the franchise.

Players have continued to keep busy in the Galar region, with Max Raids and events being a frequent adventure. This June the DLC ‘The Isle of Armor’ drops on the eShop, with the second half of the expansion pass ‘The Crown Tundra’ looking to come out some time this Fall.


Pokemon GO Team GO Rocket event: date & time, Raikou & Suicune raids

Published: 28/Jan/2021 4:08

by Brad Norton


Team GO Rocket is celebrating in a mysterious new Pokemon GO event, and we’ve got a complete rundown on everything from the starting time to the specific Pokemon up for grabs.

There are plenty of Pokemon GO events to keep on top of at the moment but none are quite as secretive as the Team GO Rocket celebration. We have no idea why there’s a cause for celebration, but we do know what to expect from the festivities.

Everything from your typical Pokemon GO event is featured throughout, along with a few surprises. The expected raids are here in full force, rare Pokemon will be more common throughout the event, and of course, there are a few exclusive items to get your hands on as well.

However, you’ve only got a short window to claim all the goodies and figure out why Team GO Rocket is even celebrating. Here’s everything you need to know.

Team GO Rocket celebration event features

Pokemon Go gameplay
A number of rare Pokemon will be easier to find throughout this event.

Keeping in line with other major Pokemon GO events, this limited-time celebration comes with a better chance of finding select Pokemon. Golbat, Koffing, and Ariados to name just a few, will be appearing far more frequently throughout this event.

Moreover, Pokemon like the Corphish, Absol, and Skorupi will be hatching from rare Strange Eggs. If you’re trying to fill out your Pokedex there’s no better time to hunt down some of these elusive Pokemon. 

The full list of features for the brief Team GO Rocket celebration event can be seen below:

  • Golbat, Koffing, Ariados, Qwilfish, Sneasel, Houndour, Nuzleaf, Stunky, Skorupi, and Venipede appearing more often in the wild.
  • Qwilfish, Larvitar, Corphish, Absol, Skorupi, Sandile, Scraggy, Pawniard, Vullaby, and Deino will be hatching from Strange Eggs during and after the event.
  • Event-exclusive Field Research and Timed Research will be available.
  • The Team GO Rocket–themed Timed Research that begins during the Johto Celebration event will continue during this event and will reward an encounter with the Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh that knows the exclusive attack Earthquake.

Team GO Rocket celebration event raid details

As you would have guessed, raids play a huge role in this particular event as well. From one-star raids all the way through to mega raids, there’s something for everyone here.

Select Pokemon will be present in these limited-time raids so you can further build out your collection by tracking down the most challenging additions of them all. The full list can be found below.

  • One-star raids: Alolan Meowth, Alolan Grimer, Gligar, Sneasel, Shinx, and Klink.
  • Three-star raids: Nidoqueen, Ariados, Umbreon, Tyranitar, and Absol.
  • Five-star raids: Raikou and Suicune will both be appearing at different times. 
  • Mega Raids: Mega Venusaur, Mega Ampharos, and Mega Houndoom.

Team GO Rocket celebration event start date and time

Team GO Rocket in Pokemon GO
Team GO Rocket are taking over Pokemon GO.

The Team GO Rocket celebration is almost upon us. The mysterious event won’t be around for long, however, so you’ll have to make the most of it while it’s around.

This particular celebration begins on Tuesday, February 2 at 10 AM in your local time and runs through until Sunday, February 7 at 8 PM local time.

So you’ve only got a few quick days to get on top of the event and collect as much as possible. In the meantime, there’s also plenty of five-star raids to keep you occupied outside of this event in February.