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How to choose stadiums in Pokemon Sword & Shield’s online battles

Published: 27/Jul/2020 20:45

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon player discovered a neat trick in Sword & Shield that lets you pick the stadium you fight in with online matches. The feature lets you choose your battlegrounds.

Pokemon entered its eighth generation with the debut of Sword & Shield in November 2019. The Nintendo Switch RPG introduced players to the Galar region, while adding new features to the franchise like Dynamaxing and Raid Battles.


The game also features online matches where Trainers from around the world can battle it out. A player on Reddit discovered that you can actually determine which stadium you take your opponent on in. Here’s how.

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Pokemon Sword & Shield lets you battle it out against other players online.

Pick online battle stadiums in Pokemon Sword & Shield

In the Gen VIII title, League Cards were introduced which track the progress of the player as they further the story. You can edit the item using the Card Maker at Poke Centers, and change your character’s photo.


Over on Reddit, user ‘EzequielGI‘ posted a guide on how use these cards to change the stadiums you fight in with online battles. According to the user, “If you choose the background of a specific location you can Dynamax in, then that place will be set as one of the possible stadiums the online battle will take place in.”

Ezequiel then listed the locations that this works with, stating, “All gyms except for Spikemuth,the Battle Tower and the Master Dojo. If the background isn’t related to any of those locations, then your selected stadium will be the normal one.”

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Using the Card Maker, you can edit your League Card and change your stadium.

Interestingly, the user also revealed that the game gives you a 50/50 chance, as it might also select the other user’s location on their League Card. So if you are always getting the same Stadium each battle, now you know why – change your League Card background!


While some fans may already know this information, there were a fair few who were not aware of the feature when it was posted online. If nothing else, it’s just another example of how much depth the title actually has.

Despite only releasing in November 2019, Sword & Shield is already on track to becoming the third best-selling title in the franchise. Proof that fans can’t get enough of the series addicting ‘Gotta Catch ‘Em All’ design.


Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot


To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.


To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.


During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

Deerling Pokemon Go
Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…


As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.


It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.