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How to get a King’s Rock in Pokemon Isle of Armor

Published: 20/Jun/2020 0:16

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Sword & Shield got its first DLC, The Isle of Armor, on June 17. The update brought new monsters to the game – some of them needing a King’s Rock to evolve. Here’s how to obtain one.

In Sword & Shield, players explore the UK-inspired Galar region, while experiencing new features such as Dynamaxing and Raid battles. The eighth generation title got a major expansion in June with the release of its first add-on The Isle of Armor.

While the update has brought a wealth of new items and monsters to catch, players might be looking for items they need from the base game. Here is everything you need to know about how to get another King’s Rock item, in case you want to evolve your Poliwhirl into a Politoed, or Slowpoke into Slowking.

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King’s Rock made its debut in Gen II, and is in 2019’s Sword & Shield.

How to obtain King’s Rock in Sword & Shield

King’s Rock was introduced in Gen II’s Gold & Silver in 1999. Pokemon carrying the item have the chance of causing their foe to flinch after attacking them. However, the piece has also served the purpose of evolving certain monsters that that hold it while trading.

In Isle of Armor, the DLC brought back classic character Politoed. While the lovable amphibian can be found in the Soothing Wetlands under rainy conditions, some player’s might prefer evolving him, which requires evolving Poliwhirl holding the Rock.

Route 8

Sword & Shield only gives you one King’s Rock in the base game, so if you accidentally used it or sold it, you would normally be out of luck. Thankfully, there is another way to obtain them. If you somehow missed it the first time, take an air taxi to Route 8’s quick travel point. Upon arrival, take the ladder that is below the tunnel. Go down the set of stairs and make a left into the broken brick wall alcove where the item will be on the ground.

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King’s Rock can be found on Route 8, although there is only one.


If you’ve already sold the item or used it, there is another method to secure one. Flying/Fighting type Pokemon Hawlucha actually has a chance of carrying the item, and if you walk around tall grass in Route 6 or Hammerlocke Hills, you can find him.

Unfortunately the monster has a 5% chance of carrying the object, so it might take some time. For those dedicated, we suggest you use someone like Impidimp who can learn Thief. The move can be bought in Hammerlocke’s Pokecenter for 10,000.

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The fighting bird can sometimes carry a King’s Rock.

King’s Rock can be used to evolve either Poliwhirl to Politoed, or Kanto Slowpoke into Slowking. With The Isle of Armor introducing both creatures to the game, some players might want to evolve them using the King’s Rock method.

While the latest DLC is on the shorter side of things, Sword & Shield Trainers have a lot to forward to in 2020. The Gen VIII release is getting its second addon this fall titled The Crown Tundra.


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.