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How to get Bulbasaur & Squirtle in Pokemon Sword & Shield Isle of Armor

Published: 18/Jun/2020 17:11

by Paul Cot


Trainers were presented with the unthinkable when Pokemon Sword and Shield finally arrived – a mainline game where you couldn’t catch (or get) Bulbasaur or Squirtle. Thankfully this has now changed as both of the remaining Gen 1 starters are now available in the Isle of Armor DLC.

If you’re the type of player that wants to get them organically, and not trading or through Pokemon Home, then here is how to get them. Unfortunately, it looks like you can only get one of them through the story.

Which one is up to you, though. After a few hours of gameplay in the Isle of Armor you’ll be given a choice between them.

Where to find Bulbasaur and Squirtle

To get hold of Bulbasaur or Squirtle you’ll need to follow the storyline. Firstly, you’ll need to visit the Master Dojo and battle your newest rival.

After that Mustard will issue with the first of three trials where you must defeat three runaway Slowpoke who have stolen your rivals uniform. They are found in the following locations and be warned they move very fast! Their speed brings up a lot of what seems to be dust, so it isn’t difficult to spot them.

  • Head in the direction they were seen running and the first Slowpoke can be found near the entrance to a cave.
  • The second will be found circling a lake.
  • The last one is found circling around tall grass.

When you head back to the Dojo, Honey will offer you one of Bulbasaur and Squirtle. Choose carefully as it appears this is your only opportunity to get either of them. This may change in the future, but as of right now it’s one or the other.

How to get Gigantamax Venusaur and Blastoise

As part of the Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor DLC, Gigantamax Venusaur and Blastoise have also been released. They join the likes of Charizard, Rillaboom, Cinderace and Inteleon – just to name a few – as Pokemon you can turn into an entirely different, super-size form.

To be able to Gigantamax either of them, all you need to do is get Bulbasaur or Squirtle to their final evolution. Honey will give you either of these at a measly Level 5 though, which means you’ll need to level them up a lot.

Bulbasaur Squirtle DojoWhich of Bulbasaur and Squirtle will you choose?

Respectively, they evolve into Ivysaur and Wartortle at Level 16 and then Venusaur and Blastoise at Level 32. It may take a little bit of grinding to get them there but it shouldn’t take too long.

Elsewhere, Charizard plays a prominent role in the Galar region as it is Leon’s main Pokemon. This means you can find Charmander in Pokemon Sword and Shield without the Expansion Pass.

It may have come seven months after Gen 8 released, but at least you can now get the classic Kanto team back together!


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.