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How to get free competitive Gastrodon in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Published: 22/Aug/2020 19:10 Updated: 26/Aug/2020 8:22

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Sword & Shield players are being offered a free Gastrodon for a limited time only. The special version of the monster has competitive level stats and a powerful move set. Here is how you can get your hands on it.

The latest Pokemon title, Sword & Shield, made its debut in November 2019. The popular RPG introduced players to the Galar region for the first time, and included new features such as Dynamaxing and Max Raids.

To celebrate this 2020’s Japan Championship, Game Freak is giving Trainers around the world a free Gastrodon. The special version of the character is competitively trained, and based on the winner of the 2019 tournament.

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Pokemon players are being offered a competitive Gastrodon for a limited time.

Pokemon players get free special Gastrodon

During the 2020 Japan Championship livestream, Game Freak revealed a code that can be redeemed in Sword & Shield for a Gastrodon. According to outlet Serebii, the special monster’s IVs are Max HP, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and a 0 in Speed.

The Gen IV character’s move set contains Protect, Surf, Ice Beam, and Earth Power. If that wasn’t impressive enough, it is level 50 and fully trained in effort values (EVs). The promotion runs from August 22 to 23. To obtain the powerful creature, just follows the steps below:

How to get your free competitive Gastrod0n

  • Step 1: Start your game and go to the menu once your save is loaded.
  • Step 2: Head to the Mystery Gift tab and go to Get A Mystery Gift. Then click Get with Code/Password.
  • Step 3: Enter the code PJCS2019CHAMP.
  • Step 4: Select Gastrodon Gift.

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Trainers will not want to miss out on this giveaway, as Gastrodon has become more important following Game Freak banning 16 of the most used Pokemon in online ranked battles. However you need to act fast, as the promotion sadly ends on August 23 at 7:59AM PST/ 3:59PM GMT / 14:59PM UTC.

In August, Nintendo revealed that Sword & Shield had become the third highest-selling title in the entire franchise. The RPG’s sales are impressive, considering it only came out at the end of 2019.

Those in love with the Galar region are in luck as the Gen VIII release’s map is getting expanded in a big way in 2020. This Fall, the game’s second DLC add-on, The Crown Tundra, will make its debut.


Pokemon players put on notice as ‘Temtem’ confirmed for PS5

Published: 29/Oct/2020 17:04 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 17:05

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon inspired game Temtem is now coming to the PS5 as an early access console debut exclusive.

Temtem is an increasingly popular MMORPG game which was first made available on the PC back in January 2020. It had already been announced for next-gen consoles – PS5 and Xbox Series S/X, as well as the Nintendo Switch.

However, it is PlayStation players that will get to experience Temtem first though, as it will come to the PS5 on December 8. Releases dates for the Xbox systems and Nintendo Switch have yet to be announced, but it will be launching at some point in 2021.

The official PlayStation blog confirmed that the game will feature crossplay between the PS5 and PC. Presumably, this means it will feature crossplay between all consoles when it is eventually released universally.

Unfortunately, Temtem won’t be free. The standard edition will cost $37.49 and the deluxe edition $57.49. You can find the differences between the two versions below:

Temem Standard Deluxe Version Differences
PlayStation Blog
It’ll cost you an extra 20$ for the Early Access – Camo Outfit…

Pokemon clone?

Any time a game comes out where there are various different creatures to collect and put them into battle together, comparisons to Pokemon are naturally drawn. Attempts to emulate the franchise should come as no surprise given how incredibly successful it has been.

One thing that Crema is trying to differentiate from Pokemon, is that of the game’s difficulty. “Temtem also offers some more activities, catering to the more hardcore players out there. Attempt to take on Dojo leaders in new increasingly difficult battles in weekly challenges, hunt for ultra-rare, specially colored Temtems called Lumas at the Saipark, or fish for one of the many (10,368 to be exact!) variations of Koish at the Nuru Lodge,” the PlayStation blog shared.

This is in addition to ranked battles. The developers promise that these battles will be determined by skill rather than luck.

While it’s certain that Pokemon will remain at the top of the mountain, Temtem proves that there is room for a competitor. They’ve certainly got the console advantage, but time will tell if they can even lay a glove on the monster that is the Pokemon franchise.