How to get the Mark Charm in Pokemon Isle of Armor

Published: 23/Jun/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp


Sword & Shield’s first set of DLC, The Isle of Armor, released on June 17 as part of the Expansion Pass. It brought new Pokemon, features, and more with it, as well as the Mark Charm. Here’s what it is, and how to get it.

In the base game, players can get three types of Charm to aid them in their monster hunting adventures. The Catching one increases the chance of a Pokeball’s success; Oval boosts the odds of an Egg being available at the Nursery; and Shiny makes Shinies appear slightly more often – though they’re still really rare.

The Isle of Armor also offers a similar item – the Mark Charm. But how do you get one, and what is it? Keep on reading for everything you need to know, and why you’ll need it in your Pokemon adventures.

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It increases the chance of finding a Pokemon with a “Mark.”

What is the Mark Charm?

In Sword & Shield, some creatures have Marks. These act like Ribbons on the monster’s status screen, and affect the way it is called out in battle. For example, a ‘mon caught by fishing has the chance to have the Catch of the Day Mark, which appears when they’re sent out in a fight as “NAME the Catch of the Day.”

The Charm increases the chance of a Pokemon having a special Mark when caught, and is something players should strive to get if they’re looking to stand out in competitive matches or Max Raids.

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Marks add a special tagline in battle.

How to get the Mark Charm

The DLC added its own unique Pokedex of 210, with half of those being Pokemon already in the Galar one. This means there are 105 new monsters to catch.

To obtain the Charm, you’ll need to complete the expansion’s Dex in full, before returning to the train station in the Fields of Honor and talking to the scientist to the right of the Flying Taxi stand. She’ll give you your completion Certificate, as well as the item, a special League card, and the Replica Gold Crown accessory.

If you’ve completed the Isle of Armor and are itching for the next half of the Expansion Pass, then you’ll be pleased to know that The Crown Tundra is set to release some time in the Fall.

Not only does it promise a new location filled with snow and ice, it also brings along two new Regis and Galarian forms of Zapdos, Articuno, and Moltres.


Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp


A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
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The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.