It seems the classic Pokemon games can be played on just about anything these days and that includes your good old trusty calculator.
From the original GameBoy, Nintendo 64, PC and mobile phones, the likes of Pokemon Red and Blue can be ported to an increasing number of platforms. The latest of these, and perhaps the most impressive to date, is a calculator.
Now, this isn’t just your bulk standard calculator from yesteryear, though. The old Pokemon games don’t require much hardware power, but they do need an appropriate sized screen. After all these games were designed for the primitive GameBoy system and are under 1MB in size.
Pokemon Red playing on a calculator…
Newer scientific calculators do come with a screen with enough pixels to play the game and most actually have the hardware inside to power it. It is ‘most’ because some don’t have the memory needed to fit Pokemon on it.
Firstly, you will need to connect it to your PC and install the relevant software. You will need the following in addition to a compatible calculator:
Mini USB port cable
Software: TI Connect C
Unfortunately you are limited to either Pokemon Red, Blue or Yellow. Presumably this is because these are GameBoy original games and anything from a later GameBoy, such as the Color, wouldn’t be compatible.
That relevant software and how to install it can be found in PokeTips’ tutorial below.
Don’t get too excited though, there are plenty of better alternatives to play those iconic Pokemon games. The calculator version doesn’t even have sound so it’s more a bit of fun to get it on there.
In terms of performance, the PC remains the benchmark, simply due to the power and vast options available. There are also handheld devices with built in game controllers that can play pretty much all games.
The calculator port is impressive but don’t expect to see trainers sitting around with calculators any time soon.
Pokemon Sword and Shield’s the Crown Tundra DLC is finally available which means trainers can get their hands on the region’s featured Legendary Pokemon, Calyrex.
Calyrex ruled all of Galar throughout ancient times, so it’s safe to say the King Pokemon will be a fantastic addition to your Pokedex. It may not appear strong at just 1.1 meters tall and 7.7kg in weight but it is highly intelligent.
In fact, it is so clever that it’s said to see every past, present, and future event. Let’s break down how to encounter Calyrex in the Crown Tundra.
Calyrex is the featured Legendary Pokemon of the new Crown Tundra DLC…
Finding The King Pokemon is a several step process. Firstly, you’ll need to get to the point of the Crown Tundra story where you obtain the Legendary Clues in Peony’s house. This is located in Freezington.
From there pick up the Wooden Crown which can be found in his living room. By sheer coincidence (or not), there is a statue just outside where the aforementioned Crown fits like a glove. This is a statue of Calyrex (without its crown) sitting on what is either Glastrier or Spectrier. Put the crown on this statue.
This will cause Calyrex to appear which will result in a battle. The dual grass and psychic-type is relatively easy to defeat.
Following this, it will want you to interact with various NPCs in Freezington to find out whether members of the community remember it for its plentiful harvest.
Calyrex will share more about its history telling you about its loyal steed – Glastrier or Spectrier (more on that below). As part of the story, you’re required to buy some Carrot Seeds.
Again, coincidentally, a NPC is selling them right by the previous NPCs. This will cost 8 Dynite Ore.
To have this amount you will have needed to have successfully won your first Dynamax Adventure. If you haven’t, you’ll need to go back and do so.
Calyrex will then want you to choose between two locations to grow the carrots. One of them is a plot of land by gravestones and the other is in a field of “pristine snow”.
Glastrier and Spectrier
This is where the other Legendary Pokemon from the Crown Tundra come into play. Spectrier and Glastrier are Horse Pokemon with different typings.
The former is a ghost-type while the latter is ice. Therefore, it will come as no surprise Calyrex summons Spectrier when you plant the Carrot Seeds by the gravestones and Glastrier when planted by the pristine snow.
Whichever one you choose will result in you battling it back in Freezington. When you defeat it, you will obtain a tuft of Mane Hair.
This will then be used to construct the Reins of Unity. To do that you’ll need to talk to Calyrex (again) – at this point, you’re getting to know each other well – and it will give you the Radiant Petal. Take both of these to the Mayor’s House and Peony will give you the Reins of Unity.
Now you can make your way to the Crown Shrine which is located at the top of the Crown Tundra. Calyrex will be waiting for you.
Place the Carrot in the Shrine and either Spectrier or Glastrier will come for it. Calyrex will take this opportunity to jump on it. After seemingly taming it, the two fuse together to create the Shadow Rider or Ice Rider fusion forms.
Calyrex fuses with Glastrier/Spectrier when it jumps on it and tames it…
Reins of Unity
Now Calyrex’s fusion form is waiting for you to battle it (and capture). Although you can battle it as many times as you want, it’s probably wise to save it beforehand to avoid having to get all the way back up to the Crown Shrine.
When you do capture Calyrex’s in its Shadow or Ice Rider form, you can actually use the Reins of Unity to separate the two Pokemon. This results in two Pokedex entries!
For those asking whether you can catch both Glastrier and Spectrier, no you can’t, at least not on the same save file. The process of capturing Calyrex sounds long-winded, but it’s actually pretty simple and is naturally achieved by going through the story.