How the Cram-o-matic works in Pokemon Isle of Armor

Published: 3/Jun/2020 10:47 Updated: 22/Jun/2020 13:04

by James Busby


The Cram-o-matic is a new device that is featured Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Isle of Armor Expansion Pass, but what does it do and how does it work? Let’s take a look. 

Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Isle of Armor DLC is absolutely brimming with new pocket monsters and locations to discover in the wider Galar Region, but there are also a number of new mechanics that will help you on your ultimate quest to catch them all.

Whether you’re wanting to increase your Pokemon’s stats, restore injured companions in battle, evolve them, or just wish to give them a competitive edge, then you’ll likely need an arsenal of supplies. Fortunately, the Cram-o-matic offers trainers an exciting new way to gain items in Pokemon Isle of Armor.

What is the Cram-o-matic?

Pokemon / NintendoThe Cram-o-matic offers a unique way to recycle unwanted items, in a way we’ve never seen before.

The Cram-o-matic is a device – obviously inspired by Cramorant – that allows you to recycle any unwanted items and exchange them for a new item. So, if you have too many poison heals clogging up your inventory, then simply toss them into the Cram-o-matic.

How to use the Cram-o-matic

In order to use the Cram-o-matic, you’ll need to select a four of your unwanted items. The device will then exchange them for one new item. It’s a pretty simple feature and provides trainers with new opportunities to gain some shiny new items, while recycling others they may not need at the time.

  1. Approach the Cram-o-matic machine in Pokemon Sword & Shield.
  2. Interact with it, to bring up the options.
  3. From there, select the four items you would like to recycle.
  4. Moments later, a new item will pop out! With a stroke of luck, you’ll be one of the few players to grab a “rare” item it holds.

The best items you can get from the Cram-o-matic

Pokemon store in Sword and Shield
Pokemon / Nintendo
The Cram-o-matic can give you some truly awesome items if you use the right combinations.

Aside from the usual common items, the Cram-o-matic will also drop rare items for you to claim, so it’s important to try as many different item combinations as possible. Reddit user, JazzMcNade and a host of other contributors have helped produce this handy spreadsheet that covers all the currently known combinations in the game so far, so make sure you check it out if there’s a specific item you’re after. In the meantime, we’ve listed some of the very best items you should add to your inventory.

Best items

We’ve already covered the best items you should equip in Pokemon Sword & Shield, but if you didn’t manage to find them in the base game, then be sure to use these Cram-o-matic item combinations outlined below.

  • Assault Vest: Babiri Berry x1, Wishing Piece x3
  • Black Sludge: Oran Berry x4
  • Destiny Knot: Destiny Knot x1, Moon Stone x1,  Wishing Piece x3
  • Everstone: Hard Stone x4
  • Eviolite: Float Stone x1, Charcoal x1, Balm Mushroom x1, PP Up x1
  • Expert Belt:  Macho Brace x1, Balm Mushroom x3
  • King’s Rock: Dragon Fang x1, Black Glasses x1, PP Up/PP Max x1, Expert Belt x1
  • Life Orb: Dragon Scale x1, Balm Mushroom x3
  • Metal Coat: Assault Vest x1, Expert Belt x1, Tanga Berry x1, Soothe Bell x1
  • Terrain Extender: Nugget x1, Ribbon x1, Sweet Snowball x1, Upgrade x1
  • Rocky Helmet: Everstone x4
  • Rare Candy: Big Nugget x1, Comet Shard x3
  • Prism Scale: Big Pearl x2, Balm Mushroom x2
  • Toxic Orb: Black Sludge x2, Oran Berry x2
  • Flame Orb: Cheri Berry x2, Rare Bone x2

Poke Balls

The Cram-0-matic doesn’t just give trainers the chance to claim some rare consumables and held items, it also allows players to add some unique Poke Balls to their collection.

  • Dusk Ball: Black Apricorn x4
  • Luxury Ball: Black Apricorn x3, Blue Apricorn x1
  • Dive Ball: Blue Apricorn x4
  • Fast Ball: Black Apricorn x1, White Apricorn x1, Black Apricorn x1, White Apricorn x1
  • Quick Ball: Blue Apricorn x1, Yellow x2, Blue x1
  • Net Ball: Blue Apricorn x1, Yellow Apricorn x2, Blue Apricorn x1
  • Nest Ball: Green Apricorn x4
  • Timer Ball: Green Apricorn x2, Yellow Apricorn x1, White Apricorn x1
  • Heal Ball: Green Apricorn x1, Red Apricorn x1, Pink Apricorn x1, White Apricorn 1
  • Friend Ball: Green Apricorn x4
  • Repeat Ball: Pink Apricorn x2, Red Apricorn x2
  • Moon Ball: Yellow Apricorn x4
  • Lure Ball: Green Apricorn x1, Blue Apricorn x1, Green Apricorn x1, Blue Apricorn x1
  • Heavy Ball: Black Apricorn x4
  • Sport Ball: Red Apricorn x2, Black Apricorn x2

Those are just a few of the Cram-o-matic item combinations you can use in Pokemon Sword & Shield’s Isle of Armor expansion, so be sure to experiment and see what items you can claim.


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.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
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.