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LEAK: Pokemon Sword and Shield to contain spirit armor

Published: 10/Apr/2019 9:38 Updated: 10/Apr/2019 12:22

by Paul Cot


The latest supposed leak making the rounds is that Pokemon Sword and Shield will contain spirit armor, according to Chinese social media.

Pokemon Sword and Shield news

Since Pokemon Sword and Shield was revealed on February 27 (Pokemon Day), there hasn’t been any further news released. Immediately after the reveal rumors were plentiful, but have died down to almost non-existent levels over the past couple of weeks.

Perhaps the biggest rumor (or leak) to come out about Pokemon Sword and Shield actually did so before the release. In a post on 4chan, it was revealed that armored evolutions would be coming to Pokemon’s 2019 game. The post gained credit and a lot of attention as it correctly predicted the name and region of the game before it was announced.

Spirit armor

The latest potential leak contradicts this information, though. There are a few options at play here.

Firstly, spirit armor is replacing the concept of armored evolutions, which is perhaps most likely. This would mean Game Freak decided to change the name of it.

Alternatively, the two concepts might actually co-exist. If so, the next Pokemon game to appear on the Nintendo Switch will offer an extensive, in depth system when it comes to battling Pokemon.

With that said, what does spirit armor actually entail?

If true, what will spirit armor look like in Pokemon Sword and Shield?

What is spirit armor?

The leak is based off a Chinese social media post and, therefore, few in the west can understand it. People have used Google translate to understand it but this provides a questionable translation at best.

However, some Chinese speakers have also translated it, and while there are different interpretations of the leak flying about, there’s some rather interesting information to be gleaned from it.

The translation is as follows:

  • The starter Pokemon’s final evolutions are pure grass/fire/water types but can be changed through a new system called spirit armor. This will change them into grass+fairy/fire+fighting/water+ghost respectively
  • The spirit armor system works similarly to adding some additional effects such as the burn or freeze status condition. There are lots of different armors to collect and they don’t occupy the item slot. They have their own.
  • Special spirit armor can change forms of some Pokemon like the starters, Mewtwo and Meltan.
  • The legendary Pokemon is a single one, the logo wolf, cannot get into battles until you armor it with the version exclusive item. The sword wolf is dragon/steel while the shield one is ice/steel with different ability and move set. You can share the armor to get the opposite form between versions.
  • Some old characters will return.

These details suggest that spirit armor and armored evolutions could have a place together. Spirit armor appears to apply to most, if not all, Pokemon whereas armored evolutions only does so to a specific few. The “special spirit armor” above may well refer to armored evolutions.

Interestingly, some initial translations had included “three royal houses”. This is apparently false due to using a word for word translation. The three royal houses actually translate to “starter Pokemon” in Chinese.

The types of the evolved forms of Scorbunny, Sobble and Grookey have been frequently discussed…

Believable leak?

Due to the specific nature of the leak it appears legitimate, at least to those commenting on it.

In reality, however, it’s very difficult to be sure of the legitimacy of a leak until it’s confirmed. As a result, it’s important to assume that they’re not true until proven otherwise.


YouTuber buys dream car worth $200k by selling Pokemon cards

Published: 5/Dec/2020 1:07

by Brent Koepp


A YouTuber revealed that he was able to afford and buy his dream car worth up to $200k just by buying, selling, and covering Pokemon cards – yes, you read that right!

Although the Pokemon TCG made its debut decades ago in 1997, the Nintendo collectibles have seen an absolute explosion in popularity in 2020. Items once traded by children on school playgrounds for practically nothing can now sell for as much as a house.

Dedicated fans that have been covering the hobby for years such as Australian YouTuber Michael ‘UnlistedLeaf’ Anderson have had their passion rewarded with the Trading Card Game’s recent attention. So much so that the content creator was able to buy a luxury car.

Pokemon YouTuber UnlistedLeaf shows off his dream Audi R8 car.
YouTube: UnlistedLeaf
The Nintendo fan was able to buy his dream car collecting and selling Pokemon cards.

YouTuber buys dream car thanks to Pokemon cards

While many popular entertainers have been swept up by the Pokemon card craze that has hit in 2020, YouTubers like Unlisted Leaf have been making videos about the hobby since 2013. On December 4, the content creator revealed that he was able to buy his dream car – a Audi R8 V10 Plus – due his love of the Nintendo RPG.

“It is insane to me that years down the line I am able to get one,” he said. “The craziest part about this whole situation is that I really bought this car with, like, Pokemon cards. If we really boil it down.” The entertainer, who also goes by ‘Ando’, then clarified that he didn’t get any money from his parents or a side job – it was purely from covering the Pokemon collectibles.

“It is 110% all with Pokemon cards. That’s the truth. I literally have been making videos around Pokemon cards for about eight years now. I’ve been collecting Pokemon cards for eight years and like selling a few. Then like I buy a lot. Then I sell a couple more,” the Nintendo fan explained.

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UnlistedLeaf revealed that Pokemon cards’ recent explosion in value and popularity also played a hand in being able to afford the luxury vehicle. “Especially with the crazy Pokemon card boom recently, I was able to purchase this car.” he revealed, before he thanked his fans for sticking with him as he covered the Nintendo hobby for eight years.

There is no telling if the craze surrounding the TCG will die down anytime soon. With the Japanese franchise gearing up to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021, the sky is the limit. Passionate fans who have dedicated their lives to Trading Card Game are finally starting to reap the rewards.