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Modders are already adding missing Pokemon to Sword and Shield

Published: 21/Nov/2019 11:17

by Paul Cot


Well, that didn’t take long! Just days after the release of Pokemon Sword and Shield, the new game is already being modded.

There have been strong opinions on the latest Pokemon game, both since its release and in the build up. Game Freak have been not only accused of rushing its release but not developing it to the standards trainers had expected of a Nintendo Switch release.

Mods improving the graphics

It should be no surprise that modders are already improving the visuals of the Galar region then. The infamous tree showcased at E3 back in the summer of 2019 has become the go to example of poor textures.

Modders have now added their own textures for this, though, and the improvement is indisputable. You can see other visual updates in the video below. 

Adding missing Pokemon

Elsewhere, the National Pokedex removal has been talked about to the moon and back, and even now is still a hot topic in the Pokemon community. This has perhaps motivated modders to alter the game more so than they would have been otherwise.

Many playing Pokemon Sword and Shield would have assumed, and reasonably so, that that nothing could be done to add in the missing Pokemon. However, missing species have already been added, and what’s more they’re working!

A datamine showed that there are 435 species in the Pokemon Sword and Shield code, 35 more than there are currently in the Galar Pokedex. One of the many missing species is Omastar, the fossil Pokemon from the Kanto region.

It is not found within the Pokemon Sword and Shield whatsoever, yet one modder has managed to get it in the game. While its integration is by no means perfect, it can be seen within the game with a Pokedex entry, animation and it even works in battle.

This provides hope for trainers retaining hope of seeing the National Pokedex in the Galar region, albeit in an unofficial capacity.

It’s a complicated process for those who don’t know how mods work but it shows it may be possible to one day get all eight generations of Pokemon in there.

BSoD GamingImproved textures in Pokemon Sword and Shield…

Hacked Switch

Trainers reading about mods for the first time may be excited by this prospect but, not to put a dampener on it, the mods can only be played on a hacked Nintendo Switch console or on the Yuzu PC emulator for the Switch.

This means for the vast majority of trainers the mods will simply show what could have been, rather than what you can experience.


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.