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Datamine reveals 35 new Pokemon coming to Sword and Shield

Published: 11/Nov/2019 17:11 Updated: 16/Jan/2020 13:20

by Paul Cot

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Hold your horses trainers, there may be more than 400 species in Pokemon Sword and Shield after all, at least according to the latest leak.

There was uproar when the initial Galar region Pokedex was leaked which include only 400 Pokemon. This was less than half of the National Pokedex as even through to Gen 7 there are 809 species.

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There was particular outrage with the omission of some notable Pokemon such as Bulbasaur and Squirtle. Many trainers commented on the audacity of Game Freak to omit these iconic Pokemon, as well as other generation’s starters.

Bulbasaur and Squirtle will reportedly be in Pokemon Sword and Shield after all...

Bulbasaur and Squirtle in Galar after all

However, according to this datamine, Bulbasaur, Squirtle and their respective evolutions will indeed be in the game. This will be welcomed news although there is still no sign of the likes of Chikorita, Torchic, Piplup and all the other starter Pokemon, except Gen 7.

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The lack of legends from the initial leak was also apparent. Out of the 400 there was not one legendary Pokemon from a previous generation.

Thankfully some appear to have been added, though. We already knew Mew was going to be in the game in some form but we can now add others to that list including Mewtwo, Celebi and Jirachi just to name a few.

35 new Pokemon

The new and updated Pokemon Sword and Shield Pokedex takes the total number to 435. Those 35 additions are listed below:

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[001] – Bulbasaur
[002] – Ivysaur
[003] – Venusaur
[007] – Squirtle
[008] – Wartortle
[009] – Blastoise
[150] – Mewtwo
[151] – Mew
[251] – Celebi
[385] – Jirachi
[638] – Cobalion
[639] – Terrakion
[640] – Virizion
[643] – Reshiram
[644] – Zekrom
[646] – Kyurem
[647] – Keldeo
[722] – Rowlet
[723] – Dartrix
[724] – Decidueye
[725] – Litten
[726] – Torracat
[727] – Incineroar
[728] – Popplio
[729] – Brionne
[730] – Primarina
[789] – Cosmog
[790] – Cosmoem
[791] – Solgaleo
[792] – Lunala
[800] – Necrozma
[802] – Marshadow
[807] – Zeraora
[808] – Meltan
[809] – Melmetal

Pokemon Sword and Shield wouldn't be the same without Mewtwo...

Given these weren’t in the initial leak, it does raise the question when and how this ‘second part’ of the Pokedex will be added. The most likely scenario is that it will be as part of the post-game, which would make sense given legendary Pokemon do come in the later stages of games.

We’ll get to find out all these details and more when Pokemon Sword and Shield releases this Friday, November 15.

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Pokemon Go: Legendary Pokemon are getting even rarer

Published: 13/Oct/2020 15:36 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:37

by Paul Cot

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In recent times Legendary Pokemon have been made what they should have been all along in Pokemon Go – rare.

There was a time in Pokemon Go when getting those legendary ‘mons became all too common and easy. This resulted in it becoming a mundane task – something which getting one should never be.

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Research Breakthrough rewards were introduced to the mobile game in April 2018. You can obtain these rewards by earning seven Field Research stamps.

Only one can be earned per day and you get one for completing any Field Research task. As anyone who has completed these before can attest to, they are often very easy to do.

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From April 2018 until December 2019, the majority of these months had a Legendary Pokemon waiting for you when you earned those seven stamps. This meant you could earn an encounter with the likes of Moltres, Latios, Groudon – and any other of the litany of legends that featured – for completing seven simple tasks.

If you routinely played, this meant a new Legendary Pokemon every seven days. It was no wonder Legendary Pokemon lost their allure.

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Easy to obtain Legendary Pokemon are a thing of the past in Pokemon Go…

Make Legendary Pokemon rare again

From January 2020 though, legendary species no longer featured as the Research Breakthrough encounter reward. Niantic likely realized they were too easy to get and wanted to make getting them mean something again.

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Generally, this made them only obtainable in Raid Battles. This made sense because with rare ‘mons so easy to get hold of previously, fewer trainers would spend the time to get them in the more difficult route of Raid Battles. This is in addition to them costing real money/PokeCoins if you did more than one a day.

It hasn’t stopped there, however. It looks like Niantic want to make them even rarer. Many trainers will have noticed five-star Raids are appearing far less frequently.

This hasn’t been confirmed in any official capacity but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from the Pokemon Go community. “[I] was in an area with over 25 gyms but could only find 2 Giratina during 5 [a] hour period this afternoon,” MarinaBlu shared. They did note a lot more Mega Raids were appearing during that time.

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Encouraging Mega Raids?

There could be multiple reasons for this. Firstly, it will make trainers jump on Raid Battles that feature Legendary Pokemon, stopping the often empty lobbies which single trainers have to avoid.

Then there could be an element of wanting to make Legendary Pokemon even more desirable. This is understandable but certainly puts newer players at a disadvantage. After all, experienced trainers will have a lot stocked up. They would argue this is deserved, however, due to the time they have put into the game.

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Finally, it could be Niantic are trying to encourage trainers to play more Mega Raids. The concept of Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go hasn’t been received as well as the developers would have hoped, though.

We don’t know if the reduced five-star Raid Battles will carry on, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.