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New Pokemon Sword & Shield Shiny method discovered over a year after release

Published: 13/Jan/2021 1:17

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield player has discovered a new Shiny hunting method involving a Pokedex feature. The incredible trick was uncovered over a year after the RPG released. 

The Pokemon franchise was ushered into its eighth generation with the debut of Sword & Shield in 2019. The Nintendo Switch title introduced fans to the Galar region for the very first time.

Despite having been out for over a year, a dedicated player discovered a new method which makes Shiny hunting easier than ever. The trick substantially boosts spawn rates for ‘mon.

Screenshot of Shiny Charizard in Pokemon Sword & Shield.
Shiny Pokemon are highly desirable.

New Shiny method found in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Since its release, there have been multiple Shiny methods found in Sword & Shield. The latest one used the Dynamax Adventures mode in The Crown Tundra expansion. While it features a wide variety of ‘mon and Legendaries you can catch, it doesn’t include all of them.

In late December, Pokemon enthusiast ‘Sibuna_Switch’ uncovered a new trick which can be used for monsters not in the DLC mode. Surprisingly, it uses the basic ‘Dex Recommendation’ feature that has been in the Gen 8 game since launch.

“Route 2 shiny Feebas! Dex recommendation boosted the rate from 1% to 13.16%. Dex recommendation can [also] be rerolled using den date skip if Pokedex is full,” the player explained. Below, we will go over the steps on how to make it work.

Shiny Pokemon Dex Recommendation method

  • Step 1: Go to a spot on the Galar map, pause, and then click the Pokedex menu. Once here you will see a “Current Recommendations” screen on the bottom, and a list of four Pokemon being recommended. These ‘mon will have a boosted spawn rate which means getting a Shiny faster by encountering them over and over.
Screenshot of Pokemon Sword & Shield Dex recommendation feature.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Dex recommendation substantially boosts spawn rates.
  • Step 2: If you don’t like the characters listed, you can force the feature to re-roll if you have a complete Pokedex. Simply hop on your bike and ride over to the closest Raid Den.
  • Step 3: Once at a Den, click “Invite Others” and then hit the Home button on your Switch. Go to System Settings, then scroll down to the bottom settings tab. Click Date & Time and turn Synchronize Time off. Now skip your system date a day forward and go back into your game.
Screenshot of Pokemon Sword & Shield raid den menu.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Players can skip a day by using a Raid Den menu.
  • Step 4: Once back in, cancel your Den search, pause, and re-open the Pokedex. The recommended list should now feature new monsters. Simply repeat steps 2-4 over and over again until the right Pokemon are listed.

It should be pointed out that although the Dex Recommendation method doesn’t boost Shiny variants, it does drastically increase a specific monsters encounter rates, which speeds up the the hunting process substantially.

While Dynamax Adventures and other methods are technically quicker, this new trick helps out Trainers looking for characters that can’t be caught using the other strategies. Not to mention it’s just a cool feature in general. Any player who spent hours to catch a 2% Feebas would love to have had a 13% spawn chance.

Apex Legends

Apex Legends 30-30 Repeater: New Season 8 weapon revealed

Published: 19/Jan/2021 12:55

by Calum Patterson


Apex Legends Season 8 will be introducing a new weapon – the 30-30 repeater. A lever-action rifle that “packs a punch,” it’s unlike any other weapon in the game so far. But, will it be any good?

Season 7 of Apex Legends bucked the trend by not adding a new weapon at all. Though this didn’t really bother anyone, as there was a whole new map to worry about, and the beloved R-99 was returned to floor loot.

But, we knew that more weapons were coming, after numerous sightings of unreleased guns were spotted in dev streams, including this mystery rifle which has now been confirmed.

We first saw the 30-30 Repeater in the Season 6 dev stream, as it lay nonchalantly on the ground for a brief moment.

Apex Legends 30 30 repeater on the floor
Respawn Entertainment
The 30-30 repeater was first spotted in the Season 6 dev stream.

What is the 30-30 repeater in Apex Legends?

The new Season 8 weapon is actually tied to the lore. The new Legend, Fuse, joins the games from the planet Salvo, and he’s bringing the 30-30 Repeater with him.

It’s described as “Salvo’s most popular weapon” and Fuse is seen posing with it in his promotional image.

The 30-30 Repeater is a lever-action rifle that “picks apart the opposition with hard-hitting rounds.”

30-30 Repeater ammo type

We don’t have confirmation yet of which ammo type the new gun will use, but we can make some guesses based on what we know.

In the dev stream, the Repeater was surrounded by Heavy Ammo, which could indicate this ammo type. The description states ‘hard-hitting rounds’, which could also mean sniper ammo potentially.

The other option would be a totally new ammo type, considering this a weapon that doesn’t fit neatly into the Assault Rifle or Sniper Rifle categories.


Attachments are also still a guessing game at this stage. Presumably, we will be able to attach some long-range scopes to this weapon, to let it thrive at mid-to-long range.

We also can’t rule out extended mags just because it’s a lever-action – after all, the Wingman supports extended mags – and it’s a revolver!

Sniper Scope in Apex legends
Respawn Entertainment
Hopefully we’ll be able to attach long range scopes to the repeater.

An improved stock and barrel stabilizer would also apply nicely to a weapon like this. However, considering it’s so unique, we wouldn’t be surprised if a new hop-up was added specifically for the 30-30 Repeater.


Expect the 30-30 repeater to be a high-damage weapon, which will reward you for being accurate – but punish you severely if you miss. We won’t have exact stats on the 30-30 Repeater’s damage until Season 8 starts and players can complete some testing, though we’re expecting it to put enemies down in a similar number of shots to a Longbow.


The weapon should launch with over 16 common and rare skins, five Epic skins, and three Legendary skins.

That’s everything we know so far about the 30-30 Repeater in Apex Legends. Expect more information to drop about the new weapon ahead of the Season 8 launch on February 2.