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Pokemon Sword Shield: Fan claims Nintendo are considering bringing back the national Pokedex after all

Published: 18/Jun/2019 14:34 Updated: 18/Jun/2019 15:57

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Sword and Shield might feature the national Pokedex after all, if the legitimacy of a conversation between a fan and Nintendo is to be believed. 

Nintendo supposedly comment on national Pokedex

The full conversation can be found on Reddit. The upshot of it is after one fan emailed Nintendo to air their grievances about the removal of the national Pokedex, they responded with some encouraging news.

Perhaps the most telling part of the reply is: “Despite this being the current status of things, while we have nothing to announce or confirm as of this moment, post-launch updates exist.” The implication here is that the national Pokedex could be added to Pokemon Sword and Shield after the game is released, via an update.

The removal of the national Pokedex in Pokemon Sword and Shield came as a big shock to most fans…

After stating that including every Pokemon isn’t currently possible, Nintendo apparently went on to say: “After being given time to work out the kinks of putting literal thousands of characters into a single game, the ability to have the National Pokédex may yet still become a reality.”

The poster points out that while the Nintendo Support team and Game Freak aren’t close when it comes to company communications, news such as this would likely filter down through the different departments. However, that’s if it is actually genuine. 

Accusations the response is fake

While the response is exactly what Pokemon fans want to hear, the vast majority believe the post to be fake – and that could certainly prove to be the case. 

Comments immediately started asking for a screenshot of the conversation which, as of writing, as the original poster hasn’t provided. Other comments pointed to the fact that such a detailed and personal response is very unusual, although it should be noted companies have been known to provide such responses occasionally.

As a result, it’s probably best to look at this reply with a fair bit of scepticism. It is certainly plausible that the Nintendo Support employee is a fellow disgruntled fan who used the response as an avenue to vent their own frustrations and offer encouragement to the fan who took the time to email.

Game Freak have been developing Pokemon games ever since 1996…

The message is still clear

Even if these messages have been faked, the point behind it is still true. The national Pokedex could yet still be included in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Firstly, Game Freak may reverse the decision due to fan pressure and put in the needed resource to make it happen. Secondly, in the age of 2019 video gaming, updates allow developers to add content post-launch.

Elsewhere, the Nintendo response also encourages the poster to send feedback to social channels rather than support e-mails. This is because, according to the response, that companies such as Game Freak now rely on aggregated feedback from social media to make informed business decisions.

So there it is Pokemon fans, the national Pokedex may be in Pokemon Sword and Shield yet.


How to get Poipole, Cosmog, Naganadel & Cosmoem in Pokemon Crown Tundra

Published: 31/Oct/2020 0:00 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 1:19

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Sword & Shield’s latest DLC, The Crown Tundra, has some hidden Legendary ‘mons that you will want to get your hands on. Here is how to obtain Sun & Moon legendaries Poipole, Cosmog, Naganadel, and Cosmoem.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the debut of Sword & Shield in 2019. Its second major DLC, The Crown Tundra, dropped on October 22, and brought a host of Legendary monsters to the Galar region.

Trainers looking to complete everything the update has to offer will want to obtain the Sun & Moon Legendaries Poipole, Cosmog, Naganadel, Cosmoem. Here is how you can obtain these hidden rare characters.

Poipole, Cosmog and Cosmoem
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Sword & Shield players can get these epic Sun & Moon Legendaries as a bonus.

How to get hidden Sun & Moon Pokemon in Crown Tundra

In 2017, Game Freak introduced the Ultra editions of Sun & Moon on the 3DS. The expanded titles included new Legendaries and a whole host of additional creatures for Trainers to catch.

Two of those ‘mons were Poipole & its evolution Naganadel. Gen 7 players will be familiar with the adorable Cosmog, who accompanies popular character Lillie throughout the story.

Thankfully Sword & Shield also lets you catch these epic creatures – despite them not actually being a part of the new Pokedex. Here are the steps to obtaining them.


cosmog pokemon crown tundra
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Cosmog is a Psychic-type Legendary.
  • Step 1: Complete Crown Tundra Legendary hint one. Or more specifically, progress the game until you fight either Glastrier or Spectrier in the town of Freezington.
  • Step 2: After beating either horse Legendary, look for the house with a lady sitting on a crate in front of it. Enter it, you will find an old woman with a pet Cosmog she calls Fwoofy.
  • Step 3: After talking to her, the woman will give you Cosmog for saving the town after beating Glastrier or Spectrier.
  • Step 4: Unfortunately, it is shiny locked. Though, you can evolve it (check out our guide further down).


poipole pokemon crown tundra
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Poipole is a Poison-type.
  • Step 1: Trainers must beat the Crown Tundra’s main story first – that means completing Legendary hints 1 through 3. After a cutscene, Peony will drop clue four on the floor. Go to the Max Lair and talk to him about it.
  • Step 2: You now need to complete clue four. To do this, you need to catch Necrozma in Dynamax Adventures.
  • Step 3: After catching the Sun & Moon Legendary, talk to Peony who will officially check off Legend 4. Poipole, however, will only spawn if you’ve also caught five Ultra Beasts as well. For example: Nihilego, Buzzwole, Pheromosa, Xurkitree, and Guzzlord.
  • Step 4: After beating them and completing Legendary Hint 4 by talking to Peony, Poipole will literally spawn next to the scientist in front of the Dynamax Adventure entrance. The purple monster is given to you, and hovers in front of the green electronic board.


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Naganadel evolves from Poipole.
  • Step 1: Now that you have Poipole, fast travel to any Pokemon Center and go to the man at the counter to the left of the entrance. Talk to him to re-learn an old move.
  • Step 2: Have Poipole learn Dragon Pulse (it’s the first move at the top of the list).
  • Step 3: Your monster should already be a high level by default, so now just use a single Rare Candy to trigger its evolution.
  • Step 4: And that’s it, your Poipole will now have evolved into Naganadel.


cosmoem pokemon sword shield
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Cosmoem evolves into either Solgaleo or Lunala depending on what version of the game you have.
  • Step 1: As an extra bonus, you can also evolve Cosmog into Cosmoem at level 43. Unfortunately the ‘mon only level five, so use Experience Candy XL to boost it.
  • Step 2: In Pokemon Sword, you can then evolve Cosmoem into Solgaleo at level 53, and Lunala for Shield owners.

While getting these Pokemon will not help you complete this Dex, many dedicated Trainers will no doubt want to add them to their Gen 8 collection. Not to mention, there are plenty of Sun & Moon fans in the community.

It’s not entirely clear whether Crown Tundra will be Sword & Shield’s final DLC. However, the October 22 update is the last content pack for the RPG’s Expansion Pass. Only time will tell if this is the finale for the Galar region.