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No new Pokemon game in 2020, history suggests

Published: 18/Aug/2020 2:53

by Paul Cot

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It’s looking more and more likely that there won’t be a new mainline Pokemon game in 2020, and the history of Pokemon games also backs this up.

Naturally, upcoming Pokemon games are announced months in advance of their release date. The gap between announcement and release varies, but it’s generally a minimum of six months before.

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That means that were there to be a mainline game in 2020 it would be the shortest gap between announcement and release in modern Pokemon history. We’re already in August, so for a new game to stick with the traditional November release window, there would only be three months of build-up.

Alternatively, if something were to materialize soon, a release could be pushed to early 2021 but this would be strange considering previous releases. The last Pokemon game to do this was Black and White which releases in March of 2011 (released in Japan six months before).

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When and what will be the next mainline Pokemon game following Sword and Shield?

Previous announcement dates

Since 2010, each mainline Pokemon game has been announced in the following month:

  • April 2010 – Pokemon Black and White
  • February 2012 – Pokemon Black 2 and White 2
  • January 2013 – Pokemon X and Y
  • May 2014 – Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
  • February 2016 – Pokemon Sun and Moon
  • June 2017 – Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
  • May 2018 – Pokemon Let’s Go
  • February 2019 – Pokemon Sword and Shield

What could be next?

A new mainline Pokemon game may not be coming in 2020, but it has to come at some point. With it looking like there will be at least two more DLCs coming to Pokemon Sword and Shield (one confirmed), it will be very interesting what comes next.

The two front-runners are seemingly a much-anticipated remake of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl and a sequel to the popular Pokemon Let’s Go. Each fan has their own opinions on which they’d prefer but overall both appear popular choices.

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Barring a big surprise announcement from The Pokemon Company though, these are both still quite far away.

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Legendary Pokemon catch rates revealed for Sword & Shield Crown Tundra

Published: 18/Oct/2020 22:48

by Brent Koepp

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New details have been revealed about Pokemon Sword & Shield’s upcoming DLC, The Crown Tundra. On October 17, Game Freak explained how obtaining Legendary monsters in Dynamax Adventures works, and what their catch-rates are.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield in 2019. On October 22, the Nintendo Switch title is getting its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra.

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The add-on is bringing over 119 new monsters to Galar, including a whole host of Legendary creatures. However, according to a recent update by Game Freak, there is a limit as to how many times you can catch them.

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Trainers can catch Legendary Pokemon in the new Dynamax Adventures mode.

Pokemon Crown Tundra catch rates

One of the major additions coming to Sword & Shield is Dynamax Adventures. The new feature is a spin on Raid dens, and will have players entering caves using rental Pokemon. In an October 17 episode of Pokenchi, Game Freak revealed how catching Legendary ‘mons will work in the mode.

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According to popular Poke outlet Serebii, Legendary monsters can only be caught one time. However, it appears that Trainers that manage to beat the incredibly rare creatures in Dynamax Adventures will have a 100% catch rate. 

“The Legendary Pokémon fought in Dynamax Adventures in The Crown Tundra have a 100% chance of capture. You can only get each Legendary Pokémon once in Dynamax Adventure in The Crown Tundra,” the tweets explained.

The outlet also explained that players will have to beat four Max Raid battles in a row first before reaching the Legendary ‘mon. If that wasn’t challenging enough, HP damage and PP usage also carries over across all fights.

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Even trickier is that players can’t bring their best Pokemon into the mode, and have to choose from a rental team. Although, while exploring the caves, you can catch new monsters who can then be used in battles.

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Legendary Pokemon have a 100% catch rate – if you can last long enough to beat it.

The big take away from the update is that Legendary monsters can only be caught once in the Crown Tundra. And while their catch rate is 100%, Game Freak will make players work for the encounter, as they have to beat five Dynamax battles in a row.

It is unclear at the time of writing how many rare creatures can be caught outside of the new mode, or whether the “one time” catch rule only applies to Dynamax Adventures. However, past games in the series have always had a similar limit.

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