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Pokemon community discovers creepy easter egg in Twilight Wings anime

Published: 5/Jul/2020 22:14 Updated: 6/Jul/2020 6:34

by Brent Koepp

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The Pokemon community was shook after viewers spotted a depressing easter egg in the Sword & Shield spin-off anime Twilight Wings. The tragic discovery put a horrifying new spin on the July 2 episode.

Pokemon players were introduced to the Galar region for the very first time in the eighth generation title Sword & Shield. To celebrate the series’ latest era, an anime spin-off series titled Twilight Wings was produced for YouTube.

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However during its latest episode, things quickly took a dark turn after viewers made a discovery that is seen to be completely tragic. The spooky easter egg will make you reach for your Pikachu plush and hug it tight.

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The latest episode of the Twilight Wings anime features Ghost-type Gym Leader Allister.

Tragic easter egg in Pokemon Twilight Wings

The Sword & Shield spin-off series first debuted on YouTube in January. Every month, fans get a new look at the Galar region in a mini animated short. The sixth episode, Moonlight, heavily featured Shield-exclusive Gym Leader Allister.

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Much of the plot revolves around Tommy, who wants to apologize to his friend John who is stuck in the hospital. After a run-in with the Ghost-type Trainer, the two fly back to the hospital so that he can make up with his friend.

Keen-eyed fan ‘hebibebi’ spotted a disturbing easter egg in the episode which they shared on Twitter. The user noticed the Gen V character Lampent was hovering around the hospital. According to the monster’s fifth generation Pokedex entry, it “hangs around hospitals waiting for people to pass on.”

Many viewers were floored by the discovery, and it quickly went viral with over 21.6k likes at the time of writing. While the Pokemon’s presence is enough to give anyone chills, it should be stated that it’s probably not there for John, but other patients in the medical institution. Still, pretty creepy stuff.

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Despite only releasing in November 2019, Sword & Shield is already on track to becoming the third best-selling release in the entire franchise. The Gen VIII title’s sales are proof that players around the world still can’t get enough of the Nintendo series.

Fans of the game have a lot to look forward to this year, as its second major DLC, The Crown Tundra, drops sometime in the Fall.

Those also looking to learn more about the Galar region can catch episodes of Twilight Wings for free on the Official Pokemon YouTube channel.

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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.