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Pokemon community finds insane trick hidden in Sword & Shield game case

Published: 1/Feb/2020 21:10

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon community had their minds blown when it was discovered Sword & Shield’s Nintendo Switch game case has a hidden feature. The eye-popping trick will have you seeing the box art like never before.

Sword & Shield dropped in November 2019, kicking off the beloved RPG’s eighth generation. The latest release saw players exploring the Galar region which was largely influenced by the United Kingdom.


However new features and Pokemon to catch aren’t the only discoveries trainers are making. Fans of the Nintendo franchise were in awe after learning that the title’s physical case hides a hidden secret.

Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The Gen VIII title released on November 15, 2019.

Sword & Shield game case trick discovered

Over on the Sword & Shield Reddit forum, user ‘RancidBean‘ made the incredible discovery. The Pokemon fan found that if you use the Google Lens app on on your phone, looking at the game’s physical case transforms it.


Recording the trick, the user uploaded it for the community to see. Incredibly, the app quite literally brings the box art to life by projecting a video over it which shows the legendary Zamazenta jumping into action.

The case also cycles through various clips from the game, such as the protagonist leaving his house at the start of the adventure. It also shows off the new starters Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble.

The subreddit was blown away by the Google app trick, and at the time of writing the post has over 3.2k upvotes. User ‘seaVvendz’ exclaimed, “Wow that’s really cool. I didn’t have any regrets getting the digital version until now.”


Although another user pointed out that the app actually works on the digital version as well if you point at the Switch game tile.

Reddit: seaVvendz
The Pokemon subreddit was impressed with the discovered trick.

Despite the incredible feature, it seems that Google lens can be a little spotty. Reddit user Makasu0127 claimed he tried it out with the 3DS Ultra Moon, only to get the same trailer from Shield.

Reddit: Makasu0127
The technology isn’t perfect.

For trainers that want to try it out themselves, they can get the app on Android here. Apple users, don’t fret – if you download the Google App, the lens feature is available.


Since its late 2019 release, Sword & Shield has continued to crush it in sales. On opening weekend alone, the Gen VIII title broke records by moving an astonishing six million units.

Nintendo announced on January 9 that the Pokemon title would be getting a DLC expansion pass. The Isle of Armor releases in June 2020, with Crown Tundra making its debut in the Fall.


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.