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Pokemon Company reveal the strict steps they take to avoid game leaks

Published: 2/Dec/2019 11:01 Updated: 8/Dec/2019 20:22

by Paul Cot


Ever wondered the lengths a game publisher goes to to keep details about the game secret? Well, the Pokemon Company may have inadvertently revealed the exact steps they take in an attempt to stop information leaking out prior to release.

In this day and age, there is as much hype before a game is released as there is after it. This particularly true for Pokemon games where the whole community speculates as to what the latest version will include.

It’s an ongoing battle between consumer and publisher whereby Pokemon trainers (at least some of them) are trying to find out as much as they can about the game. On the other hand, the Pokemon Company are trying to keep everything secret so they can release details in a marketable way.

The Pokemon Company have filed a lawsuit against leakers…

Promotion is carefully planned

They believe this maximizes fan interest in the game and increases sales, also. The Pokemon Company filed a lawsuit on November 22, 2019 against unnamed defendants for leaking details from the, at the time, unreleased official Pokemon Sword and Shield strategy guide.

The document shows just how important the marketing stage of a Pokemon game is. “[The Pokemon Company] derives significant economic value from maintaining the secrecy of details of Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield and the Strategy Guide prior to the games’ release,” section 29 of the document states. “The company’s and its partners’ carefully planned and timed publicity stokes a swell of media interest and fan enthusiasm that results in a substantial number of players purchasing the games.”

How the Pokemon Company keeps its secrets

The same lawsuit also details just how thorough and extensive the Pokemon Company is in attempting to prevent details from getting out ahead of schedule, too. It states that the release of Pokemon Sword and Shield information (and presumably details from past games as well) is treated with the utmost secrecy.

If you thought that it was simply a case of signing a NDA (non-disclosure agreement) and keeping an eye on anyone who comes into contact with the details, then think again. The process of protecting secrets sounds more like something from Mission Impossible than a child-friendly video game.

These are the methods the Pokemon Company utilize in order to protect secrets:

  • Background checks on employees
  • Store game content files on secure computers
  • Restrict access to game working files to a limited number of individuals (username and password)
  • Can only transfer said files using secure methods
  • Use digital measures to trace and mark files to prevent unauthorized access
  • Sign NDAs
  • Access to the Pokemon Company offices are restricted by key card

It’s no wonder Pokemon Sword and Shield leaks were few and far between prior to release. Given the stringent steps they have in place, it’s also no surprise that the leaks that did materialize were nothing more than anonymous forum posts.

If there is one thing we can learn from this it is that the Pokemon Company takes details surrounding their upcoming games, and subsequent marketing strategy, very seriously.


Pokemon Grookey Sword & Shield guide: evolutions, moves, strengths & weaknesses

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:15

by Daniel Megarry


Looking to master Grookey in Pokemon Sword and Shield? We’ve got all the information you need including evolutions, best moves, strengths, and weaknesses.

Grookey made its debut alongside Sobble and Scorbunny as part of the Gen 8 starter trio in Sword and Shield on the Nintendo Switch. Like most starter Pokemon, it’s become incredibly popular and has gained a big following of loyal trainers.

Known as the ‘Chimp Pokemon’, Grookey is a cute grass-type creature that originates in the Galar region. Its design appears to be based on a spider monkey, and its name is a hybrid of the words ‘groove’ and ‘monkey’.

Grookey’s Pokedex entry in Sword is as follows: “When it uses its special stick to strike up a beat, the sound waves produced carry revitalizing energy to the plants and flowers in the area.”

Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield
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Grookey is one of the starter trio in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

What is Grookey weak and strong against?

Being a grass-type Pokemon, Grookey and its evolutions will take more damage from fire, flying, poison, bug, and ice-type moves. They will take less damage from ground, water, grass, and electric-type moves.

When using grass-type moves, Grookey will have an advantage against ground, rock, and water-type Pokemon. It won’t necessarily have an advantage when using non-grass-type moves against these types.

What moves can Grookey learn by leveling up?

Grookey starts out with just Scratch and Growl, but it can learn a further nine moves by leveling up.

The final move it can learn is Endeavor at level 36. After this, you’ll need to evolve Grookey to Thwackey and then Rillaboom if you want to keep learning moves through leveling up.

Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy
1 Scratch Normal Physical 40 100
1 Growl Normal Status 100
6 Branch Poke Grass Physical 40 100
8 Taunt Dark Status 100
12 Razor Leaf Grass Physical 55 95
17 Screech Normal Status 85
20 Knock Off Dark Physical 65 100
24 Slam Normal Physical 80 75
28 Uproar Normal Special 90 100
32 Wood Hammer Grass Physical 120 100
36 Endeavor Normal Physical 100

What does Grookey evolve into?

Grookey evolves into Thwackey at Level 16. Like the form before it, Thwackey is a pure grass-type Pokemon, meaning it shares the same strengths and weaknesses.

It then evolves into its final evolution Rillaboom at Level 35. Rillaboom is also a pure grass-type, so it also shares the same strengths and weaknesses as Grookey and Thwackey.

All three forms have the Overgrow ability, which boosts the power of grass-type moves by 50% when at less than or equal to 1/3 HP.

Grookey Thwackey and Rillaboom evolutions
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Grookey evolves into Thwackey and Rillaboom.

Where to find Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Grookey is one of three starter Pokemon in Sword and Shield, meaning players will have the opportunity to acquire one at the very beginning of the game. If you’re set on getting one, you should probably do this, as Grookey, Sobble, and Scorbunny don’t appear in the wild.

If you didn’t choose Grookey as your starter Pokemon, you’ll need to set up a trade with another trainer who has one. You can do this with friends, turn to the internet for help, or try your luck with the unpredictable Surprise Trades feature.

How to get Shiny Grookey

As you can’t find Grookey in the wild, you won’t be able to hunt for a Shiny version like you would with most other Pokemon.

What you can do, though, is breed Grookey with another Pokemon in the same egg group, which will give you a small chance of hatching a Shiny. It will take you a while, but if you’re determined, it’s the only way.

Shiny Grookey Pokemon
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Shiny Grookey is very difficult to get in Sword & Shield.

A more refined way to do this and guarantee you’ll hatch the Pokemon you’re after is to breed Grookey with Ditto. Anytime Ditto is bred with another Pokemon, the egg will hatch the species that isn’t Ditto.

You can find Ditto at the Lake of Outrage, so you’ll want to head there and catch yourself one. If you’re confused as to how breeding works in general then you can check out our nursery and breeding guide.