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Pokemon Company sparks backlash over joke about banned seizure episode

Published: 21/Sep/2020 0:59

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Company sparked backlash online on September 19 when they appeared to make a joke about a now-banned anime episode involving Porygon which caused multiple children in Japan to have seizures while watching it.

Pokemon made its debut in 1996, and quickly became a cultural phenomena. Kids and adults around the world became hooked by its addicting Nintendo RPGs, and obsessed with its animated series.

However in 1997, an episode of the anime reportedly caused hundreds of viewers watching live to have seizures in Japan. The Pokemon Company sparked backlash decades later when a tweet appeared to joke about the incident. 

On December 16, 1997, a Pokemon episode titled ‘Cyber Soldier Porygon’ aired in Japan. In the story, protagonist Ash Ketchum encounters the digital monster Porygon. During the episode, a move by Pikachu caused the screen to quickly flash red and white.

The visuals reportedly caused hundreds of childrens in Japan to have seizures, and quickly became a worldwide news story. Because of the incident, Porygon was banned from the anime and had all mention of it scrubbed.

Over 22 years later on September 19, the official Pokemon Twitter account tweeted a joke which appeared to reference the banned episode. “Porygon did nothing wrong,” it read. The post was made a day before Porygon’s Pokemon Go Community Day event which the social media account was hyping up.

The tweet quickly sparked backlash from players angry that the company would make light of the serious story. “Um yeah he did! He got millions of Japanese kids sick with seizures with the episode “Electric Soldier Porygon” which is why it was BANNED in the USA,” one Twitter user replied.


Many Pokemon fans called out the company for punishing Porygon all these years, when they argued it was actually Pikachu’s electric move that had caused the flashing colors on the screen. “It’s true. It’s actually Pikachu who was in the wrong,” someone exclaimed. Another user agreed, stating, “The true criminal is this one” while including a picture of the yellow mascot.


Not everyone bought that argument though. “And b4 some dumb fan says “well actually pikachu caused the flashing lights” it doesn’t change the facts that Porygon is associated with the episode that caused numerous seizure and ruined several kids childhood,” another fan wrote.

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While the joke sparked a wave of backlash from the fandom, it’s not entirely clear whether The Pokemon Company was actually referencing the seizure episode. However, that is how many players took it.

All things aside, it’s taken decades for the beloved monster to finally get its due. Porygon has been overshadowed by the tragic incident for years. With the series’ creators defending the ‘mon, it looks like they may be more open to including the character again.


How to get Calyrex and Glastrier/Spectrier in the Crown Tundra DLC

Published: 23/Oct/2020 9:35

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Sword and Shield’s the Crown Tundra DLC is finally available which means trainers can get their hands on the region’s featured Legendary Pokemon, Calyrex.

Calyrex ruled all of Galar throughout ancient times, so it’s safe to say the King Pokemon will be a fantastic addition to your Pokedex. It may not appear strong at just 1.1 meters tall and 7.7kg in weight but it is highly intelligent.

In fact, it is so clever that it’s said to see every past, present, and future event. Let’s break down how to encounter Calyrex in the Crown Tundra.

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Calyrex is the featured Legendary Pokemon of the new Crown Tundra DLC…

Calyrex location

Finding The King Pokemon is a several step process. Firstly, you’ll need to get to the point of the Crown Tundra story where you obtain the Legendary Clues in Peony’s house. This is located in Freezington.

From there pick up the Wooden Crown which can be found in his living room. By sheer coincidence (or not), there is a statue just outside where the aforementioned Crown fits like a glove. This is a statue of Calyrex (without its crown) sitting on what is either Glastrier or Spectrier. Put the crown on this statue.

This will cause Calyrex to appear which will result in a battle. The dual grass and psychic-type is relatively easy to defeat.

Following this, it will want you to interact with various NPCs in Freezington to find out whether members of the community remember it for its plentiful harvest.

Calyrex will share more about its history telling you about its loyal steed – Glastrier or Spectrier (more on that below). As part of the story, you’re required to buy some Carrot Seeds.

Again, coincidentally, a NPC is selling them right by the previous NPCs. This will cost 8 Dynite Ore.

To have this amount you will have needed to have successfully won your first Dynamax Adventure. If you haven’t, you’ll need to go back and do so.

Calyrex will then want you to choose between two locations to grow the carrots. One of them is a plot of land by gravestones and the other is in a field of “pristine snow”.

Glastrier and Spectrier

This is where the other Legendary Pokemon from the Crown Tundra come into play. Spectrier and Glastrier are Horse Pokemon with different typings.

The former is a ghost-type while the latter is ice. Therefore, it will come as no surprise Calyrex summons Spectrier when you plant the Carrot Seeds by the gravestones and Glastrier when planted by the pristine snow.

Whichever one you choose will result in you battling it back in Freezington. When you defeat it, you will obtain a tuft of Mane Hair.

This will then be used to construct the Reins of Unity. To do that you’ll need to talk to Calyrex (again) – at this point, you’re getting to know each other well – and it will give you the Radiant Petal. Take both of these to the Mayor’s House and Peony will give you the Reins of Unity.

Now you can make your way to the Crown Shrine which is located at the top of the Crown Tundra. Calyrex will be waiting for you.

Place the Carrot in the Shrine and either Spectrier or Glastrier will come for it. Calyrex will take this opportunity to jump on it. After seemingly taming it, the two fuse together to create the Shadow Rider or Ice Rider fusion forms.

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Calyrex fuses with Glastrier/Spectrier when it jumps on it and tames it…

Reins of Unity

Now Calyrex’s fusion form is waiting for you to battle it (and capture). Although you can battle it as many times as you want, it’s probably wise to save it beforehand to avoid having to get all the way back up to the Crown Shrine.

It can be difficult to capture, so make sure you have a relatively strong team and a lot of PokeBalls. Unfortunately, Calyrex is one of the few Pokemon that are Shiny locked in the Crown Tundra, so don’t waste your time soft resetting, a Shiny isn’t going to happen!

When you do capture Calyrex’s in its Shadow or Ice Rider form, you can actually use the Reins of Unity to separate the two Pokemon. This results in two Pokedex entries!

For those asking whether you can catch both Glastrier and Spectrier, no you can’t, at least not on the same save file. The process of capturing Calyrex sounds long-winded, but it’s actually pretty simple and is naturally achieved by going through the story.