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Watch the June 5 Pokemon Direct video in full here

Published: 27/May/2019 13:47 Updated: 6/Jun/2019 1:22

by Paul Cot


After months of waiting and building speculation as to when the next batch of Pokemon Sword and Shield news would arrive, Nintendo have shared lots of new Pokemon Sword and Shield details in the June 5 Pokemon Direct.

Pokemon Direct video

The 15 minute long presentation shows off new gameplay, new features and even a few of the Galar region Pokemon.

The Pokemon presentation starts at 28:28.

What Sword and Shield news can we expect?

New Pokemon

This latest Pokemon Sword and Shield news drop could include an array of potential Pokemon information. Of course, the 2019 Pokemon game will see the introduction of the much awaited Gen 8. This means brand new Pokemon!

It’s certainly possible that the June 5 Pokemon Direct could include information about some of them. A few of them may even be revealed.

u/abz-artChampeon: Eevee evolution fighting-type concept…

The only new Pokemon we know so far are the three starters – Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble. Pokemon fans are imaginative by nature and since Pokemon Sword and Shield have been revealed, they have been making designs for their evolutions. Imagination may become reality soon though, as their evolutions could be revealed.

Finally, it has long been speculated that generation 8 would see the addition of a new Eevee evolution. Observant Pokemon fans will be aware of the pattern where new Eevee evolved forms are added to the game in even numbered generations. Maybe one, if not more, will be revealed on the livestream.

The cave system shown in the Pokemon Sword and Shield reveal trailer was also seen in the Kalos region…

Another region?

The reception to the reveal of the Galar region was one of excitement. Supposedly based on Great Britain, Pokemon fans clearly can’t wait to experience this unique region.

There have been rumors of it being much more than just the Galar region, though. Pokemon themselves teased several regions in the build up to the initial Pokemon Sword and Shield reveal, perhaps teasing previous regions will be playable.

While this is perhaps a little far-fetched (pun intended), a return to the Kalos region (based on France) is a lot more realistic.

Interestingly, the official Pokemon Twitter account have in regards to this Pokemon Direct: “We’ve been hard at work researching this new region. Wondering when you can learn more?” This seems to suggest more region information is on the way.

Release date

We still don’t know when Pokemon Sword and Shield will be available. At the moment, it is simply dubbed as late 2019. The release date is, of course, important but if the Pokemon Direct focuses on that and little more, some Pokemon fans may leave disappointed.

Fortunately, as the presentation is “roughly 15 minutes” it looks like there will be some worthwhile and hopefully exciting information shared.

2019 Pokemon press conference

Alongside the announcement of a Pokemon Direct, came a Pokemon press conference that was held on May 28. Various new Pokemon products were confirmed – the whole press conference can be viewed below.

Watch Pokémon 2019 Press Conference from Pokemon on

What’s more is that this press conference will contain “exciting updates,” making it a must-see event for any fans of the franchise. 

Whether this is referring to Pokemon Sword and Shield news or something entirely different is currently unknown. If more Sword and Shield news is to be released at both of these events, then we will certainly have a lot more information coming over the next couple of weeks.

It also begs the question as to what we can expect from Nintendo’s presentation at E3 2019.

Last updated 21:22 ET, June 5, 2019


Togetic is finally the Research Breakthrough Pokemon Go trainers deserve

Published: 30/Oct/2020 12:31 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 12:37

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Research Breakthrough is finally one trainers can be excited about. Togetic is one reward that shouldn’t be missed!

The Happiness Pokemon will feature from Sunday, November 1, 1pm PDT until Tuesday, December 1, 1pm PDT. As usual, you’ll need to get seven Field Research stamps in order to earn an encounter with it.

Togetic is undoubtedly a huge upgrade on recent Pokemon that have featured. Some of those have included Shedinja, Scraggy, and Trapinch which, with respect to them, pales in comparison to the use that the Togetic line has in Pokemon Go.

Togetic Pokemon Go
Togetic is the Research Breakthrough reward, but trainers will be after the ultra-powerful Togekiss…

Togekiss – a must-have Pokemon

While Togetic is a popular Pokemon, it is Togekiss that trainers will be striving for. The Jubilee Pokemon is one of the most effective ‘mons in the mobile game.

It even made our top 5 list for most overpowered species in Pokemon Go! That is evidence in itself it is well worth getting.

The dual fairy and flying-type is a nightmare for bug, dragon, fighting, and ground-type Pokemon. It is a frequent pick in GO Battle League for this reason as there are a lot of strong dragon-type Pokemon that are also used.

In addition to being considered the best fairy-type ‘mon in Pokemon Go, it is also one of the very best choices to have in the GBL Master League category. Outside of Dialga and Giratina, it is one of the most important species to have in the entire game.

Not a Legendary but not far off it

Niantic made a very noticeable change to Research Breakthrough rewards in 2020 – they would no longer be Legendary Pokemon. We are now approaching our 11th Research Breakthrough encounter of 2020 and on the whole, they have been disappointing.

The removal of Legendary ‘mons was mostly met with displeasure. It was always going to take trainers a while to accept the big change.

Over time, however, the change has seemingly been accepted, with the majority of trainers understanding why it was needed. We have discussed at length why removing legends from the Research Breakthrough pool was the right decision.

That doesn’t mean what they were replaced with was right, though. Players went from getting those research stamps without fail to totally ignoring them. Going from the likes of Groudon to Woobat was always going to have this effect.

So, we were left with featured Pokemon that frankly few cared about. This resolved the issue of Legendary Pokemon becoming too common, but also made Research Breakthrough encounters essentially meaningless.

This, of course, isn’t something Niantic wanted. Their long-term strategy with the feature is unknown, but we have discussed various ways in which they could make Research Breakthrough rewards exciting again.

Togetic comes as a welcome surprise for November. It’s such a good Pokemon that next month will struggle to live up to it. We suggest trying to have seven stamps ready to go when November hits so you’re able to get five of them!