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Pokemon Sword and Shield critics take huge swipe at developers with subtle video

Published: 24/Jun/2019 9:55 Updated: 24/Jun/2019 12:29

by Paul Cot

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Pokemon Sword and Shield has been heavily criticized since E3 2019 and now critics have taken another swipe at the next Pokemon game.

Game Freak have come under fire due to their decision to remove the National Pokedex. Essentially, this means not all Pokemon will be available to catch when the latest game is released on November 15, 2019.

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Nintendo will have surely expected some backlash to the news, but it’s unlikely even they thought it would be as big as this. Hashtags surrounding the National Pokedex and threats of boycotting the game have ensued, putting pressure on the developer to reverse the decision.

Pokemon Colosseum similarities 

However, one fan has probably dealt the biggest blow of all by simply sharing the trailer to the Pokemon Colosseum game. This doesn’t sound like the most terrible of things but the story-line behind the game is that you’ve got to save the Pokemon.

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“Pokemon have fallen under the spell of an evil organisation,” the narrator of the trailer says. The goal in the game is to snag them back, turn them good again and train them for battle. It should be noted that Game Freak didn’t develop this game as they are responsible for the main Pokemon games on Nintendo’s handheld consoles.

Pokemon Colosseum is one of the lesser known Pokemon games…

Not good for Game Freak

While it’s a little harsh to imply Game Freak are an evil organisation, the point being made is that the Pokemon Sword and Shield developers are supposedly taking away the Pokemon. The trailer also starts by saying “gotta save ’em all” which is of course a play on words on Pokemon’s former slogan “gotta catch ’em all”.

Elsewhere, Pokemon trainers have been devising plans to sneak banned Pokemon into the Galar region ahead of Pokemon Sword and Shield’s release. We’ll have to see what the border security is like at Galar.

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Pokemon Colosseum released exclusively on the GameCube in 2004. Perhaps, over 15 year later, the narrative of the story is coming to life. At least, that’s what some fans are starting to think. 

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Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot

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To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.

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To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.

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During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

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  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

Deerling Pokemon Go
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Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…

Deerling

As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.

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It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.

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