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Pokemon Go trainers react as special research quest goes behind paywall

Published: 29/Oct/2019 10:41 Updated: 29/Oct/2019 11:41

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Go’s first ever paid for special research quest is nearly upon us and some fans aren’t too happy about it.

Niantic shocked a lot of trainers when they announced that the A Colossal Discovery quest would come behind a paywall. Among other bonuses, the quest culminates with a Regigigas encounter.

This is the first time the normal-type legend will appear in Pokemon Go, making it highly sought after. How popular the quest will be remains to be seen but there will no doubt be a lot of trainers who purchase it just to add Regigigas to their Pokedex.

@PokemonGoAppRegigigas is making its Pokemon Go debut…

New species being added to Pokemon Go gets a lot of trainers excited, especially when it a legendary Pokemon. This is why some players will be more than happy to part with real money to get access to the quest.

Should new Pokemon cost?

However, there are some who are less than thrilled with the paywall. It brings up the modern day debate about whether games should charge you, to what in this case is essentially completing the game.

Naturally there will be contrasting views on this but some will refuse to pay for the ticket purely out of principle. “Pokemon shouldn’t be hidden behind a paywall. Really disappointed in this,” was one response to the Pokemon Go Twitter account.

Regigigas will be free later

Regigias may be behind a paywall for now but it has been confirmed that the trio master of Hoenn’s Legendary titans will be available, for free, in EX Raids at a later date. This deepens the debate as to whether it is truly behind a paywall.

Nevertheless, the sentiment was echoed by another Twitter user, who replied: “I remember the good old days when this game was about having fun, getting kids out the house and exploring your local area. Keep you £7.99 tickets thanks, I’m not interested in it one bit.”

Different prices in different regions

Another complaint from trainers is that the $7.99 price tag of the ticket doesn’t match up with other currencies. For example, in the UK the ticket costs £7.99 — more than $10 with current exchange rates.

While there were the inevitable negative comments about something costing real money, it should be noted the majority of the replies weren’t regarding the price tag.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out and whether tickets that can only be obtained with real money become the norm in Pokemon Go. The quest itself begins on November 2 and tickets can be purchased now.


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.