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Pokemon reveals locations that inspired Sword & Shield’s Galar region

Published: 16/Oct/2020 22:18

by Brent Koepp


To celebrate Sword & Shield’s upcoming The Crown Tundra DLC, the Pokemon Company has released a Galar travel guide. The document officially reveals the real life locations that inspired the Gen VIII region.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield in 2019. The Nintendo Switch title introduced players to the Galar region, which is largely based on various sections of the United Kingdom.

While we have known most of the major locations that the RPG was based on since 2019, on October 16, Game Freak released an in-depth guide that compares every area in the Gen VIII game to its real life counterpart.

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Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The Pokemon Company released a detailed travel guide for Galar.

Pokemon Company releases Galar region Expedition Guide

To give players a more in-depth look at the Galar region, The Pokemon Company launched a five-part Bus Tour series on October 14. The YouTube show will stop off at the real life locations in the U.K. that inspired the Gen 8 RPG.

As a companion to the limited series, the Nintendo company has also released an Expedition Guide on the official Pokemon site. The travel document is jam-packed full of details about the game’s development.

The guide gives a deeper insight into how Game Freak took the U.K. locale and incorporated it into the title. For instance, The Crown Tundra DLC was modeled around Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Raid dens are based on the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

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Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Raid dens are based on the rocky natural wonders of Northern Ireland.

Locations confirmed by The Pokemon Company

  • The Wild Area – The Lake District County of Cumbria in Northern England
  • Postwick, Wedgehurst – The Lake District (Keswick, Grasmere, Bowness-on-Windermere)
  • Raid dens – The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland
  • Turffield – Stonehenge in Amesbury, South England
  • Motostoke – Manchester, River Irwell in Northern England
  • Glimwood Tangle – Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, England
  • Circhester – City of Bath in Somerset, South England
  • Wyndon – London
  • The Crown Tundra – Edinburgh, Scotland
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Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The upcoming Crown Tundra DLC is based on regions of Scotland.

Even if you already know the real life locations of Sword & Shield, the guide is definitely worth checking out as it gives more context and developer info. Those wanting to check it out can read the 28-page book here.

The Crown Tundra is set to hit stores on October 22. The DLC will greatly expand Sword & Shield’s map, and whisk players away to the snowy landscape. The add-on also brings back almost all the series’ Legendary monsters.

Apex Legends

What does Branthium mean in Apex Legends? Horizon & Ash Season 7 teasers

Published: 27/Oct/2020 15:07

by Calum Patterson


Amid all the teasers for Apex Legends Season 7, one word has been on the lips of a number of characters: Branthium. But, what is this? Now, we finally have an answer to the mystery: but we’ve got a whole load more questions too.

The first time we heard the word Branthium in Apex Legends, it came from Ash, at the end of the Season 5 Broken Ghost quest.

Ash is the villain from Titanfall 2, who was recruited by Kuben Blisk, before she “died” at the hands of Jack Cooper, was put back together again, her memory wiped, and then her head split into parts and spread throughout Kings Canyon.

Once the Legends put her head back together, she spoke to them, and, as part of an unintelligible message, said: “all roads lead to Branthium.”

Ash saying Branthium in Apex Legends
Respawn Entertainment
Ash was the first time we heard ‘Branthium’ in Apex Legends.

What is Branthium in Apex Legends?

After the mention from Ash, in the first Twitter teaser for Season 7, Horizon (expected to be the next playable Legend), repeated the word “Branthium” in among all the static.

It later became clear that Horizon was repeating what Ash said – or, perhaps Ash was repeating Horizon.

Is Branthium a place?

The saying, “all roads lead to Branthium”, is undoubtedly a play on the common phrase “all roads lead to Rome.” Typically, this saying refers to “all paths or activities lead to the center of things” – it comes from Ancient Rome in the literal sense, when all roads started from the capital city.

So, at first, most theories believed Branthium was a place, possibly related to the planet Psamathe and its city, Olympus. Ash finished her monologue by saying “Welcome to Olympus.”

But, a spanner was thrown in the works of this theory by Horizon. In the latest Twitter teaser, Horizon says: “Just got to figure out how he can fuse the Branthium (or Brantium?) without critical mass.”

So, is Branthium actually some kind of element, or fuel, or material? This remains unclear, but it wouldn’t make sense for Ash (and Horizon) to say “All roads lead to Branthium,” if it was simply some kind of element.

The truth about Branthium revealed

It didn’t take long for Respawn to reveal the truth behind Branthium, confirming that it was in fact an element that the people of Psamathe needed as an energy source, to solve their looming energy crisis.

Branthium Energy Crisis
Respawn Entertainment
Dr Mary Somers (aka Horizon) was tasked with finding Branthium to solve the energy crisis.

Unfortunately, after retrieving the Branthium, Somers was betrayed and left to die in the abyss of space, which is where the Season 7 story is about to pick up.

Horizon holding Branthium
Respawn Entertainment
Horizon retrieved the Branthium – before being betrayed.

Horizon kept the original sample of Branthium for herself, before she set out to fulfill her promise to her son.

This could line up with the involvement of Hammon Robotics too. The Planet Harvester which launched in Season 4 is being used by Hammond “to gather precious metals from the core of the planet for reasons unknown.”

It’s still possible that Branthium is both a place and an element, with the latter named after the former.

Season 7 is set to start on November 4 – a week earlier than initially planned – so we should learn a lot more then.