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Beware: Pokemon Sword Shield bug breaks online play

Published: 12/Feb/2020 16:49 Updated: 13/Feb/2020 16:17

by Paul Cot


A potentially game breaking bug has been reportedly found in Pokemon Sword and Shield preventing online play.

The bug involves the Surprise Trade feature within Pokemon Sword and Shield whereby if you’re sent a “maliciously crafted” Pokemon access to online play will be blocked. This applies to all online features and you won’t be able to regain access to them until the bug is patched.

Avoid Surprise Trades

The Pokemon causing the issue were described as “maliciously crafted” by renowned dataminer Kaphotics. Presumably they haven’t elaborated on this any further in an attempt to ensure the problem doesn’t become more widespread.

Until further details are revealed or a patch is released, we’d strongly recommend to avoid using the Surprise Trade feature. There have been multiple reports of the issue but just how common it is, is currently unknown.

Your save data is safe

The bug is obviously significant as a lot of trainers spend a lot of their time playing online. While the bug will ruin the game for a lot of trainers if they’re unlucky enough to come across it, it’s important to note it won’t corrupt your save data. So, even if it does affect you, you won’t lose the hours you have invested into your journey around Galar.

Kaphotics shared some further details about the problem: “[The game will] also crash if received via trade, but only once — just release it afterwards.” This is in comparison to a Surprise Trade where the problem will continue.

Apparently the issue has already been escalated to the Pokemon Company, who presumably, due to the severity of the issue, are working to fix it right now. The issue was reportedly initially found by Twitter users architdate and Sibuna_Switch who also subsequently confirmed the bug’s behaviour.


How to evolve Nosepass into Probopass in Pokemon Go

Published: 23/Jan/2021 17:20

by Julian Young


Pokemon Go’s Hoenn Collection Challenge is in full swing, and Nosepass is one of several Pokemon players need to catch to complete the event. Here’s how to evolve your new Nosepass into a Probopass after you get your hands on one.

Leading up to its five-year celebration event – Pokemon Go Tour: Kanto – developer Niantic has a full schedule of activities to keep players occupied. Every week before the Kanto event kicks off, players have a chance to enjoy a Collection Challenge in one of the game’s regions.

The Hoenn Collection Challenge, running from January 19 to January 24, gives players an increased chance to catch various Pokemon from that region. Fan favorites like Mudkip, Plusle and Minun, and several others are on the list of Pokemon needed to complete the challenge.

Another Pokemon on that list is the Generation 3 Rock-Type Nosepass. Once caught, Nosepass can be evolved into the Steel/Rock-Type Probopass – with a small twist. Here’s how you can evolve your very own Nosepass after catching one.

Pokemon Go Hoenn Collection Challenge Event
Players have an increased chance to catch a Nosepass during the Hoenn Collection Challenge.

How to evolve Nosepass in Pokemon Go

  1. Catch a Nosepass (if you don’t have one already)
  2. Acquire 50 Nosepass candy and a Magnetic Lure
  3. Travel to a PokeStop and activate the Magnetic Lure
  4. While standing in range of the PokeStop, evolve your Nosepass into a Probopass

Evolving Nosepass into Probopass requires 50 Nosepass candy along with another item: a Magnetic Lure. Magnetic Lures are normally used to attract specific types of Pokemon – Steel, Rock, and Electric-Type – to help players catch ones they may be missing.

When it comes to evolving Nosepass into Probopass, the Magnetic Lure serves a different purpose. In this case, the Magentic Lure must be used to evolve Nosepass from a Rock-Type Pokemon into the combined Steel/Rock-Type Probopass.

There are a couple of ways to acquire Magnetic Lures. The easiest is to simply buy one from the Pokemon Go Shop for 200 PokeCoins. Magnetic Lures can also be acquired by completing Special Research Tasks (although this will take longer than just buying one from the shop).

Pokemon Olivia's Probopass
The Pokemon Company
After combining their Nosepass with a Magnetic Lure and 50 Nosepass candy, players will be rewarded with a Probopass.

Once you have your Magnetic Lure and 50 Nosepass candy in-hand, you now have everything you need to evolve the Pokemon into a Probopass. The first step to evolving your Nosepass is to travel to a PokeStop, then activate the Magnetic Lure via the Add Lure option.

After the Lure is added, you can evolve your Nosepass into a Probopass while standing within range of the PokeStop. After the process is complete, you will be rewarded with a newly-evolved Probopass to take on your Pokemon Go adventures.

The Hoenn Collection Challenge ends on January 24, so you should make sure to catch a Nosepass before the event concludes to finish the challenge (and to have the Pokemon available to evolve). The next Collection Challenge – taking place in the Johto region – kicks off on January 26.