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Pokemon Sword and Shield: Eternatus leak becoming more credible

Published: 19/Sep/2019 10:14 Updated: 19/Sep/2019 11:05

by Paul Cot

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Those of you who have been following the various leaks surrounding Pokemon Sword and Shield will have heard the rumblings about the evil legendary Pokemon, Eternatus.

Two legendary Pokemon from the Galar region have already been revealed – Zacian and Zamazenta. They appear to be designed with the game’s title in mind – Sword and Shield – with Zacian holding a sword in its mouth and Zamazenta having a shield attached to its head.

These two were revealed back in June and since then no other legendary Pokemon have been announced. However, a leak originating from May has stated that another wolf legend will be called Eternatus.

Zacian (left) and Zamazenta (right) but we still don’t know what Eternatus looks like…

This isn’t just any leak though, as other information posted has now been proven correct. That includes Zacian and Zamazenta themselves, Team Yell being a gang in the game and the Gigantamax phenomenon.

After being correct on that specific information we can certainly rule out coincidence and that this leaker did have credible information. That’s not to say the Eternatus leak is definitely true, as the leaker can be mistaken or something could have changed within the game behind the scenes.

This particular leak states Eternatus is an evil Pokemon which in hindsight may be alluded to in the trailer Zacian and Zamazenta are initially revealed. In the scene you can see the two of them fighting one another before something else grabs their attention, causing their fight to stop and put their focus elsewhere. At this point the trailer finishes but just maybe this was Eternatus preparing an attack.

Another separate leak reveals further details about Zamazenta. The Team Rocket of the Galar, a la the regions bad guys are called the Codex Organization. The leak goes on to say: “They secretly work with Oleana to reawaken Eternatus. However, after that happens, their leader has a change of heart, and he decides to help you, telling you that the legendary Pokemon of your version [Zacian or Zamazents] is the only Pokemon capable of handling Eternatus.”

Pokemon CompanyCould the patterns on a hill in Galar have anything to do with another legendary Pokemon?

This is an interesting plot but we must stress that this is an entirely different leak without the proven track record of the previous one – so take this one with extra caution.

Pokemon Sword and Shield releases on November 15 so more information about the game’s lore could be just around the corner.

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Pokemon player reveals why series needs more “unfair” battles

Published: 1/Dec/2020 0:54

by Brent Koepp

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A Pokemon player went viral online after sharing their case for why the series needs to have more “unfair” battles that make opponents gain advantages mid-fight.

Since the release of the video game series in 1996, the battle format has stayed pretty much the same: pick a Pokemon, choose a move, and hash it out until someone faints. The core gameplay hasn’t changed significantly at all.

While most players are used to the system, some understandably would like to see it have a bit of a refresh given it’s stayed the same for so long – including Reddit user ‘Vantagor.’

Screenshot from Pokemon Red & Blue from 1998.
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Pokemon fights haven’t changed much since Red & Blue.

Should Pokemon battles be more “unfair”?

Vantagor started their argument by explaining why the series’ various antagonist teams don’t feel as threatening as they should, despite them being a huge part of almost every single game. 

“For some reason, all of the evil teams decide to battle with some bizarre degree of honour… [They] are supposed to be evil organisations bent on taking over the world, but their tactics are laughable at best,” they said, before asking why they don’t give themselves advantages in fights. “They could cheat, but they don’t. Why shouldn’t they cheat? They’re criminals!”

They described times where characters have played dishonestly, like many would expect someone from a criminal organization to do. “The main one that comes to mind is Ultra Lusamine from Sun & Moon, where each of her Pokémon starts with a random stat boosting aura,” they said, while also referencing Jessie and James in Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee when  they fight the player two versus one. “These battles were great and memorable because they were different: they put you at a disadvantage right from the start.”

Pokémon needs more "unfair" battles. from pokemon

Vantagor then explained how NPCs using unjust actions in fights would shake things up. “Imagine fighting an evil team where they could cheat mid-battle and raise some of their Pokémon’s stats (or lower yours),” they said. “Or if they used rare but stolen Pokémon that wouldn’t always obey them.”

Other users in the community agreed with the post, with one stating, “Also Klara and Avery cheat in the Isle of Armor by starting with Toxic Spikes and Psychic Terrain respectively. I really liked that.”

“Don’t forget the fairy gym leader lowering your stats for calling her old midbattle! I thought that was a nice touch when I watched others play the game,” another replied. “It was a very fun mechanic. We need more stuff like that,” someone else wrote.

Screenshot of Pokemon fans on Reddit discussing viral battle idea.
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The community really likes the idea.

Although fights have stayed pretty consistent for the last 25 years, it hasn’t stopped players from enjoying the Pokemon games. So much so that it has exploded to become the highest-selling media franchise of all time.

It’s hard to guess what’s next for the beloved series, but with the 25th anniversary right around the corner, fans are on the edges of their seats to find out.