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Pokemon Sword and Shield: Confirmed and unconfirmed features

Published: 10/Sep/2019 13:56 Updated: 10/Sep/2019 15:22

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Sword and Shield has had one of the more controversial build ups to a Pokemon game – but is it actually giving us the game we want?

The National Pokedex fiasco, where it was confirmed that some existing Pokemon won’t be included in the new title, had infuriated some corners of the community. A few months have passed since this was revealed in June, and while fans are certainly not happy with it, there has been a growing acceptance.

It has also taken away from the encouraging details that have been shared about Pokemon Sword and Shield. With that, let’s look at what the Gen 8 Pokemon game is adding, what it isn’t and what we’re not sure about yet.

The exclusion of the National Pokedex has dominated headlines…

What it doesn’t have

  • National Pokedex
  • Mega evolutions
  • Ability to follow Pokemon

If that’s the extent of what we don’t have, then Pokemon Sword and Shield is looking good. We have already covered the National Pokedex and yes, it is confirmed that the game won’t have all Pokemon from previous generations.

A lot of trainers had wanted mega evolutions again and while they won’t be in Galar, the argument can be made that the Dynamax and Gigantamax phenomenons are a good substitute. They also bring something unique to the game.

Elsewhere, trainers like the image of having all their Pokemon follow them around, but this has yet to happen in a Pokemon game. It appears Sword and Shield will be no different. Regardless, this is a relatively small absence.

What it does have

  • A contentious rival
  • Big open areas
  • Pokemon walking around
  • An interesting story
  • Competitive battles
  • Character customization


A few rivals have already been confirmed and you can even add another if you include the Pokemon Champion, Leon. The Hop rivalry looks more friendly – so very different to Red and Gary. However, it looks like there could be a lot of friction with Bede, Marnie and/or Sonia.

Wild areas

It might not be open world but the newly introduced wild areas will allow you to explore vast expanses of land with minimal constrictions. Wild areas will play home to lots of wild Pokemon and even give you the chance to catch Dynamax versions.

The wild area also ticks another box as there will be Pokemon walking around in the overworld. Trailers have shown Pokemon walking around towns, also.

Story is shaping up to be great

We won’t know the story for Pokemon Sword and Shield until we complete it but it’s already looking riveting. Several characters with interesting backgrounds have already been confirmed and there will no doubt be some twists along the way.

Character customization

The latest Pokemon Sword and Shield trailer confirmed that character customization will be in the game. You can change everything from physical appearance, specific haircuts and an array of clothing.

These can be found in boutique stores across Galar but it isn’t clear whether you will pay for them by completing in-game tasks or whether real money is involved.

NintendoA screenshot of customization in Pokemon Sword and Shield…

What’s yet to be revealed?

Fixed storyline?

Pokemon games since their introduction in 1996, have followed a linear storyline. This generally means you need to finish parts of the story in somewhat of a fixed order.

Pokemon fans have been clamoring for a more open game in terms of the story, and it remains to be seen whether Sword and Shield will deliver that. It does look like there will be some linearity to it, though.

Difficulty settings

Levels of Pokemon trainer differ wildly. Some will be young and new to Pokemon and will therefore need an easier, simplified version of the game to play.

On the other hand, Pokemon also appeals to an older generation who may have been playing the game for decades. Smashing your way through to become champion with just about any Pokemon isn’t fulfilling if you’ve been playing the games this long.

It has been suggested a great ball, ultra ball and master ball difficulty setting would solve this – and would be in-keeping with the Pokemon theme.

Post game

This is possibly the most eagerly anticipated reveal from Pokemon Sword and Shield – and as yet Nintendo and Game Freak have been very tight lipped about it.

Rumors of an entirely different region (Kalos) appear to hold a lot of weight but until its revealed fans will be left wondering.

Kalos appears to tie in with the Galar region…

There is still negativity surrounding Pokemon Sword and Shield due to the removal of the National Pokedex. However, when you look at what the game includes, in comparison to what it doesn’t, there is plenty to be excited about ahead of its release on November 15.


How to get Poipole, Cosmog, Naganadel & Cosmoem in Pokemon Crown Tundra

Published: 31/Oct/2020 0:00 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 1:19

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Sword & Shield’s latest DLC, The Crown Tundra, has some hidden Legendary ‘mons that you will want to get your hands on. Here is how to obtain Sun & Moon legendaries Poipole, Cosmog, Naganadel, and Cosmoem.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the debut of Sword & Shield in 2019. Its second major DLC, The Crown Tundra, dropped on October 22, and brought a host of Legendary monsters to the Galar region.

Trainers looking to complete everything the update has to offer will want to obtain the Sun & Moon Legendaries Poipole, Cosmog, Naganadel, Cosmoem. Here is how you can obtain these hidden rare characters.

Poipole, Cosmog and Cosmoem
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Sword & Shield players can get these epic Sun & Moon Legendaries as a bonus.

How to get hidden Sun & Moon Pokemon in Crown Tundra

In 2017, Game Freak introduced the Ultra editions of Sun & Moon on the 3DS. The expanded titles included new Legendaries and a whole host of additional creatures for Trainers to catch.

Two of those ‘mons were Poipole & its evolution Naganadel. Gen 7 players will be familiar with the adorable Cosmog, who accompanies popular character Lillie throughout the story.

Thankfully Sword & Shield also lets you catch these epic creatures – despite them not actually being a part of the new Pokedex. Here are the steps to obtaining them.


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Cosmog is a Psychic-type Legendary.
  • Step 1: Complete Crown Tundra Legendary hint one. Or more specifically, progress the game until you fight either Glastrier or Spectrier in the town of Freezington.
  • Step 2: After beating either horse Legendary, look for the house with a lady sitting on a crate in front of it. Enter it, you will find an old woman with a pet Cosmog she calls Fwoofy.
  • Step 3: After talking to her, the woman will give you Cosmog for saving the town after beating Glastrier or Spectrier.
  • Step 4: Unfortunately, it is shiny locked. Though, you can evolve it (check out our guide further down).


poipole pokemon crown tundra
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Poipole is a Poison-type.
  • Step 1: Trainers must beat the Crown Tundra’s main story first – that means completing Legendary hints 1 through 3. After a cutscene, Peony will drop clue four on the floor. Go to the Max Lair and talk to him about it.
  • Step 2: You now need to complete clue four. To do this, you need to catch Necrozma in Dynamax Adventures.
  • Step 3: After catching the Sun & Moon Legendary, talk to Peony who will officially check off Legend 4. Poipole, however, will only spawn if you’ve also caught five Ultra Beasts as well. For example: Nihilego, Buzzwole, Pheromosa, Xurkitree, and Guzzlord.
  • Step 4: After beating them and completing Legendary Hint 4 by talking to Peony, Poipole will literally spawn next to the scientist in front of the Dynamax Adventure entrance. The purple monster is given to you, and hovers in front of the green electronic board.


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Naganadel evolves from Poipole.
  • Step 1: Now that you have Poipole, fast travel to any Pokemon Center and go to the man at the counter to the left of the entrance. Talk to him to re-learn an old move.
  • Step 2: Have Poipole learn Dragon Pulse (it’s the first move at the top of the list).
  • Step 3: Your monster should already be a high level by default, so now just use a single Rare Candy to trigger its evolution.
  • Step 4: And that’s it, your Poipole will now have evolved into Naganadel.


cosmoem pokemon sword shield
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Cosmoem evolves into either Solgaleo or Lunala depending on what version of the game you have.
  • Step 1: As an extra bonus, you can also evolve Cosmog into Cosmoem at level 43. Unfortunately the ‘mon only level five, so use Experience Candy XL to boost it.
  • Step 2: In Pokemon Sword, you can then evolve Cosmoem into Solgaleo at level 53, and Lunala for Shield owners.

While getting these Pokemon will not help you complete this Dex, many dedicated Trainers will no doubt want to add them to their Gen 8 collection. Not to mention, there are plenty of Sun & Moon fans in the community.

It’s not entirely clear whether Crown Tundra will be Sword & Shield’s final DLC. However, the October 22 update is the last content pack for the RPG’s Expansion Pass. Only time will tell if this is the finale for the Galar region.