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Pokemon Sword and Shield leakers hit by lawsuit from developers

Published: 26/Nov/2019 10:23

by Paul Cot


Remember the Pokemon Sword and Shield leaks from the, at the time, unreleased strategy guide? Well, the Pokemon Company were less than happy about them and have taken legal action against the leakers in a new lawsuit.

The lawsuit targets three unknown US residents who were allegedly the first to share images from the Pokemon Sword and Shield strategy guide. These images spread like wildfire through various websites and social media platforms after they first surfaced.

Included in the leaks were the evolutions of the Gen 8 starter Pokemon — Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble — and several Gigantamax species. The lawsuit contains 38 exhibits used as evidence, of which 19 are the leaked images.

Pokemon CompanyThe strategy guide leak appears to be the first to reveal the Galar starter evolutions…

People working on the development of Pokemon Sword and Shield, and those with access to unrevealed information surrounding the game, are required to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). These are legally binding contracts preventing those who sign them from sharing details with a third party.

The Pokemon Company (TPCi) seems particularly upset about the release of what they consider secret information. The lawsuit even alludes to their intention of not sharing these details before the game’s release on November 15.

“There is value in this secrecy. The videogame industry is highly competitive with thousands of new games released annually. To maximize consumer interest and excitement in new Pokémon games, TPCi and its partners carefully time announcements about new Pokémon, features and functionality,” part four of the introduction within the lawsuit states.

It goes on to say: “TPCi seeks to hold Defendants responsible for their misappropriation of TPCi’s confidential and trade secret information, and requests all appropriate relief including but not limited to injunctive and monetary relief, damages, an accounting, and attorneys’ fees.”

Prior to these being leaked on November 1, there had been months of leaks relating to Pokemon Sword and Shield, although none of them could prove to be 100% credible. Given a lot of these were random anonymous forum posts, it seems Nintendo and the Pokemon Company weren’t too concerned with them.

There were also substantial datamines in the days leading up to the release but it isn’t clear how the dataminers got their hands on a copy of the game.

We’ll have to wait and see how the case, first reported by Forbes, plays out and will continue to keep you updated with any further developments.


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.