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Pokemon Sword and Shield may have finally solved its hacking problem

Published: 8/Jul/2020 21:11

by Paul Cot


Hacking has been a major problem in Pokemon Sword and Shield since it released in November of 2019. However, trainers will be delighted to hear that it looks like the latest update may have all but resolved cheating in the Nintendo Switch game.

Pokemon that weren’t available in the game being released ahead of time was one problem, but a more prominent issue has been hacked Max Raid Battles. These hacks would allow trainers to catch species which aren’t normally found in Raid Battles.

Moreover, they could also increase the chance of finding Shiny Pokemon. This may sound harmless on the surface but if everyone has Shiny Pokemon, then the incentive to try catch them and the feeling of reward when you do finally snag one is diminished.

Since the latest update (1.2.1) was implemented there have yet to be reports of cheating. This is why many believe, and are hopeful, that hacks like these are a thing of the past.

This confidence comes from the overhaul of the Y-Comm system whereby no hacked Raid are appearing. It’s a complicated change, but in simple terms if hacked data is detected then the Raid won’t appear.

However, these hacked Raid Battles can still reportedly be accessed while offline, and there isn’t much Nintendo or Game Freak can do about this either.

Mewtwo Hacked Raid Battle
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Mewtwo was one of the Pokemon found in hacked Raid Battles in Sword and Shield…

1.2.1 patch notes

The 1.2.1 update patch notes don’t discuss cheating specifically but they look they allude to it. The full patch notes are as follows:

  • A bug in regards to the number of digits for password settings has been fixed.
    • In regards to the passwords that can be set for Y-Comm and Max Raid Battles, we fixed the bug where players could be matched with others whose passwords were not coinciding.
  • Other updated content
    • We fixed several other issues to improve gameplay experience.

We’ll have to live with all the hacked Pokemon already in the game but at least now there shouldn’t be any new ones introduced. There’s little doubt the battle between hackers and Nintendo will continue.

With the second Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC, The Crown Tundra, releasing in just a few month’s time, it is more important than ever for Nintendo that they stay on top of the exploits.


Exclusive Pokemon list for Crown Tundra: Sword v Shield

Published: 27/Oct/2020 17:05

by James Busby


Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra Expansion Pass is finally out, bringing with it both new and returning fan-favorite Pokemon. Here’s all the version exclusive Pokemon for both Sword and Shield. 

While the frozen lands of Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra expansion are home to plenty of new Pokemon, there are also a number of iconic ‘mons that have returned. However, there are a few Pokemon that are only available in each version. This can make completing your Pokedex a little tricky, especially if you don’t have a copy of both games. Fortunately, you can catch each version exclusive and simply trade with other trainers. 

The addition of Dynamax Adventures allows trainers to encounter previous generation Pokemon and even catch version exclusive Legendaries. While the Sword and Shield’s base game cut a lot of iconic Pokemon from its roster, this expansion features plenty of familiar faces. If you want to know which Crown Tundra Pokemon are exclusive to both Sword and Shield, then check out our guide below.

Exclusive Crown Tundra Pokemon for Sword

Sword Exclusives
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Pokemon Sword trainers can catch the likes of Xerneas, Tornadusm, and Groudon.

The most notable entries here are Xerneas, Ho-Oh, Groudon, Tornadus, Dialga, Latios, Reshiram, and Solgaleo. All of these rare Pokemon can be found in the Crown Tundra if you have Pokemon Sword. Even Omanyte, the first-gen fossil type Pokemon can be found here. 

  • Bagon
  • Dialga
  • Groudon
  • Ho-Oh
  • Latios
  • Omanyte
  • Omastar
  • Reshiram
  • Shelgon
  • Salamence
  • Solgaleo
  • Tornadus
  • Xerneas

Exclusive Crown Tundra Pokemon for Shield

Shield exclusives
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Pokemon Shield trainers can catch the likes of Yveltal, Thundurus, and Kyogre.

The most notable entries found in Shield are, Kyogre, Lugia, Palkia, Latias, Thundurus, Zekrom, Yveltal, and Lunala. If you happen to have any of these Legendary Pokemon already, then you could trade with a fellow Sword player to grab one of their exclusive ‘mons.

Unlike the Sword version, those with Pokemon Shield will get access to the Gen one fossil Pokemon, Kabuto. 

  • Gible
  • Gabite
  • Garchomp
  • Kabuto
  • Kabutops
  • Kyogre
  • Lunala
  • Lugia
  • Latias
  • Palkia
  • Thundurus
  • Yveltal
  • Zekrom

So, there you have it! That’s all the version exclusive Pokemon that are present in Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra expansion. If you’re looking for more Pokemon news and updates, head over to @PokemonSwordNS for all the latest information.