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Pokemon Sword and Shield: Mysterious Missingno like Pokemon teased

Published: 13/Sep/2019 13:31 Updated: 14/Sep/2019 10:48

by Paul Cot

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A brand new Pokemon is being teased on the official Pokemon Sword and Shield website with it showing a cryptic message and pixelated image.

It gives off the effect that the website has been hacked, as when browsing it, the blurred image of the Pokemon moves around the screen randomly. When it finally settles, you can click but beware, a loud noise will play. Make sure your speakers/headphones are turned down.

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Following a loading animation you’ll be taken to the new Pokemon’s page, although details will remain elusive. You can skip this and go straight to the page by clicking this link for the as yet unknown Pokemon. We do know the following about it, though:

  • It is a fighting-type
  • Weighs 257.9 lbs
  • It’s ability is ‘Steadfast’

Pokemon CompanyHow the mysterious Pokemon appears on the website…

Its caption description also misses out key bits of information, reading: “Only [blank] that have survived many battles can attain this [blank]. When this Pokémon’s [blank]ers, it will retire from combat.”

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Even a look into the website’s code didn’t reveal the missing information – we’d expect nothing less from the Pokemon Company, though.

The tease was initially revealed on the Pokemon Twitter account, with a tweet saying: “New Pokémon Discovered! Head this way for the latest on our Galar research, Trainers. #PokemonSwordShield” This will take you to the home page where you can see the tease in all its glory.

However, while the Pokemon Company probably wanted fans to guess for more than a few hours, it looks like they underestimated the ability of some trainers. 

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Spoiler alert: Only read on if you want the Pokemon’s identity to be potentially spoiled.

As one trainer pointed out, if you rotate the pixelated picture of the Pokemon 90 degrees to the right, it starts to become a little clearer. The same trainer then provided their own design as to what the new Pokemon could be and it looks eerily similar to Farfetch’d, the Kanto flying-type Pokemon.

With the introduction of Galarian forms, this fighting-type could well be a Galar form of Farfetch’d. In fact a previous leak had stated a regional specific Pokemon of the Kanto bird would be in the game and called Sir Farfetch’d. 

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Whether it is Farfetch’d at all or whether it is and Game Freak opted against using the name remains to be seen.

Perhaps its identity will be confirmed shortly and there will be similar teases in the lead up to the November 15 release of Pokemon Sword and Shield.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

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So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.