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Pokemon Sword and Shield: What on earth is an ‘Alcremie’?

Published: 8/Jul/2019 17:34 Updated: 9/Jul/2019 9:16

by David Purcell

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Four new Pokemon from the Galar region have been confirmed in the run-up to Pokemon Sword and Shield’s release date, and while many fans are excited, there’s no doubt that one new addition has raised a few eyebrows – Alcremie. 

The game’s developers, Game Freak, have received some incredibly negative feedback since their performance at the annual E3 trade fair, with suggestions that they had been recycling animations from older Pokemon games. 

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Brand new Pokemon have now been confirmed for Sword and Shield, though, giving us a taster of what’s to come when the games first hit the shelves on November 15. Yet, some fans can’t get over the design of one of the new species already. 

Graphics: Pokemon, Game FreakHere are the four newly confirmed Pokemon from Sword and Shield.

The game has moved on significantly since the 90s, where fans grew to love those original 151 entires, but it’s hard to deny that new arrivals will always be compared to them. It’s a matter of fact. 

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These new additions to the Galar Pokedex are some of the first we’ve seen outside of the starter trio – Sobble, Scorbunny, and Grookey – and three of those announced on July 8 went down a treat. Alcremie, though, seems to be attracting a lot of attention. 

Its official description was the first thing many gamers will have seen from the Pokemon. It states: “Meet Alcremie, the Cream Pokémon! Alcremie can produce whipped cream, which becomes richer the happier Alcremie is feeling. Many pastry chefs strive to have an Alcremie as their partner.” 

Those who claim developers are running out of ideas could very well have a field day with this one. It literally is ball of whipped cream. Detractors may even point to the description and say of course the pastry chefs can have it, because trainers might not be too interested. 

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Now, we would really like to say “jokes aside” at this point, but a lot of people have been fooling around in posts since the news broke. Some love it and some don’t seem to be a fan of its design. 

“Damn Game Freak really likes to make dessert Pokemon. I’m waiting for a dragon pie Pokemon, to prove that desserts kill dragons,” one Redditor posted to the Pokemon Sword and Shield subreddit, following the announcement. 

Another commented: “This is the first design of Gen 8 I actually think is cool. Except it has a hideous red filter on it, so I’ll never get to see it clearly.”

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PokemonAlcremie’s profile has been revealed.

For further details, Pokemon’s Twitter account stated that Gigantamax Alcremie will be hard to defeat, as its cream body will “harden” upon impact. Not many whipped creams sold at stores do that, so there’s clearly some real positives to come out of its design. 

It’s even decorated with diamonds, meaning “most attacks won’t leave a scratch!” So, in short form, it’s best to look at the character as the sequel to Vanillite, Vanillish, and Vanilluxe from the fifth generation of Pokemon. Clearly, there’s a demand for more dairy-based creations. 

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We’re not quite sure why it exists, but it will definitely be interesting to see just how powerful it is in-game.

Be in no doubt, though, these four new Pokemon are definitely encouraging in the grand scheme of things, despite some early criticism of Alcremie. Other additions, Yamper, Rolycoly, and Duraludon have been greeted with overwhelming support from the game’s online community. 

The Galar region has widely been rumored to have connections with the United Kingdom, based around the time of the industrial revolution. It has been suggested that we may see a lot more steel-type Pokemon and potentially electric too, as a result. 

Well, we didn’t have to wait too long for the developers to confirm that to be a reality, and hopefully we will see even more new entries to the Pokedex in the coming weeks, ahead of that November launch. 

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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.