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Pokemon Sword and Shield will soon be third best selling Pokemon title

Published: 16/May/2020 14:01

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Sword and Shield is slowly ascending the ranks of the all time best selling Pokemon games. Officially it is the fourth best selling but in reality it is probably already the third.

According to Nintendo, Pokemon Sword and Shield has sold 17.37 million units on the Switch. This puts it ever so slightly behind the ever popular Pokemon Diamond and Pearl games with 17.67 million units.

The Gen 4 games are so popular there has even been rumors of a Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remake. This is something that the Pokemon Company may have even hinted at themselves.

However, the latest generation of games is coming for its third place mantle. With six weeks having passed since the latest sales figures release, it’s reasonable to assume Sword and Shield have done the extra 300,000 sales to topple Gen 4.

Gen 1 and Gen 2 still at the top

The games placed at number one and two will surprise few. Pokemon Gold and Silver falls in second place with a reported 23.1 million unit sales.

If you include Pokemon Crystal and Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver (remakes from 2009) then this number sky rockets to 42.21 million sales. However, many would argue this wouldn’t be a fair representation.

Pokemon Red Blue Green Covers
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Pokemon Red, Blue, and Green (not official) remain at the top of the Pokemon sales charts.

Of course, the best selling Pokemon games to date remain the ones that kicked the entire franchise off – Pokemon Red, Blue (and Green).

It is fair to include Green in this comparison as this was essentially Pokemon Blue in Japan when it released two years before the west in 1996. Between these three they have sold 31.38 million copies.

If you add the remakes and additional variations of these classics – Pokemon Yellow, FireRed, LeafGreen, and resales on the Nintendo 3DS – then this number gets to an astronomical 59.52 million. No wonder Pokemon is the powerhouse it is today.

Here’s the full list units sold up to 31 March, 2020:

  • Pokemon Red, Blue and Green: 31.38 million
  • Pokemon Gold and Silver: 23.10 million
  • Pokemon Diamond and Pearl: 17.67 million
  • Pokemon Sword and Shield: 17.37 million
  • Pokemon X and Y: 16.45 million

How to catch a Bagon in Pokemon Go

Published: 22/Jan/2021 10:37

by Daniel Megarry


If you’re struggling to catch a Bagon in Pokemon Go, we’ve put together a handy guide to make the process easier for you, including where to look and the best counters to use.

There are plenty of reasons trainers want to get their hands on Bagon right now. While the game celebrates Hoenn with a special event, you’ll need the Dragon-type Pokemon to complete the region’s Collection Challenge.

Bagon first appeared in Gen 3 games Ruby & Sapphire and was quite difficult to track down. The only place you could catch one was by visiting a specific room in Meteor Falls, and you needed the Surf ability to get there.

Its appearances are thankfully a lot more frequent in Pokemon Go, but some trainers are still having difficulty finding one to complete their collection. Here’s the best way to get your hands on one.

Bagon in Pokemon
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Bagon is part of Pokemon Go’s Hoenn Collection Challenge.

Where to find Bagon in Pokemon Go

Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can find Bagon in Pokemon Go right now. The most obvious one is to encounter it in the Wild, although you might be searching for a while before one pops up. Using Incense could help here.

A better method is to tackle one-star Raid Battles, as Bagon is currently appearing in them. You’ll need to keep an eye on nearby Gyms to see if Bagon appears in them. Using a Remote Raid Pass might help, too, as you won’t have to actually visit these locations in person.

The third and final option is to hatch 5km Eggs, as there is currently a chance that Bagon will hatch from them. It’s worth pointing out, though, that this won’t count towards your Catch Challenge, so if that’s what you’re after then don’t use this method.

Screenshot of Pokemon Go Hoenn Challenge art.
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Bagon is appearing in Raid Battles as part of the Hoenn celebration event.

Best counters to defeat Bagon

If you decide to go down the Raid Battle route, you’ll need to come prepared to wear down Bagon before you’ll get the chance to catch it. Fortunately, being a one-star raid, it shouldn’t be too difficult to defeat by yourself.

Still, it’s good to have a plan of action in place to make the process quicker and easier. The best counters for Bagon are Fairy-type, Ice-type, and Dragon-type moves as these will deal more damage due to its type weaknesses.

Some of the best Pokemon to bring into battle against Bagon are other Dragon-types like Dragonite, Garchomp, Zekram, and Reshiram; Ice-types like Mamoswine, Weavile, or Glaceon; or Fairy-types like Gardevoir and Togekiss.

Once you’ve got Bagon, you’ll need 25 Candy to evolve it into Shelgon, and 100 Candy to evolve it into Salamence, a Dragon/Flying-type Pokemon which is a pretty great addition to any trainer’s collection.