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New gym leaders and details about Leon revealed in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Published: 8/Jul/2019 18:21 Updated: 8/Jul/2019 20:11

by Paul Cot

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“Pokemon battles are big entertainment in the Galar region,” suggesting Game Freak are putting greater emphasis on battling and the final tournament itself in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Much like previous Pokemon games, defeating gym leaders allows you to participate in the final tournament. Firstly though, there is the Gym Challenge – this is the process of defeating all eight gym leaders.

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New gym leaders

Of course, the eight gym leaders are a staple of the Pokemon video game series, where defeating each of them is a key part of the story. Until today (July 8) we only knew of two of these gym leaders.

Pokemon Sword and Shield gym leaders – Milo, Nessa, Bea and Allister…

These were Milo and Nessa. Milo specializes in endurance matches using grass-types, while Nessa’s speciality is water-types. Now, two more have been revealed – Bea and Allister.

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Bea is an expert in karate, so it’s no surprise she specializes in fighting-type Pokemon. Her stoicism is her best trait meaning she’ll continue to the right things in battle even when it may be going wrong for her.

Allister is already gaining quite a rep, having been featured in Twitter’s trending section shortly after his reveal. Described as shy and fearful, Allister spends his time around ruins and cemeteries. Yes, you guessed it, he is a ghost-type gym leader.

Version exclusive gym leaders

One major difference between Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield has also been revealed. Pokemon Sword is exclusive to Bea and Pokemon Shield, Allister – meaning you won’t be able to battle both without playing both games.

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Leon – the undefeated champion

However, to start taking on gym leaders you need an endorsement and this comes from no other than the undefeated champion of the Galar region himself – Leon. This is interesting considering you will end up competing against him. This looks to be Game Freak’s attempt at making the story come full circle.

The next stage is the Champions Cup, a tournament held once a year which hosts the very best Pokemon trainers. One way to qualify for this is through the Gym Challenge but it is noteworthy that it is described as one way to qualify – suggesting there could be other routes.

Without explicitly stating as such, a battle with Leon is almost certainly the curtain call for the Pokemon Sword and Shield adventure, at least in terms of the main story. It goes without saying a battle with Leon will be incredibly difficult.

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PokemonCharizard appears to be Leon’s main Pokemon…

He is hyped as perhaps one of the greatest trainers to ever exist, even across all Pokemon games. “Leon won the Championship in his first-ever Gym Challenge—without being defeated in battle a single time,” the official Pokemon Sword and Shield website states.

Even to this day his winning streak continues to get longer and longer, showing just how incredible of a trainer he is. “He’s aided in his countless victories by his partner Charizard, and he’s known to go all out during battles, no matter who he’s facing.” He is revered by the people of Galar for his battling style which means he will likely be the fan-favorite when you eventually battle him.

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Story twist?

The final battle will be teased during the game as the website suggests you’ll be able to catch glimpses of his battles during broadcasts of his matches.

Who knows though, maybe your rival Hop will defeat Leon before you and that will be the final battle – only time will tell.

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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.

Snivy

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.