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Pokemon Sword & Shield community divided over ranked online battle bans

Published: 20/Aug/2020 20:47 Updated: 21/Aug/2020 2:33

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon community was stunned after Game Freak banned 16 of the game’s most used monsters in Sword & Shield VGC battles. The developer’s decision brings a major shakeup to the meta.

The Pokemon franchise was ushered into its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield in 2019. The popular RPG takes place in the Galar region, and included new features like Dynamaxing and online Raids.

However on August 20, Game Freak revealed a massive shift to the title’s meta when they banned 16 characters in VGC battles. Players had mixed reactions to the decision to go after the “most used” monsters.

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Pokemon Sword & Shield’s ranked battles gets major change.

Pokemon Sword & Shield’s meta gets major reset

On August 20, Game Freak announced the new rules for the upcoming Series 6 of Sword & Shield’s VGC battles. However players were floored when it was revealed that they were banning the top 10 most used monsters in both Singles and Duos.

While banned lists are normal for every series, this marks the first time the developer has taken the “most used” stats and made it the game’s full ban list. The decision has resulted many teams becoming completely unusable – which understandably has some upset.

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The wildly popular Gen VIII Fire-type has been banned from VGC battles.

The 16 monsters banned in VGC battles:

  • Venusaur
  • Gyarados
  • Porygon2
  • Tyranitar
  • Torkoal
  • Hippowdon
  • Magnezone
  • Togekiss
  • Excadrill
  • Whimsicott
  • Incineroar
  • Mimikyu
  • Rillaboom
  • Cinderace
  • Indeedee
  • Dragapult

According to reports, Game Freak took the top 10 most used monsters of both Singles and Duos and combined them to get their list. However, many in the community were left divided over the major changes.

Some players were upset they spent a lot of time building up their team, such as ‘BoxSloth’ on Twitter who exclaimed, “I SPENT 2 WEEKS HATCHING 2,000 EGGS FOR A SHINY PORYGON2.” Other fans like ‘Dani_D_Luffy’ hit out the game’s mechanics as being the real problem: “How much time will pass until they figure out the main problem of the metagame is the stupid Dinamax mechanic?”

While a lot of Sword & Shield Trainers took to social media to express their anger, there were also fans that praised the dev’s shakeup of the meta. Cappuginos tweeted, “Legit excited to see where this takes us,” while user “PerfectPhoenix1′ exclaimed, “Finally. Bad players can’t rely on the broken Pokemon to carry their teams.”

Series 6 will run from September 1 to September 31, and according to outlet Serebii, the ruleset will actually be used again in October. That means players upset with the changes will have to wait two months.

Regardless of the reception, Game Freak’s latest ban list is an attempt to keep Trainers on their toes. The RPG has hundreds of monsters, giving many of them a chance to finally shine.


Where to find new Regi-Pokemon, Regieleki Regidrago, in the Crown Tundra

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:47 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 16:57

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC has brought an array of new and returning Legendary Pokemon with some brand new Regi-Pokemon among them. Here’s where you can find Regieleki and Regidrago.

The original Regis were introduced all the way back in the Hoenn region. Since then, there hasn’t been any new ones released, so the addition of Regieleki and Regidrago will certainly be welcomed.

They are only available in the Crown Tundra portion of Pokemon Sword and Shield. Fortunately you can get them almost immediately, which is in contrast to the story driven process of catching Calyrex.

The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away

Before we can get these exciting new Regi ‘mons though, we’ll need to catch the originals. They can be found in temples throughout the Crown Tundra, and unlike in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, they are easy to encounter.

Here’s Regirock, Regice and Registeel’s temple locations:

  • Regirock: Northeast of Dyna Tree Hill
  • Regice: Snowslide Slope
  • Registeel: West of Giant’s Bed
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Regirock, Regice and Registeel are actually pretty easy to get hold of in the Crown Tundra…

Catch Regirock, Regice and Registeel first

When you reach any of the above locations, you will be given a small puzzle to solve. Don’t worry, as we said before you don’t need to be a Pokemon master to solve these.

When opening Regirock’s temple in Dyna Tree Hill you’ll be greeted with the message: “Let the first Pokemon hold a never-changing stone.” Sounds complicated, right? Wrong.

Simply give the first Pokemon in your party an Everstone and you’ll be granted access to the temple.

Meanwhile, Regice’s temple asks you to “Walk together with a living crystal of snow.” So, to open the temple, you’ll need to make a Cryogonal your Buddy Pokemon.

By sheer coincidence (not so much), there’ll be one outside in the closest patch of grass. Buddy up with one and you’ll be encountering Regice in no time.

Lastly, there is the formidable Registeel. This is even easier than the first two as the message, “Let ring the piercing note that will wake the giant of steel,” requires nothing more than a whistle.

That seems an overly simplistic way to awaken one of the strongest Legendary Pokemon, but we’re not complaining. Each temple has a pattern of Regi dots on the floor. To begin the encounter of each Regi, light up all of these by walking across them – it really is that simple!

Regieleki OR Regidrago

Unsurprisingly finding Regieleki and Regidrago isn’t as easy. Firstly head over to the Giant’s Foot within the Crown Tundra.

Eventually, you’ll come to a tunnel overlooking a lake, these are the Roaring-Sea Caves. Jump on your aquatic bike and make your way down there.

This will take you to an area called the Frigid Sea. You’ll need to jump back in the water very quickly, making your way to the land opening to your right. Try to avoid the Avaluggs which are disguised as icebergs!

Keep making your way round to find the temple where Regieleki and Regidrago reside. Unfortunately, you cannot get both of these Pokemon, at least within the same save file. So, you’ll need to make a tough choice between the electric or dragon-type Regi.

Regieleki Regidrago Pattern
Use the pattern on the left to encounter Regieleki, and the one on the right for Regidrago…

The temple – Split-Decision Ruins

As you approach the temple, there is a Pokeball on either side. The one on the left contains the TM Thunder and the one on the right Outrage – their sides indicate which of Regieleki and Regidrago you’ll encounter.

To enter you’ll need to have all three of the original Regis in your party. This of course shouldn’t be a problem, given we have just caught all of them. At this point, we’d recommend saving just in case you change your mind on anything.

Upon entering the Split-Decision Ruins you’ll notice you’re shown two patterns. Remember these, as the left one will result in encountering Regieleki and the right Regidrago.

Using the circles on the ground, walk across them to make one of these two patterns. Walk over to the statue and you’ll be able to encounter the Regi-Pokemon you chose via the pattern.

Both of these will be at Level 70, just like other Legendary ‘mons. It’s a shame you can’t get both of them, which makes your decision all the more important.

One other very exciting thing about these Regis, and the originals, is they can all be found in Shiny form, unlike a lot of other Legendaries that are Shiny locked. It may take you a lot of soft resets, but if you’re patient enough, you could have four Regi-shinies by the time you complete The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away chapter.