Pokemon Sword Shield Expansion Pass best prices for US & UK

Published: 14/Jun/2020 19:10 Updated: 14/Jun/2020 20:53

by Paul Cot


Trainers will be purchasing the Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass in their droves during the next few days but where can you get it cheapest?

After months of wait, the first of the two announced DLCs – The Isle of Armor – will be available on Wednesday, June 17. Trainers who want to take on the new adventure will need to purchase the Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass.

This will not only grant you access to The Isle of Armor but the second DLC – The Crown Tundra – when it is released in the Fall. So, it’s worth remembering purchasing the Expansion Pass isn’t for just one new ‘add-on’.

How much is the Expansion Pass?

The Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass can be bought right now from the official Nintendo store for $29.99. It works a little more expensive in the UK at £26.99.

Nintendo is currently offering UK players a promotion for anyone who does buy it directly from their store. A mug with the three Galar region starter Pokemon or a soft toy of each of Grookey, Scorbunny or Sobble will be 50% off when purchased together. The mug costs £9.99, while the soft toys are £14.99 each.

However, it can be found much cheaper elsewhere but only in the UK. The cheapest is from online retailer ShopTo at £19.85.

Meanwhile, it can also be found, albeit a little more expensive, for £21.49 from CDKeys. Americans could also buy these codes but would need a European Nintendo Switch account for them to work.

Pokemon Sword Shield Expansion Pass ShopTo
ShopTo are offering the Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass for just £19.85!

It is shaping up to a big week in the world of Pokemon with players being essentially given a new game. Of course, there has been criticism from some quarters given it looks like it’s increasingly likely the Expansion Pass will come instead of a brand new game.

Mostly though, trainers seem happy with what many see as the equivalent of a new game at a much cheaper price.


Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp


A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.