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Proof that Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Galar region is based on Great Britain

Published: 15/May/2019 14:50 Updated: 16/May/2019 0:47

by Paul Cot


It is widely accepted that Great Britain is the setting for the Nintendo Switch’s next Pokemon game: Pokemon Sword and Shield.

The reveal of the Galar region was one of the few bits of information included in the initial Pokemon Sword and Shield reveal.

Along with glimpses of the region via snippets of supposed gameplay in the first teaser trailer, a birds-eye view of the map was also showcased.

The image of the map as a whole has the shape of Great Britain. This, coupled with various landmarks throughout the map, only adds credence to the more than strong theory that the Galar region is indeed Great Britain.

Pokemon CompanyMap of the Galar region…

Galar region = Great Britain?

While the evidence is there in abundance, it still hasn’t been confirmed what the Galar region is based off of. There is the possibility that the Pokemon Company will leave it to our imaginations too.

However, the Kalos region was indirectly confirmed to be based on France. Previous regions such as Kanto and Johto were also confirmed to be based on cities in Japan.

We may not need confirmation though, as the below evidence makes it as obvious as it can be without needing an announcement.

Landmarks from England

One scene in the Pokemon Sword and Shield trailer shows a Pokemon-like figure on one of the hills. The hills are already reminiscent of the British landscape but animal outlines are also common place.

This provides further evidence that the region is intended to be Britain.

Elsewhere, in the part of the trailer where the industrialized city is shown, an old rusty bridge is part of the scene. The in-game rendition is very similar to a bridge in Castlefield, Manchester.

Interestingly, the same city as per the Galar region map has the Big Ben clock look-a-like. This suggests that the city is perhaps a hybrid of London and Manchester.

Additionally a similar structure to the London Eye is also visible on the birds-eye view of the map.

With all this evidence, there are just too many features to suggest it is coincidental. You can bet your bottom dollar that Galar is in fact Great Britain.


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

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:47 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 16:52

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
Regirock Regice Registeel Crown Tundra
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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 there, each of them will give you 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 formiddable 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 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 a tunnel over 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 ice bergs!

Keeping 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 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 the 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 The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away chapter.