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New Pokemon Sword and Shield region information teased – Kalos inbound?

Published: 28/May/2019 10:05 Updated: 28/May/2019 10:58

by Paul Cot

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More Pokemon Sword and Shield news is imminent with a press conference and Pokemon Direct both being held within the next couple of weeks.

Finally more Pokemon news

Whether the initial press conference will hold host to any more Pokemon Sword and Shield information remains to be seen, but The Pokemon Company tell us they have “some exciting updates to share”. The presser will take place May 28, 6pm PDT (9pm EDT and May 29, 2am BST).

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While the contents of the press event aren’t clear, we do know that the Pokemon Direct will definitely reveal more Pokemon Sword and Shield news. The Pokemon Direct announcement comes with Pokemon Sword and Shield logos and even a hashtag directly referring to the game.

PokemonTrainers are intrigued as to what the May 28 Pokemon press conference will reveal…

Galar region information

Consequently, it will be interesting to see if both provide more information or whether it will just be the Pokemon Direct. Regarding the Pokemon Direct, they say: “We’ve been hard at work researching this new region,” meaning we are probably getting more information about the Galar region or potentially something more. 

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That ‘more’ could be in the form of the much rumored additional region. It has been no secret that the Kalos region from Pokemon X and Y could be involved in the Pokemon 2019 game.

The Kalos (left) and Galar (right) caves do look very similar…

Kalos caves

There are several theories as to why Kalos will be part of the game. The first two are fairly obvious – geographically it makes sense. It’s pretty clear Galar is based on Great Britain and Kalos is based on France, therefore travel between the two isn’t far-fetched.

Furthermore, a cave with a train track was seen in the initial Pokemon Sword and Shield trailer. Long time Pokemon fans will have recognised the similarity with that and the cave from Pokemon X and Y.

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War between the regions

Pokemon X and Y’s story is based on a war with an unknown region. It isn’t a reach to think that this war could have been against Great Britain, as this once again makes sense geographically and aligns with history.

Unavailable train station

We’re getting a little bit deeper now which perhaps only Pokemon enthusiasts will be aware of. There is a train station in Couriway Town (Kalos) which during the game is unavailable to use.

PokemonThe Pokemon X and Y story never truly finished…

Pokemon X and Y unfinished

Reddit user Qaboi, notes the following: “Pokemon X and Y was slightly unfinished. They are the only main games in the series to never get a remake/sequel. There are few areas in the game that are inaccessible and there are some items that haven’t seen any use.

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The caves, the train station and geography either mean something or there are a lot of coincidences. It looks a good bet that the story behind Pokemon Sword and Shield has been planned years in advance.

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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.