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Pokemon Sword Shield: Galarian Articuno, Zapdos & Moltres types revealed

Published: 2/Jun/2020 17:19

by Paul Cot


There has been much discussion about the Galarian forms of Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres coming to Pokemon Sword and Shield – but now we know what types they will be.

The Galarian forms of the original legendary trio are coming in the Fall of 2020 when the Crown Tundra DLC is released. The long wait hasn’t dampened trainers anticipation of finally meeting them either.

Their types are as follows:

  • Articuno: Ice and Flying
  • Zapdos: Electric and Fighting
  • Moltres: Fire and Dark

Signature moves

In addition to this, each of their signature moves has also been revealed. All of them are based on their second typing, i.e. not their main type from the Kanto region.

Galarian Articuno
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Galarian Articuno can shoot psychic beams of energy from its eyes…


We’ve seen Galarian Articuno shoot energy from its eyes in previous trailers and that’s exactly what its special move is. Despite it being called Freezing Glare, it is actually a psychic-type move.

“Freezing Glare is a special move in which the Pokemon attacks by firing psychic power from both eyes.” On top of damage dealt, it can also leave the opposing Pokemon frozen.

Galarian Zapdos
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Galarian Zapdos can overwhelm opponents with its speed…


Interestingly Zapdos is the smallest of the three Galarian Kanto birds but that doesn’t stop its signature move being a physical one. It is called Thunderous Kick and is a fighting-type move.

The “Strong Legs Pokemon” uses its speed to overwhelm its opponent before delivering the powerful kick. It will also lower the opponent’s defense stat, making it a double threat.

Galarian Moltres
Galarian Moltres doesn’t look like a Pokemon you want to mess with!


Of the three, Galarian Moltres may well be the most intimidating looks wise. That could be because it is the biggest out of the bunch and its dark-typing gives it an all around appearance of bad intentions.

Its dark-type signature move is called Fiery Wraith, transforming its wrath into a fire-like aura to attack. Sometimes this move will even make the target flinch.

Where did the Galarian Kanto birds come from?

If you thought the original forms of Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres were rare, well it looks their Galarian forms are even rarer. “Once every several decades, this migratory Pokemon appears in the Crown Tundra,” the official Pokemon Sword and Shield website revealed.

According the Galar folklore they were thought to be the same as the ones from Kanto region but this of course has proven not to be true. All three of them actively seek to challenge Pokemon stronger than themselves.


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.