Pokemon Sword & Shield glitch lets male Salandits evolve into Salazzle

Published: 10/Dec/2019 13:48 Updated: 10/Dec/2019 20:41

by David Purcell


Evolving Pokemon in Sword & Shield can be a bit tricky for a number of different species, no more so than Salandit, but a glitch has surfaced that makes it so much easier to do. 

This Poison/Fire-type Pokemon was added to the Pokedex for the first time in the seventh generation and while many might have expected its evolution process to work just like many others – achieving it through leveling up or applying an evolution stone – that wasn’t to be the case.

If you have taken on the arduous task of trying to catch one of these in the wild, as they’re quite rare to encounter in Sword and Shield, you will notice that 88% of those you find will be male. However, it’s only females that can evolve.

Pokemon / NintendoEggs play a big part in this Pokemon Sword & Shield glitch.

Unlike Pokemon Sun & Moon, the games where Salandit was first introduced, there’s actually a glitch that allows you to evolve male versions of the species in Game Freak’s newest title. So, let’s take a look at what it involves.

The trick works due to an experience points glitch, allowing the player to apply an EXP Candy to an egg, rather than one of the active Pokemon in their team – meaning it will evolve inside the egg.

According to user Jenky91, who discovered the glitch while playing on their Nintendo Switch at work before posting it to Reddit, the gender of the Pokemon won’t affect the results of the bug. Using Salandit as an example, as its one of the trickiest to find in its female form, they manage to evolve a male one into a Salazzle.

Watch this video for all those unhappy people that got a male shiny salandit, I figured out a gender bend glitch lol. Sorry about poor quality I’m at work and had a theory I needed to try out. from PokemonSwordAndShield


How to do the evolution glitch

  • Fill the first slot of your party with a fully evolved Pokemon
  • Fill the third slot of your party with the egg you would like to hatch
  • Fill the second slot of your party with a Pokemon that’s the same type as the Pokemon inside the egg
  • Apply an EXP Candy on the second Pokemon in your party, which will (due to the bug) actually affect the egg instead

Of course, this isn’t supposed to happen and should it be brought to the attention of game developers Game Freak, there’s no doubt that a patch will have to be considered in order to stop this evolution loophole.

That hasn’t stopped trainers from giving it a try, though, with a number of Reddit comments confirming that it’s also worked for others who have tried it.

It will be particularly useful for those shiny hunters out there who have grinded their way through the process of finding a specific shiny Pokemon, realized it’s the gender that can’t evolve, and shouldn’t really be able to evolve it in the future. This glitch, however, gives them hope.


How to beat Kyogre in Pokemon Go: strategy & best counters

Published: 20/Jan/2021 0:59

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Go is kicking off the new year by celebrating the Hoenn region in January. This month players will revisit Ruby & Sapphire to take on Kyogre. Here is how to beat the Gen III Legendary in no time.

Niantic is dedicating the start of 2021 to all previous Generations, leading up to Pokemon’s 25th anniversary. In January, Go players will be able to face off against Ruby & Sapphire’s Legendary Kyogre.

The Legendary whale offers up a serious challenge, but can be taken down fairly easily with the right counters. We will go over the best way to take down the mighty beast.

Pokemon Kyogre, and Groudon in Go Hoenn Celebration.
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Gen III Legendaries will be featured in Raids during the Hoenn celebration.

How to defeat Kyogre in Pokemon Go

First introduced in Gen III’s Ruby & Sapphire, Kyogre has been a fan-favorite of Water-type Trainers for over the last decade. The primordial whale is both epic in size, and powerful in its attacks.

While intimidating for sure, the weather trio beast also has some major weaknesses that players can exploit rather easily with the right team of Pokemon.

Players will want to heavily focus on both Electric and Grass types to bring the ‘mon down. Below we will go over the best team and counters to achieve victory.

Screenshot of Legendary Zekrom in Pokemon anime.
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The Gen V Legendary is one of the best counters to Kyogre.

Best counters for Kyogre in Pokemon Go

  • Zekrom: The Black & White Legendary is a perfect counter to the Kyogre as its strong Electric moves will melt away the beast’s health. We recommend using Charge Beam and Wild Charge attacks.
  • Tangrowth: The Gen IV evolution is a perfect choice to leverage the Hoenn ‘mon’s Grass weakness. Vine Whip and Power Whip will quickly chip away the monster’s health.
  • Electivire: A favorite from Diamond & Pearl, the Electabuzz evolution packs a mean punch with Thundershock and Wild Charge attack combo.
  • Zapdos: A part of the Gen I bird trio, Zapdos is another great choice to take down Kyogre. Both Thundershock and Thunderbolt.

While there are a wide variety of Grass and Electric monsters we can use, not everyone has a powerful elite team of ‘mon, especially newcomers to the game. Below we will go over some lower-entry picks that can still pack a punch.

Screenshot of Gen 3 starter evolution Sceptile in Pokemon anime.
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Sceptile and other budget Grass and Electric Pokemon can also bring the whale down.
  • Roserade: Introduced in Diamond & Pearl, the Grass type is a solid budget level counter for the whale. We recommend using Razor Leaf and Solar Beam.
  • Jolteon: One of the most popular Eeveelutions of all time, the Electric type is easy to obtain in Go and powerful. Both Thundershock Thunderbolt will hit the Water Legendary hard.
  • Sceptile: The Gen III starter evolution has strong Grass moves that take advantage of Kyogre’s second stat weakness. Both Bullet Seed and Leaf Blade make for a deadly combination.
  • Luxray: The adorable Electric Lion is another entry level encounter that help you bring down the beast. Use Spark and Wild Charge.

For veteran players, Shadow versions of Raikou and Electivire are technically the absolute best and quickest way to defeat Kyogre. However, these rare ‘mon had to have been acquired in the past.

Ultimately, teaming up with a group of players who have Electric and Grass type Pokemon will bring down the weather trio Legendary. Use moves suggested above and feel free to mix and match with other characters.