Pokemon Sword and Shield ‘Isle of Armor’ expansion pass – full details

Published: 9/Jan/2020 18:09 Updated: 9/Jan/2020 18:11

by Paul Cot


An expansion DLC has been announced for Pokemon Sword and Shield – The Isle of Armor. Here’s everything you need to know about the first of the two expansion DLCs.

The hugely anticipated Pokemon Direct revealed the new expansion pass, something that will grant you access to both Pokemon Sword and Shield add ons – The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra.

Trainers will have their eye on the first one though, The Isle of Armor, as that will release first in June of this year. Pokemon Directs have been known to disappoint in the past but it’s safe to say fans are loving the massive content drop this time around.

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The Dojo from the Isle of Armor…

What new content is there?

The Isle of Armor will bring about a new adventure in Pokemon Sword and Shield, taking you to a never before seen area of the Galar region. Interestingly the trailer suggests its located off the east coast of the Galar mainland.

It looks like there will be plenty to do, too. “Players will find wave-swept beaches, forests, bogs, caves, and sand dunes,” The Pokemon Company’s press release reads.

Gigantamax Galar starters

Gigantamax forms each of the Galar region’s starter Pokemon have been revealed. That means Rillaboom, Cinderace and Inteleon will have more powerful forms to look forward to using.

Pokemon CompanyYou didn’t think we wouldn’t get Gigantamax forms of the Galar starters, did you?

Their details are as follows:

Gigantamax Rillaboom Cinderace Inteleon
Category Drummer Pokemon Striker Pokemon Secret Agent Pokemon
Type Grass Fire Water
Height 91’10″+ 88’7″+ 131’3″+
Ability Overgrow Blaze Torrent

Bulbasaur and Squirtle included after all

Avid Pokemon trainers will have known the two missing Kanto starters inclusion – Bulbasaur and Squirtle – was more a matter of when than if. An earlier leak revealed 35 more Pokemon that weren’t include in the initial release.

Among those was, of course, Bulbasaur, Squirtle and their respective evolutions. The Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass trailer strongly hints that these iconic ‘mons will be added and will even have Gigantamax forms for good measure.

Pokemon CompanyVenusaur, Blastoise and their Gigantamax forms all but confirmed?

Kubfu and Urshifu

Two completely new species have been confirmed for the first Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC, too. These aren’t just any old Pokemon but brand new legends.

Kubfu is a dual fighting and dark-type and will evolve into Urshifu once it has had sufficient training. Urshifu has two forms, or “styles”, Single Strike Style and Rapid Strike Style. It’s the classic fighting philosophy of volume versus precision.

Both of these forms have their own separate Gigantamax Pokemon as well. It looks like their Gigantamax forms will play an important role in the lore of The Isle of Armor…

Expansion price and other details

There are naturally a lot of questions about how these new expansions are going to work. Firstly, you will need Pokemon Sword and Shield in order to access them.

They are not free and it will cost $29.99 (£26.99) for the expansion pass. The pass entitles you to both parts of the expansion – The Isle of Armor (Part 1) and The Crown Tundra (Part 2). They cannot be purchased separately. So, you only need to purchase it once to get access to both expansions.

It’s also important to note that the expansion pass is separate for each game. That means if you have both Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield and you want the expansion pass on both copies, you’ll need to purchase it twice.



10 Pokemon that players refuse to catch in Pokemon Go

Published: 1/Dec/2020 15:20

by Daniel Megarry


With four years since Pokemon Go released, gamers have had more than enough time to decide which Pokemon they love and which ones they hate – and there are some very strong opinions out there.

While players of Nintendo’s popular mobile game can probably all agree that stumbling across another Pidgey isn’t exactly the most thrilling encounter, there are some more unexpected choices that fans will do their best to avoid.

Despite the franchise’s Gotta Catch ‘Em All slogan, a recent thread on the Pokemon GO subreddit saw players share the Pokemon that they absolutely refuse to catch. The answers range from the “annoying bird” Murkrow to the “piece of garbage” Sunkern (ouch). User octropos sparked the debate and it’s fair to say some are unequivocal about their picks.

Check out 10 of the most disliked Pokemon in Pokemon Go below.


Bidoof Pokemon Go
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Bidoof may be cute but fans don’t rate it

Bidoof is one of the cutest Pokemon of all time, but not everyone is a fan. “For me it’s Bidoof,” wrote Reddit user octropos. “I can’t stand the noise it makes and I hate how stupid it looks.”

Poor Bidoof.


Cherrim in Pokemon GO
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Pokemon Go players aren’t sure Cherrim is worth the effort

Reddit user 47Dud3_ questioned the high frustration level of catching Cherrim when there isn’t much reward for doing so.

“They are annoying to catch because they even break out sometimes with a Golden Razz/Ultra Ball,” they complained. “Plus they can’t be shiny and have no meta relevance whatsoever. Gosh, I hate them so much.”


Zubat in Pokemon Go
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Zubat definitely isn’t anyone’s favorite Pokemon

Zubat has largely been considered a filler Pokemon since the very first game dropped on the Gameboy back in 1996, and its reputation hasn’t been much different in Pokemon Go.

“I leave rocket battles when Zubat is gonna be the reward if I can avoid it,” admitted Reddit user immarlondait. “I can’t seem to hit it consistently and I’m too lazy to bring up the nanab berry to keep it still.”


sunkern in pokemon go
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One Pokemon Go player called Sunkern a “piece of garbage”

The tiny Grass-type Sunkern is another Pokemon that hasn’t proven popular with players, and when compared to some of the most impressive and imposing creatures in the game, it’s not hard to see why.

“I was unlucky enough (in my opinion) to get a four-star Sunkern and I despise the little piece of garbage,” wrote Reddit user hitchicker42, while octropos joked, “that will be pokemon that would end up being eaten.”


Murkrow in Pokemon Go
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Murkrow is another Pokemon that doesn’t have many fans

Murkrow was bitterly reduced to the title of “the annoying bird” by Reddit user extreme39speed.

“I don’t care that I’ll never get its shiny,” they wrote. “I’ll get the delinquent medal platinum some other way. Cause since I got it gold, I steer away from the annoying bird.”


Exeggcute Pokemon Go
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Exeggutor may be powerful, but Exeggcute doesn’t get much love

Exeggutor may be considered a powerful Pokemon in the game, but for some players, having to catch an Exeggcute and put the work in to evolve it almost isn’t worth the effort.

“Freaking Exeggcute. I hate how big it is and how little its catch circle is,” wrote Reddit user TheRobotYoshi. “I caught just enough to get a good Exeggutor and then I was done catching them forever.”


Gulpin in Pokemon Go
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Gulpin has been called “awful” by some players

The bizarre-looking Gulpin hasn’t received much love from players, with one calling it “so awful” and questioning how it was approved for the game.

“A couple [of] months back that’s all that was spawning for me. Hated. Every. Single. One,” Reddit user HiFraaands wrote. “Even worse I got a Hundo Gulpin. Great.”


Yanma in Pokemon Go
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Yanma has been criticized for being too hard to catch

Bug and Flying-type Yanma has been criticized for being hard to catch by Reddit user Crafty_Leo, who wrote: “Yanma can not just stand still. Every time I throw a ball it’s either zooming around the screen or attacking me.”


Nosepass Pokemon Go
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Pokemon fans just don’t seem to like Nosepass

Nosepass has faced negativity from a number of players. Most of them didn’t give a reason, they just don’t like it. And that’s okay.

“My first red seal Pokemon was a Nosepass,” wrote Reddit user octropos. “Like, seriously? Out of all the Pokemon…”


Castform in Pokemon GO
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Castform has been cast aside by most Pokemon Go players

The Normal-type Castform is certainly a unique looking Pokemon, but that hasn’t won any favors with players, who aren’t quite sure what the point of having them around is.

“I wish they would evolve or something,” wrote Reddit user octropos. “They’re just so… whatever?”

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