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Pokemon Sword and Shield leak reveals even more information

Published: 10/Jun/2019 13:32 Updated: 11/Jun/2019 16:32

by Paul Cot


The June 5 Pokemon Direct revealed the most Pokemon Sword and Shield information to date – however, one leak that correctly predicted a lot of these details ahead of the presentation, has also revealed a lot more.

Update: The leaker has also correctly leaked the name of one of the gym leaders – the water gym, Nessa. This was confirmed in the Nintendo E3 2019 presentation.

What we know so far?

The following Pokemon Sword and Shield details have already been revealed:

  • Your rival is named Hop
  • Zacian and Zamazenta are legenedary wolf Pokemon – one holds a sword in its mouth and the latter has a shield for a mane
  • Dynamax is a new dynamic that supersizes Pokemon during battle
  • There is a wild area which is an open world biome that is fully explorable – wild Dynamax Pokemon can found here in max raid battles
  • Leon is the champion of the Galar region and Sonia is his former rival

This information came directly from a leak posted on a message board. Of course Nintendo have since confirmed these details.

What has been leaked then?

The leak shares lots of other details also, which unless the original poster has made some astonishing guesses suggests they are legitimate.

NintendoTrainers competing in a max raid battle against a Dynamax Gyarados…

The yet to be confirmed leaks are as follows (SPOILER ALERT):

  • Like Hop, Bede and Marnie are two other trainers you’ll be coming up against
  • Team Yell is the gang in this game, who are well meaning fans of Marnie causing trouble
  • To become part of the gym challenge, you will have to get an endorsement. Bede gets an endorsement from Chairman Rose and his secretary Oleana
  • Zacian and Zamazenta appear to be good legendaries whereas Eternatus is an evil one
  • On top of Dynamaxing, there is another concept called Gigantamaxing – while it might sound like it makes Pokemon even bigger, it actually changes what the Pokemon look like. For example Meowth turns into a long cat and Pikachu turns into a “retro fat Pikachu”
  • Some Pokemon, like Farfechtd, will get regional evolutions, like Sirfechtd
  • Skwovet and Greedunt are chipmunk Pokemon who will hide in berry trees and attack randomly if you shake for too many berries. If they attack, you lose half the berries that dropped
  • The fourth gym is the first Fairy type gym, led by an actress named Opal. Milo, Nessa, and Kabu are the first ones
  • There are gym challenges to complete before you can battle for the badge
    • Milo has you herding sheep Pokemon named Wooloo, but Pamper, electric corgi Pokemon, will startle them and send them rolling elsewhere
    • Nessa has you running through a maze where water blocks the way
    • Kabu requires you to catch Pokemon and get 5 points, but you have to be in a party battle with another trainer who’s also trying to catch it
  • Camping is how you play with Pokemon now. You’ll get two toys, a feather toy and toy Pokeball, which can raise friendship. You can make curry which will raise starts and friendliness
NintendoThe camera is adjustable while in Galar’s wild areas…

Starter Pokemon evolution details

That is a lot of information but the leaker didn’t stop there – revealing the much wanted details about Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble’s evolutions.

  • Grookey will end up as a giant gorilla that beats a wood drum to attack
  • Scorbunny will have fighting moves, but is pure fighter. It becomes Raboot, but I don’t remember the final evolution, except that it looks like a fighter. It looks humanoid
  • Sobble becomes Sizzile and then Intelleon, a chameleon with a spy theme

Pokemon Sword and Shield will release on November 15, 2019 on the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo have also confirmed it will be available to play for the first time at E3 2019.

Last updated 12:33, June 11, 2019


Pokemon GO Battle League Season 6: rank changes, new Cup, rewards

Published: 30/Nov/2020 23:55 Updated: 30/Nov/2020 23:58

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon GO’s Battle League Season 6 is getting a major overhaul to its rank system. The new update coincides with the mobile game’s epic Season of Celebration which kicks off in December. 

Pokemon GO players have a lot to be excited for with its massive Beyond update going live on November 30. To launch the major expansion, Niantic is kicking things off with the Season of Celebration which will run from December to March.

However, it’s not only the core game that is getting major changes, as the Battle League is also receiving some interesting overhauls to its ranking system. Here is everything you need to know about Season 6, including rewards, events, and changes.

Pokemon Go Beyond update promotional art.
Pokemon Go
With the new Beyond update, Pokemon GO also launches Battle League Season 6.

Rank changes

The biggest change coming to the Battle League is an increase of ranks from 10 to 24. Players will progress levels 1-20 by “participating in battles” and scoring victories.

Those looking to claw their way to the very top, however, have to get a special rating to secure 21-24, the requirements for which are listed below:

  • Ace: 2,000
  • Veteran: 2,500
  • Expert: 2,750
  • Legend: 3,000

New Cup

This season’s new competition is the Holiday Cup which will begin at the very end of December, and end at the start of 2021. Below we will list the schedule and the specific rules for the contest:

  • Holiday Cup: Starts on December 28, at 1:00PM PST and ends on January 4 at 1:00PM PST (GMT −8). The CP limit for the Cup will be 1,500, and only Normal, Grass, Electric, Ice, Flying, and Ghost types will be allowed.

Rank reward updates

Screenshot of Pokemon GO Season 6 rewards featuring Black & White trainer N.
Pokemon Go
Season 6 rewards include items based on popular Black & White Trainer N.

There has also been some tweaks to how rank rewards are being given out. Rank 5, 10, 15, and 19 will require players to win “one set of battles” in order to move up to the next rank.

  • Rank 5: Mystery items
  • Rank 10: Stardust/Pikachu Libre avatar items
  • Rank 15: Rare Candies
  • Rank 19: Pokemon encounters

Guaranteed Gen VI starter encounters

Screenshot of Gen V starter Pokemon in GO's Season 6.
Pokemon Go
Trainers that reach top Season 6 ranks are guaranteed to run into these beloved Gen V starters.

Season 6 will give fans a chance to capture popular starter Pokemon Froakie, Chespin, Fennekin from sixth generation titles X & Y. Trainers that manage to reach their way to the top are guaranteed to encounter them at the following levels:

  • Rank 16: Chespin
  • Rank 17: Fennekin
  • Rank 18: Froakie

Legend rank rewards including Pikachu Libre

Screenshot of Pikachu Libre in Pokemon GO.
Pokemon Go
The adorable Libre Pikachu makes its return as a Season 6 Legend rank reward.

According to GO’s official site, rank 20 will feature a surprise Pokemon that will be revealed during the second half of Season 6. Those that manage to get to 24 will get their hands on the adorable Pikachu Libre, which is the only time it appears this season.

Determined Trainers will also be rewarded with avatar items and poses based on the popular Black & White rival. Players will also have encounters with ‘mon from his team based on seasonal conditions. Fans of the Gen V RPGs will not want to miss out on this.

  • Rank 20: Mystery Pokemon, encounter with the Legendary monster that is available to battle in five-star raids at that time
  • Rank 24: Pikachu Libre

With Pokemon GO’s latest Beyond expansion, the mobile app is undergoing some pretty substantial changes. While the Battle League’s updates are not as radical, it does appear Niantic is taking steps to make each season more exciting.

Stay locked in for Dexerto’s Pokemon coverage. We will keep you updated with the latest news and the best strategies for reaching Rank 24, as well as taking on the much anticipated Holiday Cup at the end of December.