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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 November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


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.


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!


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.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


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.


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.

Snivy Pokemon Go
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.


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.