A talented Pokemon artist brought their vision of Sword & Shield combined with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to life, and it is sure to have fans salivating at what could have been.
Pokemon Sword & Shield released in November 2019, but despite critical praise and record breaking sales, some players were left wanting more from the latest iteration of the RPG.
Now, an incredible artist has given fans a glimpse of what the Generation VIII title could have looked like if had an open world like Breath of the Wild, and it’s every bit as incredible as you imagined it.
Sword & Shield introduced the The Wild Area – which some fans found lacking.
Sword & Shield and Breath of the Wild combined
Sword & Shield introduced trainers to the “Wild Area” – an open section of the map where players can tackle various raids and capture Pokemon wandering the land. However, not everyone was happy with the game’s design, feeling it was lacking in depth.
Artist Dan Ionut-Chis gave players a taste of what the title could have been by imagining Sword & Shield using Breath of the Wild’s jaw-dropping design.
The submission quickly went viral on Reddit, as they impressively gave us an idea of what Gen 8 might have looked like with a truly open-world design similar to the latest mainline Zelda release.
While the first video didn’t show much, the talented artist uploaded a second clip of his project on January 24, which shows a Pokemon trainer running around the lush world.
Just like in BotW, we see thick grass swaying with the wind, and can hear the sounds of nature such as leaves rustling, or wild life chirping in the distance, bringing a new level of depth.
The fan-created clip finally ends with the player reaching a clearing, where we see a fully-rendered Pidgeotto flapping its wings in place, which is enough to make any Trainer salivate.
Regardless of whether you were satisfied with the latest title or not, Sword & Shield has gone on to become a smash success, breaking sales records by pushing six million units in its opening weekend alone.
But despite being the fastest selling Switch title to date, it’s hard not to dream about the potential Pokemon could reach if it were to tackle the sprawling world design on the scale of Breath of the Wild.
The Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC has brought an array of new and returning Legendary Pokemon with some brand new Regi-Pokemon among them. Here’s where you can find Regieleki and Regidrago.
The original Regis were introduced all the way back in the Hoenn region. Since then, there hasn’t been any new ones released, so the addition of Regieleki and Regidrago will certainly be welcomed.
Before we can get these exciting new Regi ‘mons though, we’ll need to catch the originals. They can be found in temples throughout the Crown Tundra, and unlike in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, they are easy to encounter.
Here’s Regirock, Regice and Registeel’s temple locations:
Regirock: Northeast of Dyna Tree Hill
Regice: Snowslide Slope
Registeel: West of Giant’s Bed
Regirock, Regice and Registeel are actually pretty easy to get hold of in the Crown Tundra…
Catch Regirock, Regice and Registeel first
When you reach any of the above locations, you will be given a small puzzle to solve. Don’t worry, as we said before you don’t need to be a Pokemon master to solve these.
When opening Regirock’s temple in Dyna Tree Hill you’ll be greeted with the message: “Let the first Pokemon hold a never-changing stone.” Sounds complicated, right? Wrong.
Simply give the first Pokemon in your party an Everstone and you’ll be granted access to the temple.
Meanwhile, Regice’s temple asks you to “Walk together with a living crystal of snow.” So, to open the temple, you’ll need to make a Cryogonal your Buddy Pokemon.
By sheer coincidence (not so much), there’ll be one outside in the closest patch of grass. Buddy up with one and you’ll be encountering Regice in no time.
Lastly, there is the formidable Registeel. This is even easier than the first two as the message, “Let ring the piercing note that will wake the giant of steel,” requires nothing more than a whistle.
That seems an overly simplistic way to awaken one of the strongest Legendary Pokemon, but we’re not complaining. Each temple has a pattern of Regi dots on the floor. To begin the encounter of each Regi, light up all of these by walking across them – it really is that simple!
Regieleki OR Regidrago
Unsurprisingly finding Regieleki and Regidrago isn’t as easy. Firstly head over to the Giant’s Foot within the Crown Tundra.
Eventually, you’ll come to a tunnel overlooking a lake, these are the Roaring-Sea Caves. Jump on your aquatic bike and make your way down there.
This will take you to an area called the Frigid Sea. You’ll need to jump back in the water very quickly, making your way to the land opening to your right. Try to avoid the Avaluggs which are disguised as icebergs!
Keep making your way round to find the temple where Regieleki and Regidrago reside. Unfortunately, you cannot get both of these Pokemon, at least within the same save file. So, you’ll need to make a tough choice between the electric or dragon-type Regi.
Use the pattern on the left to encounter Regieleki, and the one on the right for Regidrago…
The temple – Split-Decision Ruins
As you approach the temple, there is a Pokeball on either side. The one on the left contains the TM Thunder and the one on the right Outrage – their sides indicate which of Regieleki and Regidrago you’ll encounter.
To enter you’ll need to have all three of the original Regis in your party. This of course shouldn’t be a problem, given we have just caught all of them. At this point, we’d recommend saving just in case you change your mind on anything.
Upon entering the Split-Decision Ruins you’ll notice you’re shown two patterns. Remember these, as the left one will result in encountering Regieleki and the right Regidrago.
Using the circles on the ground, walk across them to make one of these two patterns. Walk over to the statue and you’ll be able to encounter the Regi-Pokemon you chose via the pattern.
Both of these will be at Level 70, just like other Legendary ‘mons. It’s a shame you can’t get both of them, which makes your decision all the more important.
One other very exciting thing about these Regis, and the originals, is they can all be found in Shiny form, unlike a lot of other Legendaries that are Shiny locked. It may take you a lot of soft resets, but if you’re patient enough, you could have four Regi-shinies by the time you complete The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away chapter.