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Evidence claims Pokemon Sword and Shield has reused models

Published: 14/Nov/2019 11:54

by Paul Cot


It looks like Game Freak have been caught red handed after dataminers found strong evidence that Pokemon Sword and Shield developers reused models from Sun and Moon, despite claims to the contrary.

Ahead of the Pokemon Sword and Shield release, dataminers have now “ripped” the Pokemon models from the game and compared them with their Sun and Moon counterparts.

Despite previous suggestions from Game Freak, who seemed to rule out using previous models in their new project, it appears those who think they have been lying to the franchise’s fanbase have now pulled together some evidence to support their claims. 

Pokemon models in the Switch the same as the 3DS?

Reddit: MindWeb125Bulbasaur model on the Switch (left) vs 3DS (right)…

These Bulbasaur models above are from Sword and Shield (left) and Sun and Moon (right). As you can see, they are almost identical. The same can be said for Noibat, below.

Reddit: MindWeb125When the two models are overlayed they are clearly extremely similar…

We’re not model designers, but the similarities are striking – especially when placed side-by-side in this way.

Elsewhere, YouTuber DJTHED Games lined up Vaporeon models from the Switch and 3DS. When doing so, the first model perfectly obscured the second, indicating they are identical and, if not, very close to being so.

Animations also look too similar. In the example below, Machoke can be seen in a matching pose between previous generations games and now.

What do you think, is that a reused animation for Machoke?

Brand new models?

Some of you may recall an interview from June this year, where Game Freak Directors claimed Pokemon Sword and Shield would not reuse models from previous games.

The interview with Famitsu, a Japanese video game magazine, saw Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori answer a range of Pokemon related questions. One of those questions related to the removal of the National Pokedex and how they were forced to come to that decision.

“Even at the time of [Pokemon Sun and Moon], it was actually quite difficult (to be able to bring all Pokemon), but the hardware became the Nintendo Switch and the model was rebuilt from the beginning I have to make some choice,” Ohmori said via translation.

Elsewhere in an interview with US Gamer, Masuda stated: “Now that [the Pokemon are] on the Nintendo Switch, we’re creating it with much higher fidelity with higher quality animations.”

Now, this could be misconstrued due to the translation but it’s reasonable to take these quotes as the models have been indeed built from the ground up.

We must stress that just because of these examples it doesn’t prove Game Freak are using identical models for all Pokemon. Given these examples though, it is understandable why the hashtag #GameFreakLied is trending.

It looks like the controversy from the Pokemon Sword and Shield release is set to continue…


Pokemon Grookey Sword & Shield guide: evolutions, moves, strengths & weaknesses

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:15

by Daniel Megarry


Looking to master Grookey in Pokemon Sword and Shield? We’ve got all the information you need including evolutions, best moves, strengths, and weaknesses.

Grookey made its debut alongside Sobble and Scorbunny as part of the Gen 8 starter trio in Sword and Shield on the Nintendo Switch. Like most starter Pokemon, it’s become incredibly popular and has gained a big following of loyal trainers.

Known as the ‘Chimp Pokemon’, Grookey is a cute grass-type creature that originates in the Galar region. Its design appears to be based on a spider monkey, and its name is a hybrid of the words ‘groove’ and ‘monkey’.

Grookey’s Pokedex entry in Sword is as follows: “When it uses its special stick to strike up a beat, the sound waves produced carry revitalizing energy to the plants and flowers in the area.”

Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield
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Grookey is one of the starter trio in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

What is Grookey weak and strong against?

Being a grass-type Pokemon, Grookey and its evolutions will take more damage from fire, flying, poison, bug, and ice-type moves. They will take less damage from ground, water, grass, and electric-type moves.

When using grass-type moves, Grookey will have an advantage against ground, rock, and water-type Pokemon. It won’t necessarily have an advantage when using non-grass-type moves against these types.

What moves can Grookey learn by leveling up?

Grookey starts out with just Scratch and Growl, but it can learn a further nine moves by leveling up.

The final move it can learn is Endeavor at level 36. After this, you’ll need to evolve Grookey to Thwackey and then Rillaboom if you want to keep learning moves through leveling up.

Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy
1 Scratch Normal Physical 40 100
1 Growl Normal Status 100
6 Branch Poke Grass Physical 40 100
8 Taunt Dark Status 100
12 Razor Leaf Grass Physical 55 95
17 Screech Normal Status 85
20 Knock Off Dark Physical 65 100
24 Slam Normal Physical 80 75
28 Uproar Normal Special 90 100
32 Wood Hammer Grass Physical 120 100
36 Endeavor Normal Physical 100

What does Grookey evolve into?

Grookey evolves into Thwackey at Level 16. Like the form before it, Thwackey is a pure grass-type Pokemon, meaning it shares the same strengths and weaknesses.

It then evolves into its final evolution Rillaboom at Level 35. Rillaboom is also a pure grass-type, so it also shares the same strengths and weaknesses as Grookey and Thwackey.

All three forms have the Overgrow ability, which boosts the power of grass-type moves by 50% when at less than or equal to 1/3 HP.

Grookey Thwackey and Rillaboom evolutions
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Grookey evolves into Thwackey and Rillaboom.

Where to find Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Grookey is one of three starter Pokemon in Sword and Shield, meaning players will have the opportunity to acquire one at the very beginning of the game. If you’re set on getting one, you should probably do this, as Grookey, Sobble, and Scorbunny don’t appear in the wild.

If you didn’t choose Grookey as your starter Pokemon, you’ll need to set up a trade with another trainer who has one. You can do this with friends, turn to the internet for help, or try your luck with the unpredictable Surprise Trades feature.

How to get Shiny Grookey

As you can’t find Grookey in the wild, you won’t be able to hunt for a Shiny version like you would with most other Pokemon.

What you can do, though, is breed Grookey with another Pokemon in the same egg group, which will give you a small chance of hatching a Shiny. It will take you a while, but if you’re determined, it’s the only way.

Shiny Grookey Pokemon
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Shiny Grookey is very difficult to get in Sword & Shield.

A more refined way to do this and guarantee you’ll hatch the Pokemon you’re after is to breed Grookey with Ditto. Anytime Ditto is bred with another Pokemon, the egg will hatch the species that isn’t Ditto.

You can find Ditto at the Lake of Outrage, so you’ll want to head there and catch yourself one. If you’re confused as to how breeding works in general then you can check out our nursery and breeding guide.