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Is Pokemon Sword and Shield really open world? It’s debatable

Published: 13/Jun/2019 9:37 Updated: 13/Jun/2019 11:02

by Paul Cot


Ever since trainers experienced Pokemon Red and Blue for the first time in 1998, fans have wanted another open world game. Pokemon Sword and Shield may finally be that game – well, kind of.

Finally an open world Pokemon game?

The reality of a truly open world Pokemon game has evaded the series so far, mainly due to hardware limitations and creative direction. To this day, Game Freak have opted for a linear story-line whereby your route through the game is largely decided.


One of the leading figures in Game Freak, Junichi Masuda, has said in interviews that they are making a console-scale Pokemon game. He was referring to Pokemon Sword and Shield. 

That’s the thing about open world, though, the definition is somewhat open ended. Even today, a universal consensus can’t be reached as to what the first open world game was. Some cite Mario 64 as the first of its kind, whereas others go a few years in advance of this with Shenmue, or even Grand Theft Auto 3.


The fully explorable wild area

Whether or not Pokemon Sword and Shield is open world, from what we’ve seen so far, is still up for debate. Pokemon games have never been completely linear, as you can complete the story by doing things in a slightly different order. How linear Game Freak’s latest Pokemon game will be, though, remains to be seen.

PokemonThe initial trailer appears to show various scenes where the environment is closed off…

What we do know is that at least part of the game will be truly open world. The new wild areas, vast spaces of nature where lots of wild Pokemon reside, are an open world element that can be explored at will.

The question remains, though, do these wild areas make Pokemon Sword and Shield open world or not? Well, that depends on your own definition, but at least Game Freak have made an effort to appease enthusiasts who are wanting that type of experience. 


This is only part of the game that appears to be fully roam-able though. While E3 2019 hasn’t provided the opportunity to explore Galar region’s cities yet, footage from the initial trailer suggests they are more of a closed environment. The seconds of gameplay we do have for these areas show fixed pathways.

Open world?

This is where the definition of open world becomes debatable as some trainers will consider that the freedom of the wild area makes Pokemon Sword and Shield an open world game.

On the other hand, some will look to Zelda: Breathe of the Wild as a comparison point and think that is the yard stick for an open world game on the Nintendo Switch.


Whether you think it is or not, Pokemon Sword and Shield appears to be the most open world Pokemon game to date – sort of.


Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot


To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.


To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.


During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

Deerling Pokemon Go
Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…


As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.


It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.