Pokemon Sword & Shield player finally clears up Dusk Ball Raid den myth - Dexerto

Pokemon Sword & Shield player finally clears up Dusk Ball Raid den myth

Published: 21/Aug/2020 19:21

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon player went viral after completing 60 Max Raids in Sword & Shield to finally answer the question: do Dusk Balls have a bonus during the day in dens? The dedicated Trainer finally put the myth to rest. 

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the debut of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch in 2019. The popular release is set in the Galar region, and introduced new features like Dynamaxing and the Wild Area.


Despite releasing last year, there has still been a myth about the game’s Max Raids and whether they are considered to be a cavern. However on August 20, a player definitively found an answer as to whether Dusk Balls work during the day in dens.

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Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Dusk Balls give players a higher catch rate at night or in a cave.

Pokemon Trainer clears up Sword & Shield Dusk Ball myth

Dusk Balls were originally introduced in Gen IV, and gave Trainers an increased chance of catching a Pokemon at night or in a cave. However since Sword & Shield’s release, there has been a myth about whether Max Raid dens technically count as a cavern.


While many players already know the answer – no, Dusk Balls do not have a bonus in dens during the day – surprisingly, many still believe that they do. The myth has been shared throughout the community for months. One Redditor finally has the data to give us a definitive answer.

Pokemon fan ‘yunglist‘ shared the discovery after doing 60 Raids, and concluded: “Raid dens will not activate Dusk Ball’s catch bonus during the day; a raid den is not categorized as a cave/dark place.”

Dusk Ball Bonus in Max Raid Dens: A Case Study. Definitively putting any uncertainty to rest. from PokemonSwordAndShield

The fan also provided the community with a chart, detailing their catch attempts. According to the Trainer, Pokeballs have a 60% catch rate during the day, over Dusk Balls which are 45%. Proof that its catch bonus only takes effect at night.


Yunglist hilariously explained the “sacrifices” that they had to make in order to conduct the trial. “I spent three hours murdering 60 gastrodon for science,” they joked.

While this may not be new information for some players, it’s good to finally have a definitive answer and data to dispel the Dusk Ball myth in Sword & Shield that refuses to go away.


Pokemon GO community outraged over “tone-deaf” Strange Egg requirement

Published: 13/Oct/2020 1:50

by Brent Koepp


In an update to Pokemon GO’s Autumn event, the mobile title is getting “Strange Eggs” added to the game. However, some players are furious over the new item’s lengthy requirements to hatch them.

Pokemon GO hit the app store in July 2016, and quickly became a cultural phenomena. The mobile title brought the beloved Nintendo franchise to real life, as players around the world left their house to catch their favorite monsters.


The wildly popular release is celebrating 2020’s Autumn event. However, the game’s latest addition, Strange Eggs, has upset some Trainers who feel its requirements are ridiculous and unfair given the current climate.

pawniard in pokemon go
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
The Autumn-event brings “Strange Eggs” to Pokemon GO.

New Pokemon GO event sparks outrage

In Pokemon GO’s latest update, the mobile game rolled out Strange Eggs for the October 12 event. In the announcement, the items are described as having been collected by Team GO Rocket, and will hatch Poison-type and Dark-type monsters.


According to the official notes, the special eggs will require 12 km to hatch: “Defeat a Team GO Rocket Leader to receive a Strange Egg, and walk 12 km to hatch it. You’ll need to have space in your Egg inventory before your battle.”

The new items have the possibility of containing Larvitar, Scraggy, Trubbish, Vullaby, Pawniard, Deino, and more inside of them. However, some players quickly took notice of the eggs’ lengthy walking distance needed to make them hatch.

Outraged, Trainers took to social media to hit out at developer Niantic for the 12 km distance, such as one user who said, “They’re TWELVE KM? That just seems tone deaf.” Another player agreed, and exclaimed, “12 is too much full stop. 10 is too much. The egg pools are absolute garbage.”

pokemon fans mad at eggs
Some Trainers were not too thrilled with the new egg requirements.

Site admin of popular Pokemon outlet Serebii, Joe Merrick, also shared his thoughts on certain Pokemon being locked behind these eggs. “12km eggs is a bit much for right now. Seriously. I do hope this changes and they become widely available without going outside in these times,” he said.

Twitter: @JoeMerrick
Serebii’s site admin questioned the eggs given lockdowns in the world.

It should be pointed out though, that according to Serebii, that distance is measured in ¼ during the event, so hatching Strange Eggs should be closer to 3 km. However, angry players pointed out that the eggs will stay around after the event ends on October 18 at the full 12 km distance.

Given the current state of the world with hundreds of major cities still issuing lockdowns, many Trainers questioned the developer for making the distance on these items even higher.


At the time of writing, Niantic has not yet responded to the backlash. Nor is it clear if the 12 km distance will be changed, or if the ¼ distance will continue to be applied after the event.