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Pokémon Sword and Shield players aren't happy about new transfer requirements

Published: 11/Jun/2019 17:54

by Meg Bethany Koepp


More Pokémon Sword and Shield details were released during the Nintendo Treehouse at E3 2019, and fans aren’t too happy with the new transfer system.

Nintendo officially unveiled Sword and Shield for the Nintendo Switch back in February, sending the internet into complete mayhem.

A dedicated Direct and a press conference were later shown on June 5, giving fans a lot of new information on the upcoming games, as well as new titles such as the Pokémon HOME app – a new way to bring various titles together using a cloud-based service.

During the Nintendo Treehouse event at E3 2019, developers went into more detail about what the service will include for Sword and Shield, and fans aren’t happy about it.

Nintendo / Game Freak / The Pokémon CompanySword and Shield is coming to the Nintendo Switch on November 15.

The transfer rules

If you wanted to be able to move any Pokémon into Sword and Shield using the HOME app, you’re in for a disappointment, since it was confirmed that only monsters in the Galar region Pokédex would be able to be transferred.

“Players will be able to transfer their Pokémon from Pokemon HOME, only if they are in the Galar region Pokédex,” Game Freak developers said during the presentation.

The full Pokédex hasn’t been released yet, meaning that the monsters that can be transferred are currently unknown. 

This isn’t completely bad news though, since older generation Pokémon should be available to transfer if they’re in the Dex.

Fans were not pleased with this recent development, and took to social media to air their concerns.

“WTF, the national dex being axed from Gen 7 was a warning sign. I knew it…” one user tweeted. “This has utterly killed my hype for this game,” another disheartened fan replied.

Even infamous fan Shofu was disappointed, simply stating, “Bro why.”

Many players wanted to use the new transfer service for competitive matches, so this news comes as a huge blow, especially since competitive fans going to be limited as to what Pokémon they can use to fight with.

Pokémon Sword and Shield – What we know

Every game in the series has a rival that’s pitted up against the main character in the bid to become Pokémon Champion. In the Galar region, players will be up against a boy named Hop, and the current Champion is his brother.

Zacian and Zamazenta are the games’ majestic legendary wolf monsters – one holds a sword in its mouth, and the other has a shield for a mane.

The new battle mechanic Dynamax lets you fight giant, more powerful versions of Pokémon, and can only be used once per battle.

The games also have a new open-world zone called The Wild Area, where monsters appear on screen in front of you, and can be battled and caught.


Glastrier or Spectrier: Which one should you get in Crown Tundra?

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:21 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 0:22

by Paul Cot


Glastrier and Spectrier are two new Legendary Pokemon added in the Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC. Unfortunately, you can only get one of them (at least in one save file), so which one is better and why?

First off let’s look at their typings. Glastrier is a pure ice-type and Spectrier is pure ghost.

Of course, this is somewhat down to preference but when it comes to weaknesses, there’s only one winner. Glastrier is weak to fire, fighting, rock and steel. It is immune against no types and only resistant to ice attacks.

Meanwhile, Spectrier is only weak to dark and ghost attacks. It is immune to normal and fighting, and resistant to bug and poison. In short, Spectrier’s typing is much more favorable.

Calyrex Shadow Rider
Calyrex fusing into its Shadow Rider form…

Glastrier vs Spectrier stats

There’s more to Pokemon than just typings, though. Each of their base stats are as follows:

Glastrier Spectrier
HP 100 HP 100
Attack 145 Attack 65
Defense 130 Defense 60
Special Attack 65 Special Attack 145
Special Defense 110 Special Defense 80
Speed 30 Speed 130

To simplify these stats, Spectrier will provide you with a fantastic fast and strong ghost-type Pokemon. However, while its special attack is massive, it doesn’t have the moveset to take full advantage of it.

Glastrier’s abysmal speed is a problem. Along with its undesirable pure ice typing many trainers won’t be interested in it, and we understand why.

Outside of those bad points though, the rest of it is very impressive. Along with great defense, it has a far better move pool than Spectrier which is very reliant on Shadow Ball.

If you’re interested in competitive battling then you can’t really go against Spectrier. If you’re playing for fun instead, then Spectrier may be the better option.

How to separate Glastrier/Spectrier from Calyrex

In the Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC you actually catch Calyrex with either Glastrier or Spectrier together. Respectively, it is Calyrex’s Ice Rider and Shadow Rider fusions forms.

While they do come together, you can separate them to give yourself two Legendaries for the price of one. To do this make sure either of Calyrex’s fusion forms are in your party.

Following that, head over to your inventory and select the Reins of Unity. Give it to the fused Calyrex to separate them. You can rejoin them while they are both in your party by once again selecting the Reins of Unity.

This is a brilliant option to have, although naturally the fusion forms are stronger. Now, you just have to decide which steed you want!