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Pokemon Sword & Shield players looking for answers as ranks are wiped

Published: 6/Dec/2019 13:27

by David Purcell


Pokemon Sword and Shield players will know just how difficult it is to reach that elusive Master Ball rank on the Nintendo Switch game, but many have had their progress completely wiped. 

The game’s online features went down for scheduled maintenance on December 5, although once the dust settled on the update it became abundantly clear to many players that the ranking system had been given a rejig. Some of those who had reached Master Ball tier after enjoying success in online battles, which is anything above rank 10, have since had their rank reset.

A number of high-ranked players have taken to social media to express their confusion after having their rankings erased without explanation, with many hoping that they have not been hit with a ban but instead that this is simply a bug.

Pokemon / NintendoHere’s how the ranking system works in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

At the time of writing, there has been no official word from Nintendo in terms of a statement addressing the issue and the official Pokemon Twitter account is also yet to address the potential problem. It’s unknown as to how many players have been affected, but one Reddit user Theorymon, has expressed their concerns on the platform.

They posted: “So I saw a tweet from Sejun Park (who as many of you know, is the guy who famously won VGC 14 with a Pachirisu!), and he mentioned something about everyone who reached Master Ball tier getting banned from online play, and having their ratings nuked.

“To make things even worse, people who are reporting that they just reached master ball tier are noticing that the standings have totally changed. It seems like anyone who reached master ball tier before the maintenance got their ratings erased!”

Pokemon / NintendoPokemon’s Battle Stadium is its main ranked mode.

Indeed, Sejun Park has been tweeting about the problem – and is still waiting for official word on potential changes made to the ranked Battle Stadium mode.

Park tweeted: “Looks like players who already reached Master Ball Tier before maintenance are now all banned from playing Ranked Battles? New Master Ball Tier players are getting a new standing too, the original ranking is gone.”

It is difficult to say how many players have been affected by this issue, but you would expect such a drastic change – and the resulting criticisms – would encourage an official word from the game’s developers in the near future.

The Reddit post included in this article has been upvoted over 1,500 times and has had numerous respondents claiming to have been impacted as well. Nevertheless, fans will be hoping that this is a visual bug rather than a total reset of their progress.

Until then, it appears some high ranked players are going to have to settle for a lower rank than they deserve. With the absence of an explanation, that must be pretty annoying as well.


How to catch a Bagon in Pokemon Go

Published: 22/Jan/2021 10:37

by Daniel Megarry


If you’re struggling to catch a Bagon in Pokemon Go, we’ve put together a handy guide to make the process easier for you, including where to look and the best counters to use.

There are plenty of reasons trainers want to get their hands on Bagon right now. While the game celebrates Hoenn with a special event, you’ll need the Dragon-type Pokemon to complete the region’s Collection Challenge.

Bagon first appeared in Gen 3 games Ruby & Sapphire and was quite difficult to track down. The only place you could catch one was by visiting a specific room in Meteor Falls, and you needed the Surf ability to get there.

Its appearances are thankfully a lot more frequent in Pokemon Go, but some trainers are still having difficulty finding one to complete their collection. Here’s the best way to get your hands on one.

Bagon in Pokemon
The Pokemon Company
Bagon is part of Pokemon Go’s Hoenn Collection Challenge.

Where to find Bagon in Pokemon Go

Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can find Bagon in Pokemon Go right now. The most obvious one is to encounter it in the Wild, although you might be searching for a while before one pops up. Using Incense could help here.

A better method is to tackle one-star Raid Battles, as Bagon is currently appearing in them. You’ll need to keep an eye on nearby Gyms to see if Bagon appears in them. Using a Remote Raid Pass might help, too, as you won’t have to actually visit these locations in person.

The third and final option is to hatch 5km Eggs, as there is currently a chance that Bagon will hatch from them. It’s worth pointing out, though, that this won’t count towards your Catch Challenge, so if that’s what you’re after then don’t use this method.

Screenshot of Pokemon Go Hoenn Challenge art.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Bagon is appearing in Raid Battles as part of the Hoenn celebration event.

Best counters to defeat Bagon

If you decide to go down the Raid Battle route, you’ll need to come prepared to wear down Bagon before you’ll get the chance to catch it. Fortunately, being a one-star raid, it shouldn’t be too difficult to defeat by yourself.

Still, it’s good to have a plan of action in place to make the process quicker and easier. The best counters for Bagon are Fairy-type, Ice-type, and Dragon-type moves as these will deal more damage due to its type weaknesses.

Some of the best Pokemon to bring into battle against Bagon are other Dragon-types like Dragonite, Garchomp, Zekram, and Reshiram; Ice-types like Mamoswine, Weavile, or Glaceon; or Fairy-types like Gardevoir and Togekiss.

Once you’ve got Bagon, you’ll need 25 Candy to evolve it into Shelgon, and 100 Candy to evolve it into Salamence, a Dragon/Flying-type Pokemon which is a pretty great addition to any trainer’s collection.