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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.


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.