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Pokemon Sword & Shield poll shows how popular DLC could be

Published: 28/Feb/2020 13:30

by Paul Cot


It looks like the Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass is going to sell really well, at least according to one interesting survey.

Famitsu ran a survey asking readers whether they intend to buy the Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass. The answers were multiple-choice, with fans able to choose between ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘undecided’.

A whopping 88% of respondents said they would indeed buy the Sword and Shield DLCs. Meanwhile, 10% said they were undecided which left just a measly 2% who said they wouldn’t. There were a reported 900 readers who responded to the survey.

Famitsu Magazine No 1630
Japanese Nintendo / Famitsu Magazine
The survey was found in no 1630 of the Famitsu Magazine…

Exaggerated results?

The accuracy of the results can be called into at least somewhat because it was conducted by Famitsu. The Japanese video game magazine features a lot of Pokemon news and is therefore purchased by many hardcore Pokemon fans.

This means Famitsu readers will be more likely to purchase the Pokemon Sword and Shield DLCs than more casual players. It is also based in Japan, the birthplace of Pokemon, which may explain why the results were so one-sided.

Nevertheless, the results are so conclusive it’s hard to envision anything but a win for Nintendo and the Pokemon Company when the first DLC is released.

More DLCs to come?

Elsewhere, there are rumors that there will be even more Pokemon Sword and Shield expansions next year. There are murmurings that there could more DLCs coming in 2021 and that this may even result in Game Freak not releasing a new Pokemon game in 2020.

The first DLC is scheduled to come out in June and is called the Isle of Armor. More details are still expected to be revealed but it has been confirmed Gigantamaxed versions of the Galar starters will be added to the game and two new legendary Pokemon – Kubfu and Urshifu – will also arrive.

The second DLC, The Crown Tundra, doesn’t have such a specific release date and is broadly set for “Fall 2020”. Among other things this will reintroduce a host of legendary Pokemon including Galarian forms of the iconic Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres.


How to evolve Nosepass into Probopass in Pokemon Go

Published: 23/Jan/2021 17:20

by Julian Young


Pokemon Go’s Hoenn Collection Challenge is in full swing, and Nosepass is one of several Pokemon players need to catch to complete the event. Here’s how to evolve your new Nosepass into a Probopass after you get your hands on one.

Leading up to its five-year celebration event – Pokemon Go Tour: Kanto – developer Niantic has a full schedule of activities to keep players occupied. Every week before the Kanto event kicks off, players have a chance to enjoy a Collection Challenge in one of the game’s regions.

The Hoenn Collection Challenge, running from January 19 to January 24, gives players an increased chance to catch various Pokemon from that region. Fan favorites like Mudkip, Plusle and Minun, and several others are on the list of Pokemon needed to complete the challenge.

Another Pokemon on that list is the Generation 3 Rock-Type Nosepass. Once caught, Nosepass can be evolved into the Steel/Rock-Type Probopass – with a small twist. Here’s how you can evolve your very own Nosepass after catching one.

Pokemon Go Hoenn Collection Challenge Event
Players have an increased chance to catch a Nosepass during the Hoenn Collection Challenge.

How to evolve Nosepass in Pokemon Go

  1. Catch a Nosepass (if you don’t have one already)
  2. Acquire 50 Nosepass candy and a Magnetic Lure
  3. Travel to a PokeStop and activate the Magnetic Lure
  4. While standing in range of the PokeStop, evolve your Nosepass into a Probopass

Evolving Nosepass into Probopass requires 50 Nosepass candy along with another item: a Magnetic Lure. Magnetic Lures are normally used to attract specific types of Pokemon – Steel, Rock, and Electric-Type – to help players catch ones they may be missing.

When it comes to evolving Nosepass into Probopass, the Magnetic Lure serves a different purpose. In this case, the Magentic Lure must be used to evolve Nosepass from a Rock-Type Pokemon into the combined Steel/Rock-Type Probopass.

There are a couple of ways to acquire Magnetic Lures. The easiest is to simply buy one from the Pokemon Go Shop for 200 PokeCoins. Magnetic Lures can also be acquired by completing Special Research Tasks (although this will take longer than just buying one from the shop).

Pokemon Olivia's Probopass
The Pokemon Company
After combining their Nosepass with a Magnetic Lure and 50 Nosepass candy, players will be rewarded with a Probopass.

Once you have your Magnetic Lure and 50 Nosepass candy in-hand, you now have everything you need to evolve the Pokemon into a Probopass. The first step to evolving your Nosepass is to travel to a PokeStop, then activate the Magnetic Lure via the Add Lure option.

After the Lure is added, you can evolve your Nosepass into a Probopass while standing within range of the PokeStop. After the process is complete, you will be rewarded with a newly-evolved Probopass to take on your Pokemon Go adventures.

The Hoenn Collection Challenge ends on January 24, so you should make sure to catch a Nosepass before the event concludes to finish the challenge (and to have the Pokemon available to evolve). The next Collection Challenge – taking place in the Johto region – kicks off on January 26.