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Release date, double pack and box art revealed for Pokemon Sword and Shield

Published: 6/Jun/2019 13:26 Updated: 6/Jun/2019 14:10

by Paul Cot


After much speculation and a long wait, the release date for Pokemon Sword and Shield has finally been announced – November 15, 2019.

Finally, a release date

The mid-November release date is exactly when fans were expecting to be able to get their hands on Pokemon Sword and Shield. The previous three mainline Pokemon games were also released in the third week of November – Let’s Go, Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon and Sun/Moon.

Rather than speculating, fans can now look forward to November 15, which may produce one of the most rounded Pokemon games to date.

PoekmonTrainers finally have a release date for Pokemon Sword and Shield…

Rumors of development issues

While it might seem obvious that the goal of Game Freak was to have the game ready for the usual mid-November time all along, there were rumors that the development company were struggling and would have to push back the date.

Some believed the initial trailer was evidence of this, whereby the graphics looked sub-par in comparison to the expectations of trainers. It was also suggested that Game Freak were struggling with HD development and utilizing the additional hardware power the Nintendo Switch had to offer.

Fortunately for Pokemon fans, both development issues and suggestions of a sub-par delivery appear to either be false, or Game Freak have made remarkable progress since February.

Sword and Shield box art

On top of a release date, the Pokemon Sword and Shield box art has also been revealed.

Zacian, the legendary sword wielding Pokemon, will appear on the Sword version, whereas Zamazenta, who has a shield as part of its body, will unsurprisingly be the cover of Shield.

PokemonIt isn’t yet clear what else, other than both games, the double pack will offer…

Double pack

Additionally, a Pokemon Sword and Shield double pack was also revealed. This allows trainers to purchase both versions of the game in one box.

Whether there are any other benefits to pre-ordering the double pack and whether a discount will arise as a result, remains to be seen. It is the first time the Pokemon Company have offered both games together, which perhaps suggests there will be more differences between the two games.


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!