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Pokemon Sword and Shield not reusing models, Game Freak claim

Published: 14/Jul/2019 16:10 Updated: 15/Jul/2019 0:40

by Paul Cot


It has been a roller-coaster ride for Pokemon Sword and Shield over the last couple of months as lots of new details have been revealed amid accusations the Pokemon models are taken from previous games.

In an interview with Famitsu, via Polygon, Game Freak say that models for Pokemon appearing in Sword and Shield were built from the ground up.


This is in contrast to accusations from Pokemon fans who have accused Game Freak of reusing textures from Pokemon Let’s Go and, Sun and Moon. One Reddit user stated: “The textures are the same. [Game Freak] is using an effect called fresnel rim lighting, which lights up the outer area of an object, which is very transparent on all Pokemon.”

ABBXPokemon Sword and Shield upscaling previous models?

The evidence is pretty damning, it is hard to look at the comparisons and come to the conclusion that the models are indeed brand new. Nevertheless, Game Freak have shot these fans theories down.


Just because the models look similar to those seen in Gen 7 and Gen 6 games doesn’t necessarily mean they are the same. They may have been built from the ground up and a few of the Pokemon have ended up looking similar – something that could have easily happened. It is also possible the truth lies in between where these older models were used as templates, meaning they are indeed brand new.

u/MysticSongAre the animations in Pokemon Sword and Shield reused?

However, the more cynical Pokemon fans will believe Game Freak are simply lying. Another comparison suggests Pokemon Sword and Shield have reused animations too, which only adds credence to the copying claim.

One trainer in the same thread asked: “Whether or not they [are] actually are making them from scratch, they don’t look like it so what was the point?” This is a question which summarises Pokemon fans’ frustrations. Another trainer tried to answer the question, saying: “This is really the issue. Who cares if they remade everything from scratch if it looks the same? That’s just wasted effort and a terrible excuse to exclude stuff.”


Friendly reminder that Pokémon in Sword and Shield still use the same animations as the 3DS games. from r/pokemon

Regardless of whether the models are reused or not, a lot of potential Pokemon Sword and Shield players aren’t happy right now. There is a feeling among the Pokemon community that Sword and Shield may not reach the lofty heights that were hoped for.

Despite the recent negativity surrounding the game, there is still a huge amount of excitement for Pokemon Sword and Shield. That excitement will only get bigger as we draw closer to the November 15 release date.

Last updated 20:37 ET, July 14, 2019


Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot


To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.


To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.


During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

Deerling Pokemon Go
Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…


As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.


It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.