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This is what Pokemon Sword and Shield SHOULD look like

Published: 1/Jul/2019 13:42 Updated: 1/Jul/2019 17:12

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Sword and Shield might have been criticised for the quality of the graphics since it was first revealed at E3 2019, but one fan has now shared a number of images of what the game could look like and it’s incredible.

While few would argue that the new joint titles provide the best graphics of any Pokemon game to date, they have been met with a lot of disappointment. Many feel the graphical jump from the Nintendo 3DS hasn’t quite met expectations.

Fans point to game such as Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey as examples of what the Nintendo Switch is capable of. 

When these are compared to Pokemon Sword and Shield, some have argued that it makes the latter looked rush and not befitting of a mainline Pokemon game.

Gamers are now expecting a fully immersive, open world Pokemon game which to date has evaded the series. One Redditor shared several images showing this dream.

u/you_want_elvisWho wouldn’t want to play a Pokemon game that looked like this?

The first image shows a high-resolution screen of an arid region with a huge cliff face in the background. The scale of this makes it look somewhat life-like, too. 

On top of this, the character Red looks realistic, while maintaining the Pokemon style graphics, and also has Pikachu on his back. Pokemon such as Geodude, Mankey, Primeape, Sandshrew and Sandslash can be seen roaming in the world.

u/you_want_elvisA battle scene here remains turn-based but with a far more open world feel…

A second image shows a battle scene with Pikachu taking on a Pidgeotto. This doesn’t look as defined as the first, although it appears to be made by the same designer as the UI is mostly the same. The battle takes place in a field with rocks and a bridge on the horizon.

u/you_want_elvisRealistic Pokemon appearing in the open world is what most fans want…

Another image shows Red riding an Arcanine on a lucious open field with several Ponyta travelling opposite them. A snowy mountain can be seen in the background although its unclear just how big the open field is. This looks a little more cartoon like, as there is an outline on Red and his Arcanine.

Whether these images are one off concept designs or part of a fan-made game is unknown.

Armor Project/Bird Studio/Square EnixDragon Quest 11 on the 3DS (left) vs PS4 (right) shows a huge graphical difference…

Elsewhere, a comparison was shown between Dragon Quest 11 on the Nintendo 3DS and the same game on the PS4. The graphical difference between the two is massive. The 3DS version resembles something that looks like a SNES game whereas the PS4 unsurprisingly looks like a game befitting of 2019.

The comparison highlights what should be expected of Pokemon Sword and Shield, or at least that was its intention. If we won’t get a dream Pokemon game this time around, maybe Nintendo have something up their sleeve for 2020.


Where to find new Regi-Pokemon, Regieleki Regidrago, in the Crown Tundra

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:47 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 16:57

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC has brought an array of new and returning Legendary Pokemon with some brand new Regi-Pokemon among them. Here’s where you can find Regieleki and Regidrago.

The original Regis were introduced all the way back in the Hoenn region. Since then, there hasn’t been any new ones released, so the addition of Regieleki and Regidrago will certainly be welcomed.

They are only available in the Crown Tundra portion of Pokemon Sword and Shield. Fortunately you can get them almost immediately, which is in contrast to the story driven process of catching Calyrex.

The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away

Before we can get these exciting new Regi ‘mons though, we’ll need to catch the originals. They can be found in temples throughout the Crown Tundra, and unlike in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, they are easy to encounter.

Here’s Regirock, Regice and Registeel’s temple locations:

  • Regirock: Northeast of Dyna Tree Hill
  • Regice: Snowslide Slope
  • Registeel: West of Giant’s Bed
Regirock Regice Registeel Crown Tundra
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Regirock, Regice and Registeel are actually pretty easy to get hold of in the Crown Tundra…

Catch Regirock, Regice and Registeel first

When you reach any of the above locations, you will be given a small puzzle to solve. Don’t worry, as we said before you don’t need to be a Pokemon master to solve these.

When opening Regirock’s temple in Dyna Tree Hill you’ll be greeted with the message: “Let the first Pokemon hold a never-changing stone.” Sounds complicated, right? Wrong.

Simply give the first Pokemon in your party an Everstone and you’ll be granted access to the temple.

Meanwhile, Regice’s temple asks you to “Walk together with a living crystal of snow.” So, to open the temple, you’ll need to make a Cryogonal your Buddy Pokemon.

By sheer coincidence (not so much), there’ll be one outside in the closest patch of grass. Buddy up with one and you’ll be encountering Regice in no time.

Lastly, there is the formidable Registeel. This is even easier than the first two as the message, “Let ring the piercing note that will wake the giant of steel,” requires nothing more than a whistle.

That seems an overly simplistic way to awaken one of the strongest Legendary Pokemon, but we’re not complaining. Each temple has a pattern of Regi dots on the floor. To begin the encounter of each Regi, light up all of these by walking across them – it really is that simple!

Regieleki OR Regidrago

Unsurprisingly finding Regieleki and Regidrago isn’t as easy. Firstly head over to the Giant’s Foot within the Crown Tundra.

Eventually, you’ll come to a tunnel overlooking a lake, these are the Roaring-Sea Caves. Jump on your aquatic bike and make your way down there.

This will take you to an area called the Frigid Sea. You’ll need to jump back in the water very quickly, making your way to the land opening to your right. Try to avoid the Avaluggs which are disguised as icebergs!

Keep making your way round to find the temple where Regieleki and Regidrago reside. Unfortunately, you cannot get both of these Pokemon, at least within the same save file. So, you’ll need to make a tough choice between the electric or dragon-type Regi.

Regieleki Regidrago Pattern
Use the pattern on the left to encounter Regieleki, and the one on the right for Regidrago…

The temple – Split-Decision Ruins

As you approach the temple, there is a Pokeball on either side. The one on the left contains the TM Thunder and the one on the right Outrage – their sides indicate which of Regieleki and Regidrago you’ll encounter.

To enter you’ll need to have all three of the original Regis in your party. This of course shouldn’t be a problem, given we have just caught all of them. At this point, we’d recommend saving just in case you change your mind on anything.

Upon entering the Split-Decision Ruins you’ll notice you’re shown two patterns. Remember these, as the left one will result in encountering Regieleki and the right Regidrago.

Using the circles on the ground, walk across them to make one of these two patterns. Walk over to the statue and you’ll be able to encounter the Regi-Pokemon you chose via the pattern.

Both of these will be at Level 70, just like other Legendary ‘mons. It’s a shame you can’t get both of them, which makes your decision all the more important.

One other very exciting thing about these Regis, and the originals, is they can all be found in Shiny form, unlike a lot of other Legendaries that are Shiny locked. It may take you a lot of soft resets, but if you’re patient enough, you could have four Regi-shinies by the time you complete The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away chapter.