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More details revealed about Pokemon Sword and Shield’s wild area

Published: 12/Jun/2019 1:56 Updated: 12/Jun/2019 11:28

by Paul Cot


Nintendo’s Pokemon Sword and Shield E3 demo has revealed fresh details about the game’s expanded wild areas. Streamed from Nintendo Treehouse following the company’s Direct broadcast, the demo showed the player exploring the vast nature zones between cities.

The demo revealed the types Pokemon which players will encounter in the long grass, weather changes and more details about max raid battles.


Wild area hosts powerful Pokemon

The wild area is home to the largest variety of Pokemon in the Galar region, many of them powerful. Nintendo showed off some of the new ones in the demo, including a a level 26 Machoke encounter.

Whether the Pokemon in these wild areas are more powerful than those in the city remains to be be seen, but the trainer playing the demo had a team of Pokemon that were mostly at level 12, with a Corviknight at level 45. This would suggest that you, hopefully, won’t find too many over-powered Pokemon.


The Pokemon Sword & Shield website has confirmed that you won’t be able to throw Pokeballs at Pokemon found in the wild area. This suggests that the wild area will be accessible early on in the game as the Pokemon Company wouldn’t want players to catch these powerful Pokemon early as that could make the game too easy.

Weather changes everything

As well as showing off new Pokemon, Nintendo revealed that different Pokemon will appear in the wild areas depending on the weather at the time. As a result, each time you travel through the wild area, it should provide a different experience, keeping it fresh and exciting as you explore the large, beautiful landscape, which features many trees and lakes.

Also, the weather will affect which Pokemon are effective in battles. For example, during a thunderstorm, water and electric-type Pokemon will become more effective, adding a new layer of strategy to catching.


More details about max raid battles

Remember the red beams of light that were shown during Pokemon Direct on June 5? Nintendo have confirmed that they are actually called Pokemon dens. The red light shows a Dynamax Pokemon is waiting inside which you take on with up to four other trainers in max raid battles, before attempting to capture it.

PokemonThe red beam of light indicates a Dynamax Pokemon is waiting inside…

The battle background completely changes for these max raid battles, making it look like they take place underground. Exploring them can lead to max raid battles, but only when the red light is showing.

Elsewhere, many more details have been rumoured following a Pokemon Sword and Shield leak from a credible source. These include new details on gym leaders, regional evolutions and another legendary Pokemon.


We’re sure to find out more info before Pokemon Sword and Shield is released on on November 15, 2019 for the Nintendo Switch.


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.