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Pokemon Sword & Shield’s Isle of Armor map finally revealed

Published: 26/Mar/2020 22:03

by David Purcell


A brand new map for Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Isle of Armor DLC has finally been revealed, and some players are already comparing it to the Wild Area found on the original Galar Region island. 

Two Expansion Pass packs have been announced by Game Freak and The Pokemon Company for 2020, with the first coming in June – the Isle of Armor – and the second – The Crown Tundra – releasing a little later in the year.


With the first set not far away now, a number of new details were revealed during two brand new trailers on March 26, with the first including some fresh Gigantamax forms and new content that will be included in the package. However, the second from that Nintendo Direct Mini presentation gave us a first-look at the next DLC map to be added to the game – and it’s looking pretty small.

First-look at Pokemon Sword & Shield’s Isle of Armor map

The official Nintendo YouTube channel also uploaded an Expansion Pass trailer on March 26, following the Direct Mini, and just 11 seconds into the video you can see the new Isle of Armor island.


Just like the original photos of the map had suggested, this isn’t going to be a place of vast plains like the mainland. Instead, it appears to be quite a small space that trainers will soon be able to roam around, catch new Pokemon and battle.

Pokemon Isle of Armor map
Pokemon / Nintendo
Eagle-eyed Pokemon fans will have spotted the new map during Nintendo’s Direct Mini.

Based on the first-look image of a minimap, we can see at least four main points of interest – seen below – which appear to be a church, two towers and another building. We’ll come onto some more information on those in a moment.

(Timestamp in the video below at 0:10)


Pokemon Sword & Shield: Isle of Armor map locations

Tower in Pokemon's Isle of Armor
Pokemon / Nintendo
There are two different towers to battle at in the Isle of Armor and you will face that task alone – with Kubfu.

The trailer didn’t just show us the map in-full, however, as it also ran through a number of different locations we can expect to see when we arrive there. A full list can be found below:

  • Dojo
  • Tower of Darkness
  • Tower of Waters

On the Isle of Armor, you will find a Dojo for Pokemon battles. Here, trainers will gather to master their skills, pick up a legendary partner called a Kubfu and – using your training from Master Mustard – take on one tower challenges together. For more information on Kubfu and its evolutions, check out our guide here.

Pokemon trainers react

After finally getting a chance to see the map for the first time, Pokemon players have been reacting on Reddit – with some shocked by how small the new area is. It has also been compared to the Wild Area, too, where the landscape looks vast with a number of different locations, but quite easy to travel around.


In a thread on the Sword and Shield subreddit, one user said: “The depiction of it on the minimap looks smaller than the Wild Area,” while another posted, “Given that they only show three buildings and how boring most biomes in the Wild Area in the main game are, I’m not getting my hopes up.”

Others, however, were delighted to finally see the new island, and it’s not long now until they will get a chance to play on it. Soon enough, Kubfu will be ours!


Pokemon Go October Community Day: Charmander move, research tasks, more

Published: 17/Oct/2020 4:15 Updated: 17/Oct/2020 18:47

by Paul Cot


To the delight, and dismay of others, Charmander will headline the Pokemon Go October Community Day. As usual there will be bonuses, Community Day research and an exclusive move.

It is the second time Charmander headlines a Community Day. The iconic Kanto starter previously headlined in May of 2018.


It’s a decision that doesn’t sit well with some trainers but it came about as a result of a public vote. Porygon won that vote but Charmander came second, meaning it gets the October headlining spot.

Start time

The Pokemon Go October CD takes place on Saturday, October 17. They have been alternating between Saturday and Sunday, so make sure you know it’s on Saturday and don’t miss out!


Since April, Community Days have been lasting for six hours, instead of the traditional three. That continues for this one, starting at 11am and finishing 5pm local time.


Three-hour Incense has been a mainstay of Community Days since the global health crisis began and remains for the Charmander CD, too. The other bonus this time around is 3x Catch Stardust.

Charizard October Community Day
Charizard’s exclusive move for the October Community Day is Dragon Breath…

Exclusive move

Charmander, or more accurately, Charizard’s exclusive move is Dragon Breath. This is a powerful dragon-type (clue is the name) Fast Move that many believe will change Charizard’s standing in the Pokemon Go meta.


It will automatically be taught to Charizard, if you evolve Charmeleon anytime during the event or within two hours after. In other words if you get a Charizard between the times of 11am and 7pm it will have the Fast Move Dragon Breath by default.

Interestingly one of Charizard’s Mega Evolutions, Mega Charizard X, is a dual dragon and fire-type. This means the dragon-type move Dragon Breath will get a boost, known as STAB. This is in addition to Charizard X’s incredible attacking stats.

Special Research

The Charmander Community Day exclusive Special Research is called A Tale of Tails. It costs $0.99 to buy. The tasks and rewards are as follows:


Stage 1/5

  • Power up Pokemon 10 times – 10 PokeBalls
  • Catch 15 Charmander – 20 Charmander Candy
  • Make 5 Nice Throws – Charmander encounter
  • Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 1 Incense, 1 Charmander encounter

Stage 2/5

  • Catch 15 Charmander – 20 Charmander Candy
  • Transfer 10 Pokemon – Charmeleon encounter
  • Evolve 3 Charmander – 1,000 XP
  • Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 1 Incense, 1 Poffin

Stage 3/5

  • Make 3 Great Curveball Throws – 20 Charmander Candy
  • Evolve 1 Charmeleon – 5 Golden Razz Berries
  • Transfer 10 Pokemon – 1,500 XP
  • Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 1 Incense, 1 Rocket Radar

Stage 4/5

  • Make 15 Nice Throws – 5 Silver Pinap Berries
  • Take a snapshot of a fire-type Pokemon – 1,500 XP
  • Power up Pokemon 10 times – 5,000 Stardust
  • Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 3 Rare Candy, 1 Charizard encounter

Stage 5/5

  • Claim reward (x3) – 150 Mega Charizard energy
  • Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 3,000 XP, 150 Mega Charizard energy

There had been some murmurings online that the original Charmander catch difficulty would be in place for the Community Day, too. However, we can confirm that isn’t true and the catch chances have been increased inline with other CDs.