Young Pokemon star gives adorable interview after upset Championship win

Published: 24/Feb/2020 1:06

by Andrew Amos


After taking down the reigning champion to claim victory in her first Oceania International Junior Championship, Singaporean Pokemon star Simone Lim gave an adorable interview to win trainers’ hearts over.

The best Pokemon players from around the world converged on Melbourne on February 21-23 to duke it out in the first major tournament of the year, the Oceania International Championships.

However, one young star stole the show in the VGC Junior event, after Simone Lim made an incredible upset victory over veteran Justin Miranda-Radbord to take home the title.

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Simone Lim took home the Pokemon VGC Oceania International Junior Championships, with the adorable trainer winning fans from all over.

The young Singaporean star, who is almost half the age of Miranda-Radbord, climbed from being the seventh-seed in the top eight to facing off against the 21-time regional champion in the final.

She took a game off Miranda-Radbord in the first round of the set, before he tied it up at one-a-piece in the second to force a third-game decider.

Lim was backed into a corner in the final game, down to her final Pokemon when she made the bold, championship-winning move with her Tyranitar to claim her first international title.

Lim went all out by using Crunch on Miranda-Radbord’s Dusclops after he protected his Rhyperior, reading him perfectly. After that, it was a straight-forward victory, using Superpower to knock down the Rhyperior to claim the win, with her friend running onto stage to give her a hug.

While the commentators were in awe of her read, in her mind there was no doubt. “I knew that he was going to protect the Rhyperior,” she said, while clutching her Eevee plush that was almost as big as her.

However, she did say that the pressure was getting to her after the second round. “I was nervous after the second round,” Lim said.

She also thanked her family, friends, and coach, as she claimed her first Junior Championship title “[I want to thank] my friends and my family and my coach.”

Her adorable interview won over fans at the arena and at home, with the clip being shared on social media thousands of times.

Lim also took home a minimum of $1,500 for her win, as well as earned an invitation to the World Championships, to be held in the United Kingdom this August.


Trainer confused by mystery location in Pokemon Sword & Shield’s Galar Region

Published: 21/Jan/2021 14:00

by Daniel Megarry


Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Galar Region map is vast and wonderful, but one trainer has spotted one place on the map they can’t manage to get to – a mystery house. 

The critically-acclaimed games have been out on the Nintendo Switch since 2019, and fans who have completed them probably believe they’ve seen everything the game has to offer.

But every now and then, something comes along that surprises players. Just recently, the community was stunned by the discovery of a Detective Pikachu easter egg that slipped by many players for over a year.

Now, one Pokemon Sword & Shield player has stumbled upon a strange house that they believe doesn’t show up in-game, but can be found on the map. What could it be?

Mysterious building found in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Reddit user jibbjebber took to the Pokemon Sword & Shield subreddit to share a screenshot of a building that appeared on their Galar map which they hadn’t seen before. They explained there was no obvious way to get to it, either.

“So while I was playing Pokemon, I looked at the map and saw this house. As far as I know there is no way to get to [it] and after looking up other maps it isn’t even there. If anyone knows more about [it] let me know,” they wrote.”

On the surface, this seemed like quite the discovery. Could we have really played this game for over a year now and never spotted such an obvious mystery?

So while I was play Pokémon, I looked at the map and saw this house, as far as I know there is no way to get to and after looking up other maps it isn’t even there, if anyone knows more about let me know. from PokemonSwordAndShield


The building appears behind Professor Magnolia’s house, and seemingly can’t be reached on foot. Galar Region maps that can be found online don’t appear to include the building, either, making things even more confusing.

It got the Pokemon trainer in question wondering what the building is used for in the game, and whether you can even visit it. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for a few other Redditors to find the answer.

Mystery solved

While jibbjebber assumed the mysterious building on the map was a house, it turns out it’s actually a train station.

In the comments section of the post, other Pokemon players pointed out that this is indeed a building that you can’t visit on foot, so in that way the poster was correct. But, it does serve a purpose as part of The Isle of Armor downloadable content.

Pokemon Sword & Shield Isle of Armor
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The Isle of Armor is a DLC for Pokemon Sword & Shield.

When a player wants to visit the DLC location, the train stops at the station, and a taxi then picks you up to take you to the Isle of Armor. It’s a simple explanation, but we can see why players might get confused! It does look like a house, after all.

It’s not the first time players have been left baffled by a Pokemon Sword & Shield mystery: Last year, a trainer discovered that there’s something not quite right about Wailmer and it caused plenty of debate.

At least this time, the answer was clear. Maybe the map icons could do with a slight tweak in the future, but it’s not exactly a game-breaking issue.