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Special Pokemon Sword and Shield Community Raid Hour arranged

Published: 6/Apr/2020 18:54

by Paul Cot


There’s a special Raid Hour coming to Pokemon Sword and Shield, but it’s not what you might think.

It actually has nothing to do with the Pokemon Company or Nintendo. In fact, it has been arranged by a super fan named Joe Merrick, owner of the Serebii website, who decided to do something to bring the Pokemon Community together in this difficult time.

Everyone is aware of what’s going on in the world right now, so we won’t harp on about it here. With a lot of people in self isolation, people have more time on their hands and are perhaps needing interaction with others.

Community Raid Hour
The Pokemon Sword and Shield Community Raid Hour will take place weekly on Wednesday…

Pokemon Community come together

One way to fix this, at least for Pokemon trainers, is to bring them together for a weekly Raid Hour. Max Raid Battles are a big part of Pokemon Sword and Shield and require trainers to join together in order to defeat some super strong species.

This is one of the best ways to catch powerful Pokemon. It’s also a great way to catch some of the more elusive ‘mons and even Gigantamax forms.

“We’re in a dark time right now, and it sucks. So for the past few days I’ve been putting together a whole new Pokemon community initiative,” Merrick shared on Twitter. “A Pokemon #CommunityRaidHour, in order to lift our spirits and give us something fun to focus on and play together.”

When is the Community Raid Hour?

That hour will take place on Wednesdays. It is open to all trainers and there will be “over 50 Pokemon content creators” who will also join and stream those Raid Battles. Those times are as follows:

  • 09:00 PDT
  • 12:00 EDT
  • 16:00 UTC
  • 17:00 BST
  • 18:00 CEST

There will also be optional challenges each week in an attempt to make it even more fun. Merrick shared further details: “This week: an Easter/Spring theme so use Rabbits, Egg related Pokemon, birds etc.” He concluded by saying: “The important thing here is for us to do some raids, either alone or with friends, and have fun!”

It’s an excellent idea and if it proves popular maybe it’ll be increased to more than once a week!


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.