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Strange Pokemon Sword & Shield glitch is changing move types

Published: 23/Jul/2020 17:57

by Paul Cot


Pokemon games are no strangers to various forms of glitches, but this one is changing move types and completely shaking the game up!

In a video posted on Twitter from “Sorry-P The Catgirl,” the glitch happens when she scrolls through her party of Pokemon and then transfers out Lycanroc to her box.


“So I don’t know what caused this but I don’t think Close Combat is a Rock type move!” she exclaimed, realizing that something about the move was definitely amiss.

Close Combat is indeed a fighting-type move, so the glitch is clearly a malfunction. Just to be sure, we double checked and Close Combat has always been fighting-type — never rock.


The video starts with her checking the summary of her dual electric- and ghost-type Rotom, before flicking through the rest of her party. We don’t know whether this part has any bearing on the glitch.

From there she selects her Lycanroc and transfers it out to a box. Upon highlighting Urshifu next to it, its Close Combat move appears as a rock-type. After going back to Lycanroc and then once again to Urshifu, this time it appears as a fire-type move. The same thing happens to Iron Head, which is displayed as a fire-type move rather than its usual steel typing.

In battles?

We only get to see a 30 second clip, which means we don’t know if this issue continued outside of the box transfer.


Obviously if this transferred to battle then this would need to be something Game Freak and co. act on immediately, as it could greatly alter the outcome of matches and effectively nullify type advantages some Pokemon have over others.

There have already been exploits that allow trainers to avoid losses in Ranked Battles, so a second one affecting the results of competitive battling won’t make things any better. Fortunately there haven’t been any reports of such an issue occurring within a battle.

You can rest assured if there was such an exploit plenty of trainers would be using it, and it wouldn’t take long to get the spotlight shone on it.


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.