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Stranger restores faith in humanity with Pokemon Sword and Shield trade

Published: 23/Jun/2020 14:26

by Paul Cot


There’s nothing worse than accidentally sending a rare Pokemon to a complete stranger, but thankfully this trainer sent it to someone honest.

The trainer in question was trying to complete their Pokemon Sword and Shield Pokedex by trading his Zacian with a friend’s Bulbasaur. Of course, Zacian, the Legendary fairy-type from the Galar region, is super rare, only appearing once during the game.

That means very few trainers would be willing to give theirs away – especially for a Bulbasaur! The deal was that AndreZB2000 and his friend would trade back afterwards. However, that never happened.

Honest Pokemon trainer

After the trade completed AndreZB2000’s friend asked him: “When are you going to give me your Zacian!?” Alarm bells obviously started ringing at this point.

The grave realization quickly descended upon him that he had actually sent his coveted Zacian to a complete stranger! Pokemon Sword and Shield players who have traded before will know that seeing that Zacian again was unlikely – but this time was an exception.

In what can only be described as a Hail Mary attempt, the former Zacian owner set the same code again to try and initiate the reverse trade. Somehow AndreZB2000 and the stranger were reconnected and they kindly sent Zacian back.

That stranger who is called “fattygords” in Pokemon Sword and Shield presumably realized that this trade was indeed an accident. It’s good to see there are still trainers with honor!

Zacian TradeZacian was one of three new Legendary Pokemon introduced in Pokemon Sword and Shield…

Some trades don’t go as well

While this story did have a happy ending, there are plenty that don’t. There will always be some that take advantage of people, but there are also other instances where honest mistakes are made.

SketchyPheonix made one of those honest mistakes which likely infuriated the person they were trading with. “Someone once traded me a haunter called givBac2evolv. I was going to trade it back, but there was a communication error and I couldn’t find the trainer again.”

That Pokemon was a Gengar which they still have to this day. We can only hope this wasn’t a Pokemon they desperately wanted. The other trainer was called Brian and SketchyPheonix sent him a message through Reddit: “If you are reading this, Brian I still have your Gengar.”

Lesson learned trainers, be careful with your trades, not everyone is as honest as fattygords.


Pokemon Sword & Shield player loses Master Ball due to Joy-Con drift

Published: 1/Dec/2020 21:07

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon player was left fuming after they lost their coveted Master Ball due to the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con drift issue. The hardware error robbed the Trainer of the rare item.

Pokemon Sword & Shield made its eighth generation debut with the release of Sword & Shield in November 2019. The Nintendo Switch title introduced players to the Galar region for the very first time.

A player participating in one of the game’s new features, Dynamax Raids, was left stunned when their Joy-Con hardware error made them accidentally use a Master Ball on an incredibly common monster.

Screenshot of Pokemon Sword & Shield Gym Leader Piers.
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A Pokemon player was stunned after wasting their Master Ball.

Joy-Con drift problem causes Pokemon tragedy

A few months after its launch, many Switch owners began to complain about their controller’s joystick getting stuck and moving their character in-game on its own. Notoriously named “Joy-Con drift”, Nintendo’s own president Shuntaro Furukawa even acknowledged the issue in June and apologized for the “trouble caused to our customers.”

The hardware issue tragically struck a Pokemon Sword & Shield player during their Dynamax Raid. Pokemon Trainer ‘ZucchiniBoi12‘ uploaded a video of the nightmare inducing moment to the r/PokemonSwordAndShield subreddit on November 30.

In the clip, the fan goes to select a Pokeball after defeating a Ninjask, when suddenly their controller quickly scrolls up and down before unluckily landing on their Master Ball. Unfortunately, the player wasn’t paying attention and pressed A, wasting their precious Master Ball on the common monster.

Thanks joy con drift 😐 from PokemonSwordAndShield

Despite the tragic circumstances, some in the community didn’t have any sympathy for the Trainer. Various players pointed out that while the Joy-Con drift did freak out during the selection process, it stopped for a few seconds on their Master Ball. Others explained that the fan should have soft-reset their game, which would have given them back their lost item.

Screenshot of Reddit comments reacting to Pokemon Sword & Shield player losing their Master Ball.

Despite the criticism, ZucchiniBoi12 explained that it was a genuine mistake, and stated that they weren’t paying close enough attention before confirming. This isn’t the first time the hardware issue has plagued the game, either. In November, a player went viral after Joy-Con drift ruined their attempt to catch a Shiny Regieleki after spending hundreds of hours to spawn its encounter.

Whether you feel sympathy or not, it always hurts to see a Master Ball go to waste. If nothing else, the tragic story is just another reminder for Trainers to always check before pressing confirm. It becomes far too easy to not pay attention while spending hours grinding, and you never know when Joy-Con drift may happen.