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Sword & Shield players are finding unreleased Pokemon in Surprise Trades

Published: 10/Feb/2020 23:00

by Brent Koepp


Sword & Shield players were left baffled when they started receiving Generation VII Pokemon that aren’t even in the game yet during Surprise Trades, and were left questioning where they came from.

Pokemon Sword & Shield dropped in November 2019, and saw players taking on the Galar region which was largely based on locations in the U.K. The RPG released to positive critical reviews and enormous sales.

However, the beloved Nintendo title also faced backlash from the fandom over the developer scrapping the National Pokedex. Now, hackers have made it possible to get characters from previous gens in the game, and trainers are randomly receiving these monsters through Surprise Trades.

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Sword & Shield has 400 Pokemon in the game.

Unreleased Pokemon in Sword & Shield

With the eighth generation release, Game Freak decided to scrap the National Pokedex, meaning players couldn’t bring in the Pokemon they caught from previous entries in the franchise. Sword & Shield was very limited by the characters represented across the gens as a result.

However over on the Pokemon subreddit, user ‘giveitabone’ was left stunned when they received Gen VII’s fire starter Litten. With good reason, since the beloved cat isn’t actually in the game. “Just got this Litten from surprise trade???” they posted in confusion.

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A Reddit user was perplexed when he received the Gen VII starter in a surprise swap.

How is this possible? Well Redditor ‘ccclix’ commented on the post and explained, “People generated raids for the unreleased pokemon. They got bred and are now being traded away.” The person that made the topic replied and exclaimed, “That must be the reason. Because I just got a Squirtle from Surprise Trade too!”

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A Redditor explained that the unreleased Pokemon had been added to the game by generated raids.

Shockingly, fans of the series have been running into illegitimate raids since early February, such as Reddit user ‘NewBacon’ who posted a photo of having joined a G-Max raid with Sun & Moon’s Legendary Solgaleo.

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A trainer found themselves in a raid featuring Sun & Moon’s legendary Pokemon.

The latest title in the long-running franchise has apparently been hacked, with tricksters generating raids with Pokemon that aren’t actually in the game. User ‘frostwalker’ explained, “It’s an hacker who has recently created hacked max raid battles with legendary pokemons like mewtwo or solgaleo or staters like squirtle, which are not in the game right now.”

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A trainer explained that a hacker had found a way to create raids to host characters not in the game.

Interestingly, after the monsters are being caught from these events, trainers are breeding them and trading the offspring throughout the playerbase. So don’t be shocked if you suddenly receive a character that isn’t actually in the eighth generation title.

At time of writing, neither Game Freak or Nintendo have commented on these hacked raids. But it makes you wonder, even if they patch it out, what about all the Pokemon that have been bred, and were legitimately traded in the game?

Fans of the series not entirely happy with Sword & Shield’s roster have ‘Home’ to look forward to in 2020, as the paid subscription service will finally allow them to add their previously caught monsters to the latest release.


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00

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.