The Shiny forms of Galarian Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres are very familiar

Published: 21/Oct/2020 14:03 Updated: 21/Oct/2020 14:05

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra is just around the corner and lots of details have been revealed ahead of time. Among them are the Shiny forms of the much anticipated Galarian Kanto birds – Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres.

When it comes to Legendary Pokemon there are few more recognizable than Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. So, when they were nowhere to be found in the Galar region trainers were unsurprisingly upset.

Fast forward several months though, and lots of those missing Pokemon have since been added. For Legendaries, however, trainers have had to wait until now – The Crown Tundra DLC release.

The Kanto birds aren’t among those returning legends though – at least not their original forms. Instead, Galarian forms are coming which gives the iconic trio a new lease of life.

While we don’t know if the original forms will be added at a later date, we do know that for the time being they won’t be. It looks like this omission has been noted by the developers because the Shiny colors of Galarian Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres are interesting, to say the least.

A nod to the Kanto region

The new Galarian forms may have different types and colors to the originals but each of their Shiny forms are immediately recognizable. That’s because each Shiny is the color of their original version.

So Galarian Articuno comes from purple to ice blue, Zapdos from orange to yellow, and Moltres from red and yellow to black and red. It’s a nice touch from the Pokemon Company which acknowledges their origins.

The information comes from Pokemon HOME which has accidentally released details ahead of time. One trainer summarized all of our excitement with a good old capitalized tweet: “THE SHINY VARIANTS ARE BASED ON THE KANTONIAN FORMS. THAT’S [AWESOME].” We couldn’t have said it any better, FranSunstar.

Now we just have to hope they aren’t shiny locked so trainers can do the unenviable task of repeated encounters!


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.