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Trainers criticize Pokemon Home price and how it will work

Published: 29/Jan/2020 17:17

by Paul Cot


After months of waiting, it has finally been confirmed that Pokemon Home will release in February 2020. Further details about the Pokemon storage system have, unsurprisingly, led to mixed reactions from trainers.

Among those details was the price of the Pokemon Home app. While the basic version is free, the premium version, which offers a lot more, is a subscription-based service.

Price for premium

Longer subscriptions provide quite a substantial discount, as follows:

  • 1 month (30 days): $2.99
  • 3 months (90 days): $4.99
  • 12 months (365 days): $15.99
Pokemon Home How it works
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Basic diagram showing how Pokemon Home works…

There will always be contrasting opinions as to whether this pricing structure is fair. One trainer was particularly peeved with the price tag, saying: “that pricetag is absurd, I cannot for the life of me find that reasonable.”

Pokemon held hostage

Elsewhere there are concerns as to what happens when you stop subscribing to Pokemon Home. “So what if I pay a month, transfer over with bank, leave them there and my home expires, and repay another month in June?” LeafNever asked us on Twitter.

As of writing, we don’t have an official answer to this question but we can only presume they would. We will update this article when this is (or isn’t) confirmed.

Twitter user Kirihum shared the some insight after having used Pokemon Bank: “If it’s anything like bank then they’ll delete them if you stop paying, which means the Pokemon you can’t transfer to SwSh will be trapped in there and basically be held hostage unless you keep paying until they make a new game where these Pokemon MIGHT be included.”

Other trainers have drawn parallels between the concept of Pokemon Home and a hostage situation. This is because some Pokemon from games other than Sword and Shield can’t be transferred back. With Pokemon Sword and Shield not having the National Pokedex (you may have heard about that) those Pokemon remain stuck in storage until they are introduced to the Gen 8 game or a new game down the line includes them.

These are certainly valid concerns, which is why what happens to those Pokemon if you decide to end any subscription is so important.

Home solves a lot of problems

While some trainers are pessimistic about the long-awaited arrival of Pokemon Home, others are excited for it. There could well be flaws with it and the pricing structure will always be a topic of debate.

It does, however, solve a big problem that a lot of trainers have. With fans having played the games since the earliest days of Pokemon Red and Blue, some will have a vast collection of species that they wish to centralize. Pokemon Home does exactly that.

We asked who’s excited by the upcoming release of Pokemon Home and most trainers are looking forward to it. Gary Chandler replied saying: “I have tons of shinys on let’s go so I can’t wait to keep them 100% safe.”

Other trainers will surely be sharing this sentiment, too. Only time will tell if Pokemon Home lives up to the hype – if it does it will be staple of Pokemon gaming for many years to come.


How to get Calyrex and Glastrier/Spectrier in the Crown Tundra DLC

Published: 23/Oct/2020 9:35

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Sword and Shield’s the Crown Tundra DLC is finally available which means trainers can get their hands on the region’s featured Legendary Pokemon, Calyrex.

Calyrex ruled all of Galar throughout ancient times, so it’s safe to say the King Pokemon will be a fantastic addition to your Pokedex. It may not appear strong at just 1.1 meters tall and 7.7kg in weight but it is highly intelligent.

In fact, it is so clever that it’s said to see every past, present, and future event. Let’s break down how to encounter Calyrex in the Crown Tundra.

Calyrex Shiny Lock
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Calyrex is the featured Legendary Pokemon of the new Crown Tundra DLC…

Calyrex location

Finding The King Pokemon is a several step process. Firstly, you’ll need to get to the point of the Crown Tundra story where you obtain the Legendary Clues in Peony’s house. This is located in Freezington.

From there pick up the Wooden Crown which can be found in his living room. By sheer coincidence (or not), there is a statue just outside where the aforementioned Crown fits like a glove. This is a statue of Calyrex (without its crown) sitting on what is either Glastrier or Spectrier. Put the crown on this statue.

This will cause Calyrex to appear which will result in a battle. The dual grass and psychic-type is relatively easy to defeat.

Following this, it will want you to interact with various NPCs in Freezington to find out whether members of the community remember it for its plentiful harvest.

Calyrex will share more about its history telling you about its loyal steed – Glastrier or Spectrier (more on that below). As part of the story, you’re required to buy some Carrot Seeds.

Again, coincidentally, a NPC is selling them right by the previous NPCs. This will cost 8 Dynite Ore.

To have this amount you will have needed to have successfully won your first Dynamax Adventure. If you haven’t, you’ll need to go back and do so.

Calyrex will then want you to choose between two locations to grow the carrots. One of them is a plot of land by gravestones and the other is in a field of “pristine snow”.

Glastrier and Spectrier

This is where the other Legendary Pokemon from the Crown Tundra come into play. Spectrier and Glastrier are Horse Pokemon with different typings.

The former is a ghost-type while the latter is ice. Therefore, it will come as no surprise Calyrex summons Spectrier when you plant the Carrot Seeds by the gravestones and Glastrier when planted by the pristine snow.

Whichever one you choose will result in you battling it back in Freezington. When you defeat it, you will obtain a tuft of Mane Hair.

This will then be used to construct the Reins of Unity. To do that you’ll need to talk to Calyrex (again) – at this point, you’re getting to know each other well – and it will give you the Radiant Petal. Take both of these to the Mayor’s House and Peony will give you the Reins of Unity.

Now you can make your way to the Crown Shrine which is located at the top of the Crown Tundra. Calyrex will be waiting for you.

Place the Carrot in the Shrine and either Spectrier or Glastrier will come for it. Calyrex will take this opportunity to jump on it. After seemingly taming it, the two fuse together to create the Shadow Rider or Ice Rider fusion forms.

Calyrex Glastrier
Calyrex fuses with Glastrier/Spectrier when it jumps on it and tames it…

Reins of Unity

Now Calyrex’s fusion form is waiting for you to battle it (and capture). Although you can battle it as many times as you want, it’s probably wise to save it beforehand to avoid having to get all the way back up to the Crown Shrine.

It can be difficult to capture, so make sure you have a relatively strong team and a lot of PokeBalls. Unfortunately, Calyrex is one of the few Pokemon that are Shiny locked in the Crown Tundra, so don’t waste your time soft resetting, a Shiny isn’t going to happen!

When you do capture Calyrex’s in its Shadow or Ice Rider form, you can actually use the Reins of Unity to separate the two Pokemon. This results in two Pokedex entries!

For those asking whether you can catch both Glastrier and Spectrier, no you can’t, at least not on the same save file. The process of capturing Calyrex sounds long-winded, but it’s actually pretty simple and is naturally achieved by going through the story.