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Trainers aren’t happy with Pokemon Sword and Shield starter evolutions

Published: 15/Nov/2019 16:03

by Paul Cot


After waiting nearly nine months, the Pokemon Sword and Shield starter evolutions have finally been revealed.

A reveal, or even a tease, of Galar’s starter evolutions had been expected at some point in the build up of the game. However, Game Freak kept us all waiting until the release of Sword and Shield — or at least they tried to before the Pokedex leaked.

It looks like their intention was to have trainers select one of Grookey, Scorbunny or Sobble without knowing what they’d evolve into — despite being perhaps a little unrealistic.

Now we know Grookey evolves into Thwackey then Rillaboom, Scorbunny into Raboot then Cinderace and Sobble into Drizzile and Inteleon.

The Pokemon Sword and Shield starter final evolutions: Rillaboom, Cinderace and Inteleon

Maybe it was the long build up or overly high expectations, but there has been a sense of disappointment by them within the Pokemon community. This is by no means unanimous, although it’s certainly widespread enough for it to be notable.

Searching “starter evolutions” in Twitter will yield mostly negative comments. One trainer cut right to the point with his succinct tweet: “Sword & Shields starter evolutions are the worst in recent memory.”

Elsewhere, one Pokemon fan remained positive despite not being thrilled with the starter evolution designs.

They said: “Still unsure of which starter I’m gonna pick. I saw the leaked evolutions and I hate to say it, but I’m not a huge fan of any. Maybe I won’t use a starter? I hardly ever do anyway.”

It looks like the leaks didn’t impress another player, too: “I’ve been unsure of who I’m gonna pick for my new Pokemon starter ever since the Sword/Shield leaks. Honestly the evolutions are all awful.”

Maybe Game Freak would have been better off using these starter evolutions instead. After all we know how much they love Charizard

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Pokemon Sword and Shield has received mixed reviews so far with the removal of several notable species from the game, questionable graphics and what is perceived as a mediocre storyline.

It will be interesting to see if the fallout continues and how Sword and Shield will be looked back on in the months and years to come.


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

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.