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Trainers want the first Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC released now

Published: 8/Apr/2020 14:18

by Paul Cot

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The first Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion DLC is still a couple of months away, but that hasn’t stopped fans wanting its immediate release.

The Isle of Armor DLC is scheduled to release in June, as it has been since it was first revealed. The second of the announced DLCs, The Crown Tundra, will come some time in the fall.

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Due to current global health situation (you may have heard about it) people have a lot more time on their hands. For Pokemon trainers, that inevitably means spending more time playing Pokemon games.

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Could Nintendo and co be convinced to release the Isle of Armor DLC early?

There’s lots of games to play, and plenty to do in all of them. Playing through the story of the mainline games, completing your Pokedex, and even shiny hunting are just a few of the pastimes Pokemon fans can do.

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With that said though, some trainers are ready for brand new content.

Isle of Armor release early?

With Pokemon Sword and Shield being the latest game out, having released in November 2019, players are understandably looking towards the Nintendo Switch title for something new.

We know what that something new is but there are still a couple months to wait. Trainers are imploring Nintendo and co to release the first DLC early — after all now seems a good time to do so.

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Trainers ask for DLC now

Many have been vocal on the topic for weeks now but as of writing there has been no response from the Pokemon Company regarding the potential of an early release. “I assume they aren’t releasing it because it isn’t finished yet,” michapman2 shared on Reddit.

They went on to question whether it would be playable if it released right now, “That being said, I would love it if it were really finished and available to play now.”

Meanwhile on Twitter, Jayy Domonick sent a message to Game Freak — although he forgot to tag them — asking them to release it early because of the quarantine many are adhering to.

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[email protected] tried their luck with the Pokemon Twitter account. Unfortunately they didn’t respond but that isn’t exactly a surprise.

In truth it seems very unlikely they would budge from their initial schedule of June. Even if they wanted to it, they might not be able to.

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It’s entirely possible the expansion pass is still in development and, therefore, releasing it early would only cause them to rush. That would get it out earlier, but could also harm the product with bugs.

Niantic have been actively making changes to Pokemon Go to make the game more playable in wake of people actively staying at home. So, who knows, maybe the teams behind Pokemon Sword and Shield will do the same. Don’t hold your breath though.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

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So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.