Video suggests Pokemon Sword and Shield devs are reusing Nintendo 3DS animations

Published: 2/Jul/2019 11:37 Updated: 15/Jul/2019 0:42

by Paul Cot


Ahead of the Pokemon Sword and Shield release, Game Freak have had a lot of criticism thrown their way and now a video has emerged which suggests they have been recycling animations from previous Pokemon games.

The build up the latest Pokemon game has been marred with negativity, mainly due to the removal of the National Pokedex. However, this isn’t the only reason a lot of fans have become disenfranchised.

It has been suggested that Game Freak are also recycling textures from past games. Now, with the below video surfacing, which looks fairly conclusive, it appears animations are also being used again.

Specifically the video shows Wingull posturing in the same way as it does in Pokemon Sun and Moon. The video then goes onto the animations when a Pokemon receives damage – comparisons are made Bunnelby, Machoke, Pikachu and then Wingull again.

It’s pretty hard to deny the video barring a huge coincidence in how they programme the supposedly new animations. Regardless, it isn’t a good look for Game Freak who had previously used this reason for the aforementioned National Pokedex removal.

Animation excuse is not very effective

This video has disappointed some Pokemon fans even further as in an interview with USGamer, the producer of Pokemon Sword and Shield, Junichi Masuda, had previously said: “Now [Pokemon games are] on the Nintendo Switch, we’re creating it with much higher fidelity with higher quality animations.”

In light of this video Masuda’s statement has come under additional scrutiny. It had been speculated that Game Freak were struggling with the late 2019 release schedule of Pokemon Sword and Shield – speculation that increasingly looks like it might have had some truth to it.

Dynamax Pokemon as well?

Elsewhere, some Pokemon trainers point to the Dynamax Pokemon saying they do have unique animations. However, another video (from u/YukiiShiyoji) had been shared indicating that they are also indeed the same animations but just slowed down.

Pokemon Sword and Shield releases on November 15, 2019 and it will be intriguing to see how the fallout develops over the coming months.


How to claim Mystery Gifts in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Published: 2/Dec/2020 13:15 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 13:17

by David Purcell


Pokemon Sword and Shield players can get their hands on some of the coolest free Mystery Gifts and if you would like to claim them, there are some tricks you need to know about. They do have deadlines, though, so act fast! 

With both expansions for Sword and Shield — The Isle of Armor & The Crown Tundra —  released, there’s nothing stopping us from opening some special presents in the Galar Region this year, with the chance to get ahold of a number of useful items for a limited time.

If you’re looking to catch ’em all in these Pokemon games, opening some mystery gifts will certainly help you along the way. So, let’s take a look at what you can claim and how it all works.

Crown Tundra with Glastier Spectrier on mountain
Pokemon Company
Glastier and Spectrier became available on October 22nd with The Crown Tundra expansion.

Mystery gifts mostly have different variants of PokeBalls in them, but recently actual Pokemon have been added to the mix.

How to get Mystery Gifts in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Mystery Gifts can be unlocked in a number of ways. Occasionally, there will be free codes linked to an event like a Pokemon anniversary or new release. Players can also unlock Mystery Gifts through Ranked Battles and in-game events.

Claiming your Mystery Gifts in Pokemon is easy, but it won’t be available until you complete the game’s first event in Slumbering Weald. This is where you encounter Sword or Shield’s legendary Pokemon for the first time.

Once you’ve done this, follow the steps below to claim your Mystery Gift:

  1. Load up Pokemon Sword or Shield.
  2. Open the game menu by pressing X and select Mystery Gift, with the pink present icon.
  3. Select the Get A Mystery Gift option.
  4. Choose which method you want to use to receive a gift. If you have a code, select the Get With Code/Password option.
  5. Collect your gifts and enjoy!
Pokemon / NintendoHere’s the menu you need to visit in order to redeem your Mystery Gift codes.

Pokemon will be added to your Party or your Pokemon Boxes if there’s no room. Fashion items can be found by visiting the fitting room of any in-game boutique. Non-fashion items will appear in your Bag.

You can see previously downloaded Mystery Gifts by choosing ‘Check Mystery Gifts’ in the menu.

Pokemon Sword & Shield Mystery Gifts (December)

There are currently no new active free Mystery Gift codes. We’ll update this section when we get any new information, so make sure you check back in the future.

Previous gifts included eight Pikachu hat variants to celebrate the release of The Crown Tundra. These were acquired by entering a series of codes, but they expired on November 30, 2020.

We’d expect more similar gifts to appear in the near future.

More free rewards in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Free Gigantamax capable Melmetal

Those who have played Pokemon Go are in luck, as transferring Pokemon between Pokemon Go & Pokemon HOME will allow you to open a Mystery Box in Sword & Shield containing a special Melmetal with Gigantamax capabilities!

Free Gigantamax capable Pikachu & Eevee

Those who have played Pokemon Let’s Go: Pikachu or Pokemon Let’s Go: Eevee and have saved data on their game can grab themselves a special version of the game case stars in the Galar Region.

Gigantamax Pikachu and Eevee
The Pokemon Company
Grab yourself a Gigantamax capable Pokemon for free!

You will receive a Pikachu or Eevee, depending on what title you played, that can transform into its Gigantamax form. You can collect that free gift inside the Wild Area’s train station. More information on how to do that in our guide.

On that bombshell, there we have it! Those are all of the ways we have found to receive a free mystery gift in Pokemon Sword and Shield. If we find any more, we’ll update this article with more codes and tricks.