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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot

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To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.

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To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.

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During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

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  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

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Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…

Deerling

As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.

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It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.

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