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Wailord highlights huge flaw in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Published: 22/Apr/2020 14:26

by Paul Cot


Even months after its release, trainers are still loving Pokemon Sword and Shield. The game does have one huge flaw though, which is highlighted every time Wailord gets into battle.

That issue is the game doesn’t show just how large Wailord is. A lot of you will know the that the word massive doesn’t do the Float Whale Pokemon’s size justice.


Not only is it the biggest in terms of overall size, but it is actually the second tallest. It would have been the tallest too, if it weren’t for Eternatus’ introduction in Gen 8.

Wailord Gyarados Size Pokemon Sword Shield
Unless that is one tiny Wailord, its size has been drastically underestimated.

Scaling isn’t working

So, it would have been reasonable to expect quite the spectacle when it comes out to battle. Well, that is from the case as it doesn’t look much bigger than many of its opponents.


In fact a fairly small Pokemon trainer is actually taller than it! In the image above, if its billed 14.5 meter height is accurate, then it should be around ten times taller.

Meanwhile, Gyarados is also one of the taller Pokemon at 6.5 meters. Again, its appearance in this battle only highlights the problem further.

That isn’t all though as other smaller Pokemon don’t look far off it either. Charizard, who is officially 1.7 meters, would look similar in size as well.


Genius Sonority show them how’s it done

The size issue could probably be overlooked if it wasn’t for the fact that a Pokemon game from 16 years ago managed to scale species properly! These were both built for the Gamecube by developers Genius Sonority and to this day hold up pretty well.

Even though they were released 17 and 15 years ago respectively, they are still often used to highlight how Pokemon games should be made – especially with the relatively poor hardware they had to work with. This is exactly what DistantKingdom decided to do.

This is despite some of the newer trainers never getting the chance to play Pokemon Colosseum or Gale of Darkness. They were both built for the Gamecube by developers Genius Sonority and to this day hold up pretty well.

Wailord Corphish Scaling
Wailord in comparison to Corphish shows how Pokemon XD Gale of Darkness scaled species properly.

Whether scaling was simply an oversight from Game Freak or it was something they were unable to do on the Nintendo Switch, there hasn’t been any official comment on it. It’s very unlikely we will see Pokemon Sword and Shield updated to fix it.

Hopefully they’ll be able to show just how big (and small) some Pokemon are when the next game gets released. We’ll have to wait and see whether that will be in 2020 or the following year, though.


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


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.


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!


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.


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


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.


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.

Snivy Pokemon Go
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.


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.