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What happens if you lose to Eternatus in Pokemon Sword and Shield?

Published: 27/Nov/2019 11:13

by Paul Cot


Before you face Leon in an attempt to become champion of the Galar region, you’ll need to stop the Darkest Day by defeating Eternatus. What happens in Pokemon Sword and Shield if you were to lose to the evil legend, though?

Not many trainers have tried because, firstly, why would you try to lose and secondly it’s actually difficult to lose. Despite being one of the more important events, and being up against a Pokemon with the best base stats we’ve ever seen in a Pokemon game, the battles are actually very easy.

The fight against Eternatus is actually divided into two battles. The first one is against the ‘standard’ Eternatus and the second one against “Eternamax” Eternatus, a form which is only seen in this particular battle. Its ridiculous stats aren’t all that troubling because you take it on in a Max Raid Battles format where you are joined by Hop and the other legendary Pokemon from the Galar region, Zacian and Zamazenta.

Pokemon CompanyEternatus in its ‘normal’ form…

Losing the first battle

When first approaching Eternatus, you’ll see Leon trying to catch it but to no avail. The 65 foot Pokemon is at level 60 but if you have anything resembling a decent team you’ll be able to take it out easily. Let’s flip the script though, and lose on purpose. This is something Pokemon YouTuber, PokeTips, tried. They made the battle easy for Eternatus by using a level 16 Electrike but what happened next?

Well what happened next was what happens in all Pokemon games. You lose some Poke dollars and start back at the closest Pokemon Center. We’re not sure what Eternatus will do with a few Poke dollars in addition to all the Dynamax energy in the Galar region!

It’s nice of the one of the most evil Pokemon in the franchise’s history to allow you to scurry off and heal but that’s what happens. Perhaps more annoyingly, which gives detractors from the game extra ammunition, is that when you return the same cutscene plays out, whereby Leon throws the same PokeBall at it.

PokeTipsLeon clearly forgot he already tried to catch Eternatus…

Eternamax Eternatus

What happens if we lose the second stage of the battle against its Eternamax form, though? Interestingly this part of the battle seems to be more difficult to lose despite its new, more powerful form and it growing to 328 feet tall.

PokeTips had to take some strong measures to make sure they lost the battle. This included attacking their own team (Charizard’s Flamethrower is no match for either Zacian or Zamazenta) and even healing Eternatus using Gardevoir’s Heal Pulse.

Regardless, they got the victory (by losing in this case). Shockingly, even the Eternamax Eternatus is nice enough to let you get back to the Pokemon Center unharmed. When returning, we’re no longer greeted with Leon and his antics but start from the point of taking on its ultra form — a disappointing result, especially for those who want at least a little bit of realism in the game.

Unfortunately, tests like this won’t help disprove the perception that Pokemon Sword and Shield is too easy. It also makes the game look unfinished somewhat as such an obvious scenario hasn’t really been accounted for.

If you’re one of the trainers that do think your journey through Galar is too easy, then you can try our three ways to make Pokemon Sword and Shield more challenging.

Thanks to PokeTips for trying something a little different and really testing the game.


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.