Why are trainers so desperate to find Ditto in Pokemon Sword and Shield?

Published: 28/Nov/2019 17:32 Updated: 28/Nov/2019 17:42

by Paul Cot


Trainers are desperately trying to find Ditto in Pokemon Sword and Shield, but it isn’t just to complete the Galar Pokedex. Ditto is extremely useful when breeding Pokemon.

The Transform Pokemon is quite the enigma whereby its sole move is Transform, a move which copies the genetic code of the Pokemon it is battling. It will copy its type, moveset and physical appearance but will stay at the same level.

Transform, at least with Ditto, has never been particularly effective. This is because you have to sacrifice a turn without dealing any damage and Ditto has relatively weak base stats. Interestingly, the only other Pokemon capable of learning Transform is Mew.

PhillyBeatzUDitto can be tough to see, so keep your eyes peeled…

Ditto spawn location

With that said Ditto is a fun addition to any Pokemon team and you’ll have to find it at some point if you’re to complete the Sword and Shield Pokedex. Unfortunately the iconic Gen 1 Pokemon can only be found in one location — The Lake of Outrage. The details are as follows:

  • Lake of Outrage, All Weather, Level 55-58, 10% (Overworld)
  • Lake of Outrage, Normal Weather, Level 50-52, 2% (Non-overworld)

It is five times more likely to spawn in the overworld, so for the sake of saving you time it will be better to wait until you see one, instead of having to encounter Pokemon at random in the long grass.

The Lake of Outrage is the only place to find Ditto…

Best breeding Pokemon?

It’s not just its transforming ability that’s so appealing to trainers, though. It’s an excellent Pokemon to breed with.

Firstly, Ditto can breed with any other species, which naturally makes it perfectly flexible when going to the Pokemon Nursery. Secondly, due to its unique genetics, you can guarantee yourself a particular species when breeding with Ditto.

For example, if you breed Ditto with Charmander then you’re guaranteed to get an egg containing Charmander. Of course you can just find a male and female of the same species but having a Ditto will bail you out when you don’t.

@cjpokemon3One of the two Pokemon Nurseries in Sword and Shield…

Trade for shinies?

There seems to be an unwritten agreement between Pokemon trainers to trade Dittos between one another. The purpose of this is to get one that’s assigned a different language to your own.

The benefit of this is when you breed Pokemon of different languages, you greatly increase the chances of hatching a shiny. In fact the odds get 6x better, although they can still be as long as 1 in 682.7.

Ditto might not be the most powerful species in Pokemon Sword and Shield but it will add a new dynamic to battles and can prove very useful in other ways. It’s well worth a trip to the Lake of Outrage.


Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp


A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
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The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.