Pokemon Sword & Shield [Video Game Review]

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Title: Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: GAME FREAK, Inc.
Platform: 
Nintendo Switch
Category:
Role-Playing, Adventure
Release Date: 
November 15, 2019
How we got the game:
We pre-ordered both games

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We were wicked excited for Sword and Shield to finally come out on the Switch! To have another core Pokemon series game, one in a new region, was fantastic. Despite some of the backlash that was seen on the Internet, we always had faith that we would enjoy the games.

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I was extra excited about this game because there weren’t too many spoilers on what the new Pokemon looked like. I was able to go into this game fresh.

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Like most Pokemon core games, Sword and Shield have the typical gameplay formula. As the avatar character, you explore the region while catching and battling with the Pokemon you encounter. The routes and towns are usually diverse with different Pokemon and people for the avatar to interact with, with opponents getting stronger the further in the game you go. Moving is intuitive with the analog stick — and you can make your character spin around and strike a pose! — and speaking with people and most general interactions are simply with the A button.

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The major point of Pokemon is to explore the world and “catch ‘em all.” Sword and Shield don’t disappoint in that regard. I honestly felt as though the Galar Region is more of an “open-world” in some cases. For example, the Wild Area is a new feature added in this game. The Wild Area stretches for most of the Galar map and it’s where just about every Pokemon imaginable lives. The Wild Area has different areas from snow to desert to grasslands and more. It’s easy to stay there for long periods of time and not progressing with the actual gameplay.

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The Wild Area is also where it’s easiest to connect with fellow players. While there may be lag depending on the servers and the strength of your Internet, it’s awesome to see so many other trainers zipping about the world. Talking to one another usually nets you free items, mostly for curry in the Pokemon Camp, which we’ll get to in a minute. You can also trade and battle one another, as well as battle with each other in what’s called Max Raid battles against special wild Pokemon.

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Pokemon have the ability to Dynamax in Sword and Shield. It’s the new Mega Evolution and Z-Move. Dynamaxing enlarges the Pokemon to about ten-times its size and gives them all-powerful moves depending on what they’ve already learned. However, you can only Dynamax in certain areas – like gym battles and max raids, for example.

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Admittedly, we weren’t sure about this game mechanic when it was first introduced. It sounded a little gimmicky, like the mentioned Mega Evolutions and Z-Moves from the sixth and seventh generations, respectively. Keeping the Dynamax technique to certain areas, though, made it a bit more special and exciting to use, especially in the gym battles. It works out pretty well and even makes you use a bit of strategy in that Pokemon can only Dynamax for three turns in gym battles.

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I really enjoy the graphics on the Switch consoles themselves, and Sword and Shield were no exception. Our avatars actually get expressions this time around, and the animations of the Pokemon and other characters were great. The open world-like Wild Area and several towns of the Galar region were just absolutely beautiful!

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I love how our characters actually have expressions. Knowing the sort of graphics that can be on the Nintendo Switch, I feel like Pokemon could improve a bit. However, I love it just the way it is because it’s how Pokemon is. The characters always moved in a certain way that screams “Pokemon”. As for the new Pokemon in this region? I absolutely love all the new designs. I think the Pokemon are really unique and outside the box. (Even though Galarian Meowth and Perrserker look like they belong in Where The Wild Things Are.)

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Anyone who’s played these games and said they did not enjoy the gym battle themes are liars. The battle themes were definitely my favorite tunes, but hearing all the background music as you traveled through the region was also wonderful. They were familiar and new at once, familiar in the sense that you knew the music was from a Pokemon game, but new for the Galar region itself.

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Any music from Pokemon – songs, sound effects, Pokemon cries – is fantastic. Sword and Shield were no exception and I agree with Kris. The gym battle themes were the best. Coupled with the cheering crowd in the background, it made it all the better. It really hyped me up.
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The typical storyline of most core Pokemon games is that your avatar journeys throughout their home region on a quest to “catch ‘em all” and “be the very best.” Sword and Shield are similar, in which there is a Gym Challenge for trainers to partake in. With their teams of Pokemon, trainers challenge all eight gyms in an attempt to participate in the Pokemon League or, in this duo of games, the Champion’s Cup.

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On the flip side, while you journey around the world, you typically have to stop an evil group of Pokemon trainers with a fancy (or not-so-fancy) name who wants to dominate the world or steal Pokemon or what have you. Surprisingly enough, this isn’t the case in Sword and Shield. There is a bad guy team called Team Yell, yes, but they’re not bad in the way you’d assume them to be.

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Sword and Shield do have a bit of lore behind them, with part of the story involving the region’s professor’s assistant (well, granddaughter) looking into the history of the Galar region itself. Involving two ancient heroes, one with a sword and one with a shield, and what was called the Darkest Day, you try to help unravel the mystery of why the lives of the heroes are not known more.

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The story of the game doesn’t come together full-force until the very end of the main gameplay. The game itself is quick because of this and then it all comes together at the end. To avoid spoilers, I won’t say too much else other than I enjoyed how they did it this time around.

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While Sword and Shield have a fairly linear plot to follow, the replayability value lies in all the Pokemon you can tame and battle with. Considering there’s hundreds of Pokemon to find in the game, and a huge community to trade with, replaying the game with a new team every time helps to keep the plot fresh.

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This is certainly a game I’ll go back to quite often, like all the other Pokemon games. I will be sure to reach level 100 with my Pokemon, catch them all, and hunt for shinies. I’m in this for the long haul.

Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield gets…
4 out of 5 lives.

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Ranking the Pokemon Rivals – Part Two

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

It’s crazy that it’s already December! Can you believe that 2019 is almost over?

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Continuing last week’s post, this is the second half of my personal ranking of the Pokemon rivals from the video games. Having been so focused on Pokemon Sword and Shield lately, I’ve been really thinking about all the characters that we meet as the avatar player. The rivals are always some of the most important characters in the games, after all, so it helps when they’re well-developed.

Like on my previous post, please remember that this is all my personal opinion of these characters, and I did not include Serena and May since… I never played the games when they were considered my rivals considering I play as the female avatar. There also may be small spoilers regarding Sword and Shield rivals.

09. Barry (Diamond/Pearl/Platinum)

This kid amused me to no end. Honestly, his boundless energy reminded me of Rachel and after having a couple of generations of more serious and dedicated rivals, Barry’s enthusiasm was refreshing. True, at times it was a touch annoying, but it was still nice to see a rival character act like the kid he actually is (despite, you know, these children training beasts who breathe literal fire and create tsunamis while saving the world because the adults are incompetent).

08. Gladion (Sun/Moon/Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon)

Having a rival who, once again, was a little snarky towards you and claiming to the better trainer was a great motivation to strengthen your own team so you could always kick his butt. His story was decently interesting as well, and I probably would have been more invested in him if I was more interested in the Alola games. He honestly seemed to be one of the sanest members of his family, and cared for his Pokemon.

07. Cheren (Black/White)

Despite the Unova region not being my favorite, I did enjoy the rival characters. Cheren being a studious rival, always wanting to better himself, and then eventually becoming a gym leader in the sequel games showed his character development. He was also one of the better rivals battle-wise, if I remember correctly.

06. Hau (Sun/Moon/Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon)

I laughed out loud when Hau showed up at my character’s house and said, “Meow to you, too!” at the mother’s Meowth! As a character, Hau spoke to me at that moment. Because, come on, who doesn’t meow back at cats? He’s another enthusiastic and supportive rival, yes, and completely endearing in a region that I didn’t find to be the best. He was a bright spot during the trials that I found tedious and the convoluted so-called story line.

05. Brendan (Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald/Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire)

Brendan is here probably more so for nostalgic purposes than anything. Being the first “helpful” rival, it was interesting having him give you a hand once in a while despite always pushing you to grow more as a trainer with battles. With Emerald being one of my favorite games in the franchise, Brendan will have a special place in my heart as a solid character in the game.

04. Bianca (Black/White)

At first she seemed to be a typical, somewhat-ditzy female character, but Bianca did grow on me during the time I played Black and White. Her reason for going on a journey was to grow and figure out who she was rather than just wanting to be the best battler. Getting out from under her father’s thumb, Bianca had the courage to go and live her own life, eventually becoming the professor’s assistant in the sequel games. As someone else who is continuously trying to figure out her own path in life, I can respect Bianca’s character.

03. Hop (Sword/Shield)

This poor child needs someone to tell him that he is perfect the way he is and to help him get rid of his inferiority complex. He reminded me of Barry and Hau when he first appeared to us in the Sword and Shield games, but Hop grew into his own character as the game went on. His character development did seem to grow rather quickly, but that could also be due to the speed at which I went through the game. Still, Hop was endearing to me, and I admire the growth he’s shown throughout the main game and the post-game events.

02. Blue (Red/Blue/Yellow/FireRed/LeafGreen)

The first original rival, Blue is a classic character. Snarky and defensive, Blue helped eight-year-old me learn how to develop my own team so I could always defeat him and wipe the smirk I’m sure was on his pixelated face. I failed in my first Yellow runthrough because I didn’t understand how to have a balanced team back then. I focused on training Pikachu over the rest of my team, and it was one of the later battles you have with Blue that made me rethink how I was playing the game and start over completely. Blue’s character throughout the series has always been a fun throwback as well, to seeing him as a gym leader in the later Kanto games and vacationing in Alola with Red.

01. Silver (Gold/Silver/Crystal/HeardGold/SoulSilver)

Silver was a little punk when you first meet him, the kid having the audacity to steal a starter from the professor’s lab in the Johto region. He’s always on par with you throughout the game, citing how much he hates weaker trainers, but is an anti-hero in that he wants to get rid of Team Rocket. You can see his character development throughout the game, his defeats against your avatar and other NPCs making him think about his actions. The change in the way he treats his team of Pokemon during his own journey is evident when his Golbat eventually evolves into Crobat.

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Ranking the Pokemon Rivals – Part One

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

We’ve been having a great time with Pokemon Sword and Shield! Like all core Pokemon games, it has some great characters, like the player’s rival trainers. It got me thinking of all the rivals we’ve had over the course of the franchise’s lifetime.

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Pokemon rivals are a staple to the core Pokemon games. They’re the characters that are always one step ahead of you, their purpose described as wanting to make you become an even better trainer than them. Pokemon rivals can be a bit of a hit or miss, though. There are some characters that I really like while others… Well. Let’s say we didn’t hit it off.

Considering there are about twenty rival characters in the games, this particular post will consist of the rival characters that I consider to be the bottom half of my favorite. Note that this is all my personal opinion of these characters, and I did not include Serena and May since… I never played the games when they were considered my rivals considering I play as the female avatar. There also may be small spoilers regarding Sword and Shield rivals.

18. Bede (Sword/Shield)

I am not a fan of this character. The constant belittling regarding my Pokemon when there have been plenty of battles where his team didn’t even touch mine, combined with the fact that the kid wanted to destroy national landmarks gave me a bad taste in my mouth. While I was really amused at Opal’s reaction to him and I’m learning more about his backstory, I have yet to find anything redeeming about him. I’m not done with the story of the games just yet, so maybe my reaction will change. At the moment, though, this kid’s arrogance and single-mindedness to please the chairman ranks him down at the bottom of my list.

17, 16, & 15. Shauna, Tierno, & Trevor (X/Y)

Instead of elongating this list any more than it already is, I pretty much just lumped these three characters together. While I enjoyed the idea of the main avatar having a bunch of friends to meet up with here and there throughout the region — and I loved seeing them all meander about in the forest in the beginning of the games — I feel as if these three weren’t needed in the game. It was great seeing them all eventually get their own ambitions and try to follow their dreams, but I didn’t see the point of having so many extra characters cluttering the game as the avatar’s friends.

14. Hugh (Black 2/White 2)

I’ll admit, Black 2 and White 2 are my least played when it comes to the core Pokemon games. Unova wasn’t a setting I fell in love with. If I had played the games more, I may have a stronger reaction to Hugh, but I really don’t remember much of him. Rather, he seemed to be a typical rival in which he just strongly disliked the remnants of Team Plasma. There was nothing special to cement him in my mind.

13. Wally (Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald/Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire)

I feel a little bad putting Wally so low on my list. He wasn’t a bad character, far from it. I had sympathy for his situation and rooted for him to get better, both health-wise and as a trainer. Yet, he was a bit bland and he wasn’t too pivotal to the avatar’s plot rather than, perhaps, being used as a semi-tutorial when it came to catching Pokemon.

12. Trace (Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee)

Trace was amusing, but that was pretty much it. He was a good kid, always eager and willing to encourage you. I love him because he adopted that Cubone during the Pokemon Tower segment in Lavender Town, but that’s kind of all he’s got going for him in my opinion.

11. Calem (X/Y)

Calem was your true rival in the X/Y games, as much of a rival as he could be. He was the one who traditionally battled you occasionally to help assess your team’s strength, and was a pretty good friend to boot, helping you defeat Team Flare and all. Yet, he didn’t have a true, final battle with you as per tradition during the Pokemon League. I missed that. Also, I very  much prefer his artwork with his hat on. He needs to keep it on.

10. Marnie (Sword/Shield)

I don’t know too much about Marnie, and I’m hoping she has a bigger part in the latter half of Sword and Shield. Her design is pretty cool and I’m curious as to why she has a team of fans even before the gym challenge. I’m definitely more interested in her story rather than Bede’s at this point, but I’m aware that may change once I finish the game. Who knows, she may be moved farther down the list once I hit the post-game section of Sword.

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Friday Favorites: Sword and Shield Features

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

How is everyone enjoying Pokemon Sword and Shield? I’ll be honest, it was hard to tear myself away from the games in order to write this post! Despite the internet backlash that these games were receiving, I’m very much enjoying the games. Here are just some of my favorite features so far.

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Camp

Camping with your Pokemon in routes is wicked charming and a simple way for your Pokemon to grow more friendly towards you and get some experience points to boot. Being able to play with your Pokemon and seeing them play with each other is fun, and cooking curry isn’t too bad either. It’s fun to discover recipes and it doesn’t take too long to make the dishes, so I’m hoping it won’t become repetitive too quickly. Seeing others pop in and out of your camp is unique as well!

Raid Battles

I’ve always wanted a sort of open concept for a Pokemon game, one where Rachel and I can both go on the Internet and see each other wandering around as we went on our respective journeys, perhaps even join each other with battling wild Pokemon and NPCs. The wild area and raid battles come close, and it’s awesome seeing my sister’s and friends’ avatars right there with mine.

Gyms

I so missed the traditional gyms when our Pokemon journeys took us to Alola. The trials and totem Pokemon weren’t as challenging to me. I think the Galar gym challenges take the best of both worlds, giving the players a little mission reminiscent of Alola’s trials while finishing up with epic battles.

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Friday Favorites: Ice-Type Pokemon

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To go along with the cooler weather coming up where I am and the fact that Pokemon Sword and Shield will be released in a week, I am celebrating with a list of my favorite Ice-type Pokemon! Admittedly, I don’t use Ice-types often in the games. I’ve only recently started enjoying their prowess. Maybe that’ll change with the next generation?

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Glaceon

I love Eevee and its evolutions. It’s no surprise that Glaceon would make my list of favorite Ice-types. Its design is sleek and reminds me of the angles and shapes that snowflakes take. Glaceon, when it first appeared in Gen. IV, had a one of the most unique ways to evolve as well. As out of the way it seemed, I found it interesting that Glaceon evolved via level up at a special location.

Dewgong

I was always amused by Dewgong in the anime. Its smile was always kind of goofy and the way it said its name just made me laugh. The seel-like Pokemon were always designed well, in my opinion, and Dewgong happens to be my favorite out of the lot.

Alolan Ninetales

Who doesn’t love Ninetales’ majestic design? They doubled down on it with Alolan Ninetales, combining the Ice and Fairy types to make such a beautiful Pokemon. Fairy is another type that I don’t use often, but it was great to see the two types’ power combined with Alolan Ninetales.

Alolan Sandslash

Like Ninetales, the original Sandslash was on one of my first teams and I loved it. I was curious about its Alolan form and, despite how late in-game you can catch him, he was an awesome addition to my team against the Alolan Pokemon League. Admittedly, I caught him for nostalgia purposes and for his part-Steel typing, but his Ice-type moves definitely came in handy!

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Fanart Friday: Shadowball

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For a while now, I’ve always wanted to do more art, especially for my favorite video game franchises. While I’ve always done more traditional art — sketches, colored pencils, markers — I’ve wanted to practice more with digital art recently. Figured I may as well start now!

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As a kid, drawing was one of my favorite pastimes. I had no problem spending the day sketching out an image and using colored pencils to bring it to life. After a few years, I discovered oil pastels in one of my high school art classes, which just opened up another side of the world of art for me. I have a large container full of art supplies in our closet, from sketchbooks to several packs of colored pencils and pastels to art instruction books.

Unfortunately, my practice with art has waned over the years with my schooling focusing more on computers and math, despite my love of writing and drawing. Yet, art has always been in the back of my mind and I have made (and broken) promises to myself to start practicing again. I need to be more disciplined about it and, one way to keep myself accountable, is to show a picture here or there on the blog.

To go along with October and the theme of spooky stuff, this month features a Gengar using Shadowball, created with my Wacom tablet and Paint Tool SAI. There were about three layers of sketches done to try to get most of the proportions right and to warm up a bit with digitally drawing. I drew the lineart on a separate layer — neglecting to realize that there is a specific layer tool designed for lineart to help keep lines smooth, but I’ll remember that for next time — before adding the colors. I enjoyed trying out the different tools for the shading and was probably a little too enthusiastic with the blur tool on the Shadowball portion of the picture.

Here’s hoping you enjoy my little interpretation of this Pokemon! Any kind and constructive criticism — especially with using Paint Tool SAI, as I’m still new to it — is appreciated.

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Pokemon Masters [Mobile Game Review]

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Pokemon Masters is one of the latest mobile games that Nintendo released. They had been hyping it up for a while and when it released at the end of August, it didn’t disappoint.

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I’ll admit – I didn’t get what Pokemon Masters was all about until I started playing it. I saw Pokemon’s various social media accounts hyping it up. I saw Brock and Misty, 3-on-3 Pokemon battles, but I never fully comprehended what the game entailed. This is mostly because I watched Instagram stories on mute and never bothered to look up the game.

However, it’s Pokemon. So, of course I’m going to get it. I didn’t get a chance to play it for a few weeks after it came out, but I was sucked into it the moment I did finally get to play.

Pokemon Masters is all about collecting trainers to be part of your team so that you can compete in the Pokemon Masters League (PML). This is held on an island called Pasio where gym leaders, champions, elite four members, and trainers travel from all over the regions to Pasio to compete in this tournament. Teams are formed to participate in 3-on-3 battles, one Pokemon partner per trainer.

In order to officially enter the PML, you and your team need to collect five badges. Each of these badges is held by a PML Leader that you have to track down and defeat in battle, similar to regular gym battles in the main games.

The game is made up of 18 chapters, which was shorter than I thought it would be, especially since the chapters are short themselves. They get a bit longer down the road, but they’re still pretty quick to get through. Each chapter has two elements: story and battle.

The story is, in my opinion, not the greatest. You and your partner Pikachu (no, unfortunately, you can’t choose which Pokemon you get as your partner) explore Pasio and make friends with various familiar characters from the Pokemon world. This includes gym leaders Brock and Misty from the Kanto region, Rosa, the female protagonist from the Unova region, Barry, the main rival from the Sinnoh region, and so many others. Each story part is a matter of the characters speaking with each other and to you with some voice acting here and there. All you have to do is tap the screen and occasionally “answer” which is choosing one of two response options. These scenes can vary from taking a minute to as little as ten seconds. It’s not very involved.

However, the game isn’t really about the story, in my opinion. It’s more about the battles, which I’ll get to in a minute.

As you go through the story elements of the game, you’ll travel to different areas in Pasio running into various trainers, adding familiar faces to your team, and occasionally running into Team Break. Like the core Pokemon games, there is a bad guy team that tries to get in your way. Team Break simply tries to steal everyone’s partner Pokemon. You battle them, defeat them, and they run away. Simple as that, just like the main games.

In between the story bits, there are battles. As you travel, trainers will lock eyes with you and challenge to a battle. At the end of the chapter, you’ll find who you’re looking for, battle them, and they’ll join your team giving you access to play as them and their partner Pokemon for future battles.

The battles certainly are the best part of the game. Every Pokemon only has one weakness, which is shown above its health bar so that you don’t need to remember 800+ Pokemon since it’s not like the mainstream games. Each move your Pokemon has uses energy. Some moves take one energy bar, others two, and some three. They slowly recharge so you can spam a 1-energy move over and over again or you can sit and wait for three bars to regenerate so that you can use a more powerful move.

I enjoyed the battle system. It added more strategy than you would think. The battles did have some lag, but there was a lot going on the screen with six different Pokemon trying to make a move – plus the sync moves. Once a Pokemon uses a certain number of attacks, they would unleash their sync move with their trainer which was a totally over-powered attack. However, the lag never bothered me and never made the game unbearable to play.

As mobile games tend to have, there are microtransactions in this game. You do not need to spend any money though. I made it quite far in the game without spending a penny. I just managed my gems well.

Pokemon Masters uses gems to find sync pairs, which is gathering more people for your team. However, you don’t have to do this since you recruit more trainers through the main story anyway. The gems are also used as rewards when you get through a chapter or training. There is a training mode where you can grind a bit in order to level up your team, evolve them, and gain more gems as well as support items that will help you unlock move moves for the Pokemon.

This game as a whole has so much to offer. Yes, the story is a bit lacking, but it’s similar to the main games in which you try to enter a tournament and a team of bad guys tries to stop you, which in turn, you stop them. It’s also a mobile game though so the story isn’t going to be as in-depth as a lengthy core game would be.

Pokemon Masters gets a rating of…

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Overall, Pokemon Masters is a great game. The story lacks depth, but I find it to be just enough for a mobile game. The battles are a lot of fun, even though the difficulty ramps up suddenly. However, that’s what the various training areas are for. Pokemon Masters has gotten a lot of backlash, but I honestly think this is Pokemon’s best mobile game yet. I enjoyed my time with it and will continue to enjoy my time with it. It’s definitely one to play if you’re a huge Pokemon fan.

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Friday Favorites: Dark-Type Pokemon

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Last week was about Ghost-type Pokemon, and this week I figured I would give one of my favorite types a little more attention. This does not include any of the revealed Galar Pokemon just yet, although I’m looking forward to seeing them in action when Sword and Shield are released!

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Umbreon

One of the first Dark-type Pokemon that I ever trained, Umbreon was always one of my favorite Eevee evolutions. True, it’s not the strongest of the evolutions, but the design was on point and I love the glowing rings, both with its normal coloring and its shiny state.

Mightyena

When I first saw Poochyena in Ruby and Sapphire, it reminded me of a scrappy little mutt, and its evolution became a staple in my Hoenn teams. It’s always been a powerhouse amid my other Pokemon with its sturdiness, and it always reminded me of a wolf, one of my favorite animals.

Scrafty

Seeing this guy classified as the “hoodlum” Pokemon always made me laugh. With strong attacks from both its dark and fighting typing, Scrafty was one of my favorites in the Unova region. The loyalty that many of its dex entries describe was always endearing, as well.

Houndoom

Despite their prowess, Fire type Pokemon were usually passed over on my teams for other favorites, like Ground, Flying, and Grass. Rachel was enough of a pyro for the both of us, I figured, but Houndour and Houndoom, especially, were great in my Johto teams. Their designs were always a favorite!

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The Unicorn Pokemon

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On Monday, Kris talked about the possibility of Galarian Ponyta being confirmed for Pokemon Sword & Shield. Well, Galarian Ponyta is officially here.

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I didn’t pay attention to that 24-hour live stream at all. Normally, I’d be all over that but, for some reason, it didn’t tickle my fancy. Also, having that on for 24 hours straight waiting for something to happen is a bit much for me. Normally, I’d have it on in the background as I worked, but I would have felt obligated to keep my eyes on that screen at all times.

Long story short, so many people were speculating Ponyta to have a Galar form and they were right. What they weren’t right about, however, is its type.

Galarian Ponyta | Pokemon Sword and Shield | Pokemon News | Gaming News | Nintendo Switch | DoublexJump.comGalarian Ponyta is a majestic Pokemon at its finest. Yes, it’s a baby and that’s why I can’t wait to see what Rapidash looks like. Kris hopes Rapidash will be Psychic-Flying and sprout wings to be a pegasus. It’s not far off base – I mean, Ponyta is a literal unicorn here. There’s the horn on its forehead and cotton candy colors. (However, it’s classified as the “Unique Horn Pokemon.”)

And yeah, you read that right. Galarian Ponyta is not Fairy, despite its looks, but is Psychic. It reminds me of Espeon color-wise, so if it wasn’t going to be Fairy, then I’ll take Psychic instead. Although, again, Rapidash could have an added type as some evolutions do. It could end up being Psychic-Fairy. You never know.

According to the Pokedex, there is only a handful of Psychic-Flying Pokemon (the includes evolutions) and there’s only one Psychic-Fairy type. Though, that doesn’t mean anything for Galarian Ponyta. If there’s anything to be said about Pokemon types, it’s that they are never even.

I appreciate Galarian Ponyta’s design though. It’s adorable and magical looking. To be honest, my first thought was that they took a character from My Little Pony and gave it an upgrade. Or, Galarian Ponyta would be the all-magical being in the next My Little Pony movie or something.

I don’t raise Psychic Pokemon often on my team, but I would love to have Galarian Ponyta travel with me. I want to see its movement on the battlefield and also play with it in the Pokemon Camp.

I believe Galarian Ponyta is exclusive to Pokemon Shield like how Sirfetch’d is exclusive to Pokemon Sword. I can’t find where I saw that information though, so don’t quote me. I’m getting both versions anyway, so it doesn’t matter to me.

With the game releasing in about a month, including Galarian forms and evolutions, about 25 Pokemon have been officially been revealed. 20 of those are new to the Galar region. There’s no national dex and, without counting any of the Galar region Pokemon, there is 809 Pokemon total. Will they make it to 1,000 in the Galar region?

I’m not sure, but I hope so. I think they will because they tend to release more legendary Pokemon here and there even after the games come out. If not, I’ll look forward to generation nine after completing Sword and Shield.

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Galarian Ponyta?

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Did anyone watch that 24-hour livestream of the Galar Region to try to spot new Pokemon or information for the Sword and Shield Pokemon games? I did not.

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So, recently there was that livestream of, I don’t know, a forest scene of the Galar Region that was set up to tease everyone regarding new Pokemon for the eighth generation. I didn’t watch any of it, admittedly, but I did see enough people on Twitter mentioning the few things of interest and then a lot of disinterest in supposedly the dead air that the livestream offered at times.

By the sounds of it, the best thing to come out of that livestream was the reveal of the Galarian Ponyta. With a mane looking as if it was made out of clouds and some of the biggest eyes I’ve ever seen on a Pokemon, it looks adorable!

Was it confirmed as a Galar form of Ponyta yet by Nintendo? Could this actually be an entirely new line of Pokemon?

(Seriously, do you all remember Bouffalant from Gen. V? How we were all sure it was part of a Taurus evolution line but they’re both stand-alone Pokemon? Yeah.)

There’s been plenty of speculation about the Pokemon’s typing as well. I’ve seen Fairy as a good contender, and due to the forest location, some are speculating Grass as well. The Pokemon’s eyes and fluffy mane first reminded me of the Vulpix line, admittedly, particularly their Alolan forms. It makes me think that this Pokemon may be Fairy and Ice type.

Flying may be a good contender, though, especially for an evolution. Imagine Galarian Rapidash sprouting wings to go with its cloud-like mane and tail, becoming a Pegasus Pokemon!

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