POKEMON SWORD AND SHIELD

Pokemon Sword & Shield’s First DLC is Bringing Old Friends Back in Two Weeks

It’s been about five months since Game Freak and Nintendo announced Pokemon Sword & Shield’s expansion pass, which would be bringing two DLC expansions with new areas, story content, and additional Pokemon to capture, battle, and trade. Today, it was announced that the first of these two add-ons, “Isle of Armor”…

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At Seven Years Old, This Girl is a Better Pokemon Trainer Than Me

I’ve been playing Pokemon games for over 20 years now, and I’m still not particularly good at them beyond knowing what types weaken what and using that to beat gym leaders and completing the games. For me, Pokemon has always been about catching the Pokemon I liked and cared about more than it…

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How Pokemon Sword & Shield Captures Britain’s Love Of Sport

If the semi-ironic chants of “it’s coming home” heard around the world in the summer of 2018 didn’t make it clear, let me just confirm that the British love sports. We invented football (the real football), rugby, and cricket, and we’re really good at at least two of those. So when…

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Avery Pokémon Is My Boyfriend and Wants You to Come Over for Game Night

Earlier today, a DLC for Pokémon Sword & Shield was announced, which will feature a new character named Avery, a psychic-type trainer. What the DLC announcement failed to mention is that Avery is my boyfriend and he would love it if you would join us this week for game night in…

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Pokemon Sword & Shield DLC Brings More Areas, Pokemon

Many who finished Pokemon Sword & Shield probably aren’t actually finished yet. Some are still working on their Pokedexes, breeding, doing Dynamax Raids and more. However, come this June, there’ll be more reasons to stay attached to the Switch. Sword and Shield gets respective Expansion Pass DLC that adds new regions,…

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13 Pokemon Who Just Destroyed Your Priceless Ming Vase But Know You Can’t Prove It

In the Pokemon justice system, vase-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In the Galar region, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Vases Unit. 1. Jigglypuff “Look, somebody broke something! It wasn’t me. I pwomise.” 2. Snivy “Even if…

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Kenneth’s Top Five Games of 2019 and Other Nonsense

I started 2019 as a college student in my eighth (8) year of trying to finish my undergrad degree in Journalism, and spent a lot of it in a miserable state of working in local news where I felt unfulfilled, unappreciated, and barely making enough money to scrape by. Then…

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Fanbyte Makes: Pokéball Ornaments

Welcome to Fanbyte Makes, a column where we take chances, make mistakes, and get messy. If you follow along and make one of our projects at home, be sure to tweet it at us at @FanbyteMedia so we can see!  To celebrate the arrival of Pokemon Sword and Shield last month, my…

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The 13 Best Games on the Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch launched over two years ago now, and in that that time the home console / handheld hybrid has hosted a boatload of fantastic titles across every genre imaginable (well, maybe not strand games). As we head into the holiday buying season, those looking to gift a Switch…

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Fossil Guide – Where to Find Fossils and How to Get Fossil Pokemon

Pokemon Sword and Shield may be the first core Pokemon game to appear on a Nintendo home console, but it still adheres to the majority of the series’ sensibilities. For example, there are three starter Pokemon to choose from, eight gyms to overcome, and a Pokemon Champion to unseat. There are also…

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Pokemon Sword & Shield Remind Me That I Am a Hateful, Wicked Person

I blew through the story of Pokemon Sword and Shield in about a week. It was enjoyable enough, but mostly it was work. As the only member of the content team who’s kept up with the series, I was helping out with our coverage and just wanted to get through it as…

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How to Evolve Clobbopus into Grapploct with Taunt TR – Pokemon Sword and Shield Clobbopus Guide

The most important part of any new Pokemon game is, well, the Pokemon themselves, and Pokemon Sword and Shield is no exception. There are 400 pocket monsters to collect in the Galar region, each with different combinations of types, move sets, IVs, and EVs. It’s a creature’s design that will endear it to the public…

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Pokemon Type Chart – Pokemon Strengths and Weaknesses

In Pokemon, there’s more to battling than simply throwing out your lead monster and commanding it to obliterate the opponent. Granted, that strategy may work from time to time, but the battle system is much deeper than that. There are types to take into consideration, weaknesses and strengths each Pokemon possesses…

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Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Morgrem Is Literally Danzig

Pokemon Sword and Shield has introduced several new Pokemon to the ol’ Dex, but none of them look quite as familiar as the fairy/dark type Morgrem. Impidimps and Morgrems litter the twists and turns of Glimwood Tangle, and if you’re anything like me, you immediately noticed that Morgrem’s side part,…

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Everything Pokemon Gets Right (And Wrong) About the Real U.K.

It’s pretty obvious the Galar Region of Pokemon Sword & Shield is based on jolly ol’ Britannia. From the countryside of Postwick, all the way up to Wyndon, the linear map might not make much sense when you consider the harsh changes in weather, but the topography is unmistakable. We’re…

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How to Change the Weather in the Wild Area – Pokemon Sword and Shield Weather Guide

In Pokemon Sword and Shield, there are 400 pocket monsters to catch. Filling out your Pokedex is as much a part of the experience as completing the story and becoming Galar’s newest Champion. To that end, Sword and Shield introduces Trainers to the Wild Area. It’s an expansive, open-ended place where many…

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Fanwidth (A Fanbyte Podcast) Episode 41: Jeff Baseball’s Pizza Reckoning

Even pleasure planet full of mandroid sex bots couldn’t keep Fanwidth away this week! We’re coming out you live (to tape) with the latest video game podcast goodness. Merritt finally played Disco Elysium! Danielle is deep in the interactive fiction mines! Niki doesn’t love the story of Pokemon Sword &…

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How to Farm Watts and What to Spend Them On – Pokemon Sword and Shield Watts Guide

For the series’ Switch debut, Pokemon Sword and Shield has introduced introduced a number of new features that shake up the standard standard formula in interesting ways. The most notable addition is definitely the Wild Area. It’s an enormous open-ended wilderness where many species of Pokemon wander the fields. But…

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How to Evolve Sinistea into Polteageist – Pokemon Sword and Shield Cracked Pot Location

The most important part of any new Pokemon game is, well, the Pokemon themselves, and Pokemon Sword and Shield is no exception. There are 400 pocket monsters to collect in the Galar region, each with different combinations of types, move sets, IVs, and EVs. It’s a creature’s design that will endear it to the public…

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Pokemon Rivals Are Always Better When They’re Assholes

Fanbyte freelancer Kenneth Shepard posited that, despite being a bad trainer, Hop is still a great character in Pokemon Sword & Shield. You can read that account here! Now, for an opposing take, freelancer James O’Connor explains why he thinks Pokemon rivals are better when they’re jerks. I feel bad…

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