POKEMON SWORD AND SHIELD

All the Best Pokemon Moves in Pokemon Sword & Shield

It’s been a full week since Pokemon Sword & Shield launched, and many players are starting to think about their online competitive teams. The choices that players make about Pokemon, items, abilities, and more can determine who will emerge victorious; and Game Freak chose to switch things up this generation…

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Hop is a Bad Pokemon Trainer, But That’s Why He’s a Great Character

In retrospect, it makes perfect sense that I would be writing this, because one of the first decisions we see Hop, the rival trainer of Pokemon: Sword & Shield make is choosing the starter Pokemon that is weakened by the one he just saw you choose. Folks, let’s talk about…

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Where to Find Toxel and Evolve it Into Toxtricity – Pokemon Sword and Shield Toxel 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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9 Pokemon That Are Absolutely High as Shit, Like, Right This Minute

Pokemon are mysterious, wonderful creatures aimed at fans of all ages. That’s probably why it’s so fun to put them in the most inappropriate real-world contexts imaginable. With the sweeping legalization of marijuana across the country, however, a list of Pokemon that are absolutely, 100 percent high at this very…

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LISTS

How to Evolve Yamask into Runerigus – Pokemon Sword and Shield Yamask 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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How to Evolve Milcery Into Alcremie – Pokemon Sword and Shield Sweets 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…

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Fanwidth (A Fanbyte Podcast) Episode 40: Captain Rigor’s Slam Squad

You never know where the conversation will take you on Fanwidth! Well, actually, you can probably guess we’ll talk about bad 90s movies and Pokemon. Danielle, merritt, Niki, and Steven go over all that and more in a very video game focused episode of Fanwidth. Besides Pokemon Sword & Shield,…

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One Odd Design Choice Undermines the Climax of Pokemon Sword and Shield

Pokemon Sword and Shield are fine. They’re not terrible, as some would have you believe, but neither are they outstanding. Game Freak has made a lot of quality of life improvements to the Pokemon formula, though none of these add up to an experience that’s as charming or clever as many…

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How to Change Hair, Eye Color, and Makeup in Pokemon Sword and Shield

There are a lot of character customization options in Pokemon Sword and Shield. After choosing a preset character model and beginning your adventure, it won’t be long until you run into a clothing boutique that sells new duds for you to strut around in. The first one can be found…

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How Evolve Applin Into Flapple & Appletun – Pokemon Sword and Shield Tart Apple / Sweet Apple Locations

The most important part of any new Pokemon game is, well, the Pokemon themselves, and Pokémon 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…

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A Tale of Two Trainers, Chapter Three: Premature Conclusions

Welcome to A Tale of Two Trainers, a series where Features & Trending Editor merritt k and Fanbyte Contributor Eric Thurm play through Pokemon Sword and Shield as very different trainers with very different priorities. Previously, our heroes challenged the first two Galar Gyms. In this installment, they meet untimely…

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FEATURES

Pokemon Sword and Shield Eevee Guide – How to Evolve Eevee into Leafeon, Glaceon, Sylveon

One of the biggest parts of every Pokemon game is deciding how you want to evolve your first Eevee. While you can eventually get them all, you might be wondering how to get specific Eevee evolutions (Eevee-lutions?). The good news is that both Glaceon and Leafeon are now easier to…

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Breeding Guide – Eggs, Nursery, Best Breeding Practics

Pokemon breeding has long been a staple of the franchise. While Game Freak may have made things easier on casual players through the addition of mints, bottle caps, and ability capsules, there’s still a deep system ready for breeding fans. This Pokemon Sword and Shield Breeding guide will walk you…

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The Five Pokemon You Meet in Hell Because I Sent Them There

Pokemon Sword is not the sort of video game I’d usually get into, but the days are getting shorter, it’s cold out, and I’m as much a sucker for the little digital vermin as the next girl. It’s essentially the same as every other Pokemon game: kind of repetitive, but charming, and…

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Tips Guide: 8 Things The Game Doesn’t Tell You

Now that trainers worldwide have had a few days to sink their teeth into Pokemon Sword and Shield, there are a lot of things that seem unclear or go aren’t properly introduced. Many staples of the series seem to have been hidden, reworked or omitted, and new mechanics aren’t explained very…

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A Tale of Two Trainers, Chapter Two: Gym Fever

Welcome to A Tale of Two Trainers, a series where Features & Trending Editor merritt k and Fanbyte Contributor Eric Thurm play through Pokemon Sword and Shield as very different trainers with very different priorities. Previously, our heroes set off on their adventures. In this installment, they begin their Gym…

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FEATURES

This Pokemon Feature Has Made Me Look Like a Fool For Too Long

Pokemon Sword and Shield have come in with a ton of quality of life improvements that make them altogether less frustrating than their predecessors. But I’m about ten hours into Shield and have noticed one of my biggest peeves about the series is still intact. Take my hand, let me…

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Galarian Stunfisk: A Review

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Galarian Stunfisk

MICROREVIEWS

Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Catch Rates Are Too Damn Low

I’ve been playing Pokemon Sword and Shield for a couple of days now, and it’s been an enjoyable experience thus far. But one thing in particular is marring my Galarian adventure. It’s not that the game is missing some of my favorite Pokemon, or that there are weird limits on which Pokemon…

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Pokemon Sword and Shield is a Lesson in Moving On

Some of the changes in Pokemon Sword and Shield are keeping longtime fans from buying in to the Switch games, but for me, these same changes feel like a microcosm of something I’ve been trying to come to terms with since my college graduation in May. I’m moving away from…

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