POKEMON SWORD AND SHIELD

A Tale of Two Trainers, Chapter One: Galarian Psycho

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. In this installment, our two trainers — Hunter and Eric — kick off their adventures…

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FEATURES

Where to Find the Hi Tech Earbuds in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Why on Earth are basic sound options in Pokemon Sword & Shield tied to the Hi-Tech Earbuds — an in-game item you receive by talking to a random-ass NPC in the world? I have no clue! I’m not a game developer. Maybe there is a very smart and important reason…

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The Pokemon Double Pack Costs More Than Buying Both Sword & Shield

Pokemon Sword & Shield are out today. That means everyone who hasn’t already is scrambling to decide which version of the game to buy. Luckily, Nintendo has a solution for the indecisive (and filthy rich) among us: the Pokemon Sword & Shield Double Pack. It’s a bundle featuring both games,…

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PSA: Don’t Try to Catch ‘Strong Looking’ Pokemon in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Early on in Pokemon Sword & Shield, you’ll encounter “strong-looking” Pokemon. These creatures will be several levels above your team and are some of the toughest battles you’ll face in the beginning of your adventure. In my game, for instance, I ran into a strong-looking Onix and spent the next 15…

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GUIDES

7 Pokemon to Snag in the First Few Hours of Pokemon Sword and Shield

Pokemon Sword and Shield are here, and I’ve been making my way through the Galar region on my quest to be the very best there ever was. One thing that’s surprised me with this installment of the series is the sheer number of Pokemon available to catch early on in the…

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A Behavioral and Anatomical Examination of Sirfetch’d, the Most Horrifying Pokémon Ever

The email was innocuous enough. “Meet Sirfetch’d!” the subject line read, excitedly introducing the newest addition to the Pokemon Sword and Shield games. The internet went wild, as a neglected Generation One Pokemon was finally getting a handsome, powerful new evolution. But folks? You don’t want to meet Sirfetch’d. You really,…

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FEATURES

Pokemon Sword and Shield Exclusives Guide – Which Version Has Better Pokemon

With Pokemon Sword and Shield launching soon, many players are wondering which Pokemon they’ll be able to catch on their own, and which ones they’ll have to trade for. As with previous generations, both versions of the game have specific Pokemon that are unique to that version. If you’re still…

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Gigantimax Guide – Which Pokemon Have Gigantimax Forms?

Pokemon Sword and Shield has introduced a lot of new mechanics, but the largest (heh) of them all is the Dynamax mechanic. For those unaware, Dynamaxing Pokemon enlarges one ‘mon per battle to huge proportions in combat for three turns, granting bonus HP and changing all moves into Max Moves;…

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GUIDES

Pokemon Sword and Shield Starters Evolution Guide – Which Starter Is for You?

Pokemon Sword and Shield is out now, and many have already decided if they’re a part of the Sobble Squad, the Grookey Gang, or the Scorbunny Crew. Everyone’s got an aesthetic, and while opinions differ (Scorbunny is, of course, the only correct opinion), many players may wish to make their…

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GUIDES

Final Sword & Shield Trailer Shows Wooloo Rolling, Two New Pokemon

With less than four days until Pokemon Sword & Shield hits the Nintendo Switch, Game Freak is amping up the last few days with some hype. The Pokemon development studio dropped the “final” trailer/promotional video for the game before the game officially drops later this week, and there’s a bit…

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NEWS

Fans Flood Twitter With Pokemon Stories After Reports of Low Morale at Game Freak

On an episode of Waypoint Radio earlier this week, host Austin Walker claimed morale at Game Freak, the studio behind the mainline Pokemon RPGs, has been at an “all-time low” as of late following controversies and leaks associated with Pokemon Sword & Shield, which are set to launch on Switch next Friday.…

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This Leak Might Name Every Returning Pokemon in Sword and Shield

Alright so, Pokemon Sword and Shield both come out in a couple weeks, and Trainers still don’t officially know which of their legacy Pokemon will be eligible for transfer into the new games. It’s been months since The Pokemon Company first announced (and subsequently tried to explain) that Sword and…

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Undertale Dev is Composing a Song for Pokemon Sword and Shield

Toby Fox, the developer behind Undertale, is having a pretty interesting week. Along with wrestler Kenny Omega paying tribute to the game at a Halloween match, Fox has announced he’s composed a battle song for the upcoming Pokemon Sword & Shield coming out later this month. Fox announced this on his Twitter, with…

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Late Lunch October 18, 2019: Rick Moranis Awakening

Niki, Andrew, and John go through the three hour Disney+ trailer. The Rock’s huge body is discussed. Andrew watches paint dry. Late Lunch is Fanbyte’s live video podcast that airs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5pm PST (ish) on twitch.tv/fanbyte. We’ll put the VODs up on the site and…

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Late Lunch October 16, 2019: Fishing Through the Battle Pass

Riot has announced every game. There’s fishing in Fortnite. Meowth is large and long. It’s mass hysteria around here at Fanbyte. Late Lunch is Fanbyte’s live video podcast that airs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5pm PST (ish) on twitch.tv/fanbyte. We’ll put the VODs up on the site and the…

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The Official Thicc Pikachu And Long Meowth Are Absolute Units

In the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield games, we already know you can summon giant versions of some Pokémon. But you didn’t think they’d do giant forms of Pokémon and not include Pikachu, right? Except they went above for the good boy—not only do we have a thicc Pikachu, but we also have…

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Nintendo’s 24-hour Pokemon Stream Finally Reveals Galarian Ponyta

If you’ve been seeing screenshots of a static shot of a forest occasionally occupied by Pokemon on social media and wondered what was up, Nintendo has been streaming for an entire 24 hours all leading up to the big reveal: Ponyta, one of the original 151 Pokemon, is getting a…

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5 Pitches for British TV Series Starring Pokemon

Finally, Nintendo seems to have given up on designing tons of new Pokemon. This lack of imagination sounds like it should be a bad thing, but it’s actually led to the best element of recent Pokemon games: updated, regional versions of classic Pokemon that look absolutely insane. Consider the humble…

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LISTS

How Pokemon Sword and Shield Could Tackle Brexit

Pokemon is renowned for many things, from its creepy and charming animalia and enchanted car keys to what seems to be a functional post-scarcity society. However, the cults of personality that act as its antagonistic forces are responsible for some of its funniest, darkest, and most intriguing moments. Their ideologies…

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FEATURES

7 Pokemon That Remind Me of My Chinese-American Upbringing

Pokemon was a huge part of my life growing up. Even though I’ve fallen off of the franchise a bit, the upcoming release of Sword and Shield is getting me excited about it all over again. It’s also given me cause to reflect on my experiences growing up with Pokemon, from Blue all…

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