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Tag: Sword and Shield

Gaming

The Secret To Training Powerful Pokémon In Scarlet And Violet

Terastallizing isn’t the only way to power up a Pokémon.Screenshot: The Pokémon Company / KotakuFor most players, Pokémon games are a pretty straightforward affair of attacking enemies’ weaknesses and scoring that sweet one-shot. But Pokémon can become incredibly overwhelming once you start playing competitively. What’s an IV? What’s an EV, if not the cute brown fox who can evolve into a bunch of other, more colorful and elaborate foxes?In fact, they refer to hidden numbers and background math that competitive players like to tweak and manipulate to create the strongest versions of their favorite ‘mons. EV and IVs stand for Effort Values and Individual Values. These hidden numbers determine the final state of a Pokémon’s six stats, and understanding how they work and how to influence them ...
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15 Messed Up Pokémon Scarlet And Violet Pokédex Entries

Screenshot: Nintendo / KotakuCute little Jumpluff! For years, the Pokémon games described this second-stage creature with lightness, mentioning how it enjoys drifting on the breeze, scattering its spores. It hasn’t appeared since Sun and Moon, but good gravy, something happened in the meantime.Let’s start with Violet’s description, given it’s only a bit upsetting: Beware its cotton spores. If you accidentally breathe them in, you’ll be racked with coughs and itchiness.Before we get to Scarlet’s Pokédex entry, I want to re-emphasise the almost identical text that has been used in previous generation’s dexes. Typical is X’s: Blown by seasonal winds, it circles the globe, scattering cotton spores as it goes.And now here’s Scarlet’s:Jumpluff travels on seasonal winds. Once its cotton spores ru...
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Pokémon TCG’s Lost Origin Expansion Dramatically Changes Game

Photo: KotakuToday is the official launch of the Pokémon Trading Card Game’s Lost Origin expansion, which might be the penultimate set for the Sword and Shield (SWSH) era before next year sees new packs based on Scarlet and Violet. And it marks the return of the Lost Zone, the very occasional mechanic that entirely changes how players approach the game.In the Pokémon TCG, cards that have been dismissed or defeated enter the discard pile. It’s nothing to be proud of, but the game affords all manner of ways for cards to return from this ignominy. Not so the Lost Zone. It is where cards enter, to never return...until that round is over, obviously. Then you just pick them up. They’re fine. It’s just cardboard.So while you may have built up your decks on the basis of retrieving, say, your Energ...
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Pokémon Tournaments Allow Mythical Pokémon For Ranked Matches

Image: NintendoCompetitive Pokémon trainers are both excited and terrified at the recent rule changes in the video game championships (VGC), where players compete against one another via Pokémon Sword and Shield in an array of leagues. Mythical Pokémon are now allowed for official tournament play for the first time. This means that nobody is safe from heavy-hitters like Megearna or Victini, and the community is scrambling to find counters. Some of the most truly diabolic players have already started to add broken Pokémon to their own teams. The rules for the latest Series 13 ranked matches, starting September 1, were posted yesterday for Pokémon Sword and Shield, this series focused on the Galar region, The rules mainly remained the same from the last series, except for an extended eligibl...