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Pokemon Co. says they won't hesitate to ban players cheating in Pokemon Sword and Shield online battles/tournaments

Your days are numbered, cheaters!

We recently talked about Pokemon Sword and Shield players cheating in online battles/tournaments by hitting the power button on their Switch at the right time in order to miss out on losing points in battles. Pokemon Co. is apparently well aware of the issue, and they're ready to dish out bans for cheaters. Check out their full statement on the matter.

“We truly thank you for supporting Pokemon Sword and Shield.

We are able to confirm that a number of players have been disconnecting from the Internet to manipulate their win/loss records for online battles and tournaments.

From now on, if we determine that players abuse this bug for their own gain in online battles and tournaments, we will not hesitate to temporarily ban or even permanently ban players from accessing online play in Pokemon Sword and Shield.”

Pokemon Sword and Shield gets a special Twitter emoji for a limited time

Better late than never

If you're a Twitter user and a Pokemon fan, we have a bit of information that might interest you. For a limited time only, using the #PokemonSwordShield hashtag on Twitter will get you a special emoji that represents both games. We have no idea why this is going on now of all times, but might as well take advantage of it while you can!

Pokemon Sword and Shield competitive play is being ruined by a new exploit

Some people like to watch the world burn

There are millions of people out there who like to play Pokemon Sword and Shield competitively, and they do so by following the rules. They celebrate their wins, they take their lumps with losses, and they move on. Then there's a small group of bad actors who are extremely sore losers, and they've taken up a new tactic that's hurting competitive play altogether.

After a competitive match in Sword and Shield, the winner gets points and the loser loses points. As you might have figured out, those who are losing have come up with a way to make sure they don't actually lose points after a match. Even worse, the winner doesn't get the points they earned. Unfortunately, it's extremely simple to make this happen. A Resetera user explains...

This bug is easy to exploit. All that must be done is pushing the power button to disconect the Switch at a specfic time after losing the match. When done correctly, not only does the loser NOT lose points for their match, but the winner does not GAIN points for the match won. So basically, this totally nulls the match, and ruins the whole point of laddering in Pokemon.

Hopefully Pokemon Co. and Nintendo are aware of this, and a fix is in the works. This is the kind of thing that can really kill the fun for part of a game.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Ranked Battle reward available, next season has begun

The cycle starts again

Pokemon Sword and Shield's latest Ranked Battle reward is available, and the next season is underway. Check out all the details on both below.

Ranked Battle Rewards

- rewards include BP and items
- items range from nature mints up to Bottle Caps depending upon your placement

Next season now live

- kicks off today and runs until April 30th
- same rules as last month, but comes with a rank reset
- rewards include a Brave Mint and Quiet Mint

Get Tips for Max Raid Battles, the Wild Area, and More for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

Sword and Shield 101

While Pokemon Sword and Shield might be very familiar territory for some players by now, there are others who are just getting into the game today. That's why the gang over at Pokemon.com has put together a new feature to ease those players into some of the bigger features of the game. Check out a blurb from that post below, then click over for the full thing.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield have been available for a few months now, but some of you might just be picking up one of the games now. Or perhaps you've finally found the free time to properly dive into one you've had sitting around. Whatever the case, if you're just getting started with your adventure through the Galar region, you're in luck. We have multiple strategy articles that will help you explore this new region, raise a team of powerful Pokémon, take on Gym Leaders and Max Raid Battles, track down elusive Shiny Pokémon, and more!

Full feature here

Pokemon Co. Shares Dynamax Pokémon Battle Strategies for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

Take your strategies to the max

Dynamax Pokemon battles are a big part of Pokemon Sword and Shield, pun intended AND not intended. If you want to make it through battles the victor, you'll have to know how to handle these larger-than-life encounters. That's why Pokemon.com has shared a new feature chock-full of tips and tricks. Check out a blurb from their feature below, and then click over for the full piece.

Max Moves are some of the strongest attacks in the game. There are several advantages to Max Moves, including that they never miss, regardless of the accuracy of the initial move. As a result, Trainers will sometimes give lower-accuracy moves to Pokémon that they tend to Dynamax to maximize damage output.

Check out the full blog here

Pokemon News Round-up: Yamper life-size plush, and three new rounds of Pokemon Center merch

Life-size Yamper plush

- exclusive to Pokemon Center locations in Japan and Amazon Japan
- priced at 5,280 yen
- 39cm tall, 55cm long, and 22cm wide
- due out later in 2020

Pokemon Galar Tabi merch

- features various Galar Pokemon and their interactions with each other
- available at Pokemon Center stores in Japan starting April 11th, 2020, as well as Amazon Japan
- lineup is as follows:

Corviknight Flying Taxi Plush 4,400 yen (★)
Petit Mascot Set (Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble) 2,420 yen (★)
Grookey Mascot 1,210 yen (★)
Scorbunny Mascot 1,210 yen (★)
Sobble Mascot 1,210 yen ( ★)
Thwackey Mascot 1,430 yen (★)
Raboot Mascot 1,430 yen (★)
Drizzile Mascot 1,430 yen (★)
Double pocket clear file 407 yen
Grookey Triple metal Charm 880 yen (★)
Scorbunny Triple metal Charm 880 yen (★)
Sobble Triple metal Charm 880 yen (★)
3 pairs of Short socks (6 types in total) 1,100 yen
Acrylic stand charm collection 660 yen
(6 types in total. Pattern cannot be chosen.)
Thwackey Guest towel 660 yen (★)
Raboot Guest towel 660 yen (★)
Drizzile Guest towel 660 yen (★)
Mini bath towel 2,200 yen (★)
Masking tape 660 yen (★)
Sticky note set 770 yen (★)
Set of 6 postcards 550 yen (★)
4 lunch box Set 1,980 yen (★)
PET Sticker 550 yen (★)
Rubber strap collection 660 yen
(10 types in total. Pattern cannot be chosen.)
Stand pack cookies 680 yen
Die-cut pass case 1,650 yen (★)
Purse 770 yen (★)
Grookey Plastic Cup 770 yen (★)
Scorbunny Plastic Cup 770 yen (★)
Sobble Plastic Cup 770 yen (★)

※ (★) items will be available on Amazon Japan

Thwackey, Raboot, and Drizzile plushes

- 2,200 yen each
- available at Pokemon Center stores in Japan starting April 11th, 2020

Tag Battle with Pikachu merch

- features artwork of Zarude and Pikachu fighting side-by-side
- available at Pokemon Center stores in Japan starting April 17th, 2020 and Amazon Japan
- lineup is as follows:

Hand towel 550 yen (★)
Tote Bag 2,200 yen (★)
Mini tote 1,320 yen (★)
Can badge 550 yen (★)
Acrylic key chain 660 yen (★)
Clear bottle 1,540 yen (★)
Sticker  330 yen
Ballpoint pen 550 yen (★)
Jigsaw puzzle 1,430 yen (★)

※ (★) items will be available on Amazon Japan

Enter the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield 2020 International Challenge April Online Competition

The moment you've been training for

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield players can challenge Trainers from around the world in the 2020 International Challenge April. This competition will use the same rules and regulations as the current Championship Series format. By completing at least one battle in the 2020 International Challenge April, you can earn a cool piece of in-game Trainer clothing: a Casual Tee (Great Ball Guy). Yes indeed—you can deck out your Trainer in a shirt featuring everyone's favorite Poké Ball distributor!

The sign-up period will last from Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. PDT until Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 4:59 p.m. PDT. Remember that entry into the competition is not allowed once the competition has started, so be sure to sign up before the event begins. You'll be able to redeem your in-game reward once rankings are announced. Just select Mystery Gift, then select Get Battle Stadium Rewards.

Like in all Video Game Championships tournaments, battles in the International Challenge April will use the Double Battle format. However, only Pokémon obtained in the Galar region will be eligible to compete.

Make sure to try your luck in this Online Competition and see how you stack up internationally. Good luck, Trainers!

Pokémon Direct Reveals New G-Max Moves and more for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Passes

Expanding on the expansion pass

Today, The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo revealed new details for the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, including G-Max Moves that only Evolutions of the first-partner Pokémon in the Galar region—Rillaboom, Cinderace, and Inteleon—can use. Trainers can also look forward to new League Card designs and an early-purchase bonus.

Gigantamax Discoveries
In The Isle of Armor (Expansion Pass part one), Trainers will be able to help some of the Pokémon traveling with them gain the ability to Gigantamax. This led to the discovery of the Gigantamax forms for Rillaboom, Cinderace, and Inteleon. The G-Max Moves that these Gigantamax Pokémon can perform are tremendously powerful, packing an even greater punch than normal Max Moves or G-Max Moves. They also all ignore the effects of the target’s Ability!

Gigantamax Rillaboom
Grass-type attacks used by Gigantamax Rillaboom will change to G-Max Drum Solo. With this move, Rillaboom strikes up a beat with the sticks on its hands and elegantly controls tree roots with its spectacular drumming skill. It will then make these tree roots erupt from beneath the opponent, dealing massive damage.

Gigantamax Cinderace
Fire-type attacks used by Gigantamax Cinderace will change to G-Max Fireball. With this powerful move, Cinderace will use its powerful legs to kick a gigantic fireball at the opponent, causing an explosion when it hits.

Gigantamax Inteleon
Water-type attacks used by Gigantamax Inteleon will change to G-Max Hydrosnipe. With this move, Inteleon will take aim from the top of its towering tail, gathering water at its fingertip before blasting it at the opponent. The water is launched with such force and speed that it causes a huge explosion when it hits and packs a greater punch than other Max Moves.

New League Card Designs and Early-Purchase Bonus
Pokémon Trainers in the Galar region make in-game League Cards to introduce themselves. As Trainers progress in their adventure in The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra, backgrounds, effects, and frames that were not available in the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games will be added. Players can also change their League Card using Rotomi’s Card Maker feature and use these new designs, outfits, and hair styles to create their unique League Card.

Trainers who purchase either the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass or the Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass soon after the launch of The Isle of Armor expansion (or players who have already prepurchased it) will be able to receive Leon’s cap and tights as an early-purchase in-game bonus. Players will be able to receive these items after the release of The Isle of Armor (by the end of June 2020) until 7:59 a.m. PDT on Monday, August 31, 2020. [1][2][3][4]

The Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and the Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, new downloadable content for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games, will contain The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra expansions, two separate adventures that will enable fans to meet new characters, catch newly discovered Pokémon, and explore new areas in the Galar region. The Isle of Armor is scheduled to be released by the end of June 2020, and The Crown Tundra in the fall of 2020.

For more information about Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, please visit: Pokemon.com/SwordShieldEX.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Wild Area event updated for March 26th, 2020

Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaid?!

Time for the latest Wild Area shift in Pokemon Sword and Shield. That means Snorlax, Machamp and Gengar have left the boosted raids, and a new wave have come in. Get ready to take on Gigantamax Copperajah, Charizard, Garbodor & Duraludon going forward.

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