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Urgh, the Pokémon Company are idiots – the official site for the UK has had 22nd all over the site, but Nintendo UK has it down for Friday. Midnight tonight, then or maybe even 05:00 to coincide with the end of the scheduled maintenance (i.e. PoGo integration + nuking illegal Pokémon) for HOME.

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Didn't really keep myself informed on this one, and now the game has thrown a choice at me that I just don't know what to do with!

 

My tutorial Max Lair gave me Suicune, which is pretty damn awesome as it is easily my favourite of the dogs. I assumed that everyone got the same, but they are seemingly random, so I'm quite happy with that already. It remains brilliant seeing Pokemon wandering around, especially when it's one of the ones I've never seen before. A Milotic swimming around, they're just so huge. (I was even happy to see Zubat flapping around in the cave, although I had seen that in Let's Go.)

 

It looks like there's quite a bit more to do in this one than in the last one. I definitely feel I've gotten my money's worth with it. Looking forward to some co-op at some point, too.

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There is only one way to say it, so I will. This is the definitive Pokemon game. Yes, there are still a couple of favourite Pokemon missing, and many of the optional things like Contests, Triple Battles, etc. should really be there for the people who care about them. But, all the tools are now in place for the competitive to make EXACTLY the Pokemon they want to, whereas the more casual player can just have fun riding around marvelling at the personality put into the Tyrantrum chasing them. Zooming around trying to outsmart Zapdos, chasing footprints for the Iron Will Pokemon, or wondering just how you get into the temple for the Regis. 

 

I'm sure a lot of this could have been acheived without the DLC, but when such a great framework was already in place I'm glad they chose to expand it rather than release a whole new game. Bring on a third package, I say! Give me Geodudes, give me Secret Bases, give me Megas and Z-moves, give me stuff I never bothered with in the previous games but others adored. I'll buy it, sight unseen, because this is the perfect way to present them all. 

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I think it's going to take one more iteration. This game was inspired by BotW but the freedom was ultimately limited to a specific area in a really conservative way. People wanted more, DLC focussed on this and gave more traversal and open climes. The next game will take it further, or 'do it properly' I think, and Pokemon will be all the better for it. 

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All of the Ash Hat Pikachu codes have now been released valid until the end of November

 

https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2020/10/guide_pokemon_sword_and_shield_-_all_ashrs_pikachu_codes


 

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P1KACHUGET

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P1KAADVANCE

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P1KABESTW1SH

KAL0SP1KA

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K1NP1KA1855

 

 

The World Cap Pikachu is the only one that hadn't previously been released. 

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If anyone is still playing this - would someone please be willing to trade Zamazenta so that I can get it registered in the dex to claim the shiny charm? Just started this up again and almost finished the Galarian dex. Obviously, will offer up Zacian in return to lessen the worry I'm stealing it. And I'll return it straight back to you.

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I’ve started playing this. I’ll only be playing story mode but damn it looks great!

 

Started with Scorbunny and caught a Nicket, purely cos they’re friends in the Pokémon Journeys cartoon and my daughter recognised so. :)
 

For similar reasons I imagine I’ll end up with a team of clefairy, jigglypuff looking ones.

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On 05/04/2021 at 10:00, disperse and recoagulate said:

I’ve started playing this. I’ll only be playing story mode but damn it looks great!

 

Started with Scorbunny and caught a Nicket, purely cos they’re friends in the Pokémon Journeys cartoon and my daughter recognised so. :)
 

For similar reasons I imagine I’ll end up with a team of clefairy, jigglypuff looking ones.

Let me know if you need any exclusive Mons or to trade evolve to complete your Pokédex, happy to help. 

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I’ve got right back into this lately, played for 100 hours upon release and completed the Pokédex, bought the season pass but never downloaded either of the expansions until a few days ago,

 

Loving the Max Raids where you go for a Legendary at the end, I spent about 3 hours trying to get Palkia yesterday

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For Europe, however, you will get the code from October 22nd through November 18th at a variety of stores. You will be able to get a code to give you Shiny Zacian in Pokémon Shield and Shiny Zamazenta in Pokémon Sword. The stores are as follows:
UK - GAME

 

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