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* GoodBadBugs: It is possible to interact with Eggs in ways you are not meant to by attempting to use an EXP Candy or TM/TR on a Pokémon directly above the Egg in the party. If you press A and Down on the same frame during the Pokémon selection, the game will select the ''Egg'' instead of the correct Pokémon. This allows you to do things like check the stats and Ability of an unhatched Egg, teach moves to an unhatched Egg with [=TMs and TRs=], and (if the Pokémon above the Egg is the same as the Egg's species and is capable of evolving) ''evolving a Pokémon before it hatches'', thus giving you Level 1 evolved Pokémon. [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Lance's Dragonite]], eat your heart out.

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It is possible to interact with Eggs in ways you are not meant to by attempting to use an EXP Candy or TM/TR on a Pokémon directly above the Egg in the party. If you press A and Down on the same frame during the Pokémon selection, the game will select the ''Egg'' instead of the correct Pokémon. This allows you to do things like check the stats and Ability of an unhatched Egg, teach moves to an unhatched Egg with [=TMs and TRs=], and (if the Pokémon above the Egg is the same as the Egg's species and is capable of evolving) ''evolving a Pokémon before it hatches'', thus giving you Level 1 evolved Pokémon. [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Lance's Dragonite]], eat your heart out.
** A similar trick using exp candies instead of [=TMs=] allows evolving certain Pokémon that aren't supposed to evolve, like male Combee and Salandit (which [[GenderBender turn female]] when forced to evolve). This can help if you get a shiny that's the wrong gender, for example.
** "Date spoofing" was discovered early on as an exploit to redo daily events (the Loto-ID, Cafe Battles, etc.) by changing the date on the console while in a raid lobby. This can also reroll raid bosses in some circumstances, helping to get specific mons, and/or shinies.


** All the Pokémon that are evolved via trading in Galar's Pokedex can be caught in the Wild Area. This means that players no longer have to deal with the difficulties that come with trying to find trading partners when attempt to fill their Pokedex.

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** All the Pokémon that are evolved via trading in Galar's Pokedex can be caught in the Wild Area. (Though some of them only appear in Max Raid battles.) This means that players no longer have to deal with the difficulties that come with trying to find trading partners when attempt to fill their Pokedex.



* BreatherBoss: Of all the Pokémon that can appear in a Max Raid Battle, Shedinja is the most pathetically easy. For those who don't know, Shedinja's gimmick is that it's a OneHitPointWonder that will NoSell any attack that isn't Super Effective against it due to its Wonder Guard ability (damage that is the result of weather effects will also work). Not even a maxed-out Dynamax Level will raise Shedinja's HP past three. A Five-Star Raid Shedinja will [[PaperTiger attempt to intimidate the player]] with a staggering 8-bar barrier... which does nothing to save it from even a ''single'' Super Effective hit, and even a player that's out-of-the-loop will likely bring a Pokémon that has an attack Shedinja is weak to even if they aren't aware of Wonder Guard.


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* ZeroEffortBoss: Of all the Pokémon that can appear in a Max Raid Battle, Shedinja is the most pathetically easy. For those who don't know, Shedinja's gimmick is that it's a OneHitPointWonder that will NoSell any attack that isn't Super Effective against it due to its Wonder Guard ability (damage that is the result of weather effects will also work). Not even a maxed-out Dynamax Level will raise Shedinja's HP past three. A Five-Star Raid Shedinja will [[PaperTiger attempt to intimidate the player]] with a staggering 8-bar barrier... which does nothing to save it from even a ''single'' Super Effective hit, and even a player that's out-of-the-loop will likely bring a Pokémon that has an attack Shedinja is weak to even if they aren't aware of Wonder Guard.

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** Leon, the aforementioned undefeated champion of the region deserves some kudos for being arguably the first legitimately challenging champion since Cynthia. With his team being surprisingly well balanced and at a noticeably high level compared to the other trainers up to that point in the game (his highest level Pokemon being 65). On top of that his team consists of multiple powerhouses, including the residential pseudo, with varied move-sets to cover their weaknesses. It is safe to say, if you don't come prepared, he can easily catch you off guard with how strong he really is. That being said, having a legitimately challenging champion in a mainline Pokemon game is a pleasant surprise and quite a refreshing challenge for a relatively easy game.

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** In the ROM hack ''Pokésweets'', there is an Apple-type version of Gulpin named [[https://pokesweets.fandom.com/wiki/Applin Applin]]. Come this game, and an actual apple Pokémon named Applin makes its debut.

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* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: Despite a large outpouring of resentment concerning the game's quality and content from fans, ''Sword'' and ''Shield'' have gone on to become [[https://www.polygon.com/pokemon/2019/11/21/20975776/pokemon-sword-shield-sales-fastest-selling-nintendo-switch-game the fastest selling Switch game ever]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K31VCLyVWMw have had the biggest US debut in franchise history.]]


* BestBossEver: Raihan is the first Gym Leader since Tate and Liza from the Hoenn games to challenge the player in a Double Battle. Like his Gym Trainers, he tests the player with weather (specifically Sandstorm) alongside Dragon types, including his Gigantamax Duraludon. With the variety of Pokémon to watch out for, and some strategic moves like Stealth Rock to impair future switch ins and Breaking Swipe to weaken and debuff your Pokémon, it all makes for a pretty engaging boss fight, especially considering he's the [[ClimaxBoss last Gym Leader]].

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Raihan is the first Gym Leader since Tate and Liza from the Hoenn games to challenge the player in a Double Battle. Like his Gym Trainers, he tests the player with weather (specifically Sandstorm) alongside Dragon types, including his Gigantamax Duraludon. With the variety of Pokémon to watch out for, and some strategic moves like Stealth Rock to impair future switch ins and Breaking Swipe to weaken and debuff your Pokémon, it all makes for a pretty engaging boss fight, especially considering he's the [[ClimaxBoss last Gym Leader]]. Leader]].
** [[spoiler:Piers' Gym Challenge]] is structured like a sidescrolling beat 'em up, with various members of Team Yell ambushing you as you make your way to their boss. Said boss challenges you to a battle where neither participant can Dynamax, forcing the player to leverage type matchups and actual strategy to eke out a win -- and that's far easier said than done, since [[spoiler:the type Piers specializes in, Dark, has only 3 weaknesses to exploit]]. [[RuleOfCool Oh, and did we mention that the battle takes place at a rock concert, with the boss incorporating the strategies he's about to use against you into his song lyrics?]] The entire encounter oozes cool from start to finish, and retroactively made the 20+ year wait for [[spoiler:a Dark-type Gym]] more than worth it.


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** When it comes to the adult characters, Leon/Raihan and Sonia/Nessa have gained traction due to the fact that they met [[FanficFuel during a prior League season]] [[FoeYay as competitors]].


** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejFhfEvHmVE Dynamax (Brand New World)]], the theme that played during the Dynamax reveal trailer, really sets apart how different ''Sword and Shield'' is for one thing, it's one of the first pieces of music from the ''Pokémon'' games to have actual lyrics put up against it, following the likes of ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey Jump Up Super Star]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate Lifelight]]''. It sounds like a fusion of 90's British rock and a banging anime opening, and just makes one pumped for a Pokémon journey without even mentioning the creatures by name quite a feat in a franchise whose theme songs are prone to blurting out "Pokémon" every chance they get.

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** While never used in the game proper, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejFhfEvHmVE Dynamax (Brand New World)]], the theme that played during the Dynamax reveal trailer, really sets apart how different ''Sword and Shield'' is for is. For one thing, it's one of the first pieces of music from the ''Pokémon'' games to have actual lyrics put up against it, following the likes of ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey Jump Up Super Star]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate Lifelight]]''. It sounds like a fusion of 90's British rock and a banging anime opening, and just makes one pumped for a Pokémon journey without even mentioning the creatures by name quite a feat in a franchise whose theme songs are prone to blurting out "Pokémon" every chance they get.


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** "[[https://youtu.be/mGXEmaH66a0 Wild Area (North)]]" proves once and for all that bagpipes are ''awesome'' when utilized properly. So awesome, in fact, that when the track was first used in [[https://youtu.be/3pNmwQDN2jk this trailer]], many believed it was going to be a legendary Pokémon theme of some sort.


* LGBTFanbase: Even before the game came out, it acquired a LGBT fanbase for a number of reasons, including Leon's fabulous/disastrous dress sense, bisexuals finding Sonia, Nessa, Leon and/or Milo attractive, Zacian and Zamazenta having pride color schemes, Wooloo getting linked to the mental pronunciation of WLW (women loving women), the Hatterene line being the colours of the trans flag (plus the return of Sylveon, who has the same), having a Direct during LGBT Pride Month in June, etc. Milo, Raihan and Leon were particularly well received by [[{{Bara}} Bara]] fans.

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* LGBTFanbase: Even before the game came out, it acquired a LGBT fanbase for a number of reasons, including Leon's fabulous/disastrous dress sense, bisexuals finding Sonia, Nessa, Leon and/or Milo attractive, Zacian and Zamazenta having pride color schemes, Wooloo getting linked to the mental pronunciation of WLW (women loving women), the Hatterene line being the colours of the trans flag (plus the return of Sylveon, who has the same), having a Direct during LGBT Pride Month in June, etc. Milo, Raihan and Leon were particularly well received by [[{{Bara}} Bara]] {{Bara|Genre}} fans.


* LGBTFanbase: Even before the game came out, it acquired a LGBT fanbase for a number of reasons, including Leon's fabulous/disastrous dress sense, bisexuals finding Sonia, Nessa, Leon and/or Milo attractive, Zacian and Zamazenta having pride color schemes, Wooloo getting linked to the mental pronunciation of WLW (women loving women), the Hatterene line being the colours of the trans flag (plus the return of Sylveon, who has the same), having a Direct during LGBT Pride Month in June, etc. Milo was particularly well received by {{Bara}} fans.

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* LGBTFanbase: Even before the game came out, it acquired a LGBT fanbase for a number of reasons, including Leon's fabulous/disastrous dress sense, bisexuals finding Sonia, Nessa, Leon and/or Milo attractive, Zacian and Zamazenta having pride color schemes, Wooloo getting linked to the mental pronunciation of WLW (women loving women), the Hatterene line being the colours of the trans flag (plus the return of Sylveon, who has the same), having a Direct during LGBT Pride Month in June, etc. Milo was Milo, Raihan and Leon were particularly well received by {{Bara}} [[{{Bara}} Bara]] fans.

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* UglyCute: The fossil Pokémon's designs are considered strangely endearing by some despite [[StylisticSuck clearly being meant to look like horrible abominations.]]

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** Of all of the past Legendary Pokémon to be included in the regional dex, and not require any form of transfer from past generations to obtain immediately in ''Sword and Shield'', nobody would've guessed the Legendary Pokémon in question would be Type: Null. It comes off as a shocking reveal once you become the Champion and decide to head to the Battle Tower, in which Type: Null is gifted to you for becoming the Champion, in addition to also being given the individual Memories to use RKS System once it evolves into Silvally.


* GoodBadBugs: It is possible to interact with Eggs in ways you are not meant to by attempting to use an EXP Candy or TM/TR on a Pokémon directly above the Egg in the party. If you press A and Down on the same frame during the Pokémon selection, the game will select the ''Egg'' instead of the correct Pokémon. This allows you to do things like check the stats and Ability of an unhatched Egg, teach moves to an unhatched Egg with [=TMs and TRs=], and (if the Pokémon above the Egg is the same as the Egg's species and is capable of evolving) ''evolving a Pokémon before it hatches.''

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* GoodBadBugs: It is possible to interact with Eggs in ways you are not meant to by attempting to use an EXP Candy or TM/TR on a Pokémon directly above the Egg in the party. If you press A and Down on the same frame during the Pokémon selection, the game will select the ''Egg'' instead of the correct Pokémon. This allows you to do things like check the stats and Ability of an unhatched Egg, teach moves to an unhatched Egg with [=TMs and TRs=], and (if the Pokémon above the Egg is the same as the Egg's species and is capable of evolving) ''evolving a Pokémon before it hatches.''hatches'', thus giving you Level 1 evolved Pokémon. [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Lance's Dragonite]], eat your heart out.

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* GoodBadBugs: It is possible to interact with Eggs in ways you are not meant to by attempting to use an EXP Candy or TM/TR on a Pokémon directly above the Egg in the party. If you press A and Down on the same frame during the Pokémon selection, the game will select the ''Egg'' instead of the correct Pokémon. This allows you to do things like check the stats and Ability of an unhatched Egg, teach moves to an unhatched Egg with [=TMs and TRs=], and (if the Pokémon above the Egg is the same as the Egg's species and is capable of evolving) ''evolving a Pokémon before it hatches.''


** The fact that the game is a WideOpenSandbox similar to ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' or the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' franchise got fans excited.

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** The fact that the game is contains a WideOpenSandbox similar to ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' or the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' franchise got fans excited.


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* TheyChangedItNowItSucks
** ''Sword and Shield'' are the first games bar ''Let's Go'' that do not include every Pokémon in existence as of their release programmed into them, the announcement of which was ''not'' well received by many people. When the game was released, situations worsened when it was discovered that '''more than 55% of all Pokémon''' were removed, leaving only 400 in the Galar Dex (319 returning and 81 newcomers) and a further 35 discovered to be programmed in through hacking - though all of those are just legendaries, mythicals and the Kanto and Alola starters.
** About 70 moves were rendered unusable (including favorites such as Hidden Power and Return) despite the fact that all of the signature moves of unobtainable Pokémon are still included in the game, the majority of which are still perfectly useable and several even being capable of being summoned through Metronome despite none of the available Pokémon learning them.


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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: When Junichi Masuda stated that the Galar region features 18 Gym Leaders divided between a major league (the ones that comprise that year's Gym Challenge) and a minor league, many people were particularly excited about the prospect of fighting those ten other leaders as side content. Unfortunately, it was soon clarified that only the major league Gym Leaders would be available to fight in the game. Bea and Allister are completely unacknowledged in the opposite version, and Gordie and Melony only see mention in the other's league cards - the leaders for the eight remaining types are all but nonexistent outside of their associated uniforms.

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** Players balking at the idea of the player character eating meat in general are forgetting about the restaurants in ''X and Y''.

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