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Nightmare Fuel / Pokémon Sword and Shield

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To give an idea of scale, this thing is 300 feet tall...

The path to greatness that you forge is going to have no shortage of speedbumps along the way, and some of them are the bladder-voiding kind. If bugs the size of tires are enough to give you the heebie-jeebies, then your Dynamaxed terrors will give you many sleepless nights, and that's just the start...

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  • The scene that takes place in the Slumbering Weald. The idea is that you and Hop go in there to save a Wooloo, only for both of you to get lost in the thick fog that rolls in not long after you enter. But that's not the scary part — the scary part is the encounter with Zacian/Zamazenta (depending on the version) at the tail end of the path after you follow cries that Hop thought were a hurt Pokémon. First off, the legendary Pokémon is presented as a "???" at level ???, so you don't even know how powerful this thing is. Also, when you try to attack it, it won't work. All your attacks will fail to even faze it. You can't run away, either. And if that wasn't enough, there's also the background music which sets the tone perfectly; a hopeless encounter with a beast you know absolutely nothing about.
    • Keep in mind, this is right after you get your starter. You have no other Pokémon, and nothing you do fazes this thing as it just keeps calling in more and more fog (which covers the entire screen in white, and it muffles the music) until the whole screen is covered... and Leon finds you, Hop, and your Pokémon out cold on the forest floor. That's right: the game has a plot mandated loss in it, and you genuinely black out from it. And unlike whiting out, you stay put while you're unconscious.
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    • In addition, before heading into the woods Hop casually mentions how Sonia was allegedly traumatized by something in there. Thanks, Hop.
    • Even worse is how Zacian/Zamazenta looks in this encounter: they look sick - almost as if they're dying, in fact. Zacian's sword and Zamazenta's armor are missing, their color palette is sickly and dull, and they seem to have bits missing from their body, particularly their ears. If this wasn't a licensed Nintendo game, you'd almost mistake this encounter for a Pokémon creepypasta.
  • If you thought Ultra Necrozma was scary, meet Eternatus and its Eternamax form; yes, there's a level above Gigantamax. It's a giant serpent that almost looks like a spinal cord, with a five-pronged mouth at the end and what looks to be eyes at the end of each prong. You can't even attack it — as in, your Pokémon can't use any moves — until a plot event has you and Hop summon not one, but both box legendaries. Keep in mind that this had happened before, 20,000 years ago, wherein Eternatus' mere awakening from its meteoroid prison began a calamity known as the Darkest Day, which required both Zacian and Zamazenta to seal it away again, and the two beasts still have parts of their bodies nicked off from that battle. And unlike Necrozma and Kyurem, who played similar roles and fell to earth in a similar fashion, this thing seems to be inherently malevolent as opposed to acting out of pained rage.
    • And on that note, the Darkest Day. Imagine house-sized Pokémon, far as the eye can see, wreaking havoc all across Galar. It took two heroes — one with a sword and the other a shield — and their armies of Pokémon alongside Zacian and Zamazenta to shove Eternatus back into its cage, and only Arceus knows how many lives were lost and how devastated the region was before the conflict finally ended. Still not enough? The cage leaked all that time, and the occasional Dynamax Pokémon would cause havoc; it got to the point where meteorites called Wishing Stars were actually weaponized to give the land's defenders a means to fight back, which eventually changed from national defense to regional competition. And then Chairman Rose had to prod at the cage, and next thing you know, it's a new Darkest Day...
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    • There's an alternative view of Eternatus' calamitous powers — it's not malevolent, it's unable to restrain its power. YMMV on which is worse.
  • The Policemen trainers look.... way too friendly. To elaborate, their faces are extremely unsettling in appearance, their big eyes and mouths especially.
    • They also don't appear to change their expressions; even when they lose, they retain that big wide eye smile whilst laughing.
  • Oleana has a tendency to freak out a lot of players with the faces she makes when she's enraged. This is very noticeable during your encounter and battle with her in the Rose Tower, where she makes such a face while she's ranting about how she refuses to allow anyone to disturb Chairman Rose and vows to, in her words, beat you to pieces, while she's about to send out her last Pokémon, and when she's Gigantamaxing her Garbodor.
    Oleana: So, you got through all of the special staff that I had ordered to stop you. I would expect nothing less of the Trainers handpicked by Champion Leon himself. But I am afraid it is now time for you to go home. Because... (suddenly switches her normally calm face to a freaky furious one) I will not allow anyone to disturb the great Chairman Rose! You shall be the first, (player name)! If I beat you to pieces, then the Champion will have no one to battle and will thus lose heart. In that state, he will listen to anything the chairman says!
  • Glimwood Tangle. It's a dark forest of mushrooms that give off an eerie light when touched, and the music is a haunting lullaby. As the name might hint, it's full of Fairy-type Pokémon. Unfriendly-looking Fairy-type Pokémon.
    • Phantump can naturally be found here. Being encountered among the likes of Shiinotic, Morgrem, and Hattrem, just to name the most malignant ones, only implies the worst — take your pick whether that worst means being lured in and shish-kebabed by Morgrem, having one's life-force drained by Shiinotic, or being viciously struck down by Hattrem.
  • Venture out onto the ocean surrounding the Isle of Armor, and you'll eventually see a load of splashing heading in your direction. It's only once it gets close enough for the Pokémon to spawn that you realize you're actively being hunted by a Sharpedo. Unless you time your boosts properly, it will catch you.
  • Crown Tundra takes some of the scariest Pokémon such as Necrozma and the Ultra Beasts Up to Eleven in Dynamax Adventures.
    • Necrozma in particular looks very intimidating due to its Dynamaxed appearance looking eerily similar to its appearance in the opening of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, where it captured the already sizeable Nebby in its palms.
  • Be careful with Zarude. If it sees you, it will lunge at you!
  • The way some Pokemon come after you in the Wild Area. Notable examples are Liepard which is so fast it will always catch you if you're not on your bike, Sneasel and Tyrogue, which are quick like Liepard but also small enough that it's effectively a jumpscare when they run into you, and the way Grapploct crawls towards you if it sees you is downright spine-chilling.


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