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Naruto Excadrill & an invisible Poké Ball: Adventures in Sword & Shield

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Like many others we played right through the latest entries in the Pokémon franchise this weekend, and made liberal use of the Nintendo Switch’s capture button to grab stills and short clips of our trip through the Galar region.

We’d be remiss not to share these with you with two particular ones being of note, both mentioned in the headline.

Before we go any further: this story contains spoilers for Pokémon Sword and shield. We’ll be covering cutscenes from the story, later Pokémon designs and more.

The first is the running animation of the Pokémon Excadrill. Certain Pokémon have what’s called an overworld spawn, which means that they are visible without needing to wade into the tall grass, much like the Let’s Go games.

Upon seeing you, overworld spawned Pokémon will make a mad dash towards you to engage in a battle. The animation for Excadrill has it throwing its arms back and executring a convincing Naruto run.

The other one worth mentioning is a common glitch that we’ve seen experienced by many others. In the post game section your rival Hop will catch one of the two legendary Pokémon (Zacian or Zamazenta) by throwing an invisible Poké Ball.

After a bright flash the Pokémon will be captured in a regular Poké Ball, but Hop’s throwing animation shows no such thing in his hand.

Excadrill’s excellent Naruto run

Hop’s invisible Poké Ball

Master has given Dobby Morgrem a sock curry

Intelleon is uncomfortably tall and slim

Fairy type gym leader Opal being weird

Galarian Mr. Mime looks happy to be knocked out

A bad case of anime villain face

Greedent’s animation for dropping berries is… questionable

The Galarian region is based on the UK, did you know?

We get it!

Clinton Matos

Clinton Matos

Clinton has been a programmer, engineering student, project manager, asset controller and even a farrier. Now he handles the maker side of