Pokemon Sword and Shield Online Deep Dive: What it’s Like to Battle, Trade, and Explore the Vibrant Wild Area

Interacting with other players has been an important part of the Pokemon experience as far back as trading over the Game Boy link cable in Pokemon Red and Blue. Our main method of battling and trading with each other changes as our communications technology becomes more widespread, and Pokemon Sword and Shield for the Switch marks another big shift. The Global Trade System (GTS) that’s been part of the Pokemon universe since the game first went online with Diamond and Pearl for the DS is gone in Sword and Shield.…

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