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It's official: Fat Pikachu is coming to Pokémon Sword and Shield

By Tim Augustin - on 17 Oct 2019, 1:27pm

It's official: Fat Pikachu is coming to Pokémon Sword and Shield

The Pokémon Company dropped some news on us yesterday, revealing new Gigantamax forms coming to Pokémon Sword and Shield. As expected, Generation 1 Pokémon from the Red and Blue days are getting all the love (again). 

The new trailer shows off Gigantamax Pikachu - who looks suspiciously like Pokemon Red and Blue-era Pikachu, affectionately referred to by fans as ‘fat Pikachu’. Meowth is also granted a new appearance in its Gigantamax form, essentially becoming the ‘Longcat’ meme. 

Gamefreak are doing Pokémon memes now. Will wonders never cease? It should be noted however, that Gigantamax Pikachu seems to only be available to players if they have play records from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! on their Nintendo Switch. The same goes for Gigantamax Eevee - you’ll need play records from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!

Gigantamax Meowth also seems to be a pre-order bonus for Pokemon Sword and Shield, via the game’s Mystery Gift feature. At least Gigantamax Charizard is up for grabs with no terms and conditions tacked on. 

Pokemon Sword and Shield will arrive on Nintendo Switch on November 15. Mark your calendars, fat Pikachu is coming.

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