Not All Pokémon Followers Are Created Equal

By Alistair Jones on at

Yesterday saw the release of Pokémon Sword and Shield's Isle of Armor DLC. As well as adding a new area and extra Pokémon to the game, the new content includes a feature that allows your favourite Pokémon pal to follow you around outside their Pokéball. But it seems it doesn't always work exactly as expected.

In a tweet early this morning, a player posted a video of them waiting for their Meltan to catch up with them. The problem with that, however, is that Meltan is very slow, and while it's kind of cute to watch it shuffle around your camp, that speed is matched in the overworld. The result is that it takes Meltan several minutes to catch up to its trainer, appearing as little more than a speck on the horizon for a good chunk of the video below.

There's an argument to be made about realism, and to some extent, I'm prepared to accept that - I've also seen a very good clip of a massive Wailmer sliding happily around the Wild Area - but elsewhere it doesn't really fly, especially when your follower 'mon doesn't even feature on the same screen as you.