Let me be sincere right here: I could have spent extra time customizing my character in Pokémon Sword and Shield than perfecting my Pokémon lineup. My mother — the in-game one — gave me a few hundred bucks initially of the game. The very first thing I did was purchase garments.

Sword and Shield has greater than 400 Pokémon to catch, but it surely seems like there’s practically the identical variety of customization choices to hunt round for, too.

It’s essentially the most intensive character customization system in a Pokémon game. Sword and Shield begins with a display that enables gamers to decide on a primary character mannequin — pores and skin tone, gender, and hair colour. But as soon as you start the game, loads extra choices open up. There are lots of of various clothes choices — footwear, socks, attire, pants, glasses, and extra — obtainable to buy from shops within the Galar area. There are salons the place you’ll be able to modify make-up, coiffure, eyebrows, and hair colour. The solely factor you can’t change after you begin taking part in Pokémon is gender and pores and skin tone; the whole lot else may be modified as you play the game.

One Pokémon participant, jkSam on Reddit, put collectively a spreadsheet that paperwork all the clothes gadgets in Sword and Shield. Across the Galar area, you’ll be able to choose up greater than 1,000 gadgets, break up between the 2 gender choices — there are 100 extra clothes choices for feminine characters. jkSam has labelled every of the clothes choices by city, so in case you’re in search of one thing particular, this can be a useful information for procuring. It may additionally assist you to with budgeting. According to jkSam’s depend, there’s ₱8,069,260 price of clothes in Sword and Shield.

Food: $0
Potions: $0
Poké balls: $0
Antidotes: $0
Clothes: $15000

somebody who is good on the financial system please assist me funds this. my pokémon are dying pic.twitter.com/os061Pfd2T

— Kiririn (@Kirinodere) November 20, 2019

That’s not together with stuff you’ll be able to change on the salons across the Galar area, whether or not that’s altering eyebrow form or hair colour. Oh, and your eyes, too — would you like glowing anime coronary heart eyes? That’s a factor you are able to do. Do you need your eyes to match your chilly, black coronary heart? You can flip them into infinite voids, too.

All of those choices, and the power of present your character off by way of your League Card, implies that there’s an artwork to creating the right character. I personally take pleasure in making an actual reproduction of myself in any game performed; I spent an embarrassingly very long time flying again and forth to outlets and salons to get my character’s particulars good. I knew I had it proper when my husband glanced over at my Sword and Shield game and set free a sigh: Oh. You made you.

Pokémon Sword and Shield is a dress-up game
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There are others, after all, who need to create the worst potential choice obtainable. I’ve additionally seen tons of Marnie-styled goth women. Sharply-dressed British trainers. Trainers who match their Pokémon. Trainers with assertion hats. The choices are infinite, as a result of as everyone knows, the true endgame is trend.

After all, that’s after I had essentially the most cash left over to spend on the little particulars I wanted to make my character full: discovering the right chunky platform Creepers I actually have in my closet and selecting out essentially the most appropriate bag to retailer all my Poké Balls. Naturally, the whole lot’s black aside from my glasses — these are pink.