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Y-Comm in Pokémon Sword and Shield, Explained



Do you want to win 99,999 coins per battle?

Y-Comm is a new feature introduced in Pokémon Sword and Shield that serves as a place where you can trade pokemon, participate in Link-Battles, and send and receive notifications about participating in Max Raid Battles. They all use online or local communication. Any online communication requires an active Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

Y-Comm is just another option in the game menu. You can access it at any time by pressing the Y button on the Nintendo switch. When it opens, you will see a channel with all other connected players. The side menu allows you to navigate through different sections in Y-Comm.

Max Raid Battles

Max Raid Battles is a new gameplay element in Pokémon Sword and Shield. In Max Raid Battles, players can team up with three others to fight Dynamax’s wild pokémon in the wilderness. When you explore pokemon Dens, you will come across different kinds of Dynamax Pokemon, so be sure to explore everything!

These wild Dynamax pokemon are no joke either. While battling these Dynamax pokemons, there’s a chance they can make multiple moves in a single turn, neutralize the abilities of your own pokemons, remove any character changes that are currently in effect, or set up a barrier that prevents most damage. These battles will require more teamwork and strategy to overcome, but the rewards (caught defeated Dynamax pokemon and useful items) are worth the time and energy.

If your pokemon was knocked out during a Max RAID Battle, you can continue to cheer on your teammates. The key to removing barriers is to repeatedly attack them and just give everything you have.


Dynamaxing is a new game element introduced in the VIII generation. With Dynamaxing, it’s a temporary transformation of pokémon, dramatically increasing their size, increasing their stats, and altering their available moves in Max Moves.

Players can Dynamax their pokemon if they have a Dynamax Band item. Dynamaxing can only be used once per fight and lasts only three turns. The maximum moves for your pokemon depend on the moves it knew before Dynamaxing, and the maximum moves are, in General, much more powerful than normal moves.

During the Max RAID Battle, opposing Pokemon start in Dynamax form and do not return. Players start in their original form and only one pokemon trainer can Dynamax in battle for three moves. Certain Pokemon can achieve a special form of Dynamax known as Gigantamaxing. Pokemon that can Gigantamax have an appearance different from their normal shape, are larger in size, and have an exclusive Max move called the G-Max Move.

Y-Comm is the Central node for communicating With other pokemon Sword and Shield players. You will be able to exchange pokemon with each other here, whether with friends you know or online with strangers from all over the world. If you want to link battle with friends, whether locally or online, Y-Comm is what you need.

Usually Link Trade allows you to exchange pokemon for something specific that you are looking for. A new feature of Pokémon Sword and Shield is Surprise Trade, where you put up pokémon to trade and randomly pick up someone else, getting completely random, unexpected pokémon. You never know you can finish from here!

Sometimes The y-Comm trading process can take a while to be paired with someone. Fortunately, you can continue the adventure or fight as long as Y-Comm sets you up with someone. Once the transaction is completed, you will receive a notification informing you of it.

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Lst Ark: Servers are shutting down today to allow more fans to play



Lost Ark: Tier 1 Island Route

On February 11th the new MMORPG Lost Ark was released in its Free2Play version for all people who just want to try it. That’s a lot though, which is why the game is still struggling with server issues. That should change now.

Update 8:05 a.m.: The servers are now down.

When will the servers shut down? As announced by Amazon via the Lost Ark official website, the servers will go offline this morning, that is, on February 13, at 8 a.m. GMT.

The downtime affects all European servers equally and you will not be able to log into the game in the meantime.

How long will they stay offline? The maintenance work is planned for about 3 hours. So if all goes well, you’ll be able to return to the world of Arkesia at 11 a.m.

We’ll keep you up to date in the live ticker when the servers return and if there will be any delays again.

Lost Ark’s last scheduled server maintenance was scheduled for 4 hours, but ended up lasting over 10 hours, leading to some negative reviews on Steam.

Why are the servers going down? Since Lost Ark was released, the new MMORPG has been struggling with long queues and server problems. At the prime time on February 12, more than 1.3 million people played the action game at the same time.

This also meant that some servers had to be completely closed to new players. Especially the server Asta, on which many German players gather, is affected by long queues.

Sometimes the fans have to wait up to 6 hours just to log in. Incidentally, this only works if you already have a character on the Asta server. New players were completely denied access until the evening hours of February 12th.

To address this situation, Amazon is working with Smilegate to increase server capacity. At this point, however, they are not telling us exactly how this is supposed to work.

Are the queues gone then? No, probably not. In the blog post, the publishers emphasize that they only want to create the basic framework for further updates and more server capacities during the downtime.

We, therefore, do not assume that you will be able to continue gambling directly at 11 a.m. without queues, even if that would be desirable.

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Lost Ark: An exact time when the servers will go online



Lost Ark: Tier 2 Island Route

Today at 6 p.m. the Lost Ark servers should (re)open to all players after the scheduled maintenance. But nothing will come of the official Lost Ark Launch! The launch is delayed due to “deployment issues”.

An exact time when the servers will go online again has not yet been announced. “We hope that this problem will be fixed in a few hours,” the announcement simply says.

We’ll keep you posted on updates here!

Unfortunately, the launch has been delayed due to deployment issues. We hope this will be fixed in a few hours.

Your patience is appreciated and we will update you soon.

Restart Lost Ark Client

We have received important information from the Community Team. Waiting in the server screen doesn’t seem to help. The server list does not appear there automatically. So a reboot is required.

Waiting at the server screen won’t help, as it will require a fresh launch of the client as far as I’m aware.

You can read our guide for Lost Ark here.

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New pioneer package with server change in Lost Ark



Lost Ark guide: List of runes and their effects

Lost Ark has been better received than many thought. Even Amazon did not expect this rush. And so there were long queues on some servers, as was the case with New World. Since a real server change is not possible, many players simply created a new character on a new server. However, some of these players have already redeemed their pioneer package on the first server and thus used it up unnecessarily.

As Amazon has now announced, we will get an additional set of exclusive items on the new server. These items are bound to the character and thus cannot be traded. They can soon be redeemed on every new server.

During the Head Start period for Lost Ark, a massive number of heroes arrived in Arkesia. While we are thrilled to have so many players joining us, we also recognize that this has brought about large queues on our more popular servers, leading to a less than ideal experience for these players.

In an effort to improve the player experience for those who have faced queues, we will be taking several steps to put preventative measures in place ahead of our full launch tomorrow morning, in addition to addressing some of the outstanding issues surrounding Founder’s Pack claims.

Founder’s Pack Redemptions

Players have let us know one of the reasons they are reluctant to switch to lower population servers is because many of them have already redeemed their Founder’s Packs on another server. To help combat this and make exploring new servers a more reasonable choice, we will be granting ALL Founder’s Pack purchasers that redeem their pack by 12 PM PT (8 PM UTC) on Monday, February 14th with an extra set of the exclusive items from the Founder’s Pack they redeemed (e.g., the Founder’s Exclusive Pet and Founder’s Title from the Bronze pack; see full list below) as well as some additional Royal Crystals for Silver, Gold, and Platinum Pack purchasers. These items will not be tradeable, and will be delivered to a player’s Product Inventory so they can be claimed on a new server. Your original Founder’s Pack will not be affected by this, and will remain on the initial server where you redeemed it (or in your Product Inventory, if you have not yet redeemed it).

We are currently working to get these item grants ready to go, and will update players when they are ready to claim — these will be claimable on any new server you choose, so in the meantime we encourage you to find a perfect server to call home.

Bronze Pack
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)

Silver Pack
150 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)

Gold Pack
500 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)
Northern Lawmaker Skin (Untradeable)

Platinum Pack
1,000 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)
Northern Lawmaker Skin (Untradeable)
Founder’s Platinum Skin (Untradeable)
Founder’s Exclusive Mount (Untradeable)
Platinum Welcome Crate (Untradeable)

Founder’s Exclusive Wallpaper*
Founder’s Exclusive Structure
Legendary Rapport Gift Selection Chest
Launch Limited Card Pack
*If the Founder’s Title or Founder’s Exclusive Wallpaper are used on the same Roster where a pack has already been redeemed, you will not be able to use these items.

Please note that this is a one-time grant, and we do not have plans to continue to make additional grants of items available to players in the future. For example, there will be Starter Packs available for purchase at full launch tomorrow (more details to come), and we highly recommend only redeeming them once you settle into your permanent home server.

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