For years, fans have set out in different Pokemon games using unique teams consisting of all kinds of Pokemon, like one player who beat Sword and Shield using a team inspired by Gary Oak from the anime. That being said, with so many monsters to choose from, there are bound to be fan-favorites, with some of the most common ranging from Charizard to Lucario. Now, one fan has proven that it is entirely possible to win with one's favorites, even the smallest of Pokemon.
Over on Reddit, user ZachMannIkea posted a clip of themselves defeating the Champion Leon in Pokemon Sword and Shield. However, what is most surprising about this clip is the Pokemon that the Reddit user did it with: a Shiny Alolan Sandshrew. Of course, ZachMannIkea could have easily used other Pokemon only to then finish off the Champion with their Sandshrew, but they also revealed that the Alolan Sandshrew was the only Pokemon in their party.
It is quite humorous to see the enormous Gigantamax Charizard tower over the 2-foot-tall Sandshrew, only for it to deliver the first and final blow, knocking it out with a single Ice Punch. While the Sandshrew was 20 levels higher than Champion Leon's Charizard, there's a good chance it still wouldn't be able to make a dent on the Fire-type Pokemon on its own, so ZachMannIkea looked to X items for help. For those unfamiliar, X items like X Attack, X Defense, and X Speed are items players can use in battle to temporarily increase the stats of their Pokemon.
In the comments section of the Reddit post, the user even showed off a clip of themselves hatching the Shiny Alolan Sandshrew, so the small Pokemon really has come a long way. ZachMannIkea also mentions that they chose to beat Pokemon Shield with the Ice and Steel-type Sandshrew because otherwise, it would have a hard time against the Fighting and Rock-type Gyms in Pokemon Sword.
When Sword and Shield first launched, one player also managed to beat the entire game with an unlikely Pokemon: a level 1oo Wooloo. As fans argue that the series is getting progressively easier and easier, more of these sort of challenge runs have been popping up, so it will certainly be interesting to see how fans attempt to play Pokemon next.
Pokemon Sword and Shield are currently available on the Switch.