Actually, some of the NPCs, the ones that have a speech bubble but can’t press A, actually do acknowledge you as champion.Now for post game shenanigans:
Back at home. Sure, I got that vision of the Slumbering Weald, but I'm the new Champion! And with how big and important people treat the Champion in Galar, and after spending the last 7 generations of getting no more respect from becoming the Champion, I was ready to backtrack throughout the entire region and bask in the cheers and awes of my now adoring fans!
Oh, there's the "Science is amazing" guy, he has anything new? No, but that's alright, I wouldn't want him any other way. Let's see what's going on at Hop & Leon's house. Hm, both aren't here, but Leon left me a present: a Gigantamax Charmander! Neat! But I know what place is up next: Wedgehurst! They know how to cheer on a Champion. And they still do, just one problem: many are still cheering for Leon as they did at the start of the game. Only character that mentions I'm the Champion is the Pokemon Center Nurse and the Haircut Receptionist (though oddly not the Clothing Store Receptionist). Still, Wedgehurst I feel would have been one of the most simple places to update, so things already aren't looking good.
Sonia is nowhere to be found though Magnolia is in her house but she already gave me the Master Ball before I even left my house.
Wasn't expecting the Wild Area NPCs to change, though I was surprised to see every Pokemon in the Wild Area was now Level 60! Well, I guess I now know where I'll be training up all my other Pokemon to fill the dex. Not to mention I'm able to catch many higher level evolutions so don't have to grind their lower stages for long. Raid Battles though are mostly 5 stars with 4 stars also mixed in, and the single player partners haven't upgraded to keep up. I've tried online and did get one Raid with three other players, though another time no one joined me. Also, the game LAGS hard, I was scared my game had froze a few times. Unless you're doing strictly Raids I wouldn't suggest turning on the online (though I may try doing Trades later, is there anyway I can request a certain Pokemon?).
Anyway, Motostoke next and the only difference I can remember is a guy who told me to come back later when I was Champion. So, what did this guy needed me to be Champion to do? He's the Steel Beam tutor... really? Why even lock this off till post game?
I do the loop around to Turffield and Hulbury but nothing there. Hammerlocke maybe? Nope. Found a Beast Ball in Stow-on-Side, that's neat though would have liked this before catching Eternatus who looks like the only Pokemon that would make sense to put in a Beast Ball. Nothing in Ballonlea. Morimoto will battle you in Circhester in a double battle and using a Dynamax Snorlax, surprised he didn't use the Gigantamax version. Nothing for Spikemuth.
Wyndon both has some new things but also defaulted back for other things. Like all the trainers that were cheering for me right before the final match outside the stadium are back to being excited for Leon. However inside the stadium they're still cheering for me and there's even a kid who's excited to shake my hand so that's nice. Going over to Rose Tower, it's revealed Leon has turned it into this game's Battle Tower. Also, sudden Type: Null. Like, I'm glad I got it, but why? How? It's not like Gladion showed up and gave it to me, it was just a random Macro Cosmos staff member who gave it to me as congrats for becoming Champion. Is this a newly created Type: Null or was this the third one that Gladion said existed? Does that mean there's no more Type: Nulls?
EDIT: So turns out the Sword Dex entry for Type: Null reveals research notes were stolen to allow creation of more Type: Null/Silvally. It was probably Faba.
Well... that was disappointing. REALLY disappointing. I was genuinely hoping to finally have my character becoming Champion being treated as a big thing with people in the region actually reacting. Throughout the game they showed people getting excited when Leon showed up which got me excited to see the same thing happen for my character during post game. But no, GF couldn't even be asked to do that! I'm going to have to throw out the L work again: LAZY! GF this is super lazy, was changing a few lines of dialogue really too much to ask? *Sigh* Fine, I know where you want me to go, let's see how things go in the Slumbering Weald.
So in the Slumbering Weald I run into Hop who also got a vision to come here. We go to the alter to put back the Rusted Sword & Rusted Shield and Hop requests we have a battle. We have our battle and suddenly Professor Sonia arrives too, revealing she wrote a book about the two heroes and gives us a copy. Suddenly Sonia's Power Spot Detector goes off... and things get weird.
These two guys appear with incredibly stupid hair, one shaped as a sword and another shaped as a shield. The blue suit with the sword hair is named Sordward and the red suit with the shield hair is Shielbert. They claim to be Galar's new kings, the descendants of the hero of Galar, and furious that Sonia's book says the hero was actually two Pokemon. They're here to take the Rusted Sword & Rusted Shield to summon the Legendaries to truly see if the claims are true. They take the artifacts but Hop isn't having any of it and we take one each. I face Shielbert and defeat him, forcing him to hand over the Rusted Shield. However Hop lost against Sworward and both run off with the Rusted Sword. Hop chases after them while we go with Sonia back to her lab to figure out our next step.
At her lab we meet Sonia's new assistant and we're also told that all the leftover Wishing Stars that Rose had have been confiscated to brought to the lab for safekeeping. Anyway, Sonia has detected a power spot spike in Turffield stadium so we head over them. Inside we not only meet-up with Milo but also Piers, both were having a friendly match when suddenly a Dynamaxed Pokemon started causing havoc. Hop also comes running up, having lost track of the "Galar Kings". But we have to deal with the Dynamax Pokemon first so I, Hop, Milo, and Piers team-up to do a Raid. This is an awesome idea, though sadly they don't keep up with it as you'll soon read!
After beating the Pokemon that Milo takes guides back to its home, Sordward and Shielbert appear to insult us and revealed they're responsible for Dynamaxing the Pokemon. They reveal they want to see Zacian's and Zamazenta's true nature and plan on Dynamaxing more Pokemon, running off. Hop wants to chase after them but Piers stops him and says they'll possibly lead us into a trap, then reluctantly agreeing to come with us to hunt them down. Sonia meets us with us outside the stadium saying Halbury's and Motospike's stadium also had an energy spike. Piers gets worried about Spikemuth and Marnie though Sonia tells him there's no need to worry as Spikemuth isn't near a power spot. We head to the other stadiums and do Raids there, teaming up with their respective Gym Leaders.
Once done we get another call from Sonia, Sordward and Shielbert have appeared at the lab wanting the Wishing Stars. We head to the lab and both I and Hop have a double battle against the "Galar Kings", beating both of them. However it was just a distraction as Sonia's new assistant gives them the Wishing Stars, having been working(?) with them all along (BTW, the assistant is never given a name and it's not clear what he relation to the "Galar Kings" are, yet she's similarly dedicated to them like Oleana was to Rose). Sonia is upset at the betrayal but snaps back as the next 4 Stadiums are now having power spot spikes (Piers gets worry about Marnie and Spikemuth again only for Sonia to remind him they don't have a power spot, it's a running joke you see).
So, remember how cool it was that you're doing Max Raids with Hop, Piers, and the Gym Leader? Well this is when they drop the ball, for the next batch of Gyms we're told there are multiple Dynamax Pokemon so we have to do solo Raids. Only exception is Ballonlea where Bede had taken care of the Dynamax Pokemon so we instead have another battle with him. BTW, while this is all going on it's revealed the "Galar Kings" had run into the Hammerlocke power plant and closed the door and Sonia had been working to open it. Once you do all four of the Gyms you get a call from Sonia telling you to come back to Hammerlocke as she almost has the door open. Yes, she does this even if you're in Hammerlocke and she's just right down the hallway; GF there was ways around this, then again since you didn't do any of them I'm actually wondering if you even care?
Anyway, Sonia failed to open the door but her Yamper gives it a shock and it opens. Sad trombone. Inside we find the "Galar King" you take the artifact from (the one who represents the version you're playing) and a batch of his followers. He rants how they're the descendants of the true hero of Galar and the "old history" being better before starting a battle. Defeating him, the building begins shaking and the "Galar King" says he bought his brother enough time and lets us pass.
On the roof we see the other brother has summoned the other version's Wolf and empowered it with Wishing Stars, however instead of going crazy and attacking the city as they thought it would it attacks the "Galar King" instead. We step in and defeat the Legendary, but it then turns to attack Hop. However just then the Legendary Wolf for our version appears and stops it, forcing it away. Hop takes the stolen artifact and runs out of the power plant, meanwhile we then battle our wolf and catch it. After that the "Galar Kings" realized all the wrong they done and so Piers takes them into custody.
We then get a call from Hop that he's in Slumbering Weald with the other Legendary Wolf. We go to the Slumbering Weald to see that Hop was able to calm down the Legendary Wolf that he then captures! Well, I have a Legendary Wolf and Hop has a Legendary Wolf, so that only means one thing: one final battle with Hop using our Legendary Wolves! Now for the one using Zacian you just need to use the Fighting-type move it comes with to win as Zacian is faster then Zamazenta. If you're using Zamazenta, well it is the shield Pokemon so you'll be going on the defensive by healing it for the next 5 turns until Zacian runs out of Close Combats, but then you can use Behemoth Bash to knock it out.
And with that you win. Hop says he thinks he knows what he wants to do now that he doesn't have the goal of trying to beat his brother to become Champion. Hop liked helping Pokemon when they're in trouble so naturally decides to become a Pokemon Range... Professor! Yeah, that's what I was about to say, he decides to become a Pokemon Professor to help Pokemon. And he's in luck, Sonia is looking for a new assistant! We then end the post game story with Piers and Leon guiding the "Galar Kings" to us as they wanted to personally apologize to us and says their giving their royal title to us, then running off. And after some encouraging words from Leon we all go home. The End.
Gotta admit, wasn't exactly where I thought the postgame would go. It kind of felt shoehorned in and I didn't really find the "Galar Kings" that interesting. However, that's not to say there wasn't anything good. First off, I like that instead of catching the Legendary Mascot as part of the story they instead sort of give it its own post game story where you then catch it. I also like it in this case you start with a battle with Hop using your "normal" team and then bookend it with a final battle with Hop using the Legendary Wolves against each other (if you chose to do so, but why wouldn't you? That said one has the clear advantage against the other and kind of felt anticlimactic Shield players need to win by healing out Close Combat; Zekrom vs Reshiram this ain't). I also liked the Raid Battles with Hop, Piers, and the Gym Leaders but, as I said, they only do it for the first three Gyms.
Anyway after this it's pretty much the normal Pokemon stuff to do now. Filling the dex (& curry dex), challenging the Battle Tower & mini-Champion Cups... and I guess that's it. Some bonus stuff that open up after the post game story is you can find Sonia and Hop working in the lab, you can challenge Marnie in Spikemuth, and can find Oleana in the Galar Mines to get Rose's Rare Trainer Card.
Speaking of which, got a complaint about those. After helping out the Gym Leaders they all give you their rare Trainer Card. But they also say "call me anytime you need me", and since we just did a pseudo Raid I thought this meant that the Gym Leaders would be available to do Raids with! But nope, their words and empty and meaningless as you're still stuck with the now seemingly outclassed NPCs you had before (including the one that uses Magikarp, Pikachu, Eevee, Clefairy, and Togepi; or you're unlucky and get one who Pokemon is weak to the Raid Pokemon). It was disappointing as it would address one of the problems I had with Raids if we were able to get stronger NPCs to help us, even if we could only use them once per day.
Well, with that all now done, guess I'll look through the Trainer Cards and the concept art to see if there's anything of interest to mention. Not sure if I would post it here or another thread, have to see.
One thing that annoys me though is the Flower Shop in Turfield Stadium. The woman blocking it mentions Milo loves to Flower, but she is blocking the way. So I assume that once we beat Milo, we’ll be allowed in, but no, she just blocks the way for eternity. It just really annoys me that this building that clearly exists for the sake of flowering can’t be explored. It’s a reoccurring problem throughout the game, such as the cathedral in Hammerlocke.