Pokémon Sword and Shield was last heard from a couple of months back. Now, there is much more information released and he’s what you missed.
Galar Region Pokémon
James Turner, the Art Director from Game Freak introduced us to some of the Pokémon in the Galar Region. They are Wooloo, Gossifleur, Drednaw and Corviknight. Gossifleur evolves into Eldegoss.
The Wild Area is a large expansive area that spans between cities. You can encounter large varieties of Pokémon in the area depending on where you are and what the weather is like.
The Wild Area also gives you control over the camera, which allows you to better search the area for Pokémon.
Pokémon Sword and Shield and the Galar Region introduces an all-new mechanic called the Dynamax. Dynamax is a mode that enlarges a Pokémon for a limited period of time (Three Turns) while also increasing its strength. While in Dynamax mode, all moves are turned into Max Moves.
Max Raid Battles
Raid Battles finally arrive for the Pokémon main series. Dynamax-ed wild Pokémon will appear in the Wild Area when players connect online/locally with other players. Up to four players can participate in a Max-Raid Battle. Naturally, the Raid boss will maintain its Dynamax form throughout the entire battle.
Only one out of four players will be allowed to use Dynamax mode, so it is advised for players to plan their attacks well.
There are Pokémon that are only available in the game via Max Raid Battles, so players are encouraged to band together and participate in raids together.
Galar’s Champion: Leon
Leon is the greatest trainer in Galar. He is undefeated in official matches. He also has a younger brother, Hop.
Hop: Your Rival
Hop dreams to become Champion like his brother and will begin his journey on the same day as yours.
Professor Magnolia and Sonia
Professor Magnolia is a Dynamax researcher and Sonia is her granddaughter. These two will help you on your journey through the Galar Region.
Milo: Grass Type Gym Leader
Milo will probably be the first gym leader you will face in the Galar Region. He specializes in Grass type Pokémon and is not shy in showing off his Dynamaxed Eldegoss.
(You might wanna pick Scorbunny if that’s the case)
Back to basics. Instead of Kahunas from the Alola region, we move back to the regularly scheduled Gym format for Galar.
However, unlike other regions, Galar Gyms are constructed in special locations such that Dynamax Mode is possible, resulting in large scale battles that will thrill large audiences.
Zacian and Zamazenta: Legendary Sword and Shield Pokémon
In a 3D cinematic to end the Direct, we were treated to the Premiere of the legendary Pokémon, Zacian (Sword) and Zamazenta (Shield). There was a slight tease of a third Pokémon in the cinematic, but no other information was revealed thus far.
On a side note: Does Zacian look like Great Grey Wolf Sif?
Double pack available
Starting today, you can also order a special double pack of Sword and Shield.
Pokémon Sword and Shield releases on the Nintendo Switch worldwide on November 15, 2019.