Nintendo revealed a ton of new details about the games during a special Pokémon Direct ahead of E3. We could have a peek at the Galar region and its new Pokémons, some information about new battle mechanics, two new legendaries, and a revamped Pokedex.
As in the previous games, trainers in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will get a choice between one of three all-new starter Pokemon as they begin their adventure in the Galar Region, and it appears to be based off part of the UK, as this is a region near to Kalos, which is based off France, confirming this theory.
The three starter Pokemon fall into the Fire, Grass, and Water types, though who knows how they’ll evolve? Which are you going to choose?
- Grookey (Grass Starter): A mischievous Chimp Pokémon that is full of boundless curiosity.
- Scorbunny (Fire Starter): A Rabbit Pokémon that is always running about, bursting with energy.
- Sobble (Water Starter): A somewhat timid Water Lizard Pokémon that shoots out attacks as it hides itself in the water.
The new battle mechanic is Dynamax, an ability that turns your Pokemon into a giant for three turns and it also plays a huge role in stadiums, which are the Galar Region’s version of Pokémon gyms. Pokémon that are Dynamaxed will also gain access to new, special ‘Max Moves’, which are in turn determined by a Pokémon’s broader move set. Available to use once per battle, Dynamax boosts your Pokémon’s power and is triggered by a separate button, similar to Z-Moves. You can also pair up with three other trainers (locally or online) to fight wild Dynamax battles against one giant Pokemon, which you can afterward catch. These encounters are called Max Raid Battles.
Pokémon Sword and Shield – Dynamax
Producer Junichi Masuda revealed that players can’t transfer every old Pokémon to the games–only those that already appear in the Galar Pokedex. To transfer previous monsters over to Sword and Shield, you’ll first need to bring them over to Pokemon Home, a new Pokémon Bank-like cloud service launching for Nintendo Switch and smartphones in early 2020. Pokemon Home allows you to store any monster from Pokémon Bank on 3DS, as well as Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, Sword and Shield, and Pokemon Go, then bring those into Sword and Shield (provided they’re in the Galar Pokedex).
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