Today, the Nintendo of America Twitter account tweeted new information concerning Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield’s gyms and gym leaders. According to their tweet, the gym leaders in the Galar region are called “Gym Masters” and the gyms in these games will be larger than those found in previous mainline Pokemon titles.
Unfortunately, Nintendo removed the tweet minutes after posting it on Twitter. However, IGN.com took a screenshot of the tweet and posted it in their article. We’ve provided the image below for your viewing pleasure.
Although we haven’t been introduced to some of the games’ gym masters yet, I’m curious how the format in these stadium-like gyms will differ from the previous Pokemon titles. I think that these ‘gyms’ could work similarly to the coliseums found in spin-off Pokemon titles like Pokemon Stadium, Pokemon Coliseum, and Pokemon Battle Revolution.
Essentially, you would face three trainers–each getting tougher as you progress further up that gym’s ladder. Then, you would meet the gym master and duke it out with them to receive their respected-badge. However, I’m just spit-balling here and I could be completely wrong when The Pokemon Company reveals the Galar region’s gym concepts themselves.
On the note of utilizing concepts from prior Pokemon titles, IGN.com speculates that the tweet’s possibly hinting at the ‘following you’ Pokemon feature returning in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. This is based on the fact that the Nintendo of America Twitter account tweet said, “you and your new partner Pokemon will have to train hard and find out.”
Furthermore, IGN.com referred to a statement written on “the official Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! page,” that stated, “unlike regular Pokémon, your partner prefers to be out of its Poké Ball, so it will stay with you by hanging on your shoulder or riding on your head.” Based on the information provided in this quote, IGN.com claims that this statement could relate to Nintendo’s tweet, since they refer to your Galar region starter Pokemon choice–Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble–as new partner Pokemon.
However, IGN.com states that the partner Pokemon quote could relate to “any other Pokémon you choose.” Yet, they assume that they could be misinterpreting that specific part of the tweet and that the ‘Pokemon following you’ feature will not be included in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield.
Even if these speculations I and IGN.com made are fictitious, I believe these new Pokemon games will add some new flavor into the Pokemon video-game experience. Furthermore, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on more Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield news when more information is publicly available.
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