It’s that time again- new Pokemon Direct, new information about Pokemon Sword and Shield! There are some big things coming, come find out! You can watch the full Direct here.
The Galar Region is where the games take place. It is a vast region filled with wild areas for you to explore in-between cities. Professor Magnolia will be your guide through the region, and her research is in the Dynamax phenomenon, but more on that in a minute. Leon is the current champion of the region, and he earned his reputation as the best battler. His younger brother, Hop, is your rival because (surprise) you both start your journeys on the same day.
The region looks beautiful in the wild areas, and the cities are also nothing to shake a stick at. The gyms are built like sporting arenas. The battles are coliseum style, and broadcasted throughout the region as they are the most popular form of entertainment.
These wild areas are where you will find most of the new Pokemon you will encounter and capture. Corviknight, a flying Pokemon who acts as a taxi service between cities (and to me looks like a stealth fighter, which is pretty cool), is one that you will encounter outside of the wild areas, along with others working alongside humans in cities. Third person camera is enabled while you’re in these areas, which allows you to look around and scout out for the Pokemon you really want.
Now for the Dynamax phenomenon- the new mechanic for these games. Dynamax allows your Pokemon to grow gigantic, and increases the power of their moves, but only once per battle for 3 turns. The gyms are specially designed to handle these kinds of Pokemon, and the crowd loves it when they battle.
In the wild areas, you can encounter Dynamax Pokemon and battle them with other players in raid-style battles called Max Raids. These Pokemon have special moves that make them formidable opponents while Dynamaxed. In addition, only one member of the battle team can Dynamax their own Pokemon, so make sure you collaborate to get the best outcome. Once they’re weak enough, you can capture them using giant Pokeballs that you have to throw with both hands. Some Pokemon can only be caught in the wild after being caught in these Raid battles, so keep your eyes open.
The legendary Pokemon were revealed at the very end of the Direct. Sword’s legendary is a wolf who holds a sword in its mouth called Zasian. Shield’s is a lion that has a shield for its mane called Zamasenta. They both look pretty cool to me, but I’m partial to the wolf.
Pokemon Sword and Shield release worldwide on November 15, 2019. There is a special double pack that includes both games available today for pre-order.