Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are the next generation of Pokémon RPGs coming to the Nintendo Switch system.
The adventures will be set in Galar, an expansive region with many environments—idyllic countryside, contemporary cities, thick forests, and craggy, snow-covered mountains. The people and Pokémon live together in this region, and they’ve worked together to develop the industries here. You’ll visit the various Gyms in the Galar region, aiming for the enviable and admirable title of Champion!
Your new adventure in the Galar region will begin by choosing one of three Pokémon. The Grass-type Grookey is a mischievous Chimp Pokémon that is full of boundless curiosity. The Fire-type Scorbunny is a Rabbit Pokémon that is always running about, bursting with energy. And the Water-type Sobble is a somewhat timid Water Lizard Pokémon that shoots out attacks as it hides itself in the water.
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are currently in development by GAME FREAK, and they’ll launch on November 15, 2019. The games will be playable in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese.
The Legendary Pokémon ... Zacian and Zamazenta!
These are the Legendary Pokémon that will be featured on the packages of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. They are shrouded in mystery and are even unknown to those who live in the Galar region.
People of the Galar Region
As a resident of the Galar region, you’ll embark on an adventure to become the Champion. Along the way, you’ll be sure to meet many different people and Pokémon!
About the Pokédex and Rotom Phone
Any Pokémon that you find or catch during your adventure will have its information registered in the Pokédex. The Pokédex in these titles will actually be part of your Rotom Phone! Your Rotom Phone is also home to Rotom, a Pokémon that can enter into various electric appliances. And your Rotom Phone can do a lot more than serve as a Pokédex!
For example, you can attach it to your bike to make it move faster on land, or it can even help you travel over water!
See the many faces of the Wild Area!
There is a vast expanse of land in the Galar region known as the Wild Area. The Wild Area is full of nature as far as the eye can see, and it is home to a wide variety of Pokémon.
In the Wild Area, there is a chance that you’ll run into powerful wild Pokémon! These Pokémon are constantly on their guard—in fact, you won’t even be able to throw a Poké Ball at them when first starting your adventure.
The weather in the Wild Area can change depending on where you are or what time of day it is. You’ll see sunshine and rain, and might even run into more uncommon weather patterns such as thunderstorms. You’ll find different Pokémon depending on the weather!
The Wild Area is full of what are known as Pokémon Dens. Sometimes, you’ll come across a Pokémon Den that is releasing a red pillar of light. Dynamax Pokémon of different species and varying strength are hiding in them, and you’ll be able to attempt a Max Raid Battle by investigating these dens.
Pokémon Battles Specialized for Dynamax
The Dynamax phenomenon, which allows Pokémon to become tremendously powerful, is an integral part of Pokémon battles in the Galar region. Dynamax Pokémon don’t just become bigger—they get a boost in power as well. But they will return to normal after three turns, so make sure to think carefully about when to trigger the Dynamax phenomenon!
Take on powerful Dynamax Pokémon
Wild Dynamax Pokémon are extremely powerful. Some might use multiple moves in one turn, neutralize your Pokémon’s Ability, or even remove all stat changes you’ve worked to put in place!
Some wild Dynamax Pokémon will create a mysterious barrier that prevents almost all damage. In order to properly inflict damage on Pokémon protected this way, you’ll need to break down the barrier by attacking it a certain number of times.
What Are Max Raid Battles?
Max Raid Battles are a completely new battle format where you will team up with three other Trainers in order to take on a wild Dynamax Pokémon. You’ll get a chance to catch the wild Dynamax Pokémon that you face if you manage to defeat it.
But don’t get too confident. The wild Dynamax Pokémon will remain in their giant form for the entire battle and have other unique powers to boot. They won’t go down easily!
Only one member of the group, consisting of you and your allies, can Dynamax a Pokémon during Max Raid Battles, so close teamwork is key. Additionally, some things you can do in the Wild Area, like Max Raid Battles, can become even more fun by connecting with other players.
How to participate in a Max Raid Battle
In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, there is a feature called Y-Comm. With it, you can do things like trade Pokémon and have Link Battles via the internet or local communication.
If you see a stamp pop up while you’re on your adventure, it might be a sign that another player is looking for somebody to connect with! You’ll see a stamp pop up when someone is looking for participants for a Max Raid Battle, too, so check the stamp on the Y-Comm screen to join in!
Take your favorite Pokémon for a stroll with the Poké Ball Plus!
If you link up your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game with a Poké Ball Plus, you’ll be able to transfer your favorite Pokémon to the Poké Ball Plus, and take them for a stroll in the real world! Even when you’re not playing the game, you’ll get to spend time with your Pokémon. The Poké Ball Plus will light up and vibrate, and you’ll even hear your Pokémon’s cry from time to time!
The Poké Ball Plus contains the Mythical Pokémon Mew when purchased new. If you link up a new Poké Ball Plus to Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield, you’ll be able to receive Mew in the linked game.
Keep checking Pokemon.com for more details on the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games!