A new trailer for Pokémon Sword and Shield has premiered, featuring an array of new information, including a new variation of Dynamaxing called Gigantamaxing. The Official Pokémon Sword and Shield Website has also updated with even more details on everything revealed.
As typical, the trailer debuted some new Pokémon that will feature in Sword and Shield. These include the Fairy-type Pokémon Alcremie, the Electric-type Yamper (which appeared in the E3 demo for the games), the Rock-type Rolycoly, and the Steel/Dragon Duraludon. A more detailed breakdown of each Pokémon can be seen below.
- Alcremie: Category: Cream Pokémon, Type: Fairy, Height: 1′, Weight: 1.1 lbs., Ability: Sweet Veil
- Yamper: Category: Puppy Pokémon, Type: Electric, Height: 1′, Weight: 29.8 lbs., Ability: Ball Fetch
- Rolycoly: Category: Coal Pokémon, Type: Rock, Height: 1′, Weight: 26.5 lbs., Ability: Steam Engine/Heatproof
- Duraludon: Category: Alloy Pokémon, Type: Steel/Dragon, Height: 5’11”, Weight: 88.2 lbs., Ability: Light Metal/Heavy Metal
The website also goes further into explaining the personalities and lore behind the new Pokémon. For example, Alcremie can produce a soothing cream that can cause Pokémon to lose the will to battle. Yamper produce sparks when running, Rolycoly once provided warmth and heat for every home in the Galar Region, and Duraludon tend to battle Tyranitar, who live in the same habitat.
The Pokémon Sword and Shield site lists the first version-exclusive Pokémon, with Deino and Jangmo-o appearing in Sword and Larvitar and Goomy appearing in Shield. However, the trailer gives a look into version-exclusive gyms and Gym Leaders as well. In Pokémon Sword, players will challenge the Fighting-Type Gym Leader Bea, while players with Pokémon Shield will take on the Ghost-Type Gym Leader Allister.
New Characters and The Champion Cup
Two new characters, Chairman Rose and Oleana were introduced as well. While the trailer doesn’t dive into the prominence of their roles within the games, the site does provide a bit of context on each character’s background. Chairman Rose acts as both the president of a big business company and the chairman of the Galar Pokémon League. Not only did he help create Dynamaxed Gym battles, but he also provided Champion Leon with his first endorsement when participating in the League. Oleana works as Chairman Rose’s secretary and manages the daily running of Rose’s company as the vice president.
Both of these characters tie into the creation and running of the Champion Cup, a yearly tournament that determines who will challenge the current Champion for the title. In order to participate in the Champion Cup, trainers must complete the Gym Challenge. In order to participate in the Gym Challenge, Trainers must receive endorsements from authorized people like Gym Leaders. It also appears that business corporations are able to sponsor Gyms and specific Trainers in the games.
Perhaps the highlight of the trailer, Gigantamaxing works as a subset of the Dynamax feature. While providing the same benefits of Dynamaxing, Gigantamaxing also changes the appearance of the Pokémon and offers an exclusive G-Max Move. In order to use a G-Max Move, the Gigantamaxed Pokémon must possess a move of the same type, like Z-Moves in Sun and Moon. Only certain species of Pokémon can Gigantamax, with only specific Pokémon within those species capable of using the feature. These Pokémon can be caught in Max Raid Battles.
Currently, the only Pokémon confirmed to Gigantamax are Drednaw, Corviknight, and the newly revealed Alcremie. Each of these Pokémon will also receive their own G-Max Move. Drednaw has G-Max Stonesurge, a water-type move that deals damage and adds rocks that will hurt Pokémon entering battle. Corviknight will use the flying-type G-Max Wind Rage, which eliminates the effects of moves like Electric Terrain, Spikes, and Reflect, while also dealing damage. Finally, Alcremie has access to G-Max Finale, a Fairy-Type attack that also heals all Pokémon on its side of the field.
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Oscar is a writer for Culture of Gaming. He is an aspiring video game journalist that follows anything and everything Nintendo. His favorite franchises consist of Pokemon and Kingdom Hearts.