Pokémon Sword and Shield Trailer Reveals New Galar Pokémon and Gym Leaders

Posted by | July 08, 2019 | News, Switch, Video | No Comments

Today Pokémon fans were treated to their biggest news update for upcoming Switch games Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield since E3. The new trailer revealed several new Galar Region Pokémon, Gym Trainers, and introduced Gigantamax forms.

Four new Pokémon were revealed in the trailer, and detailed on the main Pokémon website. Alcremie is a delicious-looking cream Pokémon. It’s a Fairy type with the Sweet Veil ability, activating a scented cream when attacked that can blind opponents.

Yamper is an Electric type doggo Pokémon with an adorable heart on its butt (and a suspiciously Pikachu-like tail). Yamper has a unique ability and a first for the series in Ball Fetch. If you miss catching a Pokémon, Yamper will fetch and retrieve the Pokéball once per encounter. Good boy, Yamper!

Rolycoly is a one-eyed Rock type Pokémon designed to resemble a lump of coal. Rolycoly were popular Pokémon in the Galar region as a primary source of fuel and energy. The ability Steam Engine raises its Speed stat if it’s hit by Fire or Water moves.

Duraludon is a sharpened Steel and Dragon type Pokémon often found in the mountains battling Tyranitar. It comes in both light and heavy flavors, which can impact certain moves that rely on weight.

Two new Gym leaders were also revealed. In addition the previous lineup of Milo (Grass) and Nessa (Water), the trailer showed off Bea, the fighting-type Gym leader, and Allister the Ghost leader. For the first time the series, Gym leaders will be exclusive to certain games. Bea is only found in Pokémon Sword, while Allister is in Pokémon Shield.

The Pokémon Company has also begun revealing the version exclusive Pokémon for this generation, at least when it comes to Dragon types. Deino and Jangmo-o ar exclusive to Pokémon Sword, while Larvitar and Goomy can only be found in Pokémon Shield.

Gigantamaxing is when certain Pokémon of certain species Dynamax, resulting in unique new appearances and a new G-Max Move. It’s like a combination of Mega Evolution and Z-Moves from the last two Pokémon games. Pokémon shown with Gigantamax capabilities include Corviknight, Drednaw, and Alcremie.

Pokémon Sword and Shield release on November 15 on Switch.

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