The latest Pokémon Direct has given us some more details about the upcoming Pokémon Sword & Shield. It included a new trailer, as well as more details of Pokémon, rivals, and trainers. We also found out about some new ways to play and the game was given a release date of November 15.
Nintendo’s live stream opened with a new trailer, which showed us the game's new setting, known as the Galar region, in much more detail. It also gave us a glimpse at new features coming to the game, including Max Raid Battles and Dynamax Pokémon.
We have already seen glimpses of starter Pokémon Grookey (Chimp), Scorbunny (Rabbit) or Sobble (Water Lizard). However, James Turner, the Art Director, has revealed some more Pokémon. They are Wooloo (Sheep), Gossifleur (Flowering), and Drednaw (Bite). There is also a new raven Pokémon called Corviknight, which works as a taxi, taking players back to any town they have previously visited.
There are also many new characters who we will meet in the game. Leon is the current champion for the Galar region, while his younger brother Hop is your rival who begins his journey at the same time as you do. We are also introduced to Professor Magnolia and her granddaughter Sonia, who will aid you on your journey.
There is also a new area called the Wild Area, which stretches between cities and is home to many different Pokémon. The Pokémon you will encounter will depend upon where you are and the weather. While in the Wild Area, players will have full camera control, which mean will be easier to search for Pokémon.
In the trailer, it was difficult to miss the enormous sized Pokémon. Planning Director Kazumasa Iwao explained that this is a new ability called Dynamaxing. Pokémon from the Galar region can Dynamax in order to boost their size and power. You can use the ability once per battle and it will last for three turns.
Pokémon stadiums that allow for Dynamaxed Pokémon battles between players and gym leaders have been built across the region.
Dynamaxed Pokémon can also be found in the Wild Area. Players can team up with three other trainers in order to defeat and capture maxed out foes in Max Raid Battles. Your opponent will remain maxed out for the entire battle. However, only one trainer can Dynamx their Pokémon at a time, so choose wisely. These multiplayer battles will be available through local wireless connection or via Nintendo Switch Online for those with a valid subscription.
We also caught a glimpse of the Legendary Pokémon that will appear, Zacian and Zamazenta. We will find out more about them when the game releases.
Pokémon Sword & Shield will be available on November 15 for Nintendo Switch.