Pokémon Sword & Shield are upcoming main-series games for the Nintendo Switch. They mark the beginning of Generation VIII (8) of Pokémon, are set in a new region — the Galar Region — and will include a number of new Pokémon in addition to old Pokémon.
These two games are set for a worldwide release on November 15, 2019.
You’ll find coverage here for all officially-revealed information on Pokémon Sword & Shield (no leaks, no rumors, aside from verified CoroCoro scans), broken up into different sections that will eventually form together as a mini-guide for the game. Later on, I hope to include a walkthrough for Pokémon Sword & Shield to help you get through the games once they are released.
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As of September 18, 2019, there are 20 new Pokémon that have been officially revealed, in addition to 3 new Galarian forms of older Pokémon.
You can find a full listing of all of the new Pokémon in Pokémon Sword & Shield in the New Pokémon section, which also contains individual pages for each Pokémon revealed.
As with most Pokémon games, Pokémon Sword & Shield introduce many new characters, with the possibility of some older characters returning.
You can see a few characters in the images above, but you can continue through the link below to see all of the revealed characters and a lot more information about them.
Pokémon Sword & Shield take place in the Galar Region. Not much is known about this region yet, but it is almost certainly based off of Great Britain.
There’s a lot of assorted information that has been revealed for Pokémon Sword & Shield, so below is a list of a few various points that don’t have their own page or section.
- Pokémon HOME, a cloud-based service for collecting, transferring, and trading your Pokémon will not work with Pokémon that aren’t present in the Galar region’s Pokédex, meaning every Pokémon will not be available in Sword & Shield.
- The Poké Ball Plus will work with Sword & Shield as an accessory that you can use to take a Pokémon from the game along with you, which will cause its cry to be heard every now and then while it’s with you. This may have other benefits as well.
- It cannot be used as a controller like it can in Let’s Go, Pikachu & Eevee.
- If the Mew inside of the Poké Ball Plus has not already been claimed (in Let’s Go, Pikachu & Eevee), it can be sent to Sword & Shield and received in the linked game.
- Rotom returns in the form of a Rotom Phone, which can be used for a variety of features.
- Instead of traditional Pokédexes, the Rotom Phone is used as your Pokédex to catalog all of your Pokémon.
- It can also power up your Bicycle, which is confirmed to return, to allow it to traverse on the water after it is modified at some point in the game.
- The Y-Comm feature is a feature that handles trades, battles, and other connected activity. Notifications will be shown on the left-hand side of the screen when friends want to trade or battle, or when they catch Pokémon (possibly only in the Wild Area).
- You will be able to catch Pokémon either as random encounters in shaking spots in the tall grass with an “!” above it or by encountering them roaming around in the overworld, similar to Let’s Go, Pikachu & Eevee. Both methods of encountering Pokémon are available to players, even outside of the Wild Area.
- You will face off against different Gym Leaders depending on which version you play. In Pokémon Sword, you fight against a Fighting-type Gym, while in Pokémon Shield, you fight against a Ghost-type Gym instead.
Here are a few screenshots of Pokémon Sword & Shield.
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