New Characters in Pokémon Sword & Shield

With every Pokémon game comes a cast of new faces, and here’s a look at some of the main and supporting characters from Pokémon Sword & Shield.

Player Characters

When starting your adventure, you’ll have the option to choose your player character’s appearance from one of eight different options — four male options and four female options.

Supporting Characters

Professor Magnolia

Screenshot of Professor Magnolia

Professor Magnolia is the Pokémon Professor of the Galar region. Her primary research focus is into the Dynamax phenomenon.

Official artwork of Professor Magnolia
Official artwork of Professor Magnolia


Sonia, Magnolia's Assistant

Sonia is Professor Magnolia’s assistant and is a researcher in her own right. She is also Professor Magnolia’s granddaughter as well as a childhood friend of Leon. She will offer helpful advice to the player throughout their journey.


Leon is the reigning Champion of the Galar region and holds the title of “the greatest Trainer in all of Galar.” He has an undefeated battle record in official Pokémon matches and he is very popular for his skill, personality, and dashing looks. He’s seen with a Charizard in his possession.

Champion of the Galar region, Leon
Official artwork of Leon


Rival Hop

Hop is the younger brother of Leon and will become one of the player’s rivals throughout the game. He and the player character, who are neighbors in the Galar region, begin their adventure on the same day. Hop wishes to someday become Champion.

Official artwork of Hop

Gym Leaders


Gym Leader Milo

Milo is one of the Gym Leaders in the Galar region. He specializes in Grass-type Pokémon and is shown to use an Eldegoss in battle that is capable of Dynamax. He is well liked and believes in always enjoying battles, as most Trainers in the Galar region do.

Official artwork of Gym Leader Milo


Nessa saying: No matter what kind of plan your refined mind may be plotting, my partner and I will be sure to sink it.

Nessa is another Gym Leader in the Galar region and she specializes in Water-type Pokémon, possessing three Pokémon on her team, one of which being the Water/Rock-type Drednaw. Her Drednaw is capable of Dynamaxing and may prove to be a formidable foe to take down.

Official artwork of Gym Leader Nessa

She is also shown using a Goldeen in the E3 demo, although this is not necessarily the same fight as the actual game as she has just two Pokémon in that battle as opposed to the three in the official screenshots. It still suggests she may use a Goldeen on her team.


No known villains have been revealed at the present time.

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