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.

Champion Leon

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

Chairman Rose

Rose is the chairman of the Galar Pokémon League. On top of that, he is the president of a large business conglomerate. He brought Dynamax battles to the Gym Challenge of the region, and was the first person to endorse Leon for the Gym Challenge.

Official artwork of Chairman Rose


Oleana is Chairman Rose’s secretary as well as the vice president of Rose’s company. She’s in charge of running much of the day-to-day work at the company. She has a calm and collected personality.

Official artwork of Oleana

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.


Bea is a Gym Leader exclusive to Pokémon Sword. She uses Fighting-type Pokémon to their full potential and is a prodigy of the Galar art of karate, rooted in centuries-old technique and tradition. She rarely shows her emotion, but remains focused and determined in battle, even when backed into a corner.

Her team is currently unknown.

Official artwork of Gym Leader Bea

Her counterpart in Pokémon Shield is Allister.


Allister is a Gym Leader exclusive to Pokémon Shield. He specializes in Ghost-type Pokémon and has taken on the role of Gym Leader at a fairly young age. He’s shy, fearful, and wears a mask to hide while around people. He spends his time away from people as much as possible, preferring to explore ruins and cemeteries instead.

He’s been shown to use a Mimikyu in battle, although the rest of his Pokémon are currently unknown.

Official artwork of Gym Leader Allister

His counterpart in Pokémon Sword is Bea.

Rivals and Villains


Bede is one of the main rivals throughout the game. He has a lot of pride and skill, joining the Gym Challenge and receiving an endorsement from Chairman Rose. Although he seeks to become the Champion, he has other objectives and motives as well.

Official artwork of Bede


Marnie is another rival you will encounter throughout your journey in the Galar region. She is competitive, popular, and seeks to become the Champion along with her trusty Morpeko.

She has many passionate fans, a good portion of which include Team Yell, due to her calm and calculated battle strategies.

Official artwork of Marnie

Team Yell

Team Yell are a group of troublemakers that disrupt events, obstruct hotel lobbies, block passageways, get in the way of transportation, and do whatever they can to make things rough.

They all cheer for Marnie and want her to become Champion so badly that they will shout and distract any other Trainer during battles. Whenever Marnie battles, Team Yell show their support with Marnie-print towels and horns.

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