Hello everyone, and apologies for the lack of updates on the site over the past few months! It’s definitely been a challenging series of months for a lot of us, with the ongoing worldwide issues. That has caused me to shift my focus over providing entertainment on my YouTube and Twitch channels to help people get through some tough times.
While there is still a lot going on in the world and we’re not out of the woods yet, my focus now is on the Marriland website, and updating it over the next few months. In the immediate future, hopefully by the end of this weekend, I hope to have the Isle of Armor Pokémon added to the site’s Pokédex and the Team Builder. This has been something I’ve been working on behind the scenes over the past few days but it will still take a little bit of time to make sure it’s done right.
I ask for your patience during this time, but I also look forward to providing you a really nice, mobile-friendly Pokédex covering the Isle of Armor’s new additions! I mostly wanted to make sure that you have an idea of what to expect and that this is absolutely something I am working on for the site, even if the data is not up yet.
The first set in the Pokémon Sword & Shield series of the Pokémon TCG is set to be released on February 7, 2020, and Prerelease tournaments are going on from January 25, 2020 through February 3, 2020, so there’s still a chance to get some of the new cards early if you go to one of the Prerelease events.
Pokémon was kind enough to send over the three Theme Decks from the Sword & Shield expansion — Rillaboom, Cinderace, and Inteleon — which contain a preconstructed deck that is ready to go and play against your friends with. These are great for beginner players and also offer quite a few helpful Trainer cards for advanced players. In addition to the unboxing video above, I’ll list the deck contents for each deck below, along with my thoughts on it.
The main focus of today’s Pokémon Direct was the Pokémon Sword & Shield Expansion Pass that was announced for the game, bringing in large amounts of new DLC content, adding new Pokémon, and also bringing back over 200 old Pokémon that weren’t present in the Galar region.
The Expansion Passes, which costs US$29.99 each, will unlock two sets of content for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield respectively — The Isle of Armor (June 2020) and The Crown Tundra (Autumn 2020).
The Pokémon Company International has posted a new video to YouTube today, nearly two weeks after the launch of Pokémon Sword & Shield, showcasing the evolutions of each of the starter Pokémon. They’ve also released the official artwork of these evolutions.
The video above contains details on Zacian and Zamazenta as well, including their types and some of their exclusive moves. It also has information on Gigantamax Snorlax as well as the upcoming Pokémon Sword & Shield TCG set.
All of this information has already been known, but it is nice to see it officially revealed, and to see the artwork for the starter evolutions. You can see this artwork, along with various screenshots, down below.
The Pokémon Company International revealed some more information on Pokémon Sword & Shield today, and one bit of information is increased chances of encountering Gigantamax Snorlax in Max Raid Battles starting December 4, 2019 and lasting through early January, 2020.
Gigantamax Snorlax has an exclusive G-Max Move, G-Max Replenish, which does a lot of damage and also replenishes any berries that any of its allies have eaten during battle. This will replace any of Gigantamax Snorlax’s damaging Normal-type moves.