Pokemon Direct 05/06/2019: Plenty of new details for Pokemon Sword and Shield

There is A LOT of new information, so we’ll keep the nice twist of phrases to a minimum! Don’t underestimate our excitement, it’s above 1000!

All the details in this article come from the Official Press Release from Pokemon/Nintendo. Worldwide release on November 15, 2019 with a double-pack available. Pre-orders to open soon.

New Pokemon from the Galar Region

Gossifleur – Grass Type

Gossifleur prefers land with clear water and air. Its pollen has a healing effect and is commonly used as a folk medicine remedy and made into a tea given to children in the Galar region when they are ill. Gossifleur travels over long distances by getting blown along by the wind. It controls the direction of its travels by twisting its body and petals.

Has the new Cotton Down Ability. When hit by an attack, it will send out cotton fluff that will lower Speed stat of other Pokémon.

Eldegoss – Grass Type (Gossifleur’s evolution)

When Gossifleur evolves into Eldegoss, its head becomes covered in thick cotton fluff. This cotton fluff serves as a cushion that helps to protect Eldegoss’s head from damage. The tiny seeds attached to the cotton fluff are said to be highly nutritious and beneficial to both people and Pokémon. Eldegoss spreads these seeds throughout the region, making the soil of the Galar region rich in nutrients.

Has the new Cotton Down Ability. When hit by an attack, it will send out cotton fluff that will lower Speed stat of other Pokémon.

Wooloo – Normal Type

The white fur that covers Wooloo’s body grows throughout its life and will fully grow back in three months even if it has been completely shorn. The fur is used for clothing, carpets, and other goods and is very popular as a specialty product of the Galar region. Wooloo live as a herd and mimic the actions of their Trainer or herd leader. They dislike conflict, and if they need to escape from enemies, they will simply roll away.

Corviknight – Flying/Steel Type

It is said that Corviknight is the strongest Pokémon living in the skies of the Galar region. It can often be seen fearlessly soaring through the air. Many say that any Pokémon foolish enough to challenge Corviknight are sent running with just a sharp glare and cry from this fearsome Pokémon. Because Corviknight possess superb flying skills and high intelligence, many of them work for the company called Galar Taxi and help transport people from town to town.

Drednaw – Water/Rock Type

The jagged fangs of the Bite Pokémon Drednaw are strong and sharp enough to bite through rock and iron. Though it has a heavy shell, its well-developed muscles allow it to move quickly. Drednaw is known to be extremely aggressive, so it takes a skilled Trainer to tame and handle this Pokémon. It seems that some Trainers will release Drednaw back into the wild once they discover they can’t handle it.

Zacian and Zamazenta – New Legendary Pokémon

The Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta are shrouded in mystery and are unknown even to those who live in the Galar region. Zacian’s attacks are so graceful that its movements captivate opponents. Holding what appears to be a sword in its mouth, Zacian’s shining blade can cut through anything. With majestic movements and what appears to be a shield covering its body, Zamazenta can turn back any attack and overwhelm any opponents that dare face it.

New characters from the Galar region

  • Leon: Current Champion of the Galar region and has never been defeated in an official Pokémon battle.
  • Hop: Leon’s younger brother and will become one of the player’s rivals. The player and Hop are neighbors and begin their journey to become Champion on the same day.
  • Professor Magnolia: The preeminent Pokémon Professor of the Galar region. The main focus of her research has been the Dynamax phenomenon.
  • Sonia: The granddaughter of Professor Magnolia as well as being Leon’s childhood friend. Sonia is a young researcher and Professor Magnolia’s assistant.

The Dynamax Phenomenon

This phenomenon is unique to specific locations in the Galar region.

  • Pokémon take on gigantic size during a battle;
  • Boosts Pokémon’s stats;
  • Moves turn into special Max Moves and can trigger additional effects;
  • Can occur once in a battle;
  • Lasts for three turns;
  • Requires a Dynamax Band.

Wild Area and Max Raid Battles

The Wild Area is a vast expanse of land in the Galar region with untamed wilderness. It connects several different towns and cities. Players will find a greater variety of Pokémon in the Wild Area. Pokémon in the Wild Area will change according to weather or location, so players will see something new every time they visit the Wild Area.

In the Wild Area, players will experience a new battle format: Max Raid Battles. Teaming up with up to three other trainers, Trainers will take on a wild Dynamax Pokémon, with a chance to catch it should they defeat it. The Dynamax Wild Pokémon will remain in its Dynamax form the entire battle. Only one Trainer will be allowed to Dynamax a Pokémon during the battle. Some Pokémon will be exclusive to Max Raid Battles, similarly to Raid Exclusive Pokémon in Pokémon GO.

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