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Pokémon Sword and Shield FAQ and general information



Welcome to the FAQ and general information thread! This will be an ongoing collection of information about the games, with links to Daily guides when made available too. If you have anything you'd like to add, please let me know in this thread!


What are Pokémon Sword and Shield?
Pokémon Sword and Shield are the upcoming generation eight titles for the Nintendo Switch. They are set in the region of Galar, which is loosely based on the United Kingdom.

What is a Pokémon?
Not a Digimon.

When are the games releasing?
Pokémon Sword and Shield are releasing on the 15th November 2019 worldwide.

What’s different between the games?
There are two main differences we know about so far. One is version exclusive Pokemon!
Sword:
Zacian (mascot)
Deino
Jangmo-o
Shield:
Zamazenta (mascot)
Larvitar
Goomy

Other version exclusives are yet to be announced.

There's also exclusive Gym Leaders! Sword has the Fighting-type user Bea, and Shield has the Ghost-type user Allister.

What are the new Pokémon we know about so far?
They are:
  • Grookey
  • Scorbunny
  • Sobble
  • Zacian
  • Zamazenta
  • Wooloo
  • Corviknight
  • Drednaw
  • Gossifleur
  • Eldegoss
  • Yamper
  • Impidimp
  • Duraludon
  • Rolycoly
  • Alcremie
  • Morpeko
  • Cramorant
  • Polteageist
  • Obstagoon [evolution of Galar-Form Linoon!]
  • An unnamed squirrel/chipmunk Pokemon

There are also Galarian forms:
  • Zigzagoon and Linoone (Dark/Normal types)
  • Weezing (Poison/Fairy type)

What Pokémon are in the game so far?
So far we have a list - and analysis - of the Pokemon spotted so far in this Daily article.

What about people?
  • Gym Leaders: Milo, Nessa, Allister (Shield), Bea (Sword)
  • Champion Leon
  • Professor Magnolia
  • Sonia, an assistant to Magnolia
  • Chairman Rose (runs the Gym circuit in Galar)
  • Oleana, an assistant to Rose
  • Rivals: Hop, Bede, and Marnie
  • Team Yell, a fan-club of Marnie that like to, I guess, yell...

What are confirmed features?
  • Dynamax, which replaces Mega Evolution and Z-Moves. This basically allows you to make one Pokémon in your party turn big and stronger for 3 turns.
  • Gigantamaxing, which is a... bigger version of Dynamax. It changes the form and size of the Pokemon, but can only be done for specific specimans of species. So far it can be done for specific Drednaw, Corviknight, and Alcremie mons.
  • Dynamax Raids, where you team up with three other players to take down a permantely Dynamax’d boss Pokémon. If you defeat it, you have a chance to catch it and earn other rewards. This can be done in single player mode.
  • Gym Battles and Gym Leaders return. Battles with Gym Leaders happen in large stadiums.
  • A Wild Area, where you can see Pokémon roaming the overworld, and you can interact with them.
  • Poké Jobs, where you can send Pokémon from your PC to do jobs for items and EXP. Features Rotom in the PC!
  • Trainer customisation is back.
  • New Abilities and Items added, e.g. Mirror Armor and Eject Pack.
    [*}Pokemon Camp, the new version of Amie and Refresh. It includes the ability to make curry for your Pokemon.

Any additional information?
We have: