Pokemon Sword Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Pokemon Sword RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Pokemon Sword and Shield Tips Guide: Best Starters https://www.gameskinny.com/79ec3/pokemon-sword-and-shield-tips-guide-best-starters https://www.gameskinny.com/79ec3/pokemon-sword-and-shield-tips-guide-best-starters Mon, 18 Nov 2019 18:35:04 -0500 Gabriel Moss

If you’re just starting out in Pokemon Sword and Shield, you may be wondering which starter is the best, and which one you should choose right out of the gate. If you’re looking for a guide on which is the best starter to choose, go no further.

While our other Pokemon starter guide goes over each starter's stats, moves, and evolutions, this one talks about the best starters, as well as their strengths and weaknesses. 

Pokemon Sword and Shield: Best Starters

When you set out from Postwick with Hop, you’re given a choice between three different starter Pokemon. Each of the three is attributed to their own “Type”, indicating which elements they’ll be strong and weak against, as well as which of their own attacks will be the most powerful.

Given that each starter Pokemon holds up against at least one other type of Pokemon, there’s no such thing as a “best” or “worst” choice here. Your effectiveness as a Pokemon Trainer is determined by how well you organize the layout of your team to match the strengths and weaknesses of each member, so the only real choice you’re making is what your party composition looks like early on.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Starter Strengths and Weaknesses

Scorbunny is a Fire-type Pokemon, Sobble is a Water-type Pokemon, and Grookey is a Grass-type Pokemon. Knowing that, here are the strengths and weaknesses of each of them to help you pick the best starter. 

Pokemon Strengths Weaknesses
Scorbunny Grass, Ice, Bug, and Steel Water, Ground, and Rock
Sobble Fire, Ground, and Rock Grass and Electric
Grookey Water, Ground, and Rock Fire, Ice, Poison, Flying, and Bug

 

How to Build the Best Party Around Your Starter in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Like in any other Pokemon game, the best party composition you can build is one where each of your Pokemon fills a role. For example, while it remains totally possible to configure parties however you’d like, it’s not likely that you need more than one Water-type Pokemon in your party once you’ve recruited Sobble. The same goes for Scorbunny and Grookey, respectively.

That said, you won’t be locked into having a starter once you’ve begun catching your own Pokemon. You can trade your starters away, or even have somebody else trade you theirs.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Starters Guide: Stats, Moves, and Evolutions https://www.gameskinny.com/21cxc/pokemon-sword-and-shield-starters-guide-stats-moves-and-evolutions https://www.gameskinny.com/21cxc/pokemon-sword-and-shield-starters-guide-stats-moves-and-evolutions Mon, 18 Nov 2019 18:36:14 -0500 Gabriel Moss

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are out right now on Nintendo Switch, and it’s safe to say that the gaming community is going absolutely nuts over both versions. If you’re just getting started out in Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield, and you aren’t sure which of the three starter Pokemon is best for you, don’t fret.

The Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield tips guide below takes a look at the three starter Pokemon: Scorbunny, Sobble, and Grookey. It also shares their type, their attacks, and their stats. 

Note that base stats are based on Level 100 Pokemon of the same type, and aren’t what you’ll see when you first claim your starter Pokemon. Level and personality traits determine what the actual stats of your starter Pokemon will be when Leon gifts them to you.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Starter Tips: Scorbunny’s Starter Stats and Moves

Scorbunny is the Fire-type starter in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. It’s best described as a bunny rabbit, but with features that indicate an association with fire, including broad red streaks across its white fur. Scorbunny is weak against Water-type attacks.

The two moves that it starts with are Tackle and Growl, though it carries a hidden ability called Libero. Scorbunny’s ability is Blaze, which makes Fire-type moves more powerful when its HP is low.

Scorbunny Base Stats
  • HP: 65
  • Atk: 96
  • Def: 60
  • Sp. Atk: 55
  • Sp. Def: 60
  • Speed: 94
Scorbunny Evolutions

Scorbunny evolves into Raboot at Level 16 and Cinderance at Level 35. 

Pokemon Sword and Shield Starter Tips: Sobble’s Starter Stats and Moves

Sobble is the Water-type starter in Pokemon Sword and Shield. It looks like a blue tadpole, and due to its association with water, it is very sensitive to electricity and Grass-type attacks.

Sobble’s two starting moves are Pound and Growl, and it carries a hidden ability called Sniper. Sobble’s ability is Torrent, which makes Water-type attacks more powerful when Sobble’s HP is low.

Sobble Base Stats
  • HP: 50
  • Atk: 40
  • Def: 40
  • Sp. Atk: 70
  • Sp. Def: 40
  • Speed: 70
Sobble Evolutions

Sobble evolves into Drizzile at Level 16 and Inteleon at Level 35. 

Pokemon Sword and Shield Starter Tips: Grookey’s Starter Stats and Moves

Grookey is the Grass-type starter Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. It’s a green chimp with a cute stick in its hand. Grookey is associated with flora, and so it’s sensitive to Fire-type attacks.

Grookey’s two starting moves are Scratch and Growl. Its ability is Overgrow, which powers up Grookey’s Grass-type attacks when its HP is low. Its hidden ability is Grassy Surge.

Grookey Base Stats
  • HP: 50
  • Atk: 65
  • Def: 50
  • Sp. Atk: 40
  • Sp. Def: 40
  • Speed: 65
Grookey Evolutions

Grookey evolves into Thwackey at Level 16 and Rillaboom at Level 35. 

Which Starter Pokemon Should You Choose?

Keep in mind that choosing a starter Pokemon is never really that big of a deal. Since you’ll be able to find plenty of other 'mons soon after you set out on your adventure to catch ‘em all, you're never locking yourself out of tactical options in the future by picking one starter over the other.

In addition to that, Pokemon Sword and Shield makes it easy for you to quickly trade with others across the world, meaning that (if you’re connected to the Internet with an active Nintendo Switch Online account) there’s always a chance that you’ll find somebody who’s willing to trade their starter for something else.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Champion Cup Tips Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/emunf/pokemon-sword-and-shield-champion-cup-tips-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/emunf/pokemon-sword-and-shield-champion-cup-tips-guide Mon, 18 Nov 2019 17:15:41 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield trade the traditional Elite Four and Champion challenge for the Champion Cup, a series of matches against other Champion challengers, Gym Leaders, and finally the Champion himself for a chance to claim the top Pokemon title in Galar.

These are the best of the best in Galar, and unless you've carefully assembled a diverse team or overleveled your Pokemon, these won't be simple fights.

That's why we put together this Champion Cup tips guide to give you a fighting chance and help prepare before you take the challenge. Please note that the guide below contains spoilers for who you face, as well as some story points that take place during your challenge.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Champion Cup Tips Guide

The Champion Cup Setup

The Champion Cup is divided into two semifinal fights, three finals matches, something else spoilery, and your fight against the Champion. That's actually more battles than you usually get in the traditional Elite Four + Champion setup, so you're in for a long haul once you start.

Each trainer specializes in a Pokemon type, with a couple of notable exceptions like the Champion. They'll often shake things up with a dual-type Pokemon as well or a Pokemon that knows a move effective against other types.

Champion Cup Recommended Pokemon Types

However, there are a few core Pokemon and move types you can consider in your planning if you want to focus on type advantages.

  • Steel
  • Fairy
  • Dark
  • Fighting
  • Grass
  • Flying
  • Ice
  • Electric

Obviously, you can't have a Pokemon representing all those types since your party cap is six, but you can make sure your move pools are diverse. For example, teach your Water-type an Ice move or stick a Fight move on your Attack-oriented Dark-type.

Champion Cup Semifinal 1: Marnie Battle

Marnie's team primarily relies on Dark types, with a few variations and subtypes thrown in to keep her from being a pushover. You'll want to consider Pokemon with Fighting, Fairy, Bug, or Steel types or moves. Corvinkight, in particular, would be a useful Pokemon for this battle.

Pokemon Move Pool
Liepard (Dark) — lvl. 47 Fake Out, Torment, Snarl, Nasty Plot
  Toxicroak (Poison/Fight) — lvl. 47 Venoshock, Sucker Punch, Swagger, Toxic
Scrafty (Dark/Fight) — lvl. 47 Swagger, Scary Face, Brick Break, Crunch
  Morpeko (Electric/Dark) — lvl. 48  Bullet Seed, Torment, Bite, Spark
  Grimmsnarl (Dark/Fairy) (Gigantamax) — lvl. 49  Spirit Break, Darkest Lariat, Bulk Up, Torment

 

Liepard isn't that big of a deal, as long as it doesn't get a chance to use Nasty Plot to power up Snarl. It's pure Dark and has middling defense stats, so Fairy, Fighting, or even Bug moves would be fine here. Fairy will completely demolish Scrafty. Toxicroak is her wild card, though a Flying-type could easily dispatch it.

Morpeko is a bit like Ash's Pikachu — a good mascot, but not a tough opponent. If your Fairy or Fighting-type is in good order still, use it to take care of Morpeko.

Grimmsnarl's Fairy dual typing means Fighting is no good here. A Bug could still take advantage of its Dark side, or you could use a good Steel-type (like Corviknight) or a 'mon with a strong Steel-type move. Intimidating as it looks, its Defense and Special Defense stats aren't high, so it shouldn't be too challenging.

Champion Cup Semifinals 2: Hop Battle

Hop is your second opponent in the Champion Cup. There's not really a pattern to his team.

Pokemon Move Pool
Dubwool (Normal) — lvl. 48  Cotton Guard, Reversal, Body Slam, Zen Headbutt
  Corviknight (Steel/Flying) — lvl. 48 Steel Wing, Drill Peck, Scary Face, Swagger
  Pincurchin (Electric)— lvl. 47 Thunderbolt, Poison Jab, Curse
Snorlax (Normal) — lvl. 47  Heavy Slam, High Horsepower, Hammer Arm
 Inteleon (if you choose Grookey) (Dynamax) — lvl. 49  Snipe Shot, Mud Shot, Icy Wind, Dark Pulse
 Cinderace (if you chose Sobble) (Dynamax) — lvl. 49 Pyro Ball, Gunk Shot, Counter, Bounce
 Rillaboom (if you chose Scorbunny) (Dynamax) — lvl. 49  Drum Beating, High Horsepower, Snarl, Uproar

 

Dubwool might be a bit tricky, thanks to its tanky Defense and Cotton Guard. If you don't have a Fighting Pokemon or move to use, focus on one with high Special Attack to take advantage of its relatively lower SD stat. The opposite is true for Snorlax, where you'll want to focus on Physical moves.

Corviknight doesn't have any glaring weaknesses other than Electric, so consider bringing in a Boltund, while any of your sturdier, non-Water or Flying Pokemon could go up against Pincurchin.

Hop's starter shouldn't pose much of a threat since you should have a strategy for defeating it by now.

Champion Cup: Interrupting Opponent Bede

After you move on to the Finals, some story things happen that interrupt the Champion Cup. Then Bede makes another appearance and, in not very venerable fashion, interrupts things even further, forcing you to challenge him to continue.

Pokemon Move Pool
  Mawile (Steel/Fairy) — lvl. 51  Play Rough, Iron Head, Crunch
  Gardevoir (Psychic/Fairy) — lvl. 51  Dazzling Gleam, Psychic, Calm Ming, Wish
  Rapidash (Psychic/Fairy) — lvl. 52 Psycho Cut, Take Down, Dazzling Gleam, Quick Attack
  Hatterene (Psychic/Fairy) (Gigantamax) — lvl. 53 Dazzling Gleam, Calm Mind, Mystical Fire, Psychic

 

Bede's main weaknesses are Poison and Steel, though of course, his part-Psychic 'mon would demolish any of yours that is Poison type. If you have a Poison move on a different Pokemon, preferably one with high Special Defense, that's an option.

Alternatively, you could bring out the Steel-type you used against Marnie's Grimmsnarl since like most Fairy and Psychic types, these aren't gifted in the Defense department.

Mawile's a bit different, but a Fire or Ground-type would do well here. Resist the urge to use a Fighting-type, because Play Rough would destroy it.

Champion Cup Finals 1: Nessa Battle

With that out of the way, it's time to move onto the Finals for real. Nessa will be your first opponent, and though her team is obviously much stronger than when you faced off in Hulbury, it shouldn't pose much of a problem for a team with Grass or Electric moves.

Pokemon Move Pool
  Golisopod (Bug/Water) — lvl. 51  First Impression, Shadow Claw, Liquidation, Swords Dance
  Pelipper (Water/Flying) — lvl. 51 Roost, Air Slash, Water Pulse, Tailwind
  Barraskewda (Water) — lvl. 52 Throat Chop, Ice Fang, Drill Run, Liquidation
Seaking (Water) — lvl. 52  Smart Strike, Mega Horn, Aqua Ring, Waterfall
  Drednaw (Gigantamax) — lvl. 53 Liquidation, Jaw Lock, Crunch, Rock Tomb

 

Golisopod is the only one that should pose much problem here. A Flying-type — like Corviknight, again — would exploit the Bug-type weakness without facing much danger from First Impression, though Liquidation could be an issue. As you battle, try defeating it before its ability activates (when it's at half HP or less). If not, when Nessa switches it back in, then it can use the powerful First Impression again. Going on the defensive with stat-raising moves would be one option here.

A strong Grass or Electric-type or move would handle Barraskewda and Seaking with no issues, and Drednaw is highly vulnerable to Grass types, particularly Special attacks. Pelipper should probably be handled with an Electric-type, or at least not a Grass-type. If type advantage isn't an issue for you, though, then anything not Grass, Rock, Ground, and Fire would be fine.

Champion Cup Finals 2: Bea Battle (Sword)

If you're playing Pokemon Sword, Bea is your next opponent in the Champion Cup Finals. And if you've ever played any of the Gen I and II remakes, then you'll quickly realize she's basically Bruno, only even easier — especially if you brought a Fairy type.

Pokemon Move Pool
Hawlucha (Fight/Flying) — lvl. 52  Flying Press, High Jump Kick, Bounce
  Grapploct (Fight) — lvl. 52  Octolock, Submission, Bind, Mega Punch
  Sirfetch'd (Fight) — lvl. 53 Leaf Blade, Slam, Brutal Swing, Brick Break
Falinks (Fight) — lvl. 53  No Retreat, Bulk Up, Close Combat, Rock Tomb
  Machamp (Fight) (Gigantamax) — lvl. 54  Cross Chop, Revenge, Fire Punch, Strength

 

Note that only one of Bea's Pokemon has a move effective against Flying types, and there's difficult no dual-type variation to throw a wrench into things here either.

A strong Flying-type would be one option, though if you brought Corviknight as your main flyer, it might not be the best. Instead, a Fairy or Psychic-type would work wonders here, quickly clearing out Bea's team with basically no opposition. If you've traded for a Galarian Rapidash, then that's a double bonus.

Champion Cup Finals 2: Allister Battle (Shield)

Shield players will go up against Allister again for their second Finals match. He's not quite as simple to deal with as Bea, though not much more difficult either. Dark types would be the ideal option for this match, or you could bring your own Ghost if you're wanting to take a risk.

Pokemon Move Pool
  Dusknoir (Ghost) — lvl. 52  Shadow Punch, Thunder Punch, Rock Tomb, Disable
  Chandelure (Ghost/Fire) — lvl. 52  Shadow Ball, Mystical Fire, Will-o-Wisp
  Cursola (Ghost) — lvl. 53  Hex, Strength Sap, Ancient Power, Amnesia
  Polteageist (Ghost) — lvl. 53  Shadow Ball, Protect, Giga Drain, Nasty Plot
  Gengar (Ghost/Poison) (Gigantamax) — lvl. 54 Shadow Ball, Sludge Bomb, Dark Pulse, Hypnosis

 

Normal types might be immune to Ghost moves, but Allister's team packs at least one powerful, non-Ghost move. Dubwool would be viable because it can basically withstand anything, but taking the offensive here would be better to end it quickly.

If you brought a Grimmsnarl along for the part-Fairy-type benefits earlier, that would serve you well against all Allister's Pokemon except Gengar. If not, Galar has no shortage of Dark types to choose from, and Allister's team doesn't really have any moves that would harm a Dark type.

Gengar's Hypnosis is just a pain since it doesn't have Nightmare or Dream Eater to go with it. The only potentially tricky situation here is if Polteageist gets its Special Attack up with Nasty Plot and lands some hits before you can defeat it.

Champion Cup Finals 3: Raihan Battle

Raihan, the strongest Gym Leader who focuses (mostly) on Dragon types, is your final opponent in the Finals. Since Dragon is weak to Fairy types now, as well as Ice types, he's not quite so intimidating as he might be, except for his Duraludon.

Pokemon Move Pool
  Torkoal (Fire) — lvl. 53  Lava Plume, Solar Beam, Body Press, Yawn
  Goodra (Dragon) — lvl. 54  Rain Dance, Surf, Muddy Water, Thunder
Turtonator (Fire/Dragon) — lvl. 54  Sunny Day, Shell Trap, Fire Blast, Dragon Pulse
  Flygon (Ground/Dragon) — lvl. 54  Sandstorm, Dragon Claw, Earthquake, Crunch
  Duraludon (Steel/Dragon) (Gigantamax) — lvl. 55  Dragon Claw, Body Press, Stone Edge, Iron Head

 

Torkoal is the odd 'mon out here as the only Pokemon on Raihan's team with no Dragon element. Fortunately, Fire has several common weaknesses, including Water, Ground, and Rock. Torkoal is very slow, so it shouldn't give you much trouble.

Goodra and Flygon would easily fall to Ice-type moves, though if you're seeking type advantages, Fairy would be the better option to take on Turtonator.

Duraludon is probably the toughest opponent so far in the Champion Cup because its typing negates any type advantage except for Fighting. If you've got any strong Fighting moves on a durable Pokemon, that's going to be your best choice here. Otherwise, make sure you've got some durable 'mon and plenty of healing items.

Champion Cup Champion Match: Leon Battle

As you've known from the very beginning, Leon is your ultimate opponent. You won't be able to challenge him until you finish up some story elements, but once that's done, it's finally time to test your mettle against the Galar Champion.

His team is significantly stronger than the previous challengers you faced, and he has the starter strong against whichever one you chose, and but he'll have one Pokemon your starter is strong against as well.

Pokemon Move Pool
  Aegislash (Ghost/Steel) — lvl. 62  King's Shield, Shadow Ball, Sacred Sword, Flash Cannon
Dragapult (Dragon/Ghost) — lvl. 62  Shadow Ball, Flamethrower, Thunderbolt, Dragon Breath
  Haxorus (Dragon) — lvl. 63 Poison Jab, Iron Tail, Outrage, Earthquake
 Charizard (Fire/Flying) (Gigantamax) — lvl. 65 Fire Blast, Solar Beam, Air Slash, Ancient Power

 

Leon's base team covers its weaknesses pretty well. Dark or Ghost would help against Aegislash and Dragapult, though Ice is going to be your best chance against Haxorus thanks to Poison Jab.

Charizard might be huge and have a new look, but it's still as weak to Rock, Electric, and Water as it ever was. There's no Sunny Day in effect, so your Water type could probably get at least one hit in before Charizard fires off its Solar Beam as well.

Leon's Team if You Chose Grookey

Pokemon Move Pool
Seismitoad (Water/Ground) — lv. 64 Toxic, Drain Punch, Liquidation, Earthquake
  Cinderace (Fire) — lv. 64  Pyro Ball, Feint, Acrobatics, Quick Attack

 

Your best bet for Seismitoad is using your Grookey (which should be Rillaboom by now), thanks to Seismitoad's 4x weakness against Grass. Depending on how you've balanced your team up to now, Fire hasn't been an issue in the Champion Cup. Water and Rock would be good against Cinderace, but if you didn't plan on either of those, anything with high Attack or Special Attack would serve you well.

Leon's Team if You Chose Scorbunny

Pokemon Move Pool
Mr Rime (Ice/Psychic) — lv. 64 Teeter Dance, Psychic, Freeze-Dry, Thunderbolt
  Inteleon (Water) — lv. 64  Snipe Shot, Dark Pulse, Mud Shot, Tearful Look

 

Cinderace with its high Attack stat should make quick work of Mr. Rime, though whatever Dark-type you brought with you is equally effective here should Cinderace's low Special Defense prove troublesome for you.

Whatever you used against Nessa's Pelipper should work against Inteleon, especially because the latter is definitely a glass cannon with low Defense and Special Defense stats.

Leon's Team if You Chose Sobble

Pokemon Move Pool
Rhyperior (Rock/Ground) — lv. 64 Earthquake, Mega Horn, Heat Crash, Stone Edge
Rillaboom (Grass) — lv. 64 Drum Beating, High Horsepower, Endeavor, Knock Off

 

Rhyperior is no match for Inteleon, assuming you kept your starter. Rillaboom hits hard but has fairly low defense. If you did bring Corviknight along, that'd be one way to face this fight. If not, whatever Ice-type you use against Haxorus would be highly effective here.

Champion Cup Rematches

With that, you're finally the new Galar Champion! But you can't rest on your laurels. Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield's post-game gives you the chance to challenge the Champion Cup again, with a twist.

It borrows from Black 2 and White 2's World Tournament and lets you build a set of challenges by choosing from the Gym Leaders, Marnie, Bede, Hop, and any of 15 weaker Challengers to go up against.

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That's it for our Pokemon Sword and Shield Champion Cup guide, but be sure to check out our other Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield guides, including:

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Wild Area Tips Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/nh29s/pokemon-sword-and-shield-wild-area-tips-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/nh29s/pokemon-sword-and-shield-wild-area-tips-guide Mon, 18 Nov 2019 16:45:44 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The Wild Area is one of Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield's biggest new features. It's the open-world Pokemon experience we've all been waiting for, and like most open-world games, that also means there's a lot to see and do in this vast new (wild) area.

Initially, it can be a bit overwhelming. There are some features you might even miss at first. That's why we've put this handy tips guide to The Wild Area together. Our goal is to point you in the right direction so you can get the most out of your time.

Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Wild Area Guide

You're first given access to The Wild Area right after you battle Hop for the second time and meet with Professor Magnolia. There's very little explanation of what to do and where to go when you enter the area, and since this is before you even get to your first Gym battle, you're limited with the Pokemon you can catch (nothing over Level 24).

That being said, there's still a lot you can do as you explore and figure out how everything works.

Level Grinding in The Wild Area

The Wild Area is the best area for level grinding in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield for a few reasons. The first is because you will encounter a ton of new Pokemon in The Wild Area. What's there changes by the day and depending on the weather, and that applies in every section of The Wild Area.

Catching Pokemon earns all of your party members EXP, just like in the Let's GO games. Pokemon levels scale depending on region and your own level, so there will always be a set of 'mon you can catch to earn EXP, which means it's worth coming back to The Wild Area every so often and after you earn a new Gym Badge.

Once you enter The Wild Area for the first time, you also unlock the option to access your Pokemon boxes from the main menu, meaning you can switch your teams in no time at all — perfect if you've got several batches of 'mon you want to develop.

Another level grinding trick is taking on Pokemon higher than your level if you have a way to defeat them. For example, take a Normal type with Payback or Bite to the Watchtower Ruins, and you can fight Level 25 Ghost types without taking any damage in return.

The Wild Area: Super Strong Pokemon

The Wild Area is also home to a broad variety of super strong Pokemon. These are usually evolved forms of some kind — like Gengar, Weavile, Machamp, the Eeveelutions, and so on.

Not only are they also far stronger than the usual strong Pokemon you'll encounter, but they're typically not found in the grass either. These wander about the roads and paths away from the grass. If you spot one, make sure you're well prepared before engaging it.

Whatever your choice, The Wild Area is a great and easy way to level up new catches that need some attention or that you want to evolve to fill out your Pokedex.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Max Raids

Max Raids are one of The Wild Area's key features. You've probably seen something about them in the lead-up to the games' release. These are 4-on-1 battles against Dynamaxed Pokemon. They take place at Pokemon Dens, the glowing areas that have beams of light coming out of them. Max Raids are ranked with stars, and the higher the Max Raid level, the higher the chance that Pokemon will have perfect IV levels.

Depending on the Pokemon, there's also a chance it'll have the ability to Gigantamax.

The thing about Max Raids is they require four trainers. Connecting with others in The Wild Area is pretty easy and seamless, but if you don't have three other people to take part, the game provides you with NPC allies instead.

I can't say how effective these NPCs are in very high-level Raids, but so far, the ones I've been matched with are competent enough and typically have at least one — usually more — Pokemon or movesets that exploit the opponent's type weaknesses.

Whittle the opponent's HP down to zero, and you get the chance to catch it. There are other, equally important rewards as well. Winning a Max Raid could potentially get you

  • Experience Candies of various sizes (also good for leveling up)
  • Dynamax Candy (necessary for increasing your own Pokemon's Dynamax level)
  • Technical Records (items teaching high-powered moves, but breaking after one use)
What to Do with Watts

If you're wondering what Watts are in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, you have good reason to. The games don't really tell you what Watts are, even as you're accruing them by completing Max Raids.

Watts are basically your currency in The Wild Area, and you'll use them to purchase items from Vendors scattered randomly around The Wild Area, including:

  • Curry ingredients
  • Technical Records
  • Wishing Stone (triggers a Max Raid)
  • Rotom Bike upgrades so you can explore further

The Digging Duo near the Daycare (more on that in a moment) will excavate an area of cliffside in exchange for 500 Watts, and they'll bring back various items ranging from Pokemon fossils to evolution items and stones.

You'll earn Watts from participating in Max Raids and examining glowing Dens that don't have a light beam coming out of them, so there's no fear of never having enough.

Pokemon Camp in The Wild Area

Another feature you've probably seen a bit about is Pokemon Camp in The Wild Area. Sonia gives you your camping kit as soon as you enter The Wild Area, and you're free to camp anytime you want. Sword and Shield's day/night cycle is still measured by your Switch's internal clock, so you won't be making time pass no matter how often you camp.

Camping is an easy way to restore your team's health without using items and takes the place of Pokemon Refresh from Sun and Moon as well, letting you play games and chat with your 'mon to increase their friendship levels.

The big draw here, though, is curry making. We'll have more on that soon, but making curry in Pokemon Sword and Shield is a fun and useful mini-game that sees you combine berries and ingredients, mix them together like Poffins, then reap rewards like friendship boosts if you didn't create something appallingly atrocious.

The Pokemon Day Care in The Wild Area

Pokemon Sword and Shield introduce a second Day Care, and it's located in the Bridge Field portion of The Wild Area. Random as that might seem, there's actually a pretty good reason for that: Ditto

Where to find Ditto in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield

Ditto can only be found in the Lake Outrage portion of The Wild Area, but you can't access it until after you get an upgrade for your Rotom Bike on Route 9. Ditto is the Pokemon breeder's best friend, since pairing it with any Pokemon you want to breed means you don't have to get two of that Pokemon.

Sword and Shield introduced new mechanics that make breeding easier and more efficient than ever before, so this second Day Care located near a Ditto roving ground is a huge convenience if you have any interest in breeding Pokemon.

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That's about it for the major things you can do in Pokemon Sword and Shield's Wild Area. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield guides and our review in the coming days.

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Two New Galar Pokemon Debut in Pokemon Sword and Shield's Final Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/8ag2r/two-new-galar-pokemon-debut-in-pokemon-sword-and-shields-final-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/8ag2r/two-new-galar-pokemon-debut-in-pokemon-sword-and-shields-final-trailer Mon, 11 Nov 2019 12:27:10 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The Pokemon Company released one final Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield in Japan today, ahead of the games' launch on Friday, November 15. Though it focuses on the Wild Area and its pokemon, the trailer also gives us the briefest glimpse of new Galar Pokemon.

The one we see the most of (0:48 in the trailer above) looks rather similar to Mr. Mime, only it's purple and has a mustache of sorts. Still, even if it is a Galar Mr. Mime, chances are the name won't be #Movember Mime, more's the shame.

Moving on to the next Galar 'mon, we don't technically see very much — maybe. It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment at 0:23 in the trailer, but you can see a bit of something mysterious. It somewhat looks like Yamask, a Gen V Ghost-type, but it also looks completely different. If it's a new Galarian form Pokemon, well, we don't have much longer to wait to find out.

The rest of the trailer focuses on the Wild Area and the myriad Pokemon you'll find there. It also re-acquaints us with the Galar Gym leaders and possibly teasing the back of two as-yet unannounced ones at 1:08.

It then goes on to remind us of Dynamaxing, its superior variant Gigantamaxing, and the latest round of Kanto Gigantamaxers, including Long-Cat Meowth.

If you're still on the fence about which version to get, check out our Pokemon Sword and Shield version exclusives guide, which will be updated as more official version exclusive information becomes available.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Shake Up Natures and Egg Moves https://www.gameskinny.com/xpc15/pokemon-sword-and-shield-shake-up-natures-and-egg-moves https://www.gameskinny.com/xpc15/pokemon-sword-and-shield-shake-up-natures-and-egg-moves Wed, 06 Nov 2019 11:32:36 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are literally right around the corner, but we're still getting new (official) information about how the game's systems work. A new trailer released by The Pokemon Company offers a brief overview of some big changes made to the traditional Nature and stat mechanics, among other things.

Here's a run-down of what we gleaned from the trailer. 

Natures, Stats, and Mints

Natures have been a staple in Pokemon since they were first introduced in Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire. If you aren't familiar with Pokemon Natures, basically, they're personality traits.

Apart from being cute (who wouldn't want to hug a Bashful Charmander?) they determine which stats get a growth boost and which don't every time a 'mon levels up. We've got a handy Pokemon Natures guide detailing all the ins and outs, too.

Usually, these Natures are static, so if you need a Gastly with high Special Attack but get one with a Lonely nature, you're only choice is to keep catching until you chance upon one with the Nature you need.

That's not the case anymore. Sword and Shield are introducing special items called Mints that function very similarly to the Attitude books in Yo-Kai Watch by letting you change your Pokemon's Nature. Judging from the trailer, it looks like a Pokemon's stats reflect the change as if they had the new Nature all along.

On top of that, Egg Moves — special moves Pokemon can only learn from being hatched — can be transferred to Pokemon of the same species at the Daycare.

It opens up some interesting possibilities for the competitive scene, making it easier and faster to train a Pokemon team. But it also means casual players have a better chance of using whatever Pokemon they want and getting the most out of it. How common these Mints will be wasn't mentioned, though, so we'll have to wait and see. 

The trailer also highlights Experience Candy, which offers experience point boosts, and shows the return of the stat-boosting items like Calcium.

Bigger is Better: More Gigantamax-able Pokemon

One other announcement that accompanied the new Sword and Shield features trailer involves Gigantamaxing. From launch (November 15) until sometime in early January 2020, Gigantamax Pokemon will be more common.

Gigantamaxing is the next step up from Dynamaxing, but unlike the latter, we only know of a smattering of Pokemon that can Gigantamax.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield news as it develops, including our review shortly after launch.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Version Exclusives Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/mnpg6/pokemon-sword-and-shield-version-exclusives-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/mnpg6/pokemon-sword-and-shield-version-exclusives-guide Tue, 05 Nov 2019 17:14:55 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are almost upon us. As always, each has its own set of exclusive pokemon you can't get in the other version. However, Sword and Shield also have version-exclusive Gyms, with a handful of the eight Major League Gyms tied to specific versions.

Here we have a list of all the known version exclusive pokemon and Gyms. Though an additional list of 10 pokemon and two gyms were allegedly revealed in a leak earlier this week, we've opted not to include those here until The Pokemon Company confirms them. 

With that said, we will update this list as more official information becomes available in the coming days and weeks. 

Sword-Exclusive Pokemon and Shield-Exclusive Pokemon

As of now, there aren't all that many version exclusives. Despite allegedly providing the entire Galar Pokedex, the Sword and Shield leakers haven't provided any further information about version exclusives.

Pokemon Sword Pokemon Shield
Farfetch'd  Ponyta
Sirfetch'd Rapidash
  Gothia  Solosis
  Gothorita  Duosion
  Gothitelle Reuniclus
  Deino  Larvitar
Zweilous Pupitar
Hydreigon  Tyranitar
  Turtonator Drampa
  Jangmo-o  Goomy
Hakamo-o Sligoo
  Kommo-o  Goodra
  Mawile  Sableye
  Rufflet  Vullaby
  Braviary Mandibuzz
Machamp Gigantamax Raid Gengar Gigantamax Raid
Coalossal Gigantamax Raid  Lapras Gigantamax Raid
  Flapple Gigantamax Raid Appletun Gigantamax Raid
Flapple (item can be traded to Shield) Appletun (item can be traded to Sword)
  Stonjourner  Eiscue
  Indeedee (Male) Indeedee (Female)
Swirlix  Spritzee
  Slurpuff Aromatisse
  Scraggy  Galarian Corsola
Scrafty  Cursola
Galarian Darumaka Croagunk
Galarian Darmanitan  Toxicroak
Seedot  Lotad
  Nuzleaf Lombre
  Shiftry  Luidicolo
Basculin (Red Stripe)  Basculin (Blue Stripe)
  Lunatone  Solrock
Zacian  Zamazenta

 

Pokemon Sword and Shield Version Exclusive Gyms

Officially, we know of only two version-exclusive Gyms.

Pokemon Sword
  • Fighting-Type Gym
    • Leader: Bea
  • Rock-Type Gym
    • Leader: Gordie
Pokemon Shield
  • Ghost-Type Gym
    • Leader: Allister
  • Ice-Type Gym
    • Leader: Melonie

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Fortunately, regardless of which version you get, you'll be able to take advantage of the new Dynamax feature, which every Pokemon can use, and so far, it's looking like there aren't any version-exclusive Gigantamax Pokemon either. Those whose Gigantamax Raids you can only complete in one version can still be traded to the other.

Don't forget as well that there is a handful of other exclusives out there, but they're tied to previous data and early adoption of the game — and, if it shapes up to be what we're hoping, it won't take much convincing to get this one early.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Roundup Trailer Shows Gigantamax 'Mon, Smiling Sobble https://www.gameskinny.com/z1nd9/pokemon-sword-and-shield-roundup-trailer-shows-gigantamax-mon-smiling-sobble https://www.gameskinny.com/z1nd9/pokemon-sword-and-shield-roundup-trailer-shows-gigantamax-mon-smiling-sobble Fri, 25 Oct 2019 11:10:57 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The Pokemon Company must know it's been releasing a lot of information about Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield here lately, because the latest Sword and Shield trailer is a lengthy roundup showcasing everything we've learned so far.

It kicks off by giving us a heart-stoppingly adorable look at the starters and that moment when you first encounter them. Sobble even smiles! Briefly.

In between showing off some of the locations we've seen before, like the mine and the snowy area, the trailer inserts bits of the camping element, demonstrating how players can interact even more with their Pokemon during their time in Galar.

There's a roundup of Gigantamax Pokemon as well, showing off some of the recent reveals and apparently confirming Gigantamax Pokemon are the same size as Dynamax ones — unless that's a suspiciously same-looking Gigantamax Duraludon we're seeing here.

How long all that interaction will take depends on playstyle, though Game Freak told Game Informer it won't be much different from previous games — at least as far as main content is concerned.

Finishing the main story can take anywhere from 15 to 40 hours depending on all the side stuff you choose to engage in. Game Freak also said there will be plenty of other content apart from the main story to keep players interested.

We don't have long to wait until we know for sure what Galar has to offer when Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield launch on November 15 for Nintendo Switch. One thing we do know? There will be bagpipes. Check out the video above.

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New Gigantamax Pokemon Include Fat Pikachu, Long Meowth, and Gen I Classics https://www.gameskinny.com/s1uoa/new-gigantamax-pokemon-include-fat-pikachu-long-meowth-and-gen-i-classics https://www.gameskinny.com/s1uoa/new-gigantamax-pokemon-include-fat-pikachu-long-meowth-and-gen-i-classics Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:49:47 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The Pokemon Company dropped a new trailer for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield this morning, showing off a handful of Pokemon who'll get the rare ability to Gigantamax.

If you missed it before, Gigantamax is going a step farther than Dynamaxing, boosting stats and changing moves of a Pokemon's primary type to special Gigantamax moves. These are like Z-Moves from Sun and Moon, but without the little jig trainers had to do to pull them off.

The new forms are all from Gen I, but that doesn't rule out Pokemon from other generations getting the ability, too. 

Gigantamax Pikachu

Gigantamax Pikachu brings back the classic Chonky-chu form from Red and Blue and turns all its Electric attacks to G-Max Volt Crash. This Gigantamax move deals heavy damage and paralyzes all enemy Pokemon, even Ground types.

However, it seems not every Pikachu will have the ability to Gigantamax. Those who import save data from Pokemon Let's GO Pikachu! will receive a special Gigantamax-able Pikachu.

Gigantamax Eevee

The same condition applies for Gigantamax Eevee; it's only obtainable as a special Pokemon distributed to those who import save data from Pokemon Let's GO Eevee.

This Eevee is floofier than ever, so much so that its special move, G-Max Cuddle, manages to infatuate all Pokemon of the opposite gender, even while it pummels them with death cuddles.

Gigantamax Charizard

Charizard gets yet another new form in Sword and Shield, but it retains its usual Fire/Flying type. There's no caveat for getting Charizard to Gigantamax, so it would appear any Charizard will have that ability.

Its special G-Max move is Wildfire, which continues to damage all non-Fire types for four turns after the initial attack.

Gigantamax Meowth

Meowth is getting another makeover for the new generation, but this time around, it's less Garfield and more... something else.

Meowth stretches to a whopping 108' 3" in its Gigantamax form and sees its normal type moves transform into G-Max Gold Rush. Like Pay Day, Gold Rush deals damage and makes money magically appear from nothing.

Note Gigantamax Meowth is only available as a special Mystery Gift distribution Pokemon for those who purchase Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield before January 15, 2020.

Gigantamax Butterfree

Poor Butterfree was completely ignored in the Mega Evolution craze, but it's getting some love in Galar with its Gigantamax form. All of Gigantamax Butterfree's Bug-type moves will transform into G-Max Befuddle, which harms opponents and randomly inflicts sleep, poison, or paralyze.

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This new info drop comes after the recent reveal of Shield-exclusive Galarian Ponyta and Sword-only Sirfetch'd.

We're officially less than a month away from the November 15 launch date, but with only a handful of other new Pokemon shown off so far, and no teases at all about the Galarian starter evolutions, it seems Galar is going to be full of surprises all around.

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Game Freak Dishes Up Details on Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble https://www.gameskinny.com/u5319/game-freak-dishes-up-details-on-grookey-scorbunny-and-sobble https://www.gameskinny.com/u5319/game-freak-dishes-up-details-on-grookey-scorbunny-and-sobble Thu, 10 Oct 2019 14:28:26 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

As part of Game Informer's extensive Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield coverage, the outlet interviewed Shigeru Ohmori and Junichi Masuda of Game Freak to find out a bit more about the game's three starter Pokemon.

Here's what they shared, getting us even more hype for the games' impending November release. 

Grookey, the Party Monkey

Grookey is the happy monkey, the Pokemon Ohmori and Masuda said will probably attract happy people who like to party and have fun. Grookey is intentionally designed as an energetic and happy-looking critter, and Ohmori pointed out the stick on Grookey's head is actually used to bring new life to the monkey 'mon's surroundings.

Ohmori tossed no nuggets for those wanting more info about Grookey's evolved forms, so we'll just have to wait until November 15 to find out more.

Sobble, Balance Bringer

It won't surprise Sobble fans to learn the sad little Water type is actually a first for the Pokemon franchise. It's the only starter Pokemon to feature a more withdrawn personality; it's not overly chipper and happy about everything, all the time. That shyness and sadness is something the team believes will attract kind people to this particular starter

Ohmori and Masuda said the goal was to bring balance to the starter line, which has more distinctive personalities than other games in the series, and Sobble in the middle of hyper Scorbunny and happy Grookey was a perfect fit.

Still, there was no information provided about its evolutions, though Ohmori said the way all the starters evolve — and their original forms as well — are closely tied with the Galar region and how the story unfolds.

Scorbunny, God of Chaos

Finally is the Firestarter Scorbunny. As the original reveal video and the bandage on its nose suggest, Scorbunny is meant to be hyper. It's full of energy and unpredictability.

One day, Ohmori says, you might just wake up to find Scorbunny's disappeared from its Poke Ball. That means it's a 'mon probably best for those with lots of energy who can keep up with the wild rabbit.

We did get a bit of a tease about evolutions with this starter. Ohmori mentioned Scorbunny's evolutions are exciting and unpredictable as well, taking directions you probably won't expect.

There's a lot we still don't know about Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, even as we edge closer to their release date. However, The Pokemon Company did recently offer a glimpse at some version exclusives: Sirfetch'd for Sword and Galarian Ponyta for Shield.

Stay tuned for more on Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield as it develops, as well as our review of the games come November. 

Source: Gameinformer

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Galarian Ponyta Officially Announced as a Pokemon Shield Exclusive https://www.gameskinny.com/uy6v4/galarian-ponyta-officially-announced-as-a-pokemon-shield-exclusive https://www.gameskinny.com/uy6v4/galarian-ponyta-officially-announced-as-a-pokemon-shield-exclusive Wed, 09 Oct 2019 10:23:47 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Last week's 24-hour Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield livestream showed off a new 'mon that The Pokemon Company only just officially confirmed: Galarian Ponyta, a Pokemon Shield exclusive.

Despite looking like My Little Ponyta, Galarian Ponyta isn't a cutesy Fairy type at all. In fact, it's a cutesy Psychic type known as the "Unique Horn" Pokemon. Yes, a unicorn.

We don't know what kind of move pool Galarian Ponyta will have, what happens when it evolves into Galarian Rapidash, or if it's one of the few 'mon that can Gigantamax. However, we do know that along with the older ability Run Away, it has a special new ability called Pastel Veil.

Ponyta using Pastel Veil in Pokemon Shield.

Pastel Veil keeps Ponyta and its allies from being poisoned, and it comes into effect as soon as Galarian Ponyta enters the field.

You'd be forgiven if you missed seeing these glimpses last week. After a while, the stream seemed like it was actually The Impidimp Show, with his special guests Morelull, Morelull, and Morelull. But the whole thing was meant as a big lead-in to revealing this new Shield-exclusive Ponyta, the counterpart to last month's Sword-exclusive Pokemon Sirfetch'd.

Despite Sword and Shield launching in just over a month, we still don't know a whole lot about what to expect, apart from the new Team Yell and a few other details.

That said, these are certainly shaping up to be exciting entries in the Pokemon franchise.

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The Pokemon Company Unveils Sirfetch'd, Exclusive to Pokemon Sword https://www.gameskinny.com/c37jf/the-pokemon-company-unveils-sirfetchd-exclusive-to-pokemon-sword https://www.gameskinny.com/c37jf/the-pokemon-company-unveils-sirfetchd-exclusive-to-pokemon-sword Wed, 18 Sep 2019 10:41:40 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The glitched mystery 'mon for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield recently teased by The Pokemon Company has been revealed. As rumored, the newest addition to the Galar Pokedex is Sirfetch'd, an evolved form of Farfetch'd that's exclusive to Pokemon Sword.

As of now, there aren't any specific details about how Farfetch'd evolves into Sirfetch'd; we only know that it happens after "experiencing many battles" — which sounds like the usual method of evolving after leveling up, but it's still not confirmed.

It's also not certain if Sirfetch'd will be one of the select Pokemon that can Gigantamax either.

Sirfetch'd meteo assault in Pokemon Sword

Sirfetch'd also gets a brand-new move: Meteor Assault. It's the one depicted in the trailer, and it seems similar to Hyper Beam in that it is a very powerful move that leaves the user unable to act on their next turn.

The mention of leaving battle if the leek should wither doesn't sound like it indicates a new ability, either. The official description says Sirfetch'd retires from battling entirely if the leek wilts, and its sole ability appears to remain Steadfast.

We're getting ever closer to Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield's release date of November 15, and we'll likely be seeing at least one more reveal in this style. Sirfetch'd's reveal is the first new Pokemon announced as a version exclusive, so a Shield exclusive announcement is likely coming soon.

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The Pokemon Company Teases Mystery 'Mon for Sword and Shield https://www.gameskinny.com/755a0/the-pokemon-company-teases-mystery-mon-for-sword-and-shield https://www.gameskinny.com/755a0/the-pokemon-company-teases-mystery-mon-for-sword-and-shield Fri, 13 Sep 2019 11:13:50 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The Pokemon Company is teasing another new Pokemon for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield.

Usually, we get info drops, new trailers, or something like that via press release, Twitter, or a company blog. This time, though, the new Pokemon is presented as a glitched image, rather like the infamous MissingNo from the first generation of Pokemon games, with a brief description that also contains corrupt data.

The description reads: Only _____ that have survived many battles can attain this _____. When this Pokémon's _____ _____ers, it will retire from combat.

The mystery 'mon is a pure Fighting type with the Steadfast ability and weighs in at a whopping 257.9 pounds.

However, many are saying the Pokemon's identity isn't such a mystery after all. Earlier this year, several details leaked about the upcoming Pokemon games that have since proven correct, including Gigantamaxing, PokeCamp, and Team Yell, among other things.

One of the original claims was that Farfetch'd, the quirky, onion-toting bird from Gold and Silver, is getting an evolved form called Sirfetch'd. Sirfetch'd is supposedly a knight-themed Pokemon wielding an onion as a lance.

The Pokemon in the image certainly looks like it could be wielding a lance. Moreover, according to Pokemon historian and Twitter user Dr. Lava's Lost Pokemon, Farfetch'd was originally meant to have an evolution, Madame, a swan-type bird wielding an onion as a sword.

Some are saying this isn't an evolution, but instead a Galarian form of Farfetch'd. We can't say the image shown off really resembles a bird in any way — Shiny Marowak, maybe, but not so much a bird.

Sirfetch'd would have to be wearing a lot of armor (or eat a lot of curry at PokeCamp) to put on that much weight too; the original Farfetch'd is only 30-something pounds, after all.

Additionally, Galarian forms have, so far, kept their original type alongside their new one, even when it doesn't seem to make sense — Galarian Weezing's Poison/Fairy typing, for instance.

We'll know soon enough what the enigmatic ___ wielder is. Meanwhile, be sure to catch up on all the latest Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield news from the recent Nintendo Direct.

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PokeCamp Revealed for Pokemon Sword and Shield, New 'Mon Shown Off https://www.gameskinny.com/h0gsk/pokecamp-revealed-for-pokemon-sword-and-shield-new-mon-shown-off https://www.gameskinny.com/h0gsk/pokecamp-revealed-for-pokemon-sword-and-shield-new-mon-shown-off Wed, 04 Sep 2019 19:12:18 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

As promised, the recent Nintendo Direct provided some new details about the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, including new 'mon, new ways to bond with them, and curry.

PokeCamp

Pokemon Amie and Pokemon Refresh are getting repackaged in Galar as PokeCamp. PokeCamp is pretty much what it sounds like: a feature where players can take their Pokemon on a camping trip, bond with them by feeding them treats and playing special games, and even interact with other trainers' 'mon in the Wild Area. For those who haven't heard about the Wild Area yet, check out our previous coverage for all the details.

The Direct strongly recommends interacting with other trainers' Pokemon as well, but it didn't say whether it offers any specific benefits.

Curry on Rice

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl let players make special items called Poffins to help improve bonds with Pokemon and certain attributes as well. While Poffins are still a thing of the past, Sword and Shield are bringing in the "Curry on Rice" feature. Players can choose various ingredients and a special addition of heart to improve their relationship with their Pokemon, among other things.

New Pokemon

Polteageist

Polteageist is a Ghost type 'mon that doesn't just live in a teapot; it is tea. These Pokemon tend to live in hotels and restaurants, though it has trust issues with trainers. Only those it trusts the most can sample its tea. Polteageist's ability is Weak Armor, which lowers defense and raises speed.

Cramorant

Cramorant is a Flying/Water Pokemon that happily eats anything it can find. After using Surf, Cramorant finds a special something in the rising water, and if it's attacked while holding its special catch, Cramorant's ability Gulp Missile kicks in and damages the opponent again.

Some Minor Updates

The Direct showed off a number of customization options players can utilize to make their trainers uniquely theirs. Not only can shirts and bottoms be changed this time around, but outerwear and gloves can also be changed.

The trainer card used to be a static thing, a one-size-fits-all representation to the player's trainer — but not anymore. Sword and Shield are introducing customizable League Cards, where players can change the trainer's appearance, the card frame, and more.

Finally, Sword and Shield are introducing a new type of trade called the Surprise Trade. Players simply activate the feature on their Y-Comm device, pick a Pokemon they might want to trade, and then the game automatically finds a trade partner from anywhere in the world. The "Surprise" element of Surprise trades comes from not knowing what Pokemon will be received in return.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Pokemon Sword and Shield as it develops, including our official review later this year. Catch more from the most recent Nintendo Direct over here

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New Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield Battle Details Emerge https://www.gameskinny.com/6gmsx/new-pokemon-sword-and-pokemon-shield-battle-details-emerge https://www.gameskinny.com/6gmsx/new-pokemon-sword-and-pokemon-shield-battle-details-emerge Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:47:23 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Just in time for the 2019 Pokemon World Championships, The Pokemon Company has released a trove of new information about battling in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield.

First up is online battling. Pokemon Sword and Shield will let players go online and face off against others around the world in the Battle Stadium — assuming they have a Nintendo Switch Online membership, of course.

These Stadium battles come in Single and Double forms, with players being matched up based on their rankings and tiers. Success in battle naturally earns more points and a rise through the ranks.

New to Sword and Shield, and to Pokemon's online battle scene in general, is the Casual Battle. Casual battles aren't focused on clearing ranks and improving scores; instead, they're just about having fun.

To that end, participants can use Legendary and Mythical Pokemon in Casual Battles, or Pokemon that are usually barred from online battling.

Players can form their own groups to battle together in Friendly Competitions, or they can take part in organized Official Competitions with a set of specially designed rules and restrictions. Rental Teams make a return, but players can also register their own teams as Rental Teams for others across the globe to access.

Dynamaxing Details

The Pokemon Company dished out some new Dynamaxing details as well. Most important among them is how Pokemon can enter their Dynamaxed form.

Unlike with Mega Evolutions, Pokemon don't have to hold a specific item to enter this new form. Instead, the Trainer only needs to have the Dynamax Band in their possession.

A Pokemon's unique Max move will have special effects as well. For instance, the Water-type move Max Geiser changes the weather condition, as does the Ice Max Move, while the Fighting-type Max Muscle raises the user's Attack. 

New Abilities and Items

Some of the new Abilities shown in previous promotions as just "???" are getting revealed.

First is Galarian Weezing's Neutralizing Gas, which negates the effects of an opposing team's Abilities, while Corviknight's Mirror Armor reflects all stat changes back onto the opponent.

Corviknight's Ability is an example of a Hidden Ability. These rare abilities aren't new to the series, but in Sword and Shield, players have a better chance of encountering a Pokemon with a Hidden Ability through Max Raid Battles (more about them here).

Max Raid Battles also increase the chance of finding a Pokemon that can Gigantamax, which is the next step up beyond Dynamaxing.

Finally, are some new hold items.

First is Room Service, which lowers a Pokemon's Speed when Trick Room is in effect. Trick Room is a popular move in the competitive scene and reverses attack order so 'mon with lower Speed attack first.

Then there's the Eject Pack, which immediately recalls a Pokemon if its stats are reduced, making it particularly useful when using attacks like Hammer Arm that lower the user's stats.

Pokemon Sword and Shield is set to release November 15 for the Nintendo Switch. 

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11 More Pokemon That Totally Look Like Rock Stars https://www.gameskinny.com/c1f7m/11-more-pokemon-that-totally-look-like-rock-stars https://www.gameskinny.com/c1f7m/11-more-pokemon-that-totally-look-like-rock-stars Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:03:07 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

Game Freak recently made waves with new Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield announcements, telling fans that Pokemon would receive special "Galarian" forms.

One of these Pokemon, the Galar-exclusive Obstagoon, quickly went viral for its resemblance to KISS star Gene Simmons. The rocker himself weighed in, telling Newsweek that seeing Pokemon pay tribute to KISS, even accidentally, was an honor. 

But Gene Simmons isn't the only rock star with a Pokemon doppelganger. There are plenty more out there from Kanto to Alola, so join us as we examine eleven other rock stars and their Pokemon doubles!

Hanson and Alolan Dugtrio

Fans of Pokemon Sun and Moon probably have a certain amount of deja vu right now, given the fact that as soon as Alolan Dugtrio was announced, this same Gene Simmons/Obstagoon conversation was happening with Alolan Dugtrio and the Hanson Brothers.

It's too perfect; down to the fact that the hair and height of the Dugtrios match the hair and heights of the three brothers on their now iconic album cover seen above. 

Annie Lennox and Voltorb

Eurythmics star Annie Lennox's iconic striped makeup and electric red hair, combined with her fierce eye and eyebrow contouring, turn her into a dead ringer for Voltorb.

Perhaps Voltorb's levitate ability could keep Lennox from walking on all that broken glass.

Adrian Young and Machoke

No Doubt drummer Adrian Young's mohawk and penchant for wearing only underwear make him a match for everyone's favorite, slightly unsettling buff Pokemon Machoke.

The only thing missing is the muscle definition, so if Adrian Young's planning on dressing up as Machoke for Halloween, he's gonna have to hit the gym.

Lizzo and Wigglytuff

You can't look me in the face and tell me that everyone's favorite self-affirming pop superstar Lizzo doesn't have the same positive energy and vibe as Wigglytuff.

Plus, Wigglytuff's little hair tuft is perfect for tossing, right before they check their nails.

Marilyn Manson and Tentacruel

Granted, this one might be a little bit more of a stretch given that Marilyn Manson doesn't have any tentacles (that we know of).

However, his penchant for creepy, smoky black eye makeup, and generally seeming like he could poison you just by touching, you matches him up perfectly with Tentacruel.

Eminem and Decidueye

We considered a few other doppelgangers for Marshall Mathers, most notably Scrafty. Scrafty was disqualified because of their mohawk, so we landed on everyone's favorite dark, hoodie-wearing owl, Decidueye.

More than just looking similar, Eminem and Decidueye both have the same dark, brooding, don't-mess-with-me aggressive energy.

Angus Young and Mr. Mime

Look, we ran the numbers. Then we ran them again, just to be sure. We've considered all of the alternative possibilities. We regret to inform you that Angus Young of AC/DC totally looks like Mr. Mime.

We hate it as much as you do, but imagine Mr. Mime in a suit jacket and shorts. It just fits.

Sid Vicious and Spearow

Spearow is a perfect match for Sex Pistols frontman Sid Vicious in both look and heck-the-world attitude.

They both share spiky hair (feathers?), a permanent punk-rock scowl, and a healthy anti-authoritarian attitude that causes them to attack anyone who dares throw rocks at them.

Joey Ramone and Grimer

Punk legend Joey Ramone's rock legacy doesn't include any sludgecore, but his iconic hairstyle and face shape is, somehow, oddly reminiscent of Grimer.  

Meatloaf and Magmar

We'd like to think Meatloaf would appreciate being compared to the fiery Magmar, and why wouldn't he? It's a perfect match outside of the Guy Fieri-style flame motif, from the brow shape to the body shape.

But hey, two out of three ain't bad.

David Bowie and Zangoose

Zangoose and David Bowie, specifically Aladdin Sane-era Bowie, look similar enough that there is some widespread speculation over whether the pokemon was specifically based on The Thin White Duke.

We see it. What do you think? 

There's a lot more to be excited about in Pokemon Sword and Shield, whether that be it's non-linear map, copious yet-to-be-solved mysteries, or a bevy of new pokemon. Head over here to see three more reasons why. 

Pokemon Sword and Shield are set to release on November 15. Until then, are there any other Pokemon doppelgangers for rock stars? Let us know in the comments!

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Galarian Forms and Team Yell Revealed for Pokemon Sword and Shield https://www.gameskinny.com/b94h7/galarian-forms-and-team-yell-revealed-for-pokemon-sword-and-shield https://www.gameskinny.com/b94h7/galarian-forms-and-team-yell-revealed-for-pokemon-sword-and-shield Wed, 07 Aug 2019 09:53:04 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The Pokemon Company briefly showed off some new aspects of Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield today, including new teams, new Pokemon, and new regional forms.

First up is the addition of Galarian Forms to the regional Pokedex. These are a follow-up from Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon's Alolan Forms, only unlike the Alolan variants, Galarian forms aren't restricted to Gen I Pokemon.

Galarian Forms

The trailer initially shows off Galarian Weezing, which means there will probably be Galarian Koffing as well. The regional variant of Weezing is Poison and Fairy type, sporting huge smokestacks on its head and faces that look as if it indulged in a bit too much mint ice cream. Its ability is, as always, Levitate, though there's an empty spot for another, unknown ability, too.

Galarian Zigzagoon and Linoone were next, both of which retain their Normal type from Ruby and Sapphire. However, they gain the Dark type here. Along with an accompanying sinister appearance, the regional form grants them the Gluttony ability, too.

Some Galarian Pokemon will get brand-new evolutions, including Galarian Linoone. The species originally had just one evolution.

Form Changing 'Mon

Galar will also host Pokemon who can change form depending on certain conditions. Today's trailer showed off Morpeko.

Morpeko is another Electric mouse Pokemon, but where Pikachu is cute and cuddly, Morpeko is constantly hungry because of the energy its electric sacs use up.

It has two forms related to this type of hunger: Full Belly Mode, where Morpeko is an Electric type, and Hangry Mode, which turns the little guy into a very grumpy Dark type.

Reportedly, the Mode change is random, with Morpeko's ability — Hunger Switch — having a chance to change its mode each turn.

New Rivals

Along with the player's friend showcased in earlier reveals, Pokemon Sword and Shield will have at least two more rival characters.

The first is Bede, a pun on the medieval English historian known as the Venerable Bede. He aims to be Champion of the Galar League but apparently has hidden motives as well. It seems he might specialize in Psychic types, with the trailer showing Bede battling with a Solosis.

Then there's Marnie, the Goth/Punk girl. She also wants to be Champion, and over the course of her many battles, she and her Morepeko have earned a good many fans.

These fans are the typical rowdy groupies and call themselves Team Yell. Team Yell shows up at various venues where Marnie is and tries their best to make sure she wins — whatever the cost.

Now Hiring

Finally is a new mechanic called Poké Jobs, which are basically like Merc tasks in Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

Various corporations and entities in the Galar region will post requests at terminals in Pokemon Centers, and the player can take these requests on. They require sending out certain Pokemon of a specific type, and not only will these Pokemon grow in the process, but the player often gets special rewards as well.

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That's all the new Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield information for now, but with the games launching on Nintendo Switch in just a few short months, there's sure to be more soon.

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New Trailer Shows Off More Galar Pokemon, Gym Leaders, and Gigantamaxing https://www.gameskinny.com/3ievw/new-trailer-shows-off-more-galar-pokemon-gym-leaders-and-gigantamaxing https://www.gameskinny.com/3ievw/new-trailer-shows-off-more-galar-pokemon-gym-leaders-and-gigantamaxing Mon, 08 Jul 2019 10:10:27 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The Pokemon Company quietly released a new Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield trailer packed with details about new Pokemon, an additional form of Dynamaxing, and what looks like another first for the series: Gym Leaders that differ depending on the version of the game.

First up is Alcremie, a pure Fairy-type that looks like a variation of Kalos's Slurpuff — not too surprising given how close Galar and Kalos might be. Its ability is Sweet Veil.

Next is the official reveal of Yamper, the Electric-type Corgi who's a very good boy indeed and sports the Ball Fetch ability.

A new Pokemon game wouldn't be complete without a new Rock-type 'mon, and Galar's contribution is Rolycoly. It's pure Rock, unlike many similar monsters, and it has two possible abilities: Steam Engine and Heat Proof.

Galar has a new Dragon type as well, the Steel/Dragon hybrid Duraludon. It's two possible abilities are Light Metal and Heavy Metal. It's worth noting this particular type combination is the first of its kind — and finally ends Ice types' reign of terror over the majestic dragon Pokemon.

Another first of its kind was shown off as well: branching Gym Leaders. The trailer showed Milo and Nessa, which we already know about, and then it showed Bea, a Fighting-type Gym Leader.

What's different about Bea's introduction, though, is that there's a "Pokemon Sword" logo on the screen; the next leader is Allister, a Ghost-type leader, and a Pokemon Shield logo is on screen for the duration of the clip.

What towns have which Gyms will differ depending on whether the player is playing Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield. During the Gym Challenge, players' clothing changes to a special uniform, and they can choose the three numbers that will appear on it.

We also get a glimpse of two more characters, Chairman Rose and the rather suspicious looking Oleana. They're the brains behind turning the Gym Challenge into a national phenomenon, but what their function is remains a mystery for now.

Finally, there's Gigantamaxing. No, Dynamaxing hasn't already been replaced. Gigantamaxing is exactly what it sounds like and is quite similar to Mega Evolutions.

It's not completely certain from the trailer whether Dynamaxing is required before a trainer can Gigantamax, but either way, once it happens, the Pokemon changes appearance and, naturally, power, gaining a new G-Max move.

Unlike Dynamaxing, though, Gigantamaxing is limited to "select Pokemon," which is also like Mega Evolution.

As a reminder, Pokemon Sword and Shield launch worldwide November 15 for Nintendo Switch.

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Pokemon Sword & Shield E3 2019 Preview: The Biggest Gym Battles Ever Deserve Bigger Features https://www.gameskinny.com/8jnkh/pokemon-sword-shield-e3-2019-preview-the-biggest-gym-battles-ever-deserve-bigger-features https://www.gameskinny.com/8jnkh/pokemon-sword-shield-e3-2019-preview-the-biggest-gym-battles-ever-deserve-bigger-features Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:54:14 -0400 Erroll Maas

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, the eighth generation of mainline Pokemon titles and the second pair to launch on Nintendo Switch after Pokemon Let's Go, Pikachu and Pokemon Let's Go, Eevee, have fans both excited and skeptical for their release.

From the E3 demo I played, this is understandable, although the playable build only featured battling a few gym trainers, solving a gym puzzle, and battling the gym leader at the end. So in the end, it didn't give the best idea of what the full experience will ultimately be like.

The team in the demo consisted of the three starter Pokemon of the new Galar region, Scorbunny, Grookey, and Sobble, the recently revealed Corviknight and Wooloo, and the newly-introduced electric corgi Yamper.

While trying to solve the Gym Mission and gain access to the Gym Leader's arena by pressing different colored buttons to turn corresponding waterfalls on and off, several trainers were encountered, each having only one Pokemon of their own. These trainers seemed to be only for demo purposes, as their Pokemon did not seem to match with the Water-type theme of the gym at all.

While the trainer battles were ordinary except for one of them featuring the new Dark and Fairy dual-type Pokemon, Impidimp, the battle against the Gym Leader is where the demo really got exciting.

Going against Gym Leader Nessa, I thought it would be best to send Yamper out first, but to my surprise, the demo featured no menu outside of battle. Consequently, my initial lineup could not be changed, meaning Pokemon could only be switched while in battle.

Nessa sent out Goldeen while I swapped out for Yamper, but to my surprise, it was taken out in just two turns from Goldeen's waterfall attack, which seemed to have a bigger and much flashier animation than the other attacks I had seen.

After Yamper was taken down, I sent out Grookey to make quick work of Nessa's horned fish and it did exactly that.

After this, Nessa sent out her dual water and rock type turtle Dreadnaw and immediately used Dynamax, making it grow to Gamera size. Of course, I followed suit and activated Dynamax with Grookey to level the playing field.

While information for attacks and types were shown when highlighted, stats were not, so it's unknown if or how Dynamax affects them. It's also unknown just how strong Dreadnaw is, as it was able to knock out Dynamax Grookey with little trouble.

Having a much tougher time than I expected, my options were Wooloo, which couldn't do much, Sobble, which was resistant but likely wouldn't do much damage, Scorbunny, which might have been able to deal a decent amount of damage with double kick but was weak to water, and Corviknight, whose Steel Wing attack might be able to help.

I decided to try out Corviknight, and his Steel Wing did not prove useful in these trying times. After Dreadnaw had returned to normal size — Dynamax has a three-turn limit —  taking out a few slivers of health, I decided to experiment a little bit and switch to Sobble.

As it turned out, Sobble's liquidation attack dealt a decent amount of damage, and I was able to finally get Dreadnaw to faint in two turns. I had finally beat Gym Leader Nessa.

Despite being fun for most longtime Pokemon fans, the Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield demo lacked new features to showcase. While Dynamax is a neat new battle mechanic, not being able to see how or if it changes Pokmon stats makes it feel less significant.

A demo of wild areas and max raids may have been a more preferable way to showcase Dynamax in addition to other new features.

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield will launch for Nintendo Switch on November 15. A steelbook bundle featuring both versions is also available for pre-order.

Ready to catch em' all in the new Galar region? Here are a few reasons you should be excited for the upcoming Pokemon games

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Nintendo E3 2019 Recap: Surprises, Sequels, and Remakes https://www.gameskinny.com/p2w4z/nintendo-e3-2019-recap-surprises-sequels-and-remakes https://www.gameskinny.com/p2w4z/nintendo-e3-2019-recap-surprises-sequels-and-remakes Tue, 11 Jun 2019 14:35:48 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Nintendo got in on the name pub fun introducing new NOA president Doug Bowser after a slight mixup where the other Bowser tried to take the stage first. Poor big guy.

Order was restored, and things really kicked off from there. The company's E3 2019 Direct wasn't as long as some others, but there was a lot of information to be had. 

Smash Ultimate Fighter Pass DLC Characters

The E3 2019 Nintendo Direct opened with a look at the next Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC fighter: the Luminary, aka Hero, from Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. Not quite Erdrick, but not too far off. The Hero will use a sword for melee attacks, but they also have access to magic spells like Zoom for recover and Zap for ranged attacks.

But they're not alone. The heroes from Dragon Quest IV and Dragon Quest VIII, plus Erdrick himself, are making their way to Smash Bros Ultimate as well. Each has access to a similar skill set, including Zap, Kamikaze, and Zoom. While we didn't get a firm release date, fans can expect them in the game this summer sometime.

Speaking of Dragon Quest XI, the Definitive Edition coming to Switch got a new trailer, showing off a special speed-up feature, previous worlds from the Dragon Quest universe, and that lovely 2D sprite-work as well. Look for it on September 27.

Luigi's Mansion 3

Luigi's Mansion 3 was up next, with a brand-new trailer showcasing some of the game's overarching story. Luigi, Mario, Toad, and Peach are invited to a luxurious hotel, but things soon go awry when Luigi finds himself alone, at night, in a storm.

Luigi's new Poltergust G-00 sports lots of new features, like the Slam. While Luigi attacks a ghost, he can use Slam to inflict extra damage, including on other ghosts.

The Suction Shot lets Luigi destroy furniture, take on specific ghost types, and deal extra damage.

When Luigi faces a swarm of ghosts, he can use Burst, a powerful, well, burst of air that evens the field a bit.

Then there's Prof. E Gadd's new Gooigi. Gooigi can slip through metal fences, walk on spikes, and overcome many other obstacles regular Luigi can't handle. He can also be controlled by another character in co-op mode.

The ScareScraper makes its return as well, challenging players to defeat as many ghosts as possible in a set time in local and online multiplayer.

No firm release date for this one either, but it is set for a 2019 release still, with plenty of gameplay coming up during Treehouse Live.

Dark Crystal Tactics

The next game shown off was The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, a tactical RPG featuring medieval style combat and lots of Jim Henson style. It's based on the Netflix show of the same name, only the game will delve further into the world's lore and the Gelfling clans. Players can choose from 15 different job classes, each with customizable equipment and abilities that lend themselves to high replay value.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Switch

Link's Awakening's remake got a lot of love in a new trailer showing off the game's gorgeous visual upgrades and an excellent soundtrack to boot. From the looks of it, there are going to be new areas players can explore on Koholint Island and some new puzzles to tackle as well.

Players can earn special chambers over the course of the game and arrange them to create their own Chamber Dungeons for near-endless exploration — and lots of rewards. All this and more is coming September 20.

Collection of Mana and Trials of Mana

Square Enix's recent trademark filing for the Mana Collection is paying off in form of Trials of Mana and the release of the Collection of Mana. The first game is getting a global release on Nintendo Switch and is a remake of Seiken Densetsu 3. It'll be shown off more this week, but it's expected to launch in early 2020.

The Collection, featuring the Game Boy Adventure of ManaSecret of Mana, and Secret of Mana 2 will be available in the Nintendo eShop starting...now. And yes, this is the original Trails of Mana, aka Seiken Densetsu 2, which means we're getting it twice now. When it rains and all...

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Switch

Rumors of The Witcher III making its way to the Switch turned out to be true as well, with Wild Hunt: Complete Edition coming sometime later this year. It will bring all of the game's currently-released content. It's worth noting all of this content is on one game card too, and the visuals don't seem to be taking much of a direct hit from the required compression.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem: Three Houses got a meaty new trailer giving players a glimpse at the game's story. It's one of truly epic proportions and emphasizes the three main heroes' missions to bring order and justice to their lands. And voice acting — lots of voice acting.

Byleth's role in all this still isn't completely clear, but it seems like it's going to be a tragic one. The possibility of time travel is there too, with the three heroes looking back on their school days before engaging in a new battle. Expect more soon, and don't forget the game launches July 26.

Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6

Those who forgot Resident Evil, Resident Evil 0, and Resident Evil 4 are on the Switch now got a friendly, creepy reminder in a new trailer that really served as a way to lead into this announcement: Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 are coming this fall to Nintendo Switch.

No More Heroes III

Next up was an irreverent pop-culture based game with plenty of mech action, a smooth anime style, and lots of self-referential humor. Yep, it's Travis Touchdown, in No More Heroes III. The latest entry in the franchise is set for a 2020 release date.

Contra: Rogue Corps

The storied Contra franchise is getting a new release too: Contra: Rogue Corps, coming September 29. It's a hectic, mad mix of third-person action, destruction, aliens, bugs, and more destruction.

The Contra Collection is available today in the eShop for those who can't wait for more alien-shooting action.

Daemon X Machina

After a long silence, we got to see more of Daemon X Machina today. A short cinematic trailer showed off some of the game's characters and vast environments, along with on-foot combat, huge enemy ships, and lots of cel-shaded explosions. Expect it on the Switch September 13.

Panzer Dragoon

Missing Panzer Dragoon? Nintendo was, too. That's why it's getting a reboot on the Switch this winter, plus this new trailer.

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield

As promised, Pokemon Sword and Shield got a short update as well, following on from the big June 5 Pokemon Direct.

There wasn't really anything new except showing off the water Gym and leader Nessa, as well as the announcement that the Pokemon Plus accessory is compatible with Sword and Shield. It's like the Pokewalker and lets players take their favorite 'mon out for a walk. It doesn't work as a controller, though.

Astral Chain

Astral Chain, first revealed during the February Direct, got a story trailer, too.

Evil creatures called Chimeras are trying to pull humanity into another dimension, and a team of researchers banded together to create an anti-Chimera weapon merging humans with The Legions. Those Legions are the player character, but the special power has some negative drawbacks that cause some kind of havoc in the host body.

Look forward to more when the game launches August 20.

Empire of Sin

If you like guns, gangsters, and death, then Empire of Sin, a new game also set for a 2020 launch, might be one to check out. For now, make do with the trailer below.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance III: The Black Order

The Switch's exclusive Marvel game got some love during the Direct with an intense new story trailer showing off villains and heroes and announcing some new DLC content players can get now. The game itself will be available July 19.

Cadence of Hyrule Gets a Release Date

After a month of speculation and several of waiting, Cadence of Hyrule got another new trailer showcasing enemies players will take on as Link or Zelda — and a release date: July 13. Check out the trailer below.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020

It wouldn't be the year before an Olympics year without a new Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, and this year is no exception. The game will feature the usual mashup of Mario and Sonic characters doing Olympic sports like fencing, tennis, and the long-jump.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

It's here! The first Animal Crossing Switch news, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, was shown off in an adorable new trailer. The game centers on populating a deserted island and crafting tools after flying there as part of the Nook Inc Getaway Package. Nook apparently wields great influence here, as not only will the player purchase homes from him, but furniture and other items will be crafted using the special Nook Crafting Bench.

There will be plenty of new ways to interact with the environment and neighbors, including pole jumping and, of course, paying Tom Nook for everything, even your tent. It is his island getaway package after all.

The bad news? It's delayed to March 20, 2020, to help ensure the game is the best it can be. On the bright side, it's gorgeous, with a bright, yet muted color palette that reeks of coziness, a chilled out soundtrack with tones of New Leaf, and a sense of unity that only comes from trying to survive together in a lonely island.

Upcoming Games Highlight Reel

It's tough to follow an act like that, but Nintendo managed to with a sizzle reel highlighting the year's upcoming releases, including Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, Ni No Kuni, Minecraft Dungeons,  Dauntless, The Sinking City, and  a lot more.

Banjo-Kazooie Coming to Smash Ultimate

One final Smash Bros. announcement was the long-awaited and much-hoped-for addition of Banjo-Kazooie to Smash Bros Ultimate, with plenty of character footage and what looked like a glimpse at the duo's special stage, Gruntilda included.

These are the next, next Fighter Pass DLC characters and will be added to the game in Fall this year.

Breath of the Wild Sequel

The Direct ended with the usual surprise announcement, and this one was a pretty big surprise. It's a Breath of the Wild sequel set in what looks like a post-Calamity world.

Link and Zelda approach the skeleton of Ganondorf who gets revived by the creeping purple darkness associated with the Calamity. It's only in development as of now.

That's it. Looking for more E3 2019 coverage? Be sure to head over to the other recaps below: 

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