Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield | Dynamax

We are just four short months away from the worldwide release of Pokémon Sword & Shield and new details continue to emerge. Today, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company International unveiled some new information about the new Gigantamax feature which will make its debut with these new releases. In the official press release, they note the following about this new phenomenon:

  • Gigantamax Pokémon will change in appearance in addition to becoming larger
  • For most Pokémon, Dynamaxing will not change their appearances
  • Gigantamaxing and Dynamaxing will both boost the powers of affected Pokémon
  • Gigantamax Pokémon can use special G-Max moves specific to their species
  • Dynamax Pokémon can not use G-Max moves
  • Only certain species of Pokémon can Gigantamax
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield | Dynamax
Dynamax is the new gameplay feature added to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, which allows you to grow one Pokémon to an extremely large size for three turns. (Images courtesy of Nintendo).

In addition to the points listed above, two Pokémon now confirmed to be Gigantamax ready include Drednaw and Corviknight. You can find information about both of these Pokémon as well as other new additions from the Galar region in the quoted text below.

Gigantamax Drednaw
Type: Water/Rock
Height: 78′9″+
Weight: Unknown
Ability: Strong Jaw / Shell Armor

The power of Gigantamaxing has allowed Drednaw to stand on its hind legs and become bipedal. From its standing position, it can come crashing down on opposing Pokémon and crush them with its massive body. Drednaw normally keeps its neck retracted within its shell, but when it attacks, it can rapidly shoot its neck out. Its jaws are also incredibly strong and can easily bite through huge metal towers. The strength of its jaws combined with the force of its neck gives Drednaw the power to punch a hole through a rocky mountain in a single strike. Water-type moves used by Gigantamax Drednaw will change to G-Max Stonesurge. G-Max Stonesurge doesn’t just deal damage to an opponent—it will scatter sharp rocks around the opponent and cause Pokémon entering the battlefield to take damage.

Gigantamax Corviknight
Type: Flying/Steel
Height: 45′11″+
Weight: Unknown
Ability: Pressure/Unnerve

Corviknight uses its massive wings to catch updrafts created by Gigantamax energy to hover in the air while it battles. The armor on its body has been reinforced, so attacks from Pokémon on the ground barely have any effect. Gigantamax energy has caused the armor covering Corviknight’s wings to separate and become blade birds, capable of flying independently. Flying-type moves used by Gigantamax Corviknight will change to G-Max Wind Rage, which removes any effects of moves like Reflect, Light Screen, Spikes, and Electric Terrain that the opponents may have.

Category: Cream Pokémon
Type: Fairy
Height: 1′
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Ability: Sweet Veil

Alcremie can produce whipped cream, which becomes richer the happier Alcremie is feeling. Desserts made using this cream are invariably delicious, so many pastry chefs strive to have an Alcremie as their partner. When attacked by an opponent, Alcremie will throw sweet-scented cream to distract them or temporarily blind them, giving itself time to escape.

Gigantamax Alcremie
Type: Fairy
Height: 98′5″+
Weight: Unknown
Ability: Sweet Veil

The cream pouring out of its body hardens when subjected to impacts—the stronger the impact, the harder it becomes—giving Alcremie an impressive resistance to physical attacks. Additionally, the giant “Berry” decorations on Alcremie’s body are as hard as diamonds, and it’s said that most attacks won’t even be able to leave a scratch. Alcremie will launch high-calorie cream missiles around itself to attack its opponents. Any Pokémon that touches this cream will be filled with energy and euphoria but at the same time will fall into a state of complete confusion. Fairy-type moves used by Gigantamax Alcremie will change to G-Max Finale, which will heal all Pokémon on Alcremie’s side while dealing damage to an opponent.

Category: Puppy Pokémon
Type: Electric
Height: 1′
Weight: 29.8 lbs.
Ability: Ball Fetch

Yamper tends to be drawn to things that are moving quickly. It can chase after people, Pokémon, or even vehicles. It has an organ in its body that generates electricity, and it’s activated when Yamper runs around. Yamper can’t store the electricity it generates, so it’s often seen running around with electric sparks crackling around it. Yamper’s Ability, Ball Fetch, is a new Ability that comes into play when the Trainer throws a Poké Ball at a wild Pokémon but fails to catch it. If Yamper isn’t holding an item, it will fetch the first Poké Ball that failed to catch the Pokémon, regardless of what type of Poké Ball it is.

Category: Coal Pokémon
Type: Rock
Height: 1′
Weight: 26.5 lbs.
Ability: Steam Engine / Heatproof

Rolycoly’s red eye can illuminate dark areas, while it uses the lump of coal attached to its body like a wheel to move through coal mines and caves. It is able to travel smoothly even over rough terrain. Until about one hundred years ago, every household in the Galar region had a Rolycoly. The families would use the coal that dropped off its body for cooking and heating their homes. Rolycoly’s Ability, Steam Engine, is a new Ability that provides a Speed stat boost if it’s hit with a Fire- or Water-type move during battle.

Category: Alloy Pokémon
Type: Steel/Dragon
Height: 5′11″
Weight: 88.2 lbs.
Ability: Light Metal / Heavy Metal

Duraludon live in caves and mountainous areas. Their two arms have slightly different shapes, and they use them to grind down rock surfaces for food. Its body is composed of incredibly durable metal but is also surprisingly light, so Duraludon can move quite quickly despite its appearance. Its body is susceptible to corrosion, however, and is known to rust easily. They share their habitat with Tyranitar, so these two Pokémon are often seen battling each other in the mountains of the Galar region.

Finally, some official character descriptions have been made available for five instrumental characters from Sword & Shield.

Leon is the strongest Trainer in the Galar region, and he won the Championship in his first-ever Gym Challenge—without being defeated in battle a single time. To this day, his winning streak continues to grow, and his formidable talent for Pokémon battles is unmatched. He’s aided in his countless victories by his partner Charizard, and he’s known to go all out during battles, no matter who he’s facing. His battle style has captured the hearts of the people of Galar.

Chairman Rose
Rose is the chairman of the Galar Pokémon League and the president of a large business conglomerate. He’s made the Galar Pokémon League famous by implementing Gym Battles featuring the Dynamax phenomenon. Chairman Rose was also the first to endorse Leon for the Gym Challenge.

Oleana is Chairman Rose’s secretary and is known for her calm and collected personality. She also serves as the vice president of Rose’s company and is largely in charge of the day-to-day running of the company.

Bea is a prodigy in Galar karate, carrying on its century-old traditions and techniques. Known for her stoicism and rarely showing her emotions, Bea is also an expert on Fighting-type Pokémon. Her battle style remains very precise even when she’s backed into a corner.

Allister is a talented Trainer of Ghost-type Pokémon who has taken on the mantle of the Ghost-type Gym Leader at a young age. He’s extremely shy and fearful, and he always hides his face with a mask when around other people. Allister rarely makes public appearances and apparently spends most of his time around ruins or in cemeteries.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield | Dynamax
Nessa, the Water Pokemon Gym Leader of the Galar Region, is not afraid to use Dynamax to take on any and all challengers. (Images owned by Nintendo).

Both Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield take place in the Galar region and will task players with taking part in the region’s once a year Champion Cup- a series of televised Pokémon battles the scale of which is on par with the Olympics. Players will gain entrance to this tournament after earning eight gym badges from throughout the region. Each challenger in the tournament will be assigned a special uniform with players being able to choose a three-digit number for their own uniforms. Only once you’ve bested all eight gym leaders and been provided with endorsements from specific people can you enter the tournament and take part.

Pokémon Sword & Shield will both release exclusively on Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019. While standard editions will be available for purchase, there are also double-packs available which include both titles. Those who purchase this bundle will be gifted with two codes (one per game) which can be used to obtain Dynamax Crystals in-game. Additionally, double-pack purchasers will have the opportunity to face Dynamax Larvitar and Dynamax Jangmo-o by using these crystals the Wild Area to initiate Max Raid Battles. Normally, these Pokémon are encountered much later in the game. It’s also worth noting that Larvitar won’t appear in Sword and Jangmo-o won’t appear in Shield during normal gameplay. If you’d like to pick up either version digitally, check out their pages on the Nintendo eShop (linked above). Doing so between the release date and January 15, 2020 will grant buyers a code redeemable for twelve Quick Balls.

SOURCE: Press Release

Nick Benefield
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