Ever since the Pokemon Company and Nintendo announced the next generation of Pokemon games, Sword and Shield for the Switch, they have spent the better part of the last year hyping up the games through periodic video updates. This last E3 Nintendo introduced us to a new gym leader, details on the weather system, and much more. Sometime after, another video showed us some of the characters in the new games and gave us a glimpse into the culture of the Galar region, along with more monsters and the idea of Gigamaxing. On the morning of August 7th, Nintendo released another video update, giving us the following info:
- Regional forms are returning! Galarian Wheezing, Zigzagoon and Linoone were revealed. Galarian Wheezing is uniquely typed Poison/Fairy with the Levitate ability and a new ability that is currently unknown. Zigzagoon and Linoone are Dark/Normal with the abilities Guts and Reckless. Additionally, for the first time since Gen 4, a non-Eevee Pokemon has received a new evolution with Galarian Linoon being able to evolve into Obstagoon. Hopefully, we’ll see other Galaran forms and more new evolutions!
- The new form changing Pokemon Morpeku was introduced. It’s Electric/Dark-type and has the signature move Aura Wheel. It has the Hangry form and Full Belly form. The form it’s in determines the typing of the Aura Wheel attack.
- Two new characters were introduced as rivals the player will do battle with. They are Bede and Marnie. Not much else was revealed about them.
- The villain team was revealed, Team Yell. They appear to have a punk rocker aesthetic and follow Marnie around as her biggest fans.
- The official site also revealed a new mechanic called Poke Jobs. Poke Jobs can be taken on from the Pokemon Center PCs. They give the Pokemon experience and sometimes the player can get items from them.
The more they tell us about these games, the more hype it gets. However, fans have been burned by the hype before, such with Gen 6, though it seems most have chosen to forget that and give these games the chance they deserve after the stellar Gen 7. This new generation is not without its conflicts with the fans though. After Game Freak announced they would not be bringing back the National Dex, and instead would rotate the monster lineups from here on out, many fans were unreasonably outraged. They don’t seem to realize how much work would go into creating, modeling, and then writing unique flavor texts for over 900 monsters.
Despite that, the greater part of the fandom are extremely excited for the first Pokemon generation to be built and designed for a home console. From the amazing environments, to the epic Gym battles, we all can’t wait to wander aimlessly around the Galar region when the games release on the Nintendo Switch on November 15th!