Do you want even bigger Pokemon? Then get ready for Gigantamax!
Pokemon have revealed several new pieces of information from Sword & Shield! Including the new phenomenon of Gigantamax, new Pokemon, new gym leaders and information!
Dynamaxing is unique to Galar but there seems to be another level to the phenomenon. This new level of Dynamaxing is called Gigantamax which allows Pokemon to become even bigger and change form!
Though, not all Pokemon are able to Gigantamax. Only certain species of Pokemon can Gigantamax and rare specimens within that species can do it.
Once a Pokemon has Gigantamax, their size and form changes. Gigantamax Pokemon will gain more power but will also be able to use G-Max Move. Only Pokemon who have Gigantamax can use G-Max Move.
So far, only three Pokemon have revealed to be able to Gigantamax. Two of them includes Drednaw and Corviknight.
Ability: Strong Jaw / Shell Armor
Gigantamax Drednaw is able to stand on its hind legs. This gives Drednaw even more power and the ability to crash down upon opponents with its massive body. Drewnaw can also rapidly shoot its neck out to crush foes with powerful bites.
While Gigantamaxing, Drednaw’s Water type moves will change to G-Max Stonesurge. This attack will deal massive Water type damage but also set up Stealth Rock but sending out sharp rocks on the battlefield.
Gigantamax Corviknight gains reinforced armor to the point that attacks barely have any effect. Also, the energy from Gigantamax has made pieces of Corviknight’s armor to come off. These pieces become blade birds which are able to fly independently.
Flying type moves preformed by Gigantamax Corviknight will change to G-Max Wind Rage. This attack will remove the effects of Reflect, Light Screen, Spikes, and Electric Terrain.
Many new Pokemon have been revealed today including some new information from those that we have seen before. Some of these new Pokemon includes Alcremie, Yamper, Rolycoly, and Duraludon.
Category: Cream Pokémon
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Ability: Sweet Veil
Alcremie is a Fairy type Pokemon that produce whipped cream. This cream is used for various deserts and chefs prefer to use them as their partner. Alcremie will throw sweet-scented cream to distract them or temporarily blind them, giving itself time to escape.
Ability: Sweet Veil
Alcremie was the third Pokemon that was revealed to be able to Gigantamax. Those who are able to Gigantamax Alcremie will notice that this Pokemon will release cream to form a cake. This cream will harden and give Alcremie impressive resistance to Physical attacks.
Gigantamax Alcremie will have all it’s Fairy moves changed to G-Max Finale. This attack will heal all Pokemon on Alcremie’s side of the field while also dealing damage to the opponent.
Category: Puppy Pokémon
Weight: 29.8 lbs.
Ability: Ball Fetch
Yamper was previous revealed during E3 for those who played the Sword & Shield demo.
The Puppy Pokemon is drawn to things that move quickly and generates electricity while running around.
Yamper has the unique and new ability call Ball Fetch. If Yamper isn’t holding an item then it will retrieve the first Pokemon that you throw that fails to catch a Pokemon.
Category: Coal Pokémon
Weight: 26.5 lbs.
Ability: Steam Engine / Heatproof
Rolycoly is a Rock type Pokemon that lives in caves and coal mines. It can illuminate dark areas. It was used in households to use coal that was dropped off its body for cooking and heating their homes.
Those who use Rolycoly will have the chance to use one of its two abilities: Steam Engine and Heatproof.
Steam Engine is a new ability that increases Rolycoly’s Speed if hit with a Fire or Water type movie during battle.
Category: Alloy Pokémon
Weight: 88.2 lbs.
Ability: Light Metal / Heavy Metal
Duraludon is a Steel/Dragon type Pokemon that lives in caves and mountainous areas. They share their habitat with Tyranitar and tend to battle each other.
Galar Pokemon League Setup
The Galar region is known for their Pokemon battles and their entertainment value. Huge tournaments are held to determine the next Pokemon League Champion in the form of Gym Challenge and Champion Cup.
The Gym Challenge is different compare to previous Leagues. Only those who have been endorsed by specific people such as Gym Leaders can take part in the Gym Challenge. From there, they will need to collect the eight Gym Badges. While taking part in Gym Challenges, trainers will be wearing a special uniform. As part of wearing this special uniform, you will be able to choose the combination of the three numbers that will be on your uniform.
A Champion Cup is held once a year to determine who will challenge the current Champion. Only Exemplary Trainers will be able to take part in the Champion Cup. One of the ways to become an Exemplary Trainers includes earning eight badges within the Galar Region. The Champion Cup battles are broadcast on TV in the Galar region and are watched by everyone.
People of the Galar League
A few important people take part in running and taking part in the Galar League. Some of these people include Leon, Rose, Oleana, Bea, and Allister.
Pokemon Sword and Shield are going to have version exclusive Gyms and Gym Leaders.
Leon is the current Champion of the Galar region. He is also the strongest trainer within the region and won the Championship in his first attempt of the Gym Challenge. During his run he had went undefeated and continues to do so.
Those who battle against Leon can expect to face his ace Pokemon, Charizard. These two will go all out during battles and have captured the hearts of the Galar region. Perhaps Charizard will have the ability to Gigantamax.
Rose is the chairman for the Galar Pokemon League and president of a large business conglomerate. He was the one who implimented the use of Dynamax within Gym Battles. Lastly, Rose was the first person to endorse Leon for the Gym Challenge.
Oleana is Chairman Rose’s secretary and serves as vice president for Rose’s company. She is known for being calm and collected no matter the situation.
Bea is a prodigy in Galar Karate and acts as the Fighting type gym leader in Galar. She rarely shows emotions and remains precise no matter the situation.
Those playing Pokémon Sword will face Bea during their Gym Challenge.
Allister is the Ghost type gym leader for the Galar region. He is extremely shy and fearful to the point that he hides his face with a mask. He rarely makes public appearances and prefers to spend his time in ruins and cemeteries.
Those player Pokemon Sheild will face Allister in their Gym Challenge.
As a special bonus for purchasing the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Double Pack, Trainers will receive two codes (one per game) that will reward them with special items known as Dynamax Crystals. By using the Dynamax Crystals in the Wild Area, Trainers will be able to face Dynamax Larvitar and Dynamax Jangmo-o, Pokémon that are normally encountered later in the game, in special Max Raid Battles. Larvitar won’t appear in Pokémon Sword and Jangmo-o won’t appear in Pokémon Shield during normal gameplay, but players will be able to catch them in either version by using these Dynamax Crystals.
If a Trainer downloads the downloadable version of the games from Nintendo eShop by January 15, 2020, they can receive a code that can be redeemed for twelve Quick Balls. Quick Balls are special Poké Balls that are more likely to catch Pokémon if used as soon as a battle begins. Code distribution period will go from November 15, 2019, to January 15, 2020. It will be valid through November 30, 2020.