Legendaries, Raids and Dynamax – all new Pokemon Sword and Shield news

Today in Pokemon news Nintendo stepped ahead and streamed new info about Pokemon Sword and Shield for the Nintendo Switch, now confirmed to be released on November 15th 2019! Legendaries, Raids and Dynamax, all new things that we have to talk about so let’s begin!

Today’s Nintendo Direct was all about the Galar region and its inhabitants. While it may be not the most beautiful looking Pokemon Game, it certainly also stays true to its halfway cellshaded nature that we saw in the first game. But what we did see is a vastly different Pokemon world to explore. Take a look right here if you want the original video version:

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Again, the big news is that you can get Pokemon Sword and Shield on November 15th 2019, optional even in a bundle that has both releases in one package (still two seperated games to be played), which you can find here: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/pokemon-sword-and-pokemon-shield-double-pack-switch/#retailers

What is new?

First of, we finally got to see the official legendary Pokemon which are the title giver of this new generation of Pokemon games: Zacian and Zamazenta.

These two magical Pokemon are seemingly having a deeper meaning inside of the story of the Galar region, but not much has been confirmed thus far.

To the left, we see Zacian, which, according to the website: ‘attacks so gracefully that its movements can even captivate its opponents. It holds what appears to be a sword in its mouth.” To the right, we see Zamazenta who’s “regal and majestic movements overwhelm any opponents that dare face it. Its body is covered in what seems to be a shield.”

New Pokemon to get to know

Eventually we also got to see new Pokemon from the Galar region! Let’s take a look at them in our gallery right here:

Meet the cast of Sword and Shield

Leon! The champion of Galar reigns as triumphant Pokemon trainer for a while now and not only his Pokemon skills are excellent but also his personality.

Hop, Leon’s smaller brother is going to be your rival on the journey, though if I were to judge, he’s more a competitior than an actual mean rival (like in the old days). Seeing him with our character, phones in hands, having a chat whilst on the train, seemingly makes him still a very friendly and likable character.

Professor Magnolia, the Professor for the Galar region. Her special task is to understand the phenomenon of the Dynamax battles and how it effects Pokemon within. (We’ll get to Dynamax in a second).

Sonia – The granddaughter of Professor Magnolia and also assistant to her efforts in studying the Pokemon and the Dynamax phenomenon.

Dynamax – the new Mega Evolution

If you remember the Mega evolutions from previous Pokemon titles, you probably know all about Dynamax then too. Dynamax is basically a state in which a Pokemon all of a sudden grows huge and hence of course gets lots of strength for battle. In regular Pokemon battles is it only in use for three rounds before your Pokemon will shrink to normal size again, but in the wild there will also Pokemon encounters happen with Dynamax’ed Pokemon. These are special Max-Raids which you can play with 3 other Pokemon players together. A principle that was seemingly taken over from the Pokemon Go series.

One more thing: UI

I know, it’s maybe not the most interesting thing, but I also wanted to show of the UI of the new Pokemon titles since it’s the first time that they’re not going to be seen on a tiny handheld screen but both on the bigger Switch screen and even the TV where overly large buttons rather annoy a user (at least me). So here’s a look at the UI of Pokemon battles. Pretty much clean, flat icon design and on average rather sizable compared to the screen dimensions. I’d like it, would still hope for a scaling possibility in the options.