New Details on Pokémon Sword and Shield

Today The Pokémon Company released new information on Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

A 2-minute YouTube video showed off some new Galarian regional variations for Zigzagoon, Lineoon, and Weezing. The brand new Pokémon, Morepeko, was also revealed. The video also detailed two new Rivals, and the new regional evil team, Team Yell.

The official website was updated with more information on the reveals from the trailer as well as revealing a brand new feature, Poké Jobs.

New Pokémon and Regional Variations

The harsh conditions in the Galar region have produced their own brand of regional variation in some of the species that inhabit it.

Galarian Zigzagoon

Galarian Zigzagoon

Galarian Zigzagoon
Type: Dark/Normal
Abilities: Pick-up/Gluttony

Galarian Zigzagoon is actually said to be the oldest form of the species. The zig-zagging movements of the other variations of Zigzagoon is said to originate from this Pokémon’s restless nature. Galarian Zigzagoon love battle, and will try to provoke humans and Pokémon to attack it. Humans often misinterpret this behavior as playfulness, much to its frustration.

Galarian Lineoon

Galarian Linoone

Galarian Linoone
Type: Dark/Normal
Abilities: Pick-up/Gluttony

Galarian Linoone uses tackles and headbutts that are powerful enough to send cars flying. They often loose balance if they miss attacks. These Pokémon are fearless and will challenge opponents that are stronger than itself. This headstrong and direct nature has made this Pokémon popular with the disaffected youths in the Galar region, who have nowhere to vent their anger.

Obstagoon – The new evolution to Galarian Linoone

Obstagoon
Type: Dark/Normal
Abilities: Reckless/Guts

Due to the uniquely harsh conditions in the Galar region the Zigzagoon line has honed their survival instincts and developed a new evolution, that is exclusive to Galarian Linoone. Obstagoon is extremely combative, however, it never initiates attack. It prefers to goad opponents into an attack which ti will block by crossing it’s arms and using the new move Obstruct, then it launches a devastating counter-attack using its sharp claws.

Galarian Weezing

Galarian Weezing

Galarian Weezing
Type: Poison/Fairy
Abilities: Levitate/???

Galarian Weezing consumes poison gasses and pollutants in the air. The toxic gasses it eats are purified inside of it and the cleaned gas comes out of the spout on its heads. The gasses inside of its body leak out and form clouds around it faces.

Morpeko

Morpeko
Type: Electric/Dark
Abilities: Hunger Switch

Morpeko is always hungry due to the processing of electricity in its cheeks. If Morpeko is hungry for too long it changes forms to Hangry Mode. In Hangry mode the energy in its cheeks changes from electricity to dark. Morpeko’s signature attack, Aura Wheel changes from Electric-type to Dark-type depending on which form Morpeko is in.

New Rivals and Evil Team

Bede

Bede

Bede is one of your rivals in the game. This confident, and talented trainer was invited to compete in the Galar League by Chairman Rose. His goal is to become champion, but he seem to have some other motivation.

Marnie

Marnie

Marnie is another competitor in the Galar League. With her partner Morpeko, she is aiming to become the champion. Her battling style is cool and calculated. This has gained her a strong following among fans, most notably the rowdy Team Yell.

Team Yell

Team Yell are die-hard fans of Marnie. They take their fandom to extremes as they do what they can to sabotage the other competitors in the Galar League. These hooligans are known for being especially rowdy in the crowd during matches.

Poké Jobs

Various companies and organizations throughout the Galar region will post jobs that players can send their Pokémon to complete. The rewards for completing these jobs include experience points, and EV points in various stats. The player can access Poké Jobs through the Rotomi machine inside Pokémon Centers.

The future…

This information reveal brought news of new rivals, the revealing of the evil team, the introduction of Galarian forms, and the first new evolution to an existing Pokémon line since Pokémon Diamond and Pearl versions. With the games now a little more than three months away, there is certain to be more news forthcoming in the following weeks.

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