New ‘Pokemon Sword & Shield’ Details, Images Revealed at E3!

I’m here at E3 in Los Angeles where Nintendo is revealing new Pokemon Sword & Shield information!

In the morning a Nintendo Direct stream revealed only minor information:

  • The Poke Ball Plus can be used to store your Pokemon from Sword & Shield. Unlike in Let’s Go, Pikachu & Eevee, the Poke Ball Plus cannot be used as a controller in Sword & Shield.
  • Nessa is the game’s Water-type Gym Leader. She uses a Dynamax Drednaw. (Note that the Sword & Shield leaks mentioned Nessa, further proving their reliability.)

Immediately following the Nintendo Direct was a Nintendo Treehouse presentation featuring a demo of the games:

  • Grookey has a move named Branch Poke.
  • There’s a Lake Miloch, Rolling Hills, and a Lake Axewell they showed in the wild area.
  • Pokemon like Vanillite will appear when it’s hailing.
  • A Trainer who enters a battle during a thunderstorm will find the power of their Water- and Electric-type moves increased.
  • The wild area has Pokemon that can be much stronger than yours, like a Level 26 Machoke when you’d have a Level 12 Scorbunny at that point in the game.
  • There’s new items named Pungent Root and Pack of Potatoes.
  • Icons will appear on the left side of the screen that show what other players are doing or what they want — this is called the Y-Comm. For example, you can use the icons to indicate you want to battle, trade, or get players to join you in a Max Raid Battle. It works via local wireless or the Internet.
  • Red light beams in the sky will indicate where there’s a wild Dynamax Pokemon in the wild area.
  • For Max Raid Battles, you can only choose one Pokemon from your box or party and can’t change it. You have to cooperate with other players to determine your roles and how each player will defeat the Dynamax Pokemon. For example one player may attack, one may set up a Protect, one may heal, etc. Only one player can Dynamax their Pokemon per battle, and who can do it changes each turn. Each Max Raid Battle has a limit of 10 turns.
  • In battle, a wild Dynamax Pokemon might use multiple moves in one turn, neutralize the challenging Pokemon’s Abilities, or even remove all stat changes that have been put in place. Wild Dynamax Pokemon can also create mysterious barriers that prevent almost all damage. To properly damage a Pokemon behind one of these barriers, Trainers will need to break it down by repeatedly attacking it. When a player’s Pokemon is knocked out in a Max Raid Battle, they can still assist other Trainers by cheering them on. If a Trainer emerges victorious from a Max Raid Battle, not only will all participating Trainers have an opportunity to catch the defeated Dynamax Pokemon, they can also be rewarded with many useful items.
  • Goodra, Arcanine, Onix, and Hydreigon are being shown as Dynamax Pokemon on the E3 floor, so they’ll either be available in the wild or at least be used by Trainers in the game.
  • Pokemon HOME will only transfer Pokemon to Sword & Shield if they appear in the Galax Pokedex.

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  1. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    Posted it on the Direct/Treehouse article but here is my comment again, since this article will certainly get more traffic and comments:

    And finally the most important thing revealed; With Pokemon Home, you will be unable to transfer any Pokemon to Pokemon Sword and Shield that does not exist in the Galar Region Pokedex. This unofficially confirms that there is no National Pokedex in Pokemon SwSh and that for the first time (in my memory at least) that some Pokemon will be completely unobtainable, even through transfer. So essentially, you can store your previously collected Pokemon on Pokemon Home but unless they exist in the regional Pokedex of a Pokemon game on the Nintendo Switch, they cannot leave Pokemon Home (So this means that you might want to put off transferring Pokemon from PokeBank to Pokemon Home until you know the Galar Regional Pokedex, as the transfer from PokeBank to Pokemon Home is one-way and could result in you not being able to use that Pokemon in any currently existing Pokemon games at all).
  2. Ecko9i6 Aspiring Trainer


    Max Raid battles sound like they will be pretty fun :)
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  3. Jeff Stratford Aspiring Trainer
    Jeff Stratford


    During the tree house segamant a pro controller was used so I believe pro controller will be supported.
  4. The Binder Guy Aspiring Trainer
    The Binder Guy


    Ugh, that last bit about non-Galar Dex Pokemon being barred from Sword and Shield (and said issue affecting future games) is just disgusting to even read. Whatever happened to that promise Game Freak made when they announced Pokemon Bank?

    I can only hope it’s just enforcing the usual yearly VGC restrictions and NOT an indication of some Pokemon being left behind in Bank to rot like festering garbage.
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  5. Tytus Expanded Legend


    Pokemon is supposed to be for kids. I think this may be getting a little riscay.
  6. Swampert Full Art #GROOKEYGANG
    Swampert Full Art


    Man, these gym leaders are always so... attractive
  7. Green778 It's always darkest before the dawn...


    A NEW Pokemon was also revealed in the treehouse
  8. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    I imagine that available Pokemon will be rotated every new generation so that you will eventually be able to use other Pokemon on later Switch games, if not in Pokemon SwSh. What this means is that it enforces a permanent casual and competitive meta change in Switch Pokemon games, which could bring much more life and change to the competitive meta.

    But it also sadly means that the National Pokedex is likely dead from Generation 7 onwards because of this. It also means that Gen 4 and Gen 5 remakes are even more unlikely, if not impossible, unless all Gen 4 or Gen 5 Pokemon are in the main games for that generation otherwise it'll prevent interactability between the remakes and the main games of the generation.

    Overall, as what was said in the Treehouse showcase, there are now over 800 Pokemon (possibly over 900, depending on how many are introduced in this generation), all with unique animations, movesets, etc. and the amount of data used by having all these Pokemon could very well limit the potential of new Pokemon games due to the sheer number of them now. So unless Gamefreak wanted their future Pokemon games to possibly be hindered by having to make data for all these Pokemon, this was, sadly, the logical conclusion.

    Possibly in the future, we'll see Pokemon games that allow us to use all existing Pokemon but we probably won't see that until Nintendo's next console after the Switch, and even then, since the existence of so many Pokemon can hinder a Pokemon game's potential, Gen 7 may be the last generation where you can have every Pokemon in a single game.

    But once again, if you don't get to use some of your old favourites in Pokemon SwSh, you'll very likely be able to use them in later Pokemon games.
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  9. snoopy369 Aspiring Trainer

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    Note it wasn't just data - it's also the 3d modelling, which is the first thing they mentioned in the Treehouse showcase. They have to do a ton of work to get each Pokémon into the game, and my guess is they didn't have time to put all of them into Sword and Shield. My hope is that over time they'll add more, maybe in "Ultra Sword and Ultra Shield" they'll get them in.
  10. Orias Still waiting for a shiny gastly card.


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  11. AshCo Payne-ful


    Not being able to transfer non-galar dex pokemon onto sword and shield?

    Are you kidding me??? Unless they plan on sticking every pokemon in Galar this is a huge issue. Pokemon has been fantastic with comparability and now they're doing this? Even if Sword and Shield are somehow the best games in the series... Let me just go back to gens 4-6. I'm going to hold out on the hopes that maybe I'll be able to one day have all my Pokemon in new games, but for what we know now? This is stupid.

    I just hope they come out with some new info on this, asap.
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  12. OVERGRO Pokemon is lyfe.


    Maybe this is what made the leaker so angry and upset?

    Extremely saddened and disappointed that there may never be a game wherein we can complete the National Dex released ever again.

    That being said, I haven't entirely lost hope. With 2 or 3 games per Generation, in theory couldn't they spend time programming in ~500 per game...? With the help of a regular drip of Mystery Gift "DLC" Pokemon? Please :(

    I mean, there better be a huge number of Pokemon in every regional dex moving forward, because we don't want the future regional dex formula to be "New Pokemon + as many Gen 1 'mons as possible + flavor Pokemon". So far SwSh has shown a ton of Gen 3+ Pokemon, which is a great sign, but just thinking ahead.

    Let's hope that Pokemon who will be excluded from the Gen 8 games will get some extra love from the TCG and spin-off games. Who would have imagined that one day Pokemon GO of all places might be the only "game" that will contain every released Pokemon in some semi-meaningful way.

    All in all, entire generations without all Pokemon included sounds incredibly depressing.

    Now I'm just waiting for the (edit: official and explicit) announcement where they tell us that Mega Stones and Z-Crystals won't be in the game either, even though now the internet has my hopes way way way down in the gutter...
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2019
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  13. SmiteKnight Destroying half the universe one snap at a time


    This does suck that only certain pokemon can be transferred, but dont forget they can always patch the game, especially now that it is on a more stable console than the 3ds
  14. Wechselbalg *****


    I'm more bothered by the fact that they are ready to dump both mega evolutions and Z-moves from gen 8 onwards...that's just not cool, Gamefreak. Dynamax has a lot to live up to now. (I still hate the visual representation of it though.)
  15. Wechselbalg *****


    It's already been confirmed that they won't be in the game.
  16. DarthPinkHippo Aspiring Trainer


    Where is that?
  17. Blob55 Aspiring Trainer


    Dynamax doesn't even look anywhere near as good as either Z-Moves or Megas. At least those two built up on old mechanics, like hold items and forms. Dynamax just looks like a lame mode there's only used in Gyms and wild Pokémon, but the latter you have to team up with 3 randos.

    Imagine how easy it is to screw someone up in a Dynamax battle! Let's say you have your starter, someone has a Magikarp, someone else a Raichu and someone else a Gyarados. What if the Magikarp person uses Dynamax on their Pokémon and only uses Max Guard, effectively trolling everyone else?

    Plus I like the designs of Megas way more than Giant version of *insert Pokémon here*.
  18. Wechselbalg *****


    At 00:22.

  19. Wechselbalg *****


    Yeah the visual representation of it looks pretty lame, but if all of those leaks turn out to be true then there will be a second form of dynamax which will change the look of some pokemon similar to mega evos which could be interesting.

    I assume that in PvP you will be able to use dynamax as well and what I'd really like to know is how dynamax will change competitive battling compared to megas/Z-moves. Right now I like the 1 mega plus 1 Z-move per battle format, but dyanamax is both of them rolled into one, not to mention that allegedly any pokemon can dynamax which could make games more random, since you can't really know which pokemon will use it as opposed to mega evolutions. But since we have no details yet whatsoever it's way too early to tell if this will be for the better or for the worse.
  20. Blob55 Aspiring Trainer


    Seems like it's for the worse, because there could be one Pokémon you want to use a Z-Move for and another for Mega, so having them be the same thing basically means everyone's going to use the same OP Pokémon. Like let's say Blaziken makes it to the games, anything that isn't SE against Fire and Fighting will likely get kicked super hard by it.