Zacian, Zamazenta, and Other New Pokemon Revealed from ‘Sword & Shield!’

A new Pokemon Direct aired today, revealing a bunch of new Pokemon Sword & Shield information!

The games will release worldwide on November 15th.

Seven new Pokemon were revealed — Wooloo, Gossifleur, Drednaw, Corviknight, Eldegoss — and the box Legendaries Zacian and Zamazenta!

New characters were also revealed, including Professor Magnolia, Champion Leon, and his brother Hop, who is your rival.

A new mechanic called Dynamax allows Pokemon to grow to enormous sizes for three turns and gain stronger attacks.

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Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta

The Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta are shrouded in mystery and are unknown even to those who live in the Galar region. Zacian’s attacks are so graceful that its movements captivate opponents. Holding what appears to be a sword in its mouth, Zacian’s shining blade can cut through anything. With majestic movements and what appears to be a shield covering its body, Zamazenta can turn back any attack and overwhelm any opponents that dare face it.

First Partner Pokémon

Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble are three Pokémon that players can choose to be their first partner. Newly discovered details for these Pokémon include the following.


Category: Chimp Pokémon
Type: Grass
Height: 1′
Weight: 11 lbs.
Ability: Overgrow

The stick that Grookey holds, originally from the forest where groups of Grookey live, is imbued with special powers after being exposed to the energy within Grookey’s body. Its green fur creates energy from sunlight. When Grookey drums with its stick near wilted flowers and leaves, they regain their color.


Category: Rabbit Pokémon
Type: Fire
Height: 1′
Weight: 9.9 lbs.
Ability: Blaze

Scorbunny uses its powerful legs to confuse and disorient its opponents by running and jumping around them. Because the soles of its feet can become very hot, Scorbunny’s kick can burn and damage opponents, too. With a sac in its chest containing viscous fire energy, Scorbunny can increase its heart rate and body temperature by running around. This awakens the true power of its fire energy and greatly increases its physical abilities.


Category: Water Lizard Pokémon
Type: Water
Height: 1′
Weight: 8.8 lbs.
Ability: Torrent

When Sobble touches water, its body changes its pattern and color, allowing it to blend into its surroundings. A rather timid Pokémon, Sobble will secrete the water within its body like sweat and disappear into its surroundings when nervous or embarrassed. With tears that are as potent as a hundred onions, Sobble will start to bawl if it feels threatened, spreading its tears around the area and causing everyone around it to start crying uncontrollably. Sobble will then use this distraction as a chance to escape.

New Pokémon of the Galar Region

Many different species of Pokémon call the Galar region home. Much is unknown about the biology of these Pokémon, so researchers are working diligently to discover more information.


Category: Flowering Pokémon
Type: Grass
Height: 1′4″
Weight: 4.9 lbs.
Ability: Cotton Down / Regenerator

Gossifleur prefers land with clear water and air. Its pollen has a healing effect and is commonly used as a folk medicine remedy and made into a tea given to children in the Galar region when they are ill. Gossifleur travels over long distances by getting blown along by the wind. It controls the direction of its travels by twisting its body and petals.


Category: Cotton Bloom Pokémon
Type: Grass
Height: 1′8″
Weight: 5.5 lbs.
Ability: Cotton Down / Regenerator

When Gossifleur evolves into Eldegoss, its head becomes covered in thick cotton fluff. This cotton fluff serves as a cushion that helps to protect Eldegoss’s head from damage. The tiny seeds attached to the cotton fluff are said to be highly nutritious and beneficial to both people and Pokémon. Eldegoss spreads these seeds throughout the region, making the soil of the Galar region rich in nutrients.


Category: Sheep Pokémon
Type: Normal
Height: 2′
Weight: 13.2 lbs.
Ability: Fluffy / Run Away

The white fur that covers Wooloo’s body grows throughout its life and will fully grow back in three months even if it has been completely shorn. The fur is used for clothing, carpets, and other goods and is very popular as a specialty product of the Galar region. Wooloo live as a herd and mimic the actions of their Trainer or herd leader. They dislike conflict, and if they need to escape from enemies, they will simply roll away.


Category: Raven Pokémon
Type: Flying/Steel
Height: 7′3″
Weight: 165.3 lbs.
Ability: Pressure / Unnerve

It is said that Corviknight is the strongest Pokémon living in the skies of the Galar region. It can often be seen fearlessly soaring through the air. Many say that any Pokémon foolish enough to challenge Corviknight are sent running with just a sharp glare and cry from this fearsome Pokémon. Because Corviknight possess superb flying skills and high intelligence, many of them work for the company called Galar Taxi and help transport people from town to town.


Category: Bite Pokémon
Type: Water/Rock
Height: 3′3″
Weight: 254.6 lbs.
Ability: Strong Jaw / Shell Armor

The jagged fangs of the Bite Pokémon Drednaw are strong and sharp enough to bite through rock and iron. Though it has a heavy shell, its well-developed muscles allow it to move quickly. Drednaw is known to be extremely aggressive, so it takes a skilled Trainer to tame and handle this Pokémon. It seems that some Trainers will release Drednaw back into the wild once they discover they can’t handle it.

The Dynamax Phenomenon

Dynamax is a phenomenon unique to specific locations in the Galar region, where Pokémon can take on gigantic appearances during battle, and it’s an integral part of Pokémon battles in the region. Pokémon from the Galar region are able to Dynamax, and when they do, they become tremendously strong and receive a boost to their power. Trainers can only Dynamax their Pokémon once during battle and the Dynamaxed Pokémon will return to its regular form after three turns. Only Trainers who possess a Dynamax Band can Dynamax their Pokémon.

All the moves of a Dynamax Pokémon will turn into special Max Moves. Max Moves are powerful, and some can even trigger additional effects. For example, the Normal-type Max Move, Max Strike, has the additional effect of lowering the Speed stat of an opponent it hits. The Max Moves the player’s Pokémon can use are determined by the kind and types of moves they knew before Dynamaxing.

Pokémon Gyms

Pokémon Gyms are found in stadiums throughout the Galar region and attract Trainers that are experts in specific types of Pokémon. To become Champion, players will need to defeat the top Trainer in each Pokémon Gym, also known as the Gym Leader. Spectators flock to the Gym Stadium to view these battles with Gym Leaders, which often involve intense clashes between Dynamax Pokémon. The matches are also broadcast on television throughout the Galar region.

Milo is the Grass Gym Leader and is well liked by the Trainers of his Gym. His credo is to always enjoy battles and he specializes in endurance matches using Grass-type Pokémon.

The Gyms are designed to be large to accommodate Dynamax Pokemon.

Explore the Wild Area and Join a Max Raid Battle

The Wild Area is a vast expanse of land in the Galar region with untamed wilderness. It is full of nature and connects several different towns and cities. Trainers will find a greater variety of Pokémon living in the Wild Area than anywhere else in the Galar region. The Pokémon encountered in the Wild Area will change depending on factors like weather or location, so Trainers might see something new each time they visit. While in the Wild Area, players can control the camera to explore the vast areas around them and search for Pokémon and items.

Max Raid Battles are a new battle format that takes place in the Wild Area, in which the player will team up with three other Trainers to take on a wild Dynamax Pokémon. Trainers will then get a chance to catch the wild Dynamax Pokémon if they manage to defeat it—but it won’t go down easily. The wild Dynamax Pokémon remain in their giant form the entire battle and have other unique powers. Close teamwork is the key to success, because only one Trainer involved in the battle can Dynamax their Pokémon. Some Pokémon can only be caught in Max Raid Battles. Max Raid Battles can become even more fun when the player connects with friends to battle together via Nintendo Switch Online. If three other Trainers aren’t available to participate in Max Raid Battles, support Trainers will automatically be added to the player’s team to help battle the wild Dynamax Pokémon.

People and Culture of the Galar Region

In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, players will be traveling through the Galar region, where they will find many unique locations, such as cities where Pokémon and people work and live together. Pokémon play an important role in the Galar region where many companies are eager to include Pokémon as part of their workforce. In Galarian culture, Pokémon battles are regarded as the most popular form of entertainment. Pokémon battles are held in stadiums, where challengers and Gym Leaders face off to the passionate cheers of fans and spectators. The Pokémon League is where Trainers gather to compete in Pokémon battles and hone their skills. Players will have to battle the Pokémon Gyms found around the region as they try to reach the pinnacle of the Pokémon League and earn the title of Champion.

As a resident of the Galar region, players will embark on an adventure to become the Champion and meet many people and Pokémon along the way.


Leon is the current Champion of the Galar region and has never been defeated in an official Pokémon battle. Extremely popular for his skill and personality, Leon holds the title of “the greatest Trainer in all of Galar.”


Hop is Leon’s younger brother and will become one of the player’s rivals. The player and Hop are neighbors and begin their journey to become Champion on the same day.

Professor Magnolia

Professor Magnolia is the preeminent Pokémon Professor of the Galar region. The main focus of her research has been the Dynamax phenomenon.


Sonia is the granddaughter of Professor Magnolia as well as being Leon’s childhood friend. Besides being very knowledgeable and willing to offer helpful advice to the player, Sonia is also a young researcher and Professor Magnolia’s assistant.

Encounters with Pokémon

Battles with wild Pokémon in tall grass or caves will occur when players run into Pokémon that they can see wandering around. Some Pokémon will pursue the player once they see them while others will run away. The “!” mark that will appear above tall grass also seems to be an indicator of wild Pokémon hiding there!

Each Pokémon has an Ability, which can have certain effects during battle, while out exploring, or both. In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, Gossifleur and Eldegoss can possess the new Cotton Down Ability. When a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by an attack, it will send out cotton fluff that will lower the Speed stat of other Pokémon.

Any Pokémon that Trainers find or catch during their adventures in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will have its information registered in the Pokédex. The Pokédex in these titles will actually be part of the player’s Rotom Phone. The Rotom Phone is also home to Rotom, a Pokémon that can enter various electrical appliances. A player’s Rotom Phone can do a lot more than serve as a Pokédex. For example, it can be attached to a bike to make it move faster on land or even travel over water once the bike is modified.

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  1. Shishigami Aspiring Trainer


    Pokémonpolis looks like it's become game canon! When the dimensions of the TCG/VG/Anime Mangacollide it's always it's one of the most satisfying results which makes us come back most. The makes Pokémon be one of the greatest things that we love ever. The synchronised bridge of Go, Sun & Moon, Let's Go to now Sword and Shield is rooted richer then before.
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  2. Green778 It's always darkest before the dawn...


    OPEN WORLD for catching Pokemon is finally a feature in the main games!! :D:D:D
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  3. Tails The Blonde Brainiac

    Forum Mod Advanced Member Member

    I am in love with the flower Pokémon, Goosifleur, and its evolution; Eldegoss.

    Also, Wooloo is a precious fluffy boi. He is too pure for this world.
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  4. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    The legendary Pokemon are pretty awesome, (but Zamazenta looks a bit too much like Solgaleo). Since both Zacian and Zamazenta look so similar, they're probably the final evolutions of the same Pokemon, like Solgaleo and Lunala (I guess evolving mascot legendaries are the trend)

    Another awesome thing is manual camera movement and roaming Pokemon. The manual camera means that these games will essentially be open-world (to a degree). And like Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee, roaming Pokemon are always awesome (Here's hoping we can have Pokemon companions like we do in LGPE).

    As for Dynamax, not sure what to think of it at the moment as all we know is that it boosts a Pokemon's moves a certain amount for 3 turns. Since we don't have specific stats, it's hard to know what to think of it but being able to boost a Pokemon's power by at least 25% for 3 turns would mean that this is certainly going to be meta changing.

    The new Pokemon introduced are also some of the best as it usually takes a while for some, if not all, of the Pokemon to grow on me but all 7 Pokemon introduced all look awesome to me. I especially like the look of Corviknight and I like how they subtly confirmed that HMs aren't returning (Fly at least).

    And finally, not sure what I think about Max Raid Battles. Without knowing it I can do them by myself, or how strong the Pokemon becomes when Dynamaxed, it's hard to know if specific Pokemon are locked behind having to do multiplayer or if a single person with strong enough Pokemon could do it by themselves.

    Edit: Apparently there is something called the Rotom Phone, which is a phone that acts as your Pokedex. Does these mean NPC phone calls are coming back from HGSS? Also, perhaps we'll get a proper camera feature to go with the manual camera movement and open world game?

    Edit 2: The Pokemon website states: "For example, you can attach it to your bike to make it move faster on land, or it can even help you travel over water!". Not sure how but sweet!

    Edit 3: Bike can go on water, there is a picture on the official Pokemon website.
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  5. AshCo The Proverbial Grumpy Old Man


    I've started calling Zacian and Zamazenta Swordon and Shieldon (yes like the fossil) and I can't stop, someone help me.

    I like the free-range camera thing in the open areas, I bet you that whole field is bigger than Alola. It just looks so much better than Sun and Moon. It really, REALLY does. I'm also really glad they got James Turner to do some designs. After all, he designed Buzzwole and some of my favorite Gen 5/6 Pokemon, so he's good in my book. I love all of the ones that were revealed, especially that Crow one.

    Dynamax I'm skeptical on, but I'll have to see more into it. I wish they just kinda kept on with megas instead of doing some new gimmick every time, but hey. At least they're not slapping swords and armor on Pikachu or something.

    I'm not sure if it's going to be better than BW or Platinum. But I'm VERY confident in that this game will blow Gen 7 out of the water.
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  6. Wechselbalg "okey"


    The positive:

    - The legendaries look nice. I'm especially liking the one for Shield.
    - Open world is a nice feature even if I'm personally not that hyped for that.

    The negative:

    -'s the same pokemon, just bigger! Lol, seriously Gamefreak? It's like they didn't even try.
    - Most of these new design reveals seem rehashed versions of older ones like Whimsicott, Honchkrow/Skarmory, Mareep. Hopefully we'll get some more interesting ones later on.
    - After having less stereotypical professors for 3 generations, we are now back to grandpas and grannies. Yay.
  7. OVERGRO Pokemon is lyfe.


    I was hoping they would bring this back from LGPE -- one of the few things LGPE did that I actually wanted to be incorporated into the mainstream games.

    If it's limited to one area only I'll take it I guess haha. It kinda reminds me of Pal Park.
  8. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
    The Rhyperior


    I like how the direct works but it leaves several questions.
    • What are the Typings of the Pokemon revealed today? I am assuming Eldegoss and Gossfleur are Grass-types (Maybe Pure Grass or Grass-Fairy) since Gym Leader Milo (sounds like a chocolate drink) uses it and Probably Eldegoss is using Leech Seed on the video. I am a competitive dude, bro. On Corviknight, Dark/Flying. Its a raven, a huge crow. It will be Dark/Flying. Wooloo is Normal and Drednaw is Dark/Rock or just Dragon/Rock. Its my guess. On Zacian and Zamazante, Steel/Fighting on both of them or maybe one of them.
    • What if the Legendaries are like Cosmog all over again? They're in the same stature. They're huge legendary lions. I won't surprised if it is a Stage 2 dudes.
    • Is Dynamax a held item thing? Megas and Z-Moves are done because of the held item, Mega Stones and Z-Crystal, respectively.
    I kinda like of the old Pokemon in the game like... RHYPERIOR IS IN GALAR DEX!! Whohoo!! I am referring to the Rhydon in the trailer, and like the people there like Leon, the Galar champion and Hop, your frindly rival (RIP for Jerk rival hopes. Hehe!) Is Magnolia based of a tree again?
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  9. AngryBokoblin Guzzlord is fun


    Did that crow use an electric type move?
    Is it electric type?
  10. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
    The Rhyperior


    Hop. In the TCG, it is the supporters that Draw 3 cards. Most static rivals does that.
  11. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    Guys, go to the Pokemon site. There is a lot of information there that wasn't in the direct, like the Rotom phone as well as the new Pokemon typings and abilities (except for the legendary Pokemon as usual):

    Corviknight: Dark/Steel, Abilities: Pressure/Unnerve
    Wooloo: Normal, Abilities: Fluffy/Run Away
    Dreadnaw: Water/Rock, Abilities: Strong Jaw/Shell Armor
    Gossifleur: Grass, Abilities: Cotton Down/Regenerator
    Edlegoss: Grass, Abilities: Cotton Down/Regenerator
  12. His Goominess Galvantula stan
    His Goominess


    -Wooloo is a treasure and we don't deserve him
    -Open world looks cool
    -Camera changing
    -I love Eldegoss
    -The wild area looks pretty good

    -the Dynamax feature is not instilling joy or excitement in me
    -I'm not really a fan of the idea of some Pokemon being max raid battle exclusives
    -I'm not a massive fan of sword wolf and shield wolf

    Gossifleur & Eldegoss are pure Grass, Corviknight is Flying/Steel, Wooloo is Normal and Drednaw is Water/Rock. Legendaries types haven't been announced yet
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  13. WillyCharizard Aspiring Trainer


    Can wait for Dynamax pokemon to become part of the TCG

    One big card outside of the deck, that can only be put on the field with some condition and only for 2-3 turns also with 500 Hp and if its KO you win the match, just imagine something like that
  14. snoopy369 Aspiring Trainer

    Advanced Member Member

    Nah; it'll be like Mega Pokémon. You play it as an additional evolution, and then you discard it at the end of the turn (or maybe the end of your opponent's turn, depending on if it gives you defensive advantages, but I'm assuming offensive only).
  15. Lord Goomy Got Goomies?
    Lord Goomy


    That’s Sword Dog and Shield Dog to you.
    Can’t help to notice the following things:
    - Professor Magnolia kind of looks like the Prime Minister of Great Britain.
    - No Goomy yet. This scares me.
    - Dynamax in TCG!

    That’s all, but I’ll post back here if I find anything else.
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  16. Oddish22 Aspiring Trainer


    The Pokémon are OK, Drednaw I like the least, but there is none so far which I don't like apart from Scorbunny. A crow and a sheep make sense for Great Britain.
    Only carrying a sword between your teeth like that and fighting with it looks really painful. Will it faint if it loses the sword (or the other way around)?
  17. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    According to the Pokemon site, you can battle in Max Raid Battles by yourself and you'll just have 3 filler NPC players join you, so certain Pokemon won't be locked behind multiplayer.

    Also, according to the website "Pokemon from the Galar Region are capable of Dynamxing...". It sounds like only Pokemon caught or breed in Gen 8 will be able to use Dynamax but I doubt it and we'll have to wait and see.

    Finally, judging on the images on the Pokemon site, when you Dynamax, get changed into a variety of different things like a Normal Physical Attack (ie; Scratch) becomes Max Strike, a Grass Physical Attack (ie; Razor Leaf) becomes Max Overgrowth and statue moves, regardless of type (ie; Growl and Taunt) become Max Guard. Also Max Strike lowers the speed of the Pokemon hit. By the sounds of this, it sounds like Z moves are getting replaced.

    Here are said images:
  18. ShinyJordeon Aspiring Trainer


    I'll think Dungeon will appear as a new eeveelution.
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  19. Poke_collector Aspiring Trainer


    I’m hoping the legendaries don’t evolve
  20. Poke_collector Aspiring Trainer


    Less replaced more souped up if you think about it