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. Jabberwock #Jovimohnaeliackvid

    Forum Mod Member

    Do Dynamaxed Pokémon get ... proportionally bigger? Or do they just all go to the same 50-foot height? Wailord would like to know. :x

    I'm just imagining a Joltik growing to be like five hundred times its original size, towering over everything, and then Wailord just *popping* and growing slightly bigger. :U
  2. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    Based on how similar their names are as well as how similar how they look, they will almost certainly evolve from a different Pokemon. Whether that Pokemon will evolve depending on the game that it's in (like Cosmoem) remains to be seen but it seems that Pokemon is trying to combat exclusive legendary Pokemon, and are instead making it so that you can own one copy of the game and still get every legendary just by cooperating with someone. With SM, you could get a Cosmog which could then be trained up and traded to the opposite game to evolve into the other mascot legendary (or you could fully evolve it and then just trade it for someone else's spare mascot legendary) and with USUM, you could easily get multiples of every Ultra Beast. Either way you look at it, it looks like Pokemon is trying to combat exclusive legendary Pokemon.
  3. TheRealBro.. Venusaur used FlowerPower; his chillness rose 300%


    Gyms are back and Corviknight looks awesome. That's enough for me for now. Yeah Wooloo could have been thought up by my three year old son but we'll let that one slide.
  4. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    Z moves massively increase the power of an offensive move so as to deal massive amounts of damage, but as it's a once-off, you have to use it carefully, whereas Dynamax lasts for 3 turns so chances are that the amount that moves are powered up will be less than Z moves, otherwise being able to use 3 moves equivalent to the power of Z-move, in a row would be overpowered to the extreme, especially against Pokemon that aren't also Dynamaxed. Also, since status moves are now all turned in "Max Guard", they no longer get turned into whole new status moves like with Z-Moves. As such Dynamax is most certainly an offensive-based battle mechanic, rather than an overall game-changing battle mechanic like Z moves, not just a "souped up version" as you put it.
  5. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    Interesting thing about flying with Corviknight. It seems that it's from town-to-town, so you can't just fly from the middle of a route to a town. Also, you don't ride Corviknight. It picks up a taxi with you in it lol. And finally, for those interested in having Corviknight on your story team, it seems Corviknight in a late game or post game Pokemon as the picture on the Pokemon site shows it at Lv 60 (But then again, they've shown Lv 50 Pokemon in Pokemon Direct Trailers before so maybe not).
  6. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
    The Rhyperior


    Okay! In-Depth review!
    • Gossifleur/Eldebloom - Pure Grass-type which sucks Defensively, but Regenerator is its saving grace! Hopefully this dude is dang bulky so we can throw it to OU. Cotton Down? Its Gooey and Tangling Hair after all. Nothing too special.
    • Drednaw - Water/Rock = 4 Weak to Grass. Since it has no Sturdy (Hopefully its HA) means not a good Pokemon. Most Water/Rock mon are thrown straight to PU, I am not talking about Barbaracle here. Hopefully a Fang STAB will be introduced to hopefully Drednaw a possible competitive candidate.
    • Wooloo - New Route 1 Normal-type? Maybe. Weak to Fire ability? Pass!
    • Corviknight - Its not Dark/Flying, but the second Flying-type whose Primary typing is FLYING. Its like a bulky Aerodactyl based on its abilities (Yes, abilities confirmed!). Hopefully it will learn Defog, Hazards, and some defensive moves so that I'll be ready to face him in competitive.
    • Zacian and Zamazante are cool looking Legendary Mascots! The typing is the one thing we need to guess. My guess is one or both of them has Steel or Fighting in their typings. I won't surprised if Zamazante will make King's Shield not a Signature move anymore.
    • Dynamax - OK! Dynamax is seems overrated to sone but cool to me. It has downsides like most mechanics did which only activates once per battle and lasts for 3 turns like Taunt. I hope this will be a held item because we'll gonna did this mechanic in AG if we do Dynamax+Choice Item/Life Orb on a Pokemon or DynaMega would be broken.
    • Wild Areas - they actually adapt what Let's Go has it. I hope it'll be an easy way to spot rare mons for Dex Completion (Hopefully a National Dex this time)
    • Rival and the Champion - OK Friendly Rival and Epic Galar Champion. I like it.
    • What Magnolia is based of? A Tree? Oak, Birch, and Elm are based on trees.
    • Another Rotom-related stuff? Oh boy. At least a phone-thing from HGSS is back.
    Hop. DRAW 3 CARDS.
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  7. SmiteKnight Destroying half the universe one snap at a time


    I think every professor is based of a tree. And yes, magnolia is a tree
  8. scattered mind Competitive VG Forums Mod
    scattered mind

    Forum Mod Member

    Ok so I will break it down to the good and bad imo starting with the good:

    1) I love the graphics for this game. In the first trailer it didn't look as good and many people said it was because it was not final, which I didn't buy. But they were right. The graphics did improve and it shows. I love the fact that the camera control is now the same as other switch games. Hopefully exactly like in BOTW.

    2) Open world just like Lets Go with the Pokemon showing in the grass is very welcome. I just hope it is like I imagine it and not some specific tiny location and the rest is just as before.

    3) The raven Pokemon and that snapping turtle.. amazing. I like them very much.

    The bad:
    1) So... Generation 6 had mega evolutions, Generation 7 had z moves
    And generation 8.. slaps raid battles from Pokémon GO and call it a day?
    I knew it’s all downhill from Gen7 but my ..

    2)The flower and the sheep Pokemon.. are so unnecessary. The sheep Pokemon is too similar to Mareep. If you are going to make another Pokemon based on the same idea at least change its design. This is just not enough.

    3) The legendaries look super dumb. The sword one actually made me laugh when I saw its cover image.

    The sad:

    It seems like this generatiuon is another confirmation to the fact that
    a- there will be no new evolutions to old Pokemon
    b- there will be no new Mega Pokemon

    I mean I kinda understood that from the past generation, but I really didn't want to believe that.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2019
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  9. Wechselbalg "okey"


    Who needs interesting new evolutions and new additions to an actual good gameplay mechanic when we can just have huge balloon pokemon, right? (/s)
  10. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    Comparing the Max Raid Battles, which are a minor feature and have no effect on multiplayer and little to no effect on single player experience, to Mega Evolutions and Z moves doesn't make any sense. It'd be better to compare Mega Evolutions and Z moves to Dynamaxing, which is the actual new battle feature.

    As for how it compares; first off, mega evolutions were specific to a handful of Pokemon and while they certainly gave new like to some old Pokemon but it was also given to some unnecessary ones as well. And then next, with Z moves, they were a one-and-done sort of mechanic and while they could change the course a battle, you had to have a specific Z crystal to use a specific Z move and if the opponent protected or switched, it was wasted. In comparison with both of them, Dynamax appears to be usable with every Pokemon rather than specific ones and unlike Z moves, you don't a specific item to power up a specific type of move and as it is a 3 turn longer transformation, it means that the opponent can't just protect or switch once to avoid the brunt of it. In other words, Dynamax is a true meta changing mechanic as it isn't specific to a small group of Pokemon and it goes on for 3 turns instead of 1, which makes it fairly unpredictable in comparison to Mega Evolutions are much more game changing than Z moves.

    In regards to no new Mega Evolutions and no new evolutions for older Pokemon, all I can say is chill man. This is only the second Pokemon direct and other than the obligatory starter Pokemon and Legendary Pokemon, we've only seen 5 other Pokemon, one of which is an evolution of another of the revealed Pokemon. We still have E3 (whether or not we'll see anything there is unlikely because of close this Direct is to it but who knows) and 5 months until the game comes out. Chances are that they'll keep most of the Pokemon secret since it's this close to release. Also, while it's unlikely that we'll see any new Mega Evolutions because of the above reasons stated in regards to Dynamax, just remember that with XY, most Mega Evolutions weren't revealed until people discovered them in game. So again man, just chill and stop jumping to conclusions this early into the reveal.
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  11. Seng vang Svang20
    Seng vang


    Dynamax seems so busted. Can't wait to see how it transfer to tcg game.
  12. Merovingian Dead Game Enthusiast

    Articles Head Member

    TFW the new Pokémon mechanic makes Pokémon chonkier.
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  13. Anees Azeemi Thine mother is a land strange
    Anees Azeemi


    Woo hoo. New News!
    Really like Corviknight and Drednaw. Drednaw reminds me of Gen 2. Corviknight is awesome. I would probably expect more Pokemons to reference 'Knight' or 'Blade' or similar stuff.
    Roaming Pokemon is so awesome. Coupled with movable camera I think this is really nice feature. And gradually we are heading towards an Action-RPG. Here is hoping for Skyrim: Pokemon Edition.
    The legendaries? The Shield one is okay. Greatly similar to Solgaleo so not sure about what to say. The Sword one is (in my opinion) very... not okay...ish? I particularly do not like how it holds a sword in its MOUTH. Literally one of my most disliked designs.
    Dynamax is pretty neutral. I really prefer Megas and Z-moves.

    Overall a good update. I still can't help myself hoping for more Megas. Good luck Nintendo.
  14. jo94 Gen 3 lover


    I imagine dynamax in tcg as break card. You slap it on your pokemon and it buffs hp and gives you an extra powerful attack. Then you discard it after some turns (maybe in the lost zone)
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  15. TheRealBro.. Venusaur used FlowerPower; his chillness rose 300%


    I mostly agree, however Raid battles does remind me of a pimped up safari zone which still packs a lot of nostalgia. We'll see.

    That sheep though. Very insulting
  16. scattered mind Competitive VG Forums Mod
    scattered mind

    Forum Mod Member

    Well, I was referring to the dynamax- you are right that it is not just like raid battles, but the idea is similar and maybe a better comparison would be the totem Pokemon in Sun and Moon. My criticism is not on how useless or not the mechanic is, but how it's not new. It's not an original mechanic but another take on a very faniliar mechanic which they just twiked to fit to all Pokemon. It just doesn't feel fresh to me.
    Maybe I am too quick to jump into conclusions with the evolutions, and I truly hope so but idk. I feel like there will be no new evolutions to old Pokemon. Again, hope I am wrong.

    Also. I rather have Mega evolution to some of the Pokemon and not satisfy with just making them bigger and call it a day. It's too lazy to me. But perhaps it will turn up to be something else than what I curently imagine.

    Also I am chilled. Believe it or not but it is possible to be calm and share negative opinions on something :)
  17. scattered mind Competitive VG Forums Mod
    scattered mind

    Forum Mod Member

    It is something I definitely need to see more of as it can go either way depending on how exactly this mecahnic will be excecuted.
  18. SmiteKnight Destroying half the universe one snap at a time


    There was a leak a while ago that may have been confirmed by this direct
  19. RisingRaichuu Aspiring Trainer

    Advanced Member Member

    Gyms are back-yay, Alola sucked because they had no gyms
    The Pokemon designs are, well, alright
    Open world function looks like it could work

    Dynamax-literally just Megas and Z-moves but even less creative and another opportunity to give the TCG a host more power creep. I wonder how it will affect Grass Knot though?
    The Pokemon names just suck. Like Alola but 10 times worse
    Max Raids-basically just trials from Alola but even less creative, and more Pokemon GO integration
    No Brexit jokes yet
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  20. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    Yeah, I will agree that Max Raid Battles are very similar to Totem Pokemon, only difference being some unknown improvements and that Max Raid Battles are optional.

    And I will most certainly agree that they could have done without super-sizing the Pokemon when using Dynamaxing. Although, I guess it is a bit more impressive that just making them all flashy like Totem Pokemon.