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.

New Trailer

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. SmiteKnight Destroying half the universe one snap at a time


    People are really bashing this game quite soon, we have only had 2 directs...
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  2. scattered mind Competitive VG Forums Mod
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    Yep. Overall it's not a very creative game from what it looks so far. But I am glad they brought up the gyms. They definitely made a brave choice with the trials instead of gyms, but I am glad they heard the fans and decided to scrap that idea this gen. I mean, come on.. if you want to make gyms more special just make a dark type gym
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  3. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    Interesting thing is that it seems that the Wild Area is only the location where you can move the camera. Based on footage from this trailer and the previous one, as well as what is said in the Direct, it seems like manual camera movement is restricted to this area, but lucky roaming Pokemon seem to be in every route (at least in images on the Pokemon site, guess they haven't implemented it enough in the game to show it outside of the wild area)

    Another thing is that it seems that the Pokemon available and terrain changes are in a seasonally fashion, similar to Gen 5 where the season changed every month and how the terrain changed most dramatically in winter due to snow piles. This means that the Pokemon available will change with the seasons and different items might become like accessible (like an item hidden under a pile of leaves in autumn, an item on a cliff that can only be accessed due to a snow pile in winter, etc.)

    Also, it appears that more and more Pokemon will appear in the Wild Area as you defeat gyms. While there isn't any actual information to back this part up, based on Pokemon that were shown in the trailer, it would be weird for trainers with less than 2 or 3 badges to be able to capture Bewear, Rhydon, Golurk, Seismitoad, Tyranitar Braviary and Avalugg.
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  4. scattered mind Competitive VG Forums Mod
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    haha you are right- but, there are reasons to that

    1) I was very disappointed from Sun and Moon in the way it didn't feel like a new generation aside from having new Pokemon. It felt like another generatiuon 6 game and actually worse than X and Y. They did add new things, like removing HMs and the totem Pokemon, but it just didn't feel enough especially with the graphics which were pretty much the same. The Z moves were ok but really they should have been introduced before Mega evolution.

    2) I have played every single Pokemon game and each generation up until Gen 7 has brought so much creativity that made you feel in a brand new world of Pokemon
    with some key features that were brand new and creative. Some examples from each gen:
    Gen 2 - the colors, shiny Pokemon, two regions - BIG improvement
    Gen 3- the graphics, new console, the battle frontier, double battles.
    Gen 4- Wifi battles, special and physical change, massive pool of new evolutions to old Pokemon.
    Gen 5- Lets not talk about you my friend
    Gen6- 3DS change, 3d Pokemon models, Wonder trands, the PSS, Super training, Mega evolution

    If you notice as we move from generation to generation there are more noticable features, at least to me that make the new game feel really new and not just a slightly better version of what you have already experienced 100 times.

    Also, I am an old Pokemon fan,(like many others) which means I naturally need more creativity and originality in a new Pokemon game after playing every Pokemon game for dozens of times.

    Had I started to play Pokemon in the sixth generation I probably would have been amazed by Pokemon Sword and Shield, but it's not the case for me.
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  5. scattered mind Competitive VG Forums Mod
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    That is a welcome thing. I think Gen 5 was too early with its graphics to implement the season changes and it never felt very noticable to me when playing. This game however has way bigger oppurtunity to make season change very noticable and a beautiful addition to how the game feels.
  6. SmiteKnight Destroying half the universe one snap at a time


    Touché. I do feel like it might be beneficial for all of us pokéfans to stop dreaming up new wild expectations for each generation because we tend to disappoint ourselves (the leaks dont help), and instead appreciate the cool new smaller things, like the new pokemon and overworld pokemon in a main game (which i feel like that was overlooked, but i guess lets go had them too).
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  7. SmiteKnight Destroying half the universe one snap at a time


    And besides, we still have e3 to look forward to, which i expect to show us even more stuff
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  8. Zielo Caught 'em all.


    I really like everything that was shown, although im not as excited for the whole Dynamax thing. Literally "It gets bigger" syndrome. I think it's still a step up from Z-moves, though, and I can't wait to see the multiplayer functionality.

    Wooloo is a precious bebe, Corviknight is pretty neat, Drednaw is aight and reminds me a little of Rammus from LoL, and I don't think any of these are overly similar to pre-existing Pokemon. Pokemon has always had multiple "species" of one animal (think of how many rabbit and mouse pokemon we have). There are bound to be some similarities, just like real-world species differentiation, and I can really appreciate that they revisit a species they've already created and add a different twist to it.
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  9. bbb888 One Life. One Dream.


    Why didn't they reveal the types of the 2 legendaries??
    Maybe they are introducing new types??
  10. AngryBokoblin Guzzlord is fun


    There is another new rotom.
    Look at the gym pics
  11. Swampert Full Art #GROOKEYGANG
    Swampert Full Art


    All I have to say is that I can't wait for a Sonia full art.
  12. KeoKeo Aspiring Trainer


    Why do the Dynamaxed pokemon looks so evil? :eek:
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  13. RisingRaichuu Aspiring Trainer

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    Oh wow they actually gave us a political joke! :) :) :) :) :)
  14. juunkmilk 3nd coming


    ✷i love wooloo and i love the dandelion. i dont care if we've had sheep or dandelions before, these ones are better. i love wooloo so much. i will probably give someone a tattoo of wooloo. i hope tomokazu komiya is tasked with illustrating at least one wooloo card
    ✷fan of dr. magnolia shorty and the girl with the star hair, also scottish pc is literally my wife. if they don't make her canonically scottish i will have a tantrum
    ✷interested in the steel mill lookin area with the metal staircase and in the broken up castle ruins or whatever
    ✷seems like a good variety of older gen pokémon available

    ✷overall i dislike the way the game looks, especially the pokémon models. losing the pixel outlines took away any character they still had. everything looks styleless and sterile. almost no mood to any of the settings (som exceptions, but nothing on the level of like, lost tower, old chateau, ruins of alph, etc)
    ✷absolutely hate the c4d looking attack animations, the red glow around the jumbo pokémon. absolutely no style. r.i.p. the iconic attack animations for swift, curse, metronome, etc.
    ✷i think the box legendaries are the worst ever, but i usually dislike the box legendaries. lunala was alright.
    ✷pretty uninterested in / unexcited about jumbo pokémon / the new gym format in general, but we'll see how it turns out.

    really interested to see the rest of the creatures, the potential football hooligan bad guy team, how/if shiny hunting will work
    overall i'm really excited, obviously, i am a person with an account on a pokémon forum
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  15. scattered mind Competitive VG Forums Mod
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    This. I must agree, the 3d models lack so much of what the original sprites had. But I did see a video explaining how hard it was to actually build all these 3d models and that it will take time but eventually (hopefully by gen9) we'll get more stylish 3d models of Pokemon and not the current ones.

    It would be absolutely amazing if they actually make different models for each Pokemon based on the natures. (Adamant looking Pikachu vs a Timid Pikachu). That would blow my mind.
  16. juunkmilk 3nd coming


    yeah i'm also hopeful that the blandness has more to do with the scope of development than with stylistic preference. conversely though, it seems like things have been becoming more and more sterile and concept art-y since the beginning. og pokémon sprites had poses, facial expressions, weird cartooony foreshortening, etc. since maybe gen 3 things have been disappointingly devoted to the model, and worsening with every iteration. that doesn't mean this trend will repeat forever though, it probably depends more on what happens to popular aesthetics, especially for adjacent media. its no surprise that pokémon trainers now all look like every other thin-lines 2010s anime, or that the original designs looked more like 80s-90s akira toriyama characters
  17. Tytus Expanded Legend


    I absolutely hate the integration of Pokemon Go into mainstream Pokemon games. Call me nostalgic if you want to I don't care. But what I'm seeing right now are not the great games that Pokemon used to produce.
  18. NaganadelIsBeast Pun Intended


    There better be Naganadel in this game! Otherwise I’m gonna fricking kill TPCi.
  19. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
    The Rhyperior


    I dislike of possible new typings because that would mess up type matchups.
  20. Leaf_Ranger Knight of Nature and Pokémon


    I would prefer to have Sugimori than Turner...the sheep looks another Bidoof, the Grass flower looks like a smaller Lillygant with Meloetta's hair and the Turtle like a mix between that Gen II turtle concept and Croconaw. As for the people, I don't like the buffed and noseless Grass Gym leader. The seems like a pimp from Saints Row. The professor...a "nastier" Rowan, but I enoyed her grandaughter.
    As for Dynamax, I can understand that if we can shrink Pokémon in Pkballs, they can gett bigger, but what immediatly came to mind was a Dyna Wailord and also if people would get hurt in these stadiums (and why do we have to look like a football player while doing it?). I'll try to pass all of this Dyna business just like I did with megas and Z moves.
    The legendaries...I've seen better fanart and to carry a sword is just like having another Oshawott with a dilemma. The boxart looks cheap and awful.
    I hate yet again the new Rotom tech piece.
    I'll wait to see more, namely the versions exclusives.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2019