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. His Goominess Goomy From The Block
    His Goominess


    I wouldn't get your hopes up too much; the types of the box legends the last few gens haven't been immediately released (I remember there was a mass amount of speculation that Reshiram would be the first Light type legendary). They're just holding on to more info on them (typing, abilities, signature moves etc) which we'll get in due course. It's not a real indicator that there's gonna be a new type (in fact I remember in X/Y, Sylveon was the real one they used to tease that there was a new type, I don't remember Xerneas being used in that role - if they were to introduce another one now, I wouldn't be surprised if they used an Eeveelution -or some other generic mon- again)
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  2. SmiteKnight Destroying half the universe one snap at a time


    I don’t see any Pokémon go integration, unless I’m missing something
  3. Zero Umbreon Pyromaniacal sorcerer
    Zero Umbreon


    Lesse then:
    Pokémon first
    Zacian and Zamazenta
    Pretty cool, I think the designs are WAY too complicated but they are blue wolves so gotta love that.
    Meh. We have enough floating flower Pokémon
    Whimsicott clone. No good reason for this thing.
    Now we’re talkin’. Man this little guy is cute.
    I LOVE this design. Just love it. Dark/Steel raven!
    Ok. I like it, but nothing that special. When I saw this guy, I was hoping it was gonna be related to Turtonator somehow but nope.
    Dynamax is hopelessly stupid. I have no interest in this. The same Pokémon, just bigger? The first thing I thought about this was that the game designers just got lazy and didn’t want to make new designs for any of the Pokémon.
  4. Wechselbalg "okey"


    Btw if anyone is wondering what Gossifleur's/Eldegoss' new ability did; the German pokewiki states that if the pokemon is damaged by an attack the opponent's speed is lowered, so it's like the signature ability of A-Dugtrio. It hasn't yet been revealed if it only works with contact moves though, but I'd say regenerator will still be better, since that one is a busted ability. I believe Eldegoss is going to be somewhat of a mixture of Tangrowth and Whimsicott gameplay-wise or maybe a mixture of Amoongus and Comfey.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2019
  5. SmiteKnight Destroying half the universe one snap at a time


    Dont forget they had to create over 800 sprites, so I feel like there is a point where you don’t want to make any more
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  6. Tytus Expanded Best Format


    The raids.
  7. PokemonMasterNate Braizard let's go!!!


    …….Sonia best girl. She's so cute!!<3
  8. Perfect_Shot Standard sucks, so Ban Expanded


    Just so-so. Wish they didn't put back in the Rotom Dex but they can do what they want I guess.

    All I have to say is, if there isn't a good amount of endgame content they're not getting my money. Pretty bored of doing the same Champion story grind and then having nothing to do. The last 2 Gens haven't had what made the series great.
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  9. AngryBokoblin Guzzlord is fun


    I took notes:
    Haircuts are happening. There is a shop. Did we already know that? I dunno
    There are red dots all over the map. Maybe gigamax (or whatever it's called) spots? But those are rock rings...
    The entrance to the weird floating cool building has a dragon or something on it. Is it a new pokemon?
    A kid has a squirrel shirt. A squirrel mon is coming.
    Pokemon got lazy with the crowd shot. They obviously copy/pasted.
    Is there new berry(s)?
    New rotom form (time stamp 2:12) NOT THE PHONE ONE
    It's different, go look.
    Sword legendery is so much better looking:p.
  10. SmiteKnight Destroying half the universe one snap at a time


    Thats not entirley a PoGo thing, and more of a MMORPG thing
  11. JMT Some Broke Weeaboo


    Zacien is basically Zoro, and Milo is basically Mirio Togata, Change my mind.
  12. aaron2310 Aspiring Trainer


    I love Wooloo! So cute!

    While I'm British but not really into football, I'm tickled by the gyms having a very football stadium vibe. Even down to the outfits they're rocking up in.

    I'm not keen on the dynamaxing mechanic. Seems a bit too uninspired to me. I'd rather the Z-moves or the Mega-evolution.

    I'm also not sold on the legendaries. They look so awkward. Especially the Sword one.
  13. Alex Sableye Official Pokemon Connoisseur of the Unova Region
    Alex Sableye


    They're so pretty omg

    And would a new Eeveelution be too much to ask for?
  14. Volkner123 Better Pokemon trainer than Ash will ever be


    In the Pokémon Direct if you look at one of the shots of Corviknight it shows that at it was at level 60 and had 200hp I don’t know if it was boosted in some way or if it was affected by it’s nature or something. A Youtuber pointed it out
  15. Volkner123 Better Pokemon trainer than Ash will ever be


    This game looks amazing overall plus with Pokémon home coming out later this year I can’t wait!
  16. scattered mind Competitive VG Forums Mod
    scattered mind

    Forum Mod Member

    Well one thing is for sure - it was not nature boost unless they changed it there is no hp boosting nature.
    Can’t wait for all the leaks about stats and moves to appear.
  17. PokemonMasterNate Braizard let's go!!!


    I kinda thought Corviknight was gonna be Flying/Dark and Drednaw be Water/Dragon. I was wrong. I like the typing's though.
  18. Zero Umbreon Pyromaniacal sorcerer
    Zero Umbreon


    Yeah that was why I thought Drednaw was going to be linked to Turtonator. It would have made so much sense!
  19. PokemonMasterNate Braizard let's go!!!


    Oh well. XD
  20. scattered mind Competitive VG Forums Mod
    scattered mind

    Forum Mod Member

    I feel like the legendaries would have looked less awkward if they had all white eyes with no pupils.