New Pokemon, Gigantamax Pokemon, and More from ‘Sword & Shield!’

The next batch of Sword & Shield info has dropped! TPCi has unveiled a new Gigantamax mechanic, three Gigantamax Pokemon, three new Pokemon, and several human characters from the Galar Region.

Some of the information revealed yet again matches up with these Sword & Shield rumors.

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Gigantamax Phenonenon


The previously discovered phenomenon known as Dynamaxing can only occur in specific areas of the Galar region. While Dynamaxing seems to be a phenomenon common to Pokémon from Galar, it’s been discovered that there’s a special phenomenon known as Gigantamaxing. Not only do Gigantamax Pokémon become bigger, but their appearance also changes. Like normal Dynamaxing, Gigantamaxing boosts the power of the Pokémon—and it also allows each Gigantamax Pokémon to use a unique move known as a G-Max Move. Each G-Max Move is particular to a specific species of Gigantamax Pokémon, and regular Dynamax Pokémon are not able to use G-Max Moves. Only certain species of Pokémon can Gigantamax—and even among such species, only rare specimens will be able to Gigantamax. The majority of Pokémon will keep their usual appearance when they Dynamax. Two Pokémon species revealed to have Gigantamaxing capabilities today are Drednaw and Corviknight.

Gigantamax Drednaw

Type: Water/Rock
Height: 78′9″+
Weight: Unknown
Ability: Strong Jaw / Shell Armor

The power of Gigantamaxing has allowed Drednaw to stand on its hind legs and become bipedal. From its standing position, it can come crashing down on opposing Pokémon and crush them with its massive body. Drednaw normally keeps its neck retracted within its shell, but when it attacks, it can rapidly shoot its neck out. Its jaws are also incredibly strong and can easily bite through huge metal towers. The strength of its jaws combined with the force of its neck gives Drednaw the power to punch a hole through a rocky mountain in a single strike. Water-type moves used by Gigantamax Drednaw will change to G-Max Stonesurge. G-Max Stonesurge doesn’t just deal damage to an opponent—it will scatter sharp rocks around the opponent and cause Pokémon entering the battlefield to take damage.

Gigantamax Corviknight

Type: Flying/Steel
Height: 45′11″+
Weight: Unknown
Ability: Pressure/Unnerve

Corviknight uses its massive wings to catch updrafts created by Gigantamax energy to hover in the air while it battles. The armor on its body has been reinforced, so attacks from Pokémon on the ground barely have any effect. Gigantamax energy has caused the armor covering Corviknight’s wings to separate and become blade birds, capable of flying independently. Flying-type moves used by Gigantamax Corviknight will change to G-Max Wind Rage, which removes any effects of moves like Reflect, Light Screen, Spikes, and Electric Terrain that the opponents may have.

Newly Discovered Pokémon of the Galar Region


Category: Cream Pokémon
Type: Fairy
Height: 1′
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Ability: Sweet Veil

Alcremie can produce whipped cream, which becomes richer the happier Alcremie is feeling. Desserts made using this cream are invariably delicious, so many pastry chefs strive to have an Alcremie as their partner. When attacked by an opponent, Alcremie will throw sweet-scented cream to distract them or temporarily blind them, giving itself time to escape.

Gigantamax Alcremie

Type: Fairy
Height: 98′5″+
Weight: Unknown
Ability: Sweet Veil

The cream pouring out of its body hardens when subjected to impacts—the stronger the impact, the harder it becomes—giving Alcremie an impressive resistance to physical attacks. Additionally, the giant “Berry” decorations on Alcremie’s body are as hard as diamonds, and it’s said that most attacks won’t even be able to leave a scratch. Alcremie will launch high-calorie cream missiles around itself to attack its opponents. Any Pokémon that touches this cream will be filled with energy and euphoria but at the same time will fall into a state of complete confusion. Fairy-type moves used by Gigantamax Alcremie will change to G-Max Finale, which will heal all Pokémon on Alcremie’s side while dealing damage to an opponent.


Category: Puppy Pokémon
Type: Electric
Height: 1′
Weight: 29.8 lbs.
Ability: Ball Fetch

Yamper tends to be drawn to things that are moving quickly. It can chase after people, Pokémon, or even vehicles. It has an organ in its body that generates electricity, and it’s activated when Yamper runs around. Yamper can’t store the electricity it generates, so it’s often seen running around with electric sparks crackling around it. Yamper’s Ability, Ball Fetch, is a new Ability that comes into play when the Trainer throws a Poké Ball at a wild Pokémon but fails to catch it. If Yamper isn’t holding an item, it will fetch the first Poké Ball that failed to catch the Pokémon, regardless of what type of Poké Ball it is.


Category: Coal Pokémon
Type: Rock
Height: 1′
Weight: 26.5 lbs.
Ability: Steam Engine / Heatproof

Rolycoly’s red eye can illuminate dark areas, while it uses the lump of coal attached to its body like a wheel to move through coal mines and caves. It is able to travel smoothly even over rough terrain. Until about one hundred years ago, every household in the Galar region had a Rolycoly. The families would use the coal that dropped off its body for cooking and heating their homes. Rolycoly’s Ability, Steam Engine, is a new Ability that provides a Speed stat boost if it’s hit with a Fire- or Water-type move during battle.


Category: Alloy Pokémon
Type: Steel/Dragon
Height: 5′11″
Weight: 88.2 lbs.
Ability: Light Metal / Heavy Metal

Duraludon live in caves and mountainous areas. Their two arms have slightly different shapes, and they use them to grind down rock surfaces for food. Its body is composed of incredibly durable metal but is also surprisingly light, so Duraludon can move quite quickly despite its appearance. Its body is susceptible to corrosion, however, and is known to rust easily. They share their habitat with Tyranitar, so these two Pokémon are often seen battling each other in the mountains of the Galar region.

The Galar Region Pokémon League

In the Galar region, where Pokémon battles are big entertainment, the region’s Pokémon League holds tournaments to determine the next Pokémon Champion. Players will have to compete with their rivals and challenge the Gym Leaders of the region for their chance to take part in this tournament.

The Gym Challenge is a true celebration of Pokémon battling. Participating Trainers strive to collect all eight Gym Badges, and only Pokémon Trainers who have been endorsed by specific people, such as Gym Leaders, can join. During the Gym Challenge, each challenger wears a special uniform for the occasion. Trainers can choose the combination of three numbers on their own uniform.

Once a year, a series of Pokémon battles known as the Champion Cup are held in the Galar region. The Champion Cup decides who will be able to challenge the reigning Champion for their seat. Exemplary Trainers throughout the region, such as those who successfully complete the Gym Challenge, can participate in the Champion Cup tournament. The Champion Cup battles are broadcast on TV in the Galar region and are watched by everyone.

People of the Galar Region


Leon is the strongest Trainer in the Galar region, and he won the Championship in his first-ever Gym Challenge—without being defeated in battle a single time. To this day, his winning streak continues to grow, and his formidable talent for Pokémon battles is unmatched. He’s aided in his countless victories by his partner Charizard, and he’s known to go all out during battles, no matter who he’s facing. His battle style has captured the hearts of the people of Galar.

Chairman Rose

Rose is the chairman of the Galar Pokémon League and the president of a large business conglomerate. He’s made the Galar Pokémon League famous by implementing Gym Battles featuring the Dynamax phenomenon. Chairman Rose was also the first to endorse Leon for the Gym Challenge.


Oleana is Chairman Rose’s secretary and is known for her calm and collected personality. She also serves as the vice president of Rose’s company and is largely in charge of the day-to-day running of the company.


Bea is a prodigy in Galar karate, carrying on its century-old traditions and techniques. Known for her stoicism and rarely showing her emotions, Bea is also an expert on Fighting-type Pokémon. Her battle style remains very precise even when she’s backed into a corner.


Allister is a talented Trainer of Ghost-type Pokémon who has taken on the mantle of the Ghost-type Gym Leader at a young age. He’s extremely shy and fearful, and he always hides his face with a mask when around other people. Allister rarely makes public appearances and apparently spends most of his time around ruins or in cemeteries.

Certain towns in the Galar region will have different Gyms that Trainers can challenge depending on whether they’re playing Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield. In Pokémon Sword, they will face down Bea, while in Pokémon Shield, they can test their skills against Allister.

Double-Pack Bonus

As a special bonus for purchasing the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Double Pack, Trainers will receive two codes (one per game) that will reward them with special items known as Dynamax Crystals. By using the Dynamax Crystals in the Wild Area, Trainers will be able to face Dynamax Larvitar and Dynamax Jangmo-o, Pokémon that are normally encountered later in the game, in special Max Raid Battles. Larvitar won’t appear in Pokémon Sword and Jangmo-o won’t appear in Pokémon Shield during normal gameplay, but players will be able to catch them in either version by using these Dynamax Crystals. (1) (2)

Downloadable Version Early Purchase Bonus

If a Trainer downloads the downloadable version of the games from Nintendo eShop by January 15, 2020, they can receive a code that can be redeemed for twelve Quick Balls. Quick Balls are special Poké Balls that are more likely to catch Pokémon if used as soon as a battle begins. (3)

Code distribution period: November 15, 2019, to January 15, 2020
Code valid through November 30, 2020.

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  1. Tails The Blonde Brainiac

    Forum Mod Advanced Member Member

    Hmm, I do like the Ability of having "version exclusive" Gyms. It's sort of like Black and White and the Gym featuring Cilan, Chili and Cress. While not a version exclusive in the way here, who you face can differ from each playthrough, depending on your choice of starter.
  2. fleshrum April in Kalos...


    so that leak was entirely correct????
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  3. Serperior 464/500

    Advanced Member Member

    Alcremie feels like Pokémon's take on Madolche.
  4. AshCo The Proverbial Grumpy Old Man


    I would have preferred if pokemon who got gigantamax forms got normal evolutions instead. That or just keeping megas. It just feels like really good designs being wasted. (Especially the adorable cake alcremie). We all know by the next game or two theyll just ditch the mechanic like everything else.

    I've given up on this game, but at least there's some cool new designs. I really like Duraludon.
  5. Tails The Blonde Brainiac

    Forum Mod Advanced Member Member

    Actually, I was wrong. It was Drayden and Iris who were version exclusives in Black and White.

    As someone who loves the Madolche archetype, I can see the similarities. But to me, this looks like a fusion of Mincinno and Swirlix.
  6. PokemonMasterNate Braizard let's go!!!


    I like Duraludon. Probably one of my new favorite Pokemon
  7. Animegamer420 Aspiring Trainer


    The cake pokemon is worse than garbodor
  8. KK-Swizzle Aspiring Trainer

    Advanced Member Member

    Looks like vanilluxe has competition in the fiercely competitive “derpiest dessert Pokémon of all time”, lololol, I love it XD
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  9. Jabberwock #Jovimohnaeliackvid

    Forum Mod Member

    Aren't these just Megas that have Z-Moves and are 80 feet tall?
  10. RisingRaichuu Aspiring Trainer

    Advanced Member Member

    So yeah, leak called it.
    Gigantamaxes basically seem like megas but Pokemon had to rebrand them for the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    I would be interested to know how the 2 mechanics coexist in the games, as Gens 6 and 7 both had storylines heavily themed around the 1 phenomenon.
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  11. Volkner123 Better Pokemon trainer than Ash will ever be


    I really think Duraludon looks really cool. Also could it evolve? I’m thinking probably not but it would be cool
    Alcreme probably will evolve even though they showed the Gigantimax cause the leak showed that Pikachu could Gigantimax
    I really love Rolycoly it has a very cool design reminds me of a mix of Geodude and Rogganrola (I forget how it’s spelled)
    And we already know about Yamper
  12. MtSilverHermit Aspiring Trainer


    I have a bad feeling Alcremie will get Rule 34'ed pretty bad.
  13. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    Since we might not get the existing mega evolutions in this game, do you think we'll get the existing mega evolutions just rebranded as Gigantamaxed Pokemon? I hope so, otherwise this will be the first time Pokemon forms (outside of Shadow Lugia and Spiky-Eared Pichu) will relegated to the dustbin of history, which will be sad. (That or maybe mega evolutions could be turned into aesthetic forms of the normal Pokemon, but stay around outside of battle (that would be quite awesome and I'd be very happy with that))

    But I'm also sort of with AshCo on some of these Gigantamax forms, in that I'd prefer them as standard evolutions, mostly because the whole oversized look ruins their appearance imo and especially because I don't want to see them disappear like Mega Evolutions might when the Dynamax and Gigantamax mechanics inevitably die off and get replaced.

    Edit: Not to mention that you can only Gigantamax Pokemon that you caught in raid battles so if you want to Gigantamax a Drednaw or Alcremie, you can't breed for it, you have to catch it in a raid battle, which means that we best hope that bottle caps and Hyper Training return in Gen 8 (which they should), otherwise this fact essentially renders the Gigantamax Pokemon competitively unusable until someone releases software (or something like an action replay) for us to edit our Pokemon stats like we currently have for the 3DS (this is, of course, if the Pokemon is usable even with its best stats) (also, if Pokemon caught in Dynamax Raid Battles are guaranteed 3 Max IVs like Legendary Pokemon, this might actually mostly offset the problem).

    Edit 2: After reading some more, is it that only the Pokemon caught in Dynamax Raid Battles will be able to Gigantamax or that you can only catch Pokemon that can Gigantamax such as Alcremie, Corviknight and Drednaw through Max Raid Battles and not through normal wild Pokemon encounters? This is honestly confusing...

    Edit 3: Nope, nevermind, it's the former thats correct. On the Pokemon website it states "Regular Drednaw and Corviknight can Dynamax, but there are some special members of these species that can Gigantamax. You can catch Gigantamax Pokémon for your team by participating in Max Raid Battles, but it seems they’re very rare—finding one won’t be easy!" This means that, unless Hyper Training comes back, Gigantamax Pokemon may very well be competitively useless (unless this "special thing" that makes a Pokemon able to Gigantamax is transferable through breeding, but I highly doubt it, and even if Hyper Training does come back, it still means that Gigantmax Pokemon won't have access to Egg Moves or Hidden Abilities, which may mean the difference between usable and useless).
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2019
  14. Blob55 Aspiring Trainer


    Yeah, Megas only worked because all but 1 Pokémon were from past Generations and it felt less like "they should just be normal evolutions" and more like an optional buff. With Gigantamaxing, it feels like most new Pokémon to get them are just weak otherwise. So basically, GF made a bunch of Pokémon weak on purpose to advertise their lame gimmick that won't last past 1 Generation.
  15. Swampert Full Art #GROOKEYGANG
    Swampert Full Art


    Is it just me or are all of the human characters looking more and more like their opposite gender?
  16. Blob55 Aspiring Trainer


    We HAVE to get them in a raid? That's so stupid! Raids are pretty much designed to screw people over, because only 1 Pokémon can Dynamax at a time and the Raid Pokémon can't be caught more than once. Not like the Switch has speakers either, so you can't communicate with anyone outside of a phone or a computer and even THEN you need their contact details.
    The reason why GO works is because you literally travel to locations with other people IRL and one raid Pokémon can be caught more than once.
  17. scattered mind Competitive VG Forums Mod
    scattered mind

    Forum Mod Member

    Yes. But wait.. do they also last only for 3 turns?
  18. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    First off, it has already been stated that you can do Dynamax Raid Battles by yourself with three filler NPCs, so you don't have to worry about having to coordinate with other people.

    Secondly, after reading some more, I've become confused as to the matter of Gigantamax Pokemon. I can't tell if it is that only the Pokemon caught in Dynamax Raid Battles that will be able to Gigantamax or that you can only catch Pokemon that can Gigantamax such as Alcremie, Corviknight and Drednaw through Max Raid Battles and not through normal wild Pokemon encounters? Until Pokemon clarifies, I'm now stumped as to which one it is...

    Edit: Nope, nevermind, it's the former thats correct. On the Pokemon website it states "Regular Drednaw and Corviknight can Dynamax, but there are some special members of these species that can Gigantamax. You can catch Gigantamax Pokémon for your team by participating in Max Raid Battles, but it seems they’re very rare—finding one won’t be easy!" This means that, unless Hyper Training comes back, Gigantamax Pokemon may very well be competitively useless.
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2019
  19. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
    The Rhyperior


    Okay, I love the information that they dropped today which is very unexpected. Gigantamax is good just to compensate us from the NatDex cut. Yes, NatDex cut happened in RS before. Just only from this game, fellas.

    One thing I wonder is what happened if the Dynamaxed/Gigamaxed Pokemon switched out by some means like Roar or Dragon Tail or being switched manually?
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  20. Wechselbalg "okey"


    Not being able to have egg moves on gigantamax pokemon sounds bad at first, but we'll see how it turns out. It might actually add a bit of variety to battles, since you can have your dynamax/regular form of a pokemon with certain egg moves for one build, and then the gigantamax version of the same pokemon with their upgraded regular moves for a different build. Could potentially be interesting.

    The three new pokemon designs look kind of bland though - Alcremie is a waifu version of Swirlix, Rolycoly is Roggenrola v2.0 and that dragon is just kind of...meh? I still like Yamper and Impidimp the most. That new ability on Rolycoly is nice though.

    I'm fan a fan of the designs of the new characters, esp. Rose and Oleana. Not a fan of the double pack-exclusive items though - it's basically "pay more for cheat codes".
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