New ‘Sword & Shield’ Battle Stadium, Abilities, and More Revealed at Worlds!

A new trailer for Pokemon Sword and Shield debuted at Worlds, revealing a new Battle Stadium, new Abilities, and more!

A press release from Pokemon details all the tidbits:

Battling in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, Trainers can connect to the internet and battle against each other in either Single or Double Battle formats in the Battle Stadium.*

In the Battle Stadium, Pokémon Trainers can engage in Ranked Battles where they will face other Trainers and their Battle Teams from across the globe.

  • Trainers will battle those with a similar rank and will earn points depending on the results of those battles.

  • Each rank in Ranked Battles belongs to a specific tier, and Trainers can increase their rank by earning enough points.

  • Trainers can check their own ranking in the Battle Stadium. They can also see how all of the participants placed in a competition on the smartphone version of Pokémon HOME.

In Casual Battles, it’s not about who wins or loses—it’s about becoming a better Trainer.

  • One exciting aspect of Casual Battles is the ability to use certain Legendary Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon that are not eligible for Ranked Battles.

Features like Online Competitions and Rental Teams will also allow players to connect with other Trainers in different ways.

Trainers who participate in Online Competitions can battle in either Official Competitions or Friendly Competitions.

  • In Official Competitions, participants will take part in special battles with a variety of different rules and restrictions.

  • In Friendly Competitions, Trainers can join competitions hosted by other players or even host their own competitions. Regulations in Friendly Competitions are determined by the host.

Rental Teams enable Trainers to borrow Battle Teams by inputting IDs available online—or to make Battle Teams that they’ve put together available as Rental Teams to other Trainers all over the world. Up to five teams can be rented at once, and they can even be used in Ranked Battles.

Dynamaxing and Max Moves

The Dynamax phenomenon not only makes Pokémon huge—it can also give them a boost in power and sway the course of a battle. The Max Moves that only Dynamax Pokémon can use aren’t just powerful but also have impressive additional effects. For example, the Water-type Max Move, Max Geyser, will trigger the rain weather condition, and the Fighting-type Max Move, Max Knuckle, will increase the Attack of all allied Pokémon.

In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, a Trainer’s Pokémon can Dynamax if that Trainer has the Dynamax Band. Pokémon do not have to hold a special item to Dynamax. This means Trainers can choose which one of their Pokémon to Dynamax depending on what’s happening in the battle, and they can even have their Pokémon hold items that boost their strength so they can unleash Max Moves that are even more powerful.

New Abilities and Items

Many new Abilities have been discovered in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. One such Ability is Galarian Weezing’s Neutralizing Gas. This Ability neutralizes the ongoing effects of other Pokémon’s Abilities and even prevents Abilities from being triggered. Once the Pokémon with Neutralizing Gas leaves the battlefield, the Abilities of the other Pokémon will be activated again.

Some Pokémon have rare Abilities known as Hidden Abilities. In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, Pokémon caught in Max Raid Battles might have these Hidden Abilities. There is also a very small chance that Trainers will encounter a special Pokémon capable of Gigantamaxing in Max Raid Battles. While extremely rare, by attempting many different battles, there’s a chance they could even encounter a Pokémon that can Gigantamax and has a Hidden Ability. One such Hidden Ability is Corviknight’s Mirror Armor, which will bounce back any stat-lowering effects from an opposing Pokémon’s Abilities or moves.

New items that can be combined with specific moves to give Trainers an edge in battle will also be available in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. These items include Room Service and Eject Pack. When held by a Pokémon, Room Service will lower that Pokémon’s Speed when the move Trick Room is successfully used. When a Pokémon holding Eject Pack has any of its stats lowered, it will immediately switch out so another Pokémon can be sent in.


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  1. RisingRaichuu Aspiring Trainer

    Advanced Member Member

    TCG news?
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  2. scattered mind Competitive VG Forums Mod
    scattered mind

    Forum Mod Member

    Steel Beam? Hmm I wonder what that move is and if it’s finally the steel type version of Thunderbolt Ice Beam etc
  3. MystikX Aspiring Trainer


    Pretty sure that's just the name of the new attack we already know, the massive recoil one.
  4. scattered mind Competitive VG Forums Mod
    scattered mind

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    Oh I didn’t know about this bit. Even better!
  5. FacepalmMaster 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 9


    I don't play the games competitively but Galarian weezing will be good, I'm calling it
  6. Flash~ZT0 Aspiring Trainer


    And corviknight's power trip?
  7. scattered mind Competitive VG Forums Mod
    scattered mind

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    No this is from gen 7 I think.
  8. FourteenAlmonds Roasted, but not salty


    Lmao Garbotoxin just got put into the VGC
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  9. KeoKeo Aspiring Trainer


    Now to get the perfect competitive Pokemon, you have to get the right nature, Gigantamax capable, hidden ability able (if needed) Pokemon in max raids; no breeding (so far)...:eek::eek::eek:
    I'll NEVER be able to get that! Not without a dumb amount of time logged!

    Remember when back in the day all you needed to be competitive was not give your Charizard tackle?
    Rest in pieces Pokemon Red.
  10. Blob55 Aspiring Trainer


    Oh yeah, that brings up the breeding issue. Will they cut it out like they did the Gen 1 remakes? That makes the games way more annoying to get viable Pokémon.
  11. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
    The Rhyperior


    They will be. LGPE is a mistake.

    I assume Breaking Swipe is a 60 BP Dragon-type move since it does 50% dmg on Haxorus while Conkeldurr is like 30%.

    Galarian Weezing is gosh darn broken on its Second ability makes useless Pokemon become useful again. Truant? No problem. Poison Heal? You suck Gliscor. Volt Absorb? Not a problem. It also affects your ally so its a risk you can take.
  12. Secret Agent Seal Aspiring Trainer
    Secret Agent Seal


    Kanto Weezing has Toxic Spikes and all the coverage it needs. The Galarian form now gives it a far superior typing and an ability that shuts down a lot of top tier threats (Contrary Seperior, Mega Mawile lacking Iron Head, Magic Guard Clefable...). The one thing we don't know is the stat distribution, although it will probably keep its 480 BST and have a similar distribution to Kanto Weezing. I don't think it will be OU honestly, but it will probably be a niche pick in stall builds (similar to mons like Avalugg and Moltres which counter very specific threats).

    Eject Pack could be fun on offense. U-turn and Volt Switch are among the most metagame definining moves out there, so to grant their switching ability to +130 BP moves like Leaf Storm seems good. I don't think it opens any doors for lower tier Pokemon, but it's a great lure option for already strong picks like Fleur Cannon Magearna and V-Create Victini.

    Other reveals seem boring or unimportant.
  13. Geodude Aspiring Trainer


    Attacks such as Gastro Acid and Worry Seed that shut down or change abilities already don't work on Truant, so there's a chance that Neutralizing Gas won't either.
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