With a special live-streamed Pokémon Direct video, Nintendo has revealed new information about Pokémon Sword and Shield, the next mainline entries in the Pokémon RPG gaming series, which now have a confirmed release date of Nov. 15.
One unexpected moment in the video sees a trainer using a device on their wrist to make their Pokémon grow to giant size to tackle a similarly massive wild Gyarados. Following a battle, this trainer was able to throw a humungous Pokéball to catch the Gyarados. This new Pokémon-enlargening feature is called the Dynamax system, and it will increase a Pokémon’s power levels as well as its size. You can use it once per battle, and it only lasts for three turns.
The Dynamax system will also tie in with the intriguing multiplayer offering for Pokémon Sword and Shield. You’ll be able to connect online or through local Bluetooth to team up with three other players to take on Dynamax-sized wild Pokémon. This seems to be an adaptation of the popular Raid Battle system from Pokémon Go.
If you fancy taking a look at these interesting new features, you can watch the Pokémon Direct video below, which essentially serves as an extra-long new Pokémon Sword and Shield trailer:
This Pokémon Direct also showcased a place called the Wild Area, an open-world-style wilderness between cities where players can search for wild Pokémon and take control of the camera in order to do so. The weather will have an impact on which Pokémon appear in the Wild Area.
In the video, heaps of Pokémon were seen, including familiar faces like Raichu and Snorlax and brand new critters with names like the Wooloo, Drednaw, Corviknight, Gossifleur, and Eldegloss. Pokémon Sword and Shield‘s legendary Pokémon were also revealed: they’re called Zacian and Zamazenta, and they are literally adorned with a sword and a shield respectively. Their role in the story remains to be seen, but it’s safe to assume that catching them will be no easy feat.
Additionally, we saw a Gym the size of a stadium, in which a cheering crowd has gathered to watch a battle. In the Galar region, punters enthusiastically assemble to watch trainers tussle. Given that Galar seems to be inspired by the UK, this could be seen as a nod to Britain’s love of major sporting events. The impressive size of the Gyms also creates plentiful space for Dynamax-assisted conflicts.
That Pokémon Sword and Shield release date, again, is November 15.