First up here's a look at the new Pokémon revealed today.
Category: Cream Pokémon
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.
Category: Puppy Pokémon
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
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
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 trailer revealed that there is a further stage of Dynamaxing, known as Gigantamax. Only select Pokémon have the ability to Gigantamax and even among those, only those won from hard fought Max Raid Battles will be able to. When Gigantamax these Pokémon will change appearance and have access to a special G-Max Move. Three Pokémon have been revealed to Gigantamax so far, these are:
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.
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.
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.
Alongside the new Pokémon we were also introduced to two new Gym Leaders, Bea and Allister. Bea is a Fighting-type Gym Leader while Allister is a Ghost-type Gym Leader, but each Leader is exclusive to a different game so if you only play one version you won't face both Gym Leaders. Bea is exclusive to Pokémon Sword, while players of Pokémon Shield will face Allister.
The trailer also introduces us to Leon, the current Champion of the Galar region as well as Chairman Rose who is in-charge of the Galar Pokémon League and his secretary, Oleana.
Finally, it has been revealed that dans who pick up the Dual Pack SteelBook Edition of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will receive codes for the games to obtain special items known as Dynamax Crystals. By using these crystals in the Wild Area Pokémon fans will be able to face Dynamax versions of Larvitar and Jangmo-o. Normally Larvitar will be exclusive to Pokémon Shield, and Jangmo-o is exclusive to Pokémon Sword but by using these crystals you'll be able to get them in either version.
That's all for now, but if more news happens we'll be sure to cover it so make sure to check back!