Read this article to know details about new features in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Including new Pokemon, new battle systems (Dynamax & Gigantamax), new features.
Table of Contents
- Changes From Previous Games
- Dynamax & Gigantamax Features
- Cooperative Max Raid Battles
- Explore Massive Wild Area
- Bond In The Pokemon Camp
- New Surprise Trades
- Work On Pokemon Jobs
- New Galar Region Features
- Unique In-Game Tools
- Customize Pokemon League Card
- New Pokemon Center Functions
- New Titles And Ribbons
- Other Fun Features
Changes From Previous Games
Pokemon Gyms Are Back!
The objective of the story is to become the winner of the Champion Cup by defeating all Gym Leaders. Some Gym Leaders only appear in certain version of the game. For example, Allister only appears in Shield whereas Bea Only Appears in Sword.Check Out All Gym Leader List!
Mega Evolutions and Z-Moves Won't Return
Z-Moves and Mega Evolutions have been removed from the game. Pokemon who previously were able to use these will not be able to perform them anymore. These have been replaced with new Sword and Shield battle features.
No More Rating Battles, New Ranked Battles
The previously used Rating Battle system will be removed and replaced with Ranked Battles.Check Out Ranked Battles Guide!
New Dynamax & Gigantamax Feature
New "Dynamax" Battle System
The Dynamax Phenomenon is a unique characteristic introduced in Pokemon Sword & Shield. This phenomenon turns Pokemon gigantic, making them tremendously strong.Check Out Dynamax & Gigantamax Here!
Some Pokemon Can Gigantamax
Gigantamax not only makes Pokemon huge but also changes the form of Pokemon and allows them to use special attacks called G-Max Moves.Check Out How To Catch Gigantamax Pokemon!
Enjoy Cooperative Max Raid Battles
4 Players Fight Against Dynamax Pokemon
Another new feature in the game are Max Raid Battles that you can participate in at the Wild Area. These involve teaming up with other trainers to take down a Dynamax Pokemon and capture it!Check Out Max Raid Battle Guide!
Captured Pokemon Have Higher Dynamax Levels
Pokemon in Max Raid Battles may have higher Dynamax levels when captures. This means that when you Dynamax that Pokemon, they will have higher HP during Dynamax.Check Out How To Raise Dynamax Level!
Explore Massive New Wild Area
Wild Area Has Many Pokemon & New Activities
The Wild Area is a vast expanse of land that interconnects various towns and cities. In Wild Areas, you'll be able to find many different Pokemon, activities such as Max Raid Battles and even the Rotom Rally.Check Out Wild Area Features!
Bond With Pokemon In Pokemon Camp
Raise Friendship Levels With Pokemon
Another thing you can do in the Wild Area is to camp out with your current Pokemon party. In the Pokemon camp, you can interact with your Pokemon & play with them - raising your friendship levels and more!Check Out Pokemon Camp Features!
Cook Curry With Galar Region's Ingredients
In the Pokemon Camp, you'll be able to cook Curry and eat it with your Pokemon. This mini-game restores your Pokemon's HP, PP, and gives them both experience points and friendship level points!Check Out How To Cook Curry!
New Surprise Trade Feature
Instant Access To Random Pokemon Trade
Replacing the "Wonder Trade" feature of the previous Pokemon Game, "Surprise Trades" allow trainers to access trading randomly via their Y-Comm in the game. Now you can trade randomly any time!Check Out How To Use Surprise Trades!
Work On Pokemon Jobs
Send Pokemon To Work & Gain Experience
In Pokemon Sword & Shield, you'll be able to send off several Pokemon at once to work on jobs. Access the Rotomi in any Pokemon Center & check for new jobs. Assign the right Pokemon and they'll come back stronger & with more experience!Check Out Pokemon Jobs Guide!
New Galar Region Features
New Region: Galar
Unlike the Alola region where all the scenery is tropical, the Galar region is filled with varied nature, from huge grassy plains to modern towns and cities.Check Out The Galar Region Map!
Pokemon Galarian Form
Just like Alolan Form, Pokemon that look different in the Galar region are "Galarian Form" Pokemon. By adapting to the unique environment of the Galar region, they look differently compared to previous series.Check Out All The Galarian Pokemon Forms!
Unique In-Game Tools
Useful Tools In Pokemon Sword & Shield
Lowers Speed when Trick Room takes effect.
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When the holder's stats are lowered, it will be switched out of battle.
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Can change Pokemon's nature instantly so catching Pokemon with specific nature is not needed.
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Pokemon earns experience points when used on them. Can be found in Max Raid Battles.
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Customize Your Pokemon League Card
Create & Exchange Personalized Pokemon League Cards
Another new feature in Pokemon Sword and Shield is how you can now create Pokemon League Cards and customize them to a certain extent. You can collect these and exchange them online with fellow trainers, too!Check Out The League Card Guide Here!
Change How Your Character Looks
You can also customize the way your character looks to make your League Card look more like you! From hairstyles, clothes, to accessories, you can make an exact representation of yourself in the game!Check Out How To Customize Your Character!
New Pokemon Center Functions
Judge Nicknames & Relearn Forgotten Moves
The Pokemon Center now also has several additional functions aside from healing your Pokemon. You can also have Pokemon nicknames criticized or relearn forgotten moves!Check Out How To Remember Forgotten Moves!
New Rotomi Machine
The Rotomi machine in the Pokemon Center has a lot of functions that can serve you well. You can check your Pokemon storage, edit your League Card, find Pokemon Jobs, and even play the Loto-Id!
Rotomi Function List
|Checks your Pokemon storage boxes|
|Shows what Pokemon jobs are available and what jobs you've accepted|
|Edit and print out your Pokemon League Card|
|Pulls random number and gives prizes if it matches any of your Pokemon|
New Titles and Ribbons
Earn New Titles For Some Pokemon
Some Wild Pokemon you catch will have a "mark" on their ribbon page. If you choose to activate it, your Pokemon will now have a title that appears every time it enters battle!Check Out The New Ribbons & Marks Here
Other Fun Features
New Abilities Introduced
There will be quite a few new abilities introduced in Sword and Shield. For example, Corviknight's ability Mirror Armor reflects any stat-lowering effect to the opponent.Check Out All The New Abilities Here!
Fight Other Players In Battle Stadium
Battle Stadium lets you fight with other trainers online. Become No.1 in the world and participate in the Pokemon Sword and Shield World Championships!Check Out The Battle Stadium Guide!
Dynamax Camera App
There is also a new phone and tablet application linked to Sword and Shield called the Dynamax Camera App which lets you see Dynamax Pokemon in the real world!Check Out What The Dynamax Camera Is Here!