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Read this articles to know more about new features in Pokemon Sword and Shield (SWSH). Including new Pokemon, new battle systems (Dynamax, Gigantamax), new features and more!

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Changes From Previous Games

Mega Evolutions and Z-Moves Won't Return

Mega Evolutions

Replacing Mega Evolutions and Z-Moves, Dynamax and Gigantamax are new features introduced in Pokemon Sword and Shield. This means Pokemon with Mega Evolutions and Z-moves won't be able to use them anymore.

Find Out What Dynamax Is Here!

Only Some Pokemon Will Be Featured

Unlike previous generations, not all of the existing 800+ Pokemon will be returning in Sword and Shield.

Check Which Pokemon Are Returning Here

No More Rating Battles, New Ranked Battles

Ranked Battles

The previously used Rating Battle system will be scrapped and replaced with Ranked Battles.

Get More Info On Ranked Battles Here!

Change a Pokemon's Nature At Any Time!


Unlike previous games, you won't need to stress about your Pokemon's nature anymore! By spending the Battle Stadium currency known as BP, you can buy mints that change your Pokemon's nature!

What Are Natures? Find Out More Here!

New Pokemon

Many New Pokemon Added

New Pokemon In Galar Region

Quite a few new Pokemon have been added in Sword and Shield. Some only appear in certain version exclusively so make sure to check all new Pokemon before purchasing!

Check All The New Pokemon From Here!

New Region & Story

New Region: Galar

Galar Regions

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 A Detailed Map Of Galar With Gym Locations Here!

Galarian Form

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 From Here

Pokemon Gyms Are Back!

Allister and Bea

The objective of the story is to become champion in Pokemon League 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.

Look At All The Gym Leaders In Galar Here!

New Battle Features

Dynamax & Gigantamax


The Dynamax Phenomenon is a unique characteristic introduced in Sword & Shield. This phenomenon turns Pokemon gigantic, which makes them tremendously strong. Gigantamax not only turns Pokemon huge but also changes the form of Pokemon and allows them to use special attacks called G-Max Moves.

Learn More About Dynamax & Gigantamax Here!

New Abilities Introduced

Mirror Armor of Corviknight

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!

Other Fun Features

Fight Other Players In Battle Stadium

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!

Learn About Battle Stadium From Here!

Grow Your Pokemon With Poke Jobs


By accepting a Poke Job and sending your Pokemon on the mission, your Pokemon can get EXP and rare items.

Learn About Poké Jobs From Here!

Auto Trading With Surprise Trade

trade result

Surprise Trade lets you trade your selected Pokemon with another player automatically. You might get a chance to trade for a rare Pokemon!

Learn About Surprise Trade From Here!

Befriend Pokemon In the Pokemon Camp

pokemon camp

You can mingle with your Pokemon in Pokemon Camp. By visiting other players' camps, you might make new friends who you can join Raid Battles with!

Learn About Pokemon Camp From Here!

Express Yourself With League Card

League Card

Now you can dress up and make your own profile with League Card! Learn more from the button below.

Learn about League Card & Customizing Yourself From Here!

Dynamax Camera App

Dynamax Gengar

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!

Find Out More About The Dynamax Camera App Here

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