Nintendo shared new information about Pokemon Sword and Sheild’s new items, features, first online competition (Galar Beginnings) and more.
The Pokemon Company and Nintendo finally decided to share more information about their upcoming games and now we know what to expect from Pokemon Sword and Sheild’s new items and features for training, new changes to Pokemon Boxes as well as nicknames for traded creatures and a ton more. They also announced the first Online Competition for both Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield called Galar Beginnings and players can register three to six of their Pokemon to their Battle Team. According to The Pokemon Company and Nintendo, The first online competition for Pokemon Sword and Sheild will take place on November 15 and it will continue until early January of 2020.
In case you’re looking for more details on Galar Beginnings (Pokemon Sword and Sheild’s first online competition) here’s everything that Nintendo has shared about it:
Galar Beginnings will be held in December 2019 and you can participate in the competition from across the globe.
- Competition Name: Galar Beginnings
- Sign-Up Period: Friday, November 15, at 00:00 GMT to Thursday, December 5, at 23:59 GMT
- Competition Period: Friday, December 6, at 00:00 GMT to Sunday, December 8, at 23:59 GMT
- Battle Format: Single Battle
- Eligible Pokémon: Pokemon obtained in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, Zacian, Zamazenta, Mew (contained in the Poke Ball Plus), and some other special Pokemon are not eligible.
- Players can register three to six of their Pokemon to their Battle Team.
- All Pokemon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
- Ranking Results Announcement: December 2019
It’s possible for Pokemon Sword and Sheild’s players to join the competition by opening the X menu in their game and selecting VS, Battle Stadium, and then Online Competitions. It’s also worth noting that you don’t need to register on the Pokémon Global Link. Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply.
Now let’s talk about other interesting features of Pokemon Sword and Sheild.
As a new usable item on Pokemon, Mint will change stat-growth patterns in the game and it will also affect and impact which stats of a Pokemon are likely to grow faster than what they usually do. Nintendo also confirms that in Pokemon Sword and Sheild there is going to be special supplements that their main goal is to raise a Pokemon’s base points. That’s not all, and Drinks like Protein and Iron will be useful for raising stats. Fun fact about The Pokemon Company’s upcoming games is that if two Pokemon are of the same species but one of them has more base points than the other, the Pokemon that has the most base points will have a better chance for growing stronger than the Pokemon with fewer base points. It’s also been confirmed that in Pokemon Sword and Shield, Trainers have the opportunity to max out base points just by using these supplements that are included in the game.
For those who were wondering about the changes to earning experience points, Nintendo says that in addition to earning Exp. Points through battling, using an Exp. Candy will give those Exp. Points to the Pokemon and players can earn them in Max Raid Battles. While we are at, Nintendo also added that in Max Raid Battles (where four Trainers team up to take on a wild Dynamax Pokemon), players can also look forward to taking on a Gigantamax Pokemon, instead of the usual Dynamax Pokemon.
According to The Pokemon Company, the hatched Pokemon now is able to find out about unusual moves called Egg Moves and with them the hatched Pokemon will learn through situations like leveling up or using TMs. Another fun detail about Pokemon Sword and Shield is that if players put two of their creatures in a Pokemon Nursery together, it’s possible for them to share the Egg Moves with each other, so one creature’s Egg Move can be passed on to the other. However, this feature only works when your Pokemon knows three or fewer moves.
The Pokemon Boxes are also see some changes for example those Pokemon creatures that are not on a Trainer’s team can be deposited into one of the Pokemon Boxes. Additionally, you can have access to your Pokemon in various towns and facilities both on the road, and in tall grass. Players are also able to swap in or out Pokemon of a Trainer’s team at any given moment, nonetheless, keep in mind that in Pokemon Sword and Shield there are a number of places (like mission areas featuring a Pokemon Gym), in which it’s not possible for Trainers to have access to their Pokemon Boxes.
The game also has an autosave function that will automatically save progress at various points throughout Pokemon Sword and Shield like when you enter a new town or building, and while this autosave feature is automatically enabled in the game, you can turn it off if manually saving is your thing. Nintendo also noted that players have the opportunity to give nicknames to traded Pokemon. However, this feature is only available for those times that a Pokemon doesn’t have a nickname already, so if the Pokemon has a nickname, just like other Pokemon games, you won’t be able to change it.
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are scheduled to release exclusively for Switch on November 15. For more Nintendo-related news be sure to check out our Twitter.