Pokemon Sword and Shield developer Game Freak has revealed new Pocket Monsters, characters and features.
In a bid to smooth over fans disappointed with the recent animation revelations, Game Freak has bombarded fans with new information about the upcoming set of Nintendo Switch games.
The first announcement is a biggie, as Game Freak reveals more about a Pokemon phenomenon known as Gigantamaxing.
Similar to Dynamaxing, Pokemon with Gigantamax capabilities become much larger and more powerful. Unlike Dynamaxing, however, the new phenomenon is available to non-Galar Pokemon and also changes their appearance.
“Not only do Gigantamax Pokémon become bigger, but their appearance also changes,” Game Freak explains.
“Like normal Dynamaxing, Gigantamaxing boosts the power of the Pokemon – and it also allows each Gigantamax Pokemon to use a unique move known as a G-Max Move.
“Each G-Max Move is particular to a specific species of Gigantamax Pokemon, and regular Dynamax Pokemon are not able to use G-Max Moves.
“Only certain species of Pokemon can Gigantamax – and even among such species, only rare specimens will be able to Gigantamax.”
It’s since been revealeed that Drednaw and Corviknight will both have Gigantamax version in the game.
Gigantamax Drednaw has a special ability in which stones are scattered around arenas and damage new Pokemon, while Gigantamax Corviknight has increased armour for better defensive capabilities.
Elsewhere, new Pokemon have been revealed for the Galar region, including a Fairy-type Cream Pokemon known as Alcremie – which also has a Gigantamax version.
“Alcremie can produce whipped cream, which becomes richer the happier Alcremie is feeling,” Game Freak explains.
“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.”
Other new Pocket Monsters include Steel/Dragon-type Duraludon, Electric-type Yamper and Rock-type Rolycoly.
Yamper is a Puppy Pokemon that is able to generate electricity, but can’t store it. Its Ball Fetch ability, which sees the Pocket Monster retrieve lost PokeBalls.
Rolycoly, meanwhile, can illuminate dark areas with its red eye, and is also able to travel smoothly over rough terrain.
“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.”
Finally, Duraludon lives in caves and mountainous areas. It has two arms with slightly different shapes, which they use 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.”