Welcome back to another issue of Pokemon News. And OH BOY is it a doozy! Just before E3, we got a big ole news dump for Pokemon Sword and Shield. So let’s dissect everything that was shown and see what’s it store for the eighth generation of Pokemon.
There is a lot to unpack with this one, but I think a good place to start is with the new Pokemon that were revealed. First up is a Pokemon who’s cuteness and fluffiness has won the hearts of many fans on social media. Sorry, I’m not talking about Whimsicott, I’m talking about Wooloo, the Sheep Pokemon.
This Normal Type ball of fluff has two confirmed abilities; Fluffy and Run Away. Both of these abilities fit well with Wooloo’s design and behavior.
The white fur that covers their bodies grows throughout their lives, and it will fully grow back in three months even if the Wooloo has been completely shorn. The fur is used for clothing and carpets and the like, and it is very popular as a specialty product of the Galar region. Wooloo live as a herd and mimic the actions of their Trainer or herd leader. They dislike conflict, and if they need to escape from enemies, they will simply roll away.
Like most others that have seen Wooloo, I have to say, this thing is just so darn cute. Too bad it will have to enter conflict regardless.
Next up is another Pokemon that appears to be muscling in on Whimsicott’s territory. This is Gossifleur, the Flowering Pokemon, and its evolution Eldegoss, the Cotton Bloom Pokemon.
Before you start making assumptions Thatch, both Gossifleur and Eldegoss are mono Grass Types. Both also retain the same abilities even through evolution; Cotton Down and Regenerator. Cotton Down is a new ability that lowers the speed of the Pokemon that attacks Gossifleur or Eldegoss.
Gossifleur prefers lands with clean water and air, and its pollen has a healing effect. Its pollen works on people, too, and it used to be a common folk medicine remedy for children of the Galar region to be given a tea made from this pollen when they fell ill. Gossifleur travels over long distances by getting blown along by the wind. It controls the direction of its travels by twisting its body and petals.
When Gossifleur evolves into Eldegoss, its head becomes covered in thick cotton fluff. This cotton fluff serves as a cushion, helping to protect Eldegoss’s head from damage. The tiny seeds attached to the cotton fluff are said to be highly nutritious and beneficial to both people and Pokémon. Eldegoss spreads these seeds throughout the region by sending them on the wind, making the soil of the Galar region rich in nutrients.
Even with the similarities, Whimsicott is still superior. Not just because of the additional Fairy Typing, but because its freakin Whimsicott.
Surprisingly enough, we haven’t had a true snapping turtle Pokemon. Well, that’s changed now with Drednaw, the Bite Pokemon.
This Snapping Turtle might be some sort of Fossil Pokemon as it is a Water and Rock Type, but that might just be a coincidence. It has the very straightforward abilities of Strong Jaw and Shell Armor.
The sharp, jagged fangs of the Bite Pokémon Drednaw are strong and sharp enough to bite through rock and iron. Though it has an extremely heavy rock shell, its well-developed muscles allow it to move quickly. Drednaw is known to be extremely vicious, and it takes a skilled Trainer to tame and handle this Pokémon. It seems that some Trainers will release Drednaw back into the wild once they discover they can’t handle it.
Trust me, I can handle it.
This next Pokemon is my personal favorite out of all of the new Pokemon revealed, can’t imagine why. So here’s Corviknight, the Raven Pokemon.
Move over Skarmory, we’ve got another Flying and Steel Type, and its better than you due to its abilities of Pressure and Unnerve. I have a feeling we are looking at Galar’s answer to Pidgeot, Staraptor, and Talonflame; Perhaps Corviknight is fully evolved, we don’t know yet.
It is said that Corviknight is the strongest Pokémon living in the skies of the Galar region. It can often be seen fearlessly soaring through the air. Many say that any Pokémon foolish enough to challenge Corviknight are sent running with just a sharp glare and cry from this fearsome Pokémon. Corviknight possess superb flying skills and high intelligence. Because of this, many of them work for the company called Galar Taxi, helping transport people from town to town.
Mount confirmed when I travel to Galar.
One last thing has come up as of writing that has not been confirmed. Another Pokemon is shown during the new trailer that appears to be some sort of black and yellow squirrel. It appears both barely in the crowds in a stadium and more clearly on a t-shirt.
I believe this is Galar’s Pika-clone. We don’t have any more information, but maybe we’ll learn more during E3.
Not only did we get new regular Pokemon, we also got to see the legendary Pokemon for Sword and Shield. For Pokemon Sword, we have Zacian, and for Pokemon Shield, we have Zamazenta.
While we don’t know anything more about these good boys, I can bet at least one if not both are Steel Typed to some capacity. Like before, we may learn more during E3.
Along with these new Pokemon, a brand new mechanic has also been introduced, and it changes the flow of battle in a BIG way. This is Dynamax.
When a trainer Dynamaxes their Pokemon, it grow to kaiju levels in size and gains a significant power boost. Dynamaxing requires a Dynamax Band in order to trigger, and can only be triggered in certain situations, such as gym battles. When a Pokemon is dynamaxed, their moves are switched with “Max Moves”. Attacking moves are changed to differently typed offensive moves based on the typings of the moves known, while status moves become “Max Guard” which either block or reduce incoming damage. Be careful when you Dynamax though. The effect only lasts for three turns before the Pokemon reverts back to its normal size.
Moving right along with new content, the Rotom Dex returns. Except he’s not just a Dex, he’s your entire phone now.
The Rotom Phone will apparently function similarly to the Rotom Dex, but will have new features to it that will assist in your journey. One of these is transforming your bike apparently. The the Rotom Phone is attached to the returning bike, it will gain more speed and the bike will be able to travel across water……cuz that’s how phones work…..
But why would you need to ride across water if you are on a fixed path like the other games? Well because their isn’t a fixed path. Welcome to the Wild Area.
Who put Breath of the Wild in my Pokemon games? Cuz I LOVE IT!!! The Wild Area is a section of the map of Galar that promote free roaming in the game, where you can find either items or Pokemon, with some Pokemon only appearing at specific times of the day or in certain weather. Pokemon will appear similarly to how Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee had them, while still incorporating tall grass like the original games. But that’s not all that the Wild Area has within it.
For those that still play Pokemon GO, they will instantly appreciate this. Max Raid Battles can be found within the Wild Area.
This new feature/event also showcases the first instance of co-op play outside of online battling. You and four other trainers can meet up at a Max Raid Battle Node and work together to defeat a Raid Boss Pokemon. This Pokemon is permanently dynamaxed, requiring the power of all four Pokemon to take it out. To compete against this power, only one trainer will be capable of dynamaxing their own Pokemon to fight. Once the boss is defeated, the trainers will have the opportunity to catch it, with the stats of a Raid Boss Pokemon currently unknown. This will be an important aspect for PUCLcon 2020, you can bet on that.
Along with all these new features and Pokemon, we also got a first look at some of the new characters that we will be meeting during our trip to Galar.
First up is Hop, our rival for this generation.
Hop begins his journey at the same time as the player and is noted for being the younger brother of Galar’s Pokemon League Champion, which we will get to in a minute.
We also got to meet Professor Magnolia.
Like most professors, Magnolia specializes in a specific field of Pokemon research. She is currently researching the phenomena of Dynamax, and how it functions.
Working with Professor Magnolia is Sonia.
Sonia is both a researcher and granddaughter of Professor Magnolia and is a childhood friend of the Champion.
Speaking of the champion, meet Hop’s older brother, Leon.
Noted for being undefeated in the Galar Region, Leon is characterized as the strongest trainer in the entire region, being a big celebrity in Galar. (Can’t wait to take that crown from him.)
And that’s it for this issue of Pokemon News. Most likely we will get a little more information during E3, but I’m stoked for this new game. Which new Pokemon is your favorite? Leave a comment down below. And as always, I’ll see you guys in the next issue.