The State of Pokemon Sword and Shield (October 2019)


There is less than a month left before Pokémon Sword and Shield come out. I would like to go over the news coverage on this upcoming game for this month, and offer some impressions. This most likely will be my last news article on this game prior to Sword and Shield’s release. I will have a November article only if there is big, noteworthy news for this game. There wasn’t much revealed this month, so this article should be short. I will only cover officially revealed info, so no leaks or rumors here. Here is what is new:

Here’s a look at Galarian Ponyta.

Galarian Ponyta: This new version of Ponyta is a psychic type, and looks a lot like a “my little pony”. It was revealed during a 24 hour live stream, and has the ability run away or pastel veil. Pastel veil is a new ability that prevents poison for this Pokémon and its ally. This ability also cures poison for both Pokémon too, if it happened earlier in battle. It is assumed that there will be a Galarian Rapidash. It is unknown if there is anything else new concerning Galarian Rapidash, such as an evolution or additional typing. Galarian Ponyta is exclusive to Shield version.

New Gigantamax Pokemon:

Gigantamax Pikachu looks similar to its original design.
  • Gigantamax Charizard: Has the G-Max move G-Max wildfire. This move requires a fire type attack. It has the added effect of dealing ongoing damage for four turns to non-fire types. It is unclear if this only effects the target, or if it hurts all non-fire types in battle (including both opponents and Charizard’s ally).
  • Gigantamax Butterfree: Has the G-Max move G-Max befuddle. This requires a bug type attack to use, and has the added effect of inflicting paralysis, poison, or sleep conditions to all opponents.
  • Gigantamax Pikachu: This version of Pikachu closely resembles its fatter, original design. It has the G-Max move G-Max volt crash. It requires an electric attack to use, and will paralyze all opponents. Players will get this Pikachu if they have Let’s Go Pikachu save data. This Pikachu does not evolve!
  • Gigantamax Eevee: Has the G-Max move G-Max cuddle. This requires a normal type move in order to use. It will do damage and inflict infatuation on all opposite gender opponents. Players will get this Pokémon if they have save data from Let’s Go Eevee. This Eevee will not evolve!
  • Gigantamax Meowth: Has the G-Max move G-Max gold rush. It requires a normal type attack to use. This attack will deal damage, scatter coins like the move pay day (meaning more money after battle), and will confuse all opponents. This Meowth can be downloaded from November 15, 2019 to January 15, 2020. This Meowth does not evolve!

New Features:

Here are a few new features revealed via interviews or previews from various news sources:

  • There is the option to change a “personality parameter”. It is unclear what this means, or how to do so, but my guess is that you can change a Pokémon’s nature. This is the leading rumor, and was translated from Japanese, so the exact meaning is currently unclear.
  • The game has an autosave feature. The exact way it works is unclear, but it can be turned off.
  • There is no more experience share item. Instead, all Pokémon in the player’s team automatically get experience points from every battle, regardless of how much fighting they do. It seems like you cannot turn this feature off, but that is unclear.
  • Some Pokémon that appear in the wild area will glow yellow, indicating some max IVs and some egg moves.
  • It appears that some tutorial features can be skipped, such as the capturing tutorial.

This is all that is new this month. It appears that there should be more to learn about these games, but it seems that the developers want to leave the rest as a surprise. This is quite the shift from previous release cycles, which revealed almost everything. Personally, I prefer not knowing everything, so the experience is fresher when I play the game. It remains to be seen how much is left to learn about the game next month, when I will review the game!

And that covers all the news for Pokémon Sword and Shield for this month. What was your favorite news item this month? Do you have a favorite new Pokémon, Galarian form, or Gigantamax Pokémon ? What new feature excites you the most? Let me know in the comments below! If you enjoyed this news article, be sure to click the like button. You may also subscribe via email to stay up to date with That’s All Games. Until next time, have fun gaming!


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