Via the official Pokémon YouTube channel, the latest trailer for Pokémon Sword and Shield showcases several new Pokémon, characters, form differences, and—for the first time in the history of the franchise—version-exclusive gyms.
The trailer introduces three never-before-seen Pokémon. Alcremie is a fairy type Pokémon that is made of whipped cream and cannot fall asleep in battle thanks to its Sweet Veil ability. Rolycoly is a pure rock type that can either have the new and unknown ability Steam Engine or Heatproof, which halves damage from fire-type attacks. Lastly, Duraludon is a dual Dragon-Steel type that possesses either Light Metal or Heavy Metal as its ability, which will respectively halve or double its weight.
This trailer also details the structure of the Galar region Pokémon League. Charman Rose runs the league and made it popular by incorporating the Galar region’s Dynamax phenomenon into battles. Oleana also made her debut in this trailer, and the Pokémon Twitter account reveals that she’s Rose’s secretary as well as the vice-president of his company. It appears as though these two orchestrate the Champion Cup, which determines the Galar League’s champion as opposed to simply defeating the Elite Four, as was the case in past games.
The video also reveals that some Pokémon change forms when Dynamaxing. Alcremie stands atop a layered cake when it transforms into a giant. Similarly, Drednaw stands upright after becoming a giant and Corviknight’s design become more aggressive. Whether only select Pokémon from the Galar region will have these form differences, or if monsters from previous generations will also transform when Dynamaxing, is unknown.
Pokémon Sword and Shield will also feature version-exclusive gyms. A fighting type gym led by Bea will appear in Pokémon Sword, while Pokémon Shield will instead feature Allister and his ghost-type gym. The designs of these new gym leaders also reinforce the idea that Pokémon battling is a mainstream sport in the Galar region, as both characters have a number of sponsor logos on their outfits.
The trailer comes after the developer Game Freak addressed the absence of every single Pokémon appearing in Sword and Shield. Although the latest Pokémon games are set to release worldwide in November, they still remain mostly shrouded in mystery. Notably, the region’s villains are still unknown and it’s not clear how the games’ legendary monsters will affect the story.