Everything You Need To Know About ‘Pokemon Sword And Shield’

Pokemon Sword And Shield

Listen up, Pokemon trainers. A new set of Pokemon titles are setting down on Switch later this year, and you’re definitely going to want to snatch them up.

No, they aren’t remakes of Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or a tie-in to Pokemon Go. Instead, they’re brand new adventures with new Pokemon, new lands to explore, and new reasons to cart your Switch along with you everywhere you go.

Yes, Pokemon Sword and Shield are the upcoming Generation 8 main entries in the series. Although plenty of Pokemon games have made it to console, this will be the first time the main series releases on a platform other than Nintendo’s handheld line – and it’s about time, too. As such, you can expect it to be bigger and better looking than any Pokemon game before it.

Although we don’t have many details on Pokemon Sword and Shield yet, we have seen enough to get us pumped for its late 2019 release. So far, we know what region Pokemon Sword and Shield will take place in, the three starter Pokemon, and a few other tidbits that help paint a picture of how the game will be.

Welcome To The Galar Region

The Galar region is the setting of Pokemon Sword and Shield and is an entirely new area built for Gen 8. In the past, the regions have always been based on real-life areas, and this time is no different. Just by glancing at the map of Galar you can likely guess where this new country is derived from.

Galar is the Pokemon version of the UK (albeit upside down). As suggested by the Sword and Shield titles, Galar is spotted with castles and Victorian architecture, which is a stark contrast to the Alolan Islands of Sun and Moon.

We haven’t learned anything specific about the cities and locales of Galar, but from the map, we can see the largest settlement is set amongst snowy cliffs in the north. There you can see a facsimile of Big Ben and Parliament, though the huge tower is something entirely new.

A walled city is smack in the middle of the map, and its industrial atmosphere is reminiscent of Sheffield and Birmingham. Here you’ll see Pokemon helping to run the various machines located in this town.

The southmost area is a bit more familiar. These small villages are a lot like the many towns we’ve made our way through in past entries. I wouldn’t be surprised if you start the game here.

As much as I love the Pokemon games with every breath of my being, I’m excited to see so much architectural diversity. The UK has an incredible history to draw from, and I can’t wait to see the Pokemon take on it.

What Are The New Starter Pokemon In Pokemon Sword And Shield?

The reveal trailer for Pokemon Sword and Shield gave us our first look at the three starting Pokemon we’ll get to choose from. As is series tradition, all three of these Pokemon are brand new to the series.

Grookey is a Grass-type that looks like a cute little monkey. Since Gen 3, the starter Pokemon tend to pick up a second type in their second or third forms. Given how Grooky brandishes a stick like a staff I’d bet on it ending up as a Grass/Fighting type when it evolves.

Scorbunny is a Fire-type, and my favourite of the bunch. I mean just look at it, it’s adorable. Figuring out which dual-type Scorbunny will pick up is a tough one. I’d say Fighting, but since Grookey is almost certainly going to be a Grass/Fighting-type upon evolution, I’m going to say that Scorbunny will end up being Fire/Fairy.

Sobble is a shy little Water-type which uses its camouflage to avoid other Pokemon. Given that it has an illusory nature, I think the assumption that it’ll be a Water/Psychic type in its second or third evolution is a safe bet.

What Are The Returning Pokemon In Pokemon Sword And Shield?

The three starters are the only new Pokemon we’ve seen thus far. However, from the trailer we’ve got confirmation that the following, introduced in previous games, also inhabit Galar:

  • Braviary
  • Flygon
  • Grubbin
  • Hoothoot
  • Lucario
  • Meowstic
  • Minccino
  • Munchlax
  • Pikachu
  • Tyranitar
  • Wailmer
  • Wishiwashi
  • Zweilous

Other than the info above, we’re not sure what Pokemon we’ll see in Pokemon Sword and Shield. We’re not even sure how many new Pokemon there will be. However, the usual number of new Pokemon per generation is around 100 or so, and that’s likely a good guess here.

But take it from me – you’re going to want to start working on strategies now to catch ‘em all. There’s…uh, a lot of ‘em now.