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Pokémon Sword and Shield will include ‘drastically overleveled’ monsters

Xenoblade fans rejoice

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Pokémon games aren’t exactly known for their challenge, especially not when it comes to random encounters. But that might be about to change with the next big installment in the monster-collecting franchise.

Hands-on previews with the Nintendo Switch exclusive went live earlier in the week, and these write-ups were full of interesting tidbits about what you can expect. One thing that made me raise an eyebrow came from Eurogamer, where they mention that creatures roaming in Wild Areas can sometimes be extremely powerful. As an example, the publication cites that it’s possible to come across a level 50 Pokémon when your team is barely level six. These intimidating encounters will be limited to special sections known as “Wild Areas.” In Wild Areas, monsters can free-roam, open-world style. You’ll be able to see creatures on the map, as you can in Pokémon Go.

Wild Areas are where players will be able to set up camp and cook for their teammates. It’s also where players will be able to launch multiplayer raids against enormous Gigantamax Pokémon. And, apparently, it’s also where you’ll encounter creatures that are well above your level range. Then again, even monsters slightly above your current experience sound like they might provide a challenge in Wild Areas — a GamesRadar preview notes that their player had enemies just a few levels higher that would wipe 90% of their HP with a single attack. Dang.

Fortunately, particularly strong catchable Pokémon will be flagged to the player. Eurogamer writes that creatures with yellow auras have at least a couple of perfect stats, known to hardcore devotees as IVs, along with Egg Moves. Can’t wait to eventually burn out after spending too many hours searching for a perfect version of my intended capture.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield release on Nov. 15.

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