A new trailer filled with information about the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield released on Monday, showing off a couple of new ’mons, as well as a new mechanic: Gigantamaxing.
The trailer showed off some new Pokémon, including a proper reveal of Yamper, the electric-type Corgi Pokémon we all grew to love at E3, Rolycoly, a new rock-type, and Duraludon, a steel- and dragon-type. There’s also now Alcremie, a whipped-cream fairy-type that seems to turn into a huge cake when Gigantamaxed, which is a separate thing from Dynamaxing.
Gigantamaxing not only makes the Pokémon huge, but it also changes their appearances and allows them to do a G-Max Move, which is specific to each Gigantamax Pokémon. Alcremie Gigantamaxes into a large cake, Corviknight Gigantamaxes into a bigger bird with some red accents, and Drednaw Gigantamaxes into a turtle with a much bigger shell. The game’s website notes that you can catch Gigantamax Pokémon by participating in Max Raid Battles, but they’ll be hard to find.
Chairman Rose, the man in charge of the Galar region Pokémon League was also shown, along with the vice president, a woman named Oleana. We’ll have to wait and see how they play in to the story.
After carefully skimming the trailer, it seems that Mimikyu and Tyranitar made the cut into the Galar-region Pokédex. If those were your favorites and you were worried about them getting cut, good news. The game’s website also confirms that Larvitar and Goomy’s evolution lines will be exclusive to Shield, and Deino and Jangmo-o’s evolution lines will only be in Sword.
Pokémon Sword and Shield will be released Nov. 15 for Nintendo Switch.