What did you suppose?
Nintendo, Sport Freak, and The Pokémon Firm held a Pokémon Direct for Pokémon Sword and Defend this morning, and a bunch of latest data – together with that important piece of the puzzle, the discharge date – was revealed. So…what did we consider the Direct? We gathered our greatest Poke-fans, Miranda Sanchez and Casey DeFreitas, to hash out the largest surprises (and a very unsurprising element) that had been.
Miranda: Any morning that begins with Pokemon Direct is an effective morning. Casey, our Pokemon Grasp, what did you concentrate on the Direct?!
Casey: My hype for Pokemon Sword and Defend is completely invigorated after seeing this Direct! They confirmed off so many shocking modifications, and I’m principally right here for them.
Miranda: Let’s begin with perhaps essentially the most shocking change: no random encounters.
Casey: Opposite to what we thought after seeing the reveal trailer, it seems to be like random encounters – a staple in all the important entry Pokemon video games – are gone for good. On this Direct, they confirmed roaming Pokemon that may be approached for battle. They’re taking a web page out of Pokemon Let’s Go, clearly.
Miranda: Although there’s a diploma of randomness while you’re wandering by tall grass and cave. You’ll see an exclamation level pop up, and you’ll method it to interact a thriller Pokemon in battle.
Casey: I’m truthfully fully pleased with that change, however the greatest shock – and I imply that actually – are the Dynamax Pokemon characteristic. Utilizing an merchandise known as the Dynamax Band in sure areas, Pokemon can develop enormous. With their embiggening, their strikes additionally obtain a “Max” improve.
Miranda: The strikes themselves are powered-up variations of the strikes your Pokemon already know. The catch is that they solely keep Dynamaxed for 3 turns. The turns appear to be tracked by a purple cloud over the large Pokemon’s head, and Pokemon can solely be Dynamaxed as soon as per battle.
Casey: I am not solely offered on it: it looks as if a boring combo of Mega Evolution and Z-Strikes. What I’m excited for, nonetheless, is the free-roaming digicam within the wild. Particularly, this characteristic is proscribed to one thing known as the “Wild Space,” an expansive pure space within the Galar area that connects completely different cities.
Miranda: I feel we’ve been capable of pinpoint what this space shall be, and if we’re proper, we could possibly entry it somewhat early on within the sport.
Casey: The Pokemon that seem shall be primarily based on location and climate, just like Pokemon Go, so the Pokemon you encounter might change every time you go to for the reason that climate modifications each day.
Miranda: Additionally primarily based on what we noticed, there’s potential for it to be a bigger multiplayer space primarily based on how gamers approached the factor known as the Max Raid Battle stone. Which brings us to…
Casey: Max Raid Battles! These might be initiated within the Wild Space. Within the distance, you’ll have the ability to see purple beams, marking a Max Raid location. These raid battles put as much as 4 trainers in opposition to a Dynamax Pokemon, however the catch is that it stays Dynamaxed for your entire battle and has particular talents.
Miranda: Solely one of many 4 trainers can Dynamax their Pokemon, which is a pleasant means so as to add a bit extra technique to those battles. If the Pokemon is defeated, your group has an opportunity to catch the Dynamax Pokemon. Some Pokemon can solely be caught by Max Raid Battles, so that they’re most likely value trying out.
Casey: So far as shocking issues go, these had been on the highest of checklist. Not shocking in any respect, alternatively, is the discharge date. Like many Pokemon video games earlier than it, Pokemon Sword and Defend shall be launched on November 15 of this yr.
Miranda: There have been so many different issues introduced too! New Pokemon, characters, and even the Legendaries — they give the impression of being slightly like Digimon, however that’s an entire different dialogue for an additional day.
For extra on Pokemon, catch our breakdown of the whole lot we discovered on IGN and within the Pokemon Sword and Defend wiki.
Casey DeFreitas is an Editor at IGN who loves Monster Hunter. Catch her on Twitter @ShinyCaseyD. Miranda Sanchez is an government editor at IGN. Catch her weekly on Podcast Unlocked and on Twitter and Instagram.