RAD is available August 20th on Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC Digital, and Nintendo Switch!
RAD is available August 20th on Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC Digital, and Nintendo Switch!
[Mr. Taura’s Case Files 05]— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) August 16, 2019
“The protagonist of #ASTRALCHAIN investigates incidents as a member of a special police task force. The development team put a lot of effort into creating the atmosphere of a police officer investigating a crime scene.” pic.twitter.com/ziZGh0age9
(cont.) “The team worked hard to connect the setting with the gameplay, like with the IRIS system that projects holographic images into your surroundings. This is a cool piece of near-future sci-fi design, plus it’s also very useful when conducting an investigation.” pic.twitter.com/tpdJNGugVu— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) August 16, 2019
CATCH POKÉMON WITH HIDDEN ABILITIES THROUGH MAX RAID BATTLES!
Some Pokémon have rare Abilities known as Hidden Abilities, which are different to their usual Abilities. In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, it seems that Pokémon caught in Max Raid Battles might have these Hidden Abilities. Plus, there’s also a chance that you’ll encounter a special Pokémon capable of Gigantamaxing in Max Raid Battles! While extremely rare, by attempting many different battles, there’s a chance you could even encounter a Pokémon that can Gigantamax...and also has a Hidden Ability!
A Corviknight caught in tall grass with the Pressure Ability
A Corviknight caught in a Max Raid Battle with the Mirror Armor Ability
Participate in lots of Max Raid Battles if you want to catch a Pokémon with a Hidden Ability!
THE NEW ABILITY MIRROR ARMOR
Corviknight’s Hidden Ability, Mirror Armor, is a new Ability introduced in these titles. This Ability will bounce back any stat-lowering effects from Abilities or moves!
DYNAMAXING AND MAX MOVES
The Dynamax phenomenon not only makes Pokémon huge—it can also give them a boost in power. Dynamaxing your Pokémon can sway the course of a battle! The Max Moves that only Dynamax Pokémon can use aren’t just powerful, either. They all have impressive additional effects!
The Water-type Max Move Max Geyser will trigger the rain weather condition!
The Fighting-type Max Move Max Knuckle will increase the Attack of all allied Pokémon, as well as the user!
Even if an opponent uses a move like Protect, a Max Move will still blast through it and deal some damage!
All status moves used by a Dynamax Pokémon become Max Guard, which can even protect against other Max Moves.
DYNAMAXING AND HELD ITEMS
In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, you’ll be able to Dynamax any Pokémon from the Galar region so long as you have the Dynamax Band. There’s no need to have the Pokémon hold a special item. This means that you can choose which one of your Pokémon to Dynamax depending on what’s happening in the battle. You could even have your Pokémon hold items that boost their offenses so they can unleash Max Moves that are even more powerful!
NEW ABILITIES WILL BE APPEARING IN POKÉMON SWORD AND POKÉMON SHIELD
Many new Abilities have been discovered in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield! The Ability of Galarian Weezing, Neutralizing Gas, is one such Ability! This Ability neutralizes the ongoing effects of other Pokémon’s Abilities and even prevents Abilities from being triggered!
Galarian Weezing will fill the area with Neutralizing Gas when it enters the battlefield!
Once the Pokémon with Neutralizing Gas leaves the battlefield, the Abilities of the other Pokémon will be activated again.
HERE ARE TWO NEW ITEMS: ROOM SERVICE AND EJECT PACK
There are new items available in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield that will broaden the strategies you can use in Pokémon battles! These include items that can combo with specific moves to give you an edge in battles, like Room Service and Eject Pack.
When held by a Pokémon, Room Service will lower the holder’s Speed when the move Trick Room is successfully used.
When a Pokémon holding Eject Pack has any of its stats lowered, it will immediately switch out so you can send in another Pokémon from your team!
THE BATTLE STADIUM
In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, you can connect to the internet and battle against Trainers from all over the world in the Battle Stadium. Features like Rental Teams and Online Competitions also allow for different ways to connect to other Pokémon Trainers.
Note: A Nintendo Switch Online membership (paid) is required to use the Battle Stadium. There is no need to set up a Pokémon Global Link account.
In Ranked Battles, you can take on Pokémon Trainers from across the globe with a Battle Team you trained up, in an attempt to become the most powerful Trainer in the world! As the name implies, you will have a rank in Ranked Battles that indicates how strong you are as a Trainer. Your rank will change depending on the results of your battles! You’ll face Trainers of a similar rank, so your battles are sure to be challenging!
Each rank in Ranked Battles belongs to a specific tier. The top tier is where Trainers will take part in intense Ranked Battles, with everyone aiming to become the best in the world!
You can check your own ranking in the Battle Stadium when you’re competing in the highest ranks. And check out the smartphone version of Pokémon HOME if you want to see how all participants of a competition placed or the rankings of the Pokémon used. In Ranked Battles, your rank will go down a certain amount at the end of each season before being carried over to a new season.
In Casual Battles, you can enjoy Pokémon battles without worrying about who wins and who loses. Another noteworthy aspect of Casual Battles is that you can use certain Legendary Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon that are not eligible for Ranked Battles!
ABOUT BATTLE RULES
There are two formats for battles in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Players can take part in the Single Battle and Double Battle formats. You can choose from these two battle formats for Ranked Battles and Casual Battles, too.
There are two categories of Online Competitions you can participate in for some fun battling: Official Competitions and Friendly Competitions.
In Official Competitions, you take part in special battles with a variety of different rules and restrictions, in order to see where you place among the participants. Certain competitions may even grant you the chance to participate in the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield World Championships if you do well in them!
Aim to be the best in competitions with various regulations.
In Friendly Competitions, you can join competitions hosted by other players—but you’re also able to host a competition yourself!
The host will decide the regulations used for Friendly Competitions.
USE RENTAL TEAMS TO BATTLE WITH ALL SORTS OF DIFFERENT POKÉMON!
Rental Teams let you borrow Battle Teams easily by inputting IDs available online. You can use these rented Battle Teams in various different battles. You’ll also be able to make your own Battle Teams public to Pokémon Trainers all over the world
WASHINGTON, DC--August 16, 2019--Today, The Pokémon Company International announced that Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be the official video games used for competitive play during the 2020 Play! Pokémon Season and shared new game features that fans can look forward to in the highly anticipated titles. Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will launch November 15, 2019, exclusively on the Nintendo SwitchTM system. In addition, The Pokémon Company International debuted the next series in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Sword & Shield, based on the upcoming video games as well as a new type of card, Pokémon V.
Battling in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, Trainers can connect to the internet and battle against each other in either Single or Double Battle formats in the Battle Stadium.*
In the Battle Stadium, Pokémon Trainers can engage in Ranked Battles where they will face other Trainers and their Battle Teams from across the globe.
Trainers will battle those with a similar rank and will earn points depending on the results of those battles.
Each rank in Ranked Battles belongs to a specific tier, and Trainers can increase their rank by earning enough points.
Trainers can check their own ranking in the Battle Stadium. They can also see how all of the participants placed in a competition on the smartphone version of Pokémon HOME.
In Casual Battles, it's not about who wins or loses--it's about becoming a better Trainer.
One exciting aspect of Casual Battles is the ability to use certain Legendary Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon that are not eligible for Ranked Battles.
Features like Online Competitions and Rental Teams will also allow players to connect with other Trainers in different ways.
Trainers who participate in Online Competitions can battle in either Official Competitions or Friendly Competitions.
In Official Competitions, participants will take part in special battles with a variety of different rules and restrictions.
In Friendly Competitions, Trainers can join competitions hosted by other players or even host their own competitions. Regulations in Friendly Competitions are determined by the host.
Rental Teams enable Trainers to borrow Battle Teams by inputting IDs available online--or to make Battle Teams that they've put together available as Rental Teams to other Trainers all over the world. Up to five teams can be rented at once, and they can even be used in Ranked Battles.
Dynamaxing and Max Moves
The Dynamax phenomenon not only makes Pokémon huge--it can also give them a boost in power and sway the course of a battle. The Max Moves that only Dynamax Pokémon can use aren't just powerful but also have impressive additional effects. For example, the Water-type Max Move, Max Geyser, will trigger the rain weather condition, and the Fighting-type Max Move, Max Knuckle, will increase the Attack of all allied Pokémon.
In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, a Trainer's Pokémon can Dynamax if that Trainer has the Dynamax Band. Pokémon do not have to hold a special item to Dynamax. This means Trainers can choose which one of their Pokémon to Dynamax depending on what's happening in the battle, and they can even have their Pokémon hold items that boost their strength so they can unleash Max Moves that are even more powerful.
New Abilities and Items
Many new Abilities have been discovered in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. One such Ability is Galarian Weezing's Neutralizing Gas. This Ability neutralizes the ongoing effects of other Pokémon's Abilities and even prevents Abilities from being triggered. Once the Pokémon with Neutralizing Gas leaves the battlefield, the Abilities of the other Pokémon will be activated again.
Some Pokémon have rare Abilities known as Hidden Abilities. In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, Pokémon caught in Max Raid Battles might have these Hidden Abilities. There is also a very small chance that Trainers will encounter a special Pokémon capable of Gigantamaxing in Max Raid Battles. While extremely rare, by attempting many different battles, there's a chance they could even encounter a Pokémon that can Gigantamax and has a Hidden Ability. One such Hidden Ability is Corviknight's Mirror Armor, which will bounce back any stat-lowering effects from an opposing Pokémon's Abilities or moves.
New items that can be combined with specific moves to give Trainers an edge in battle will also be available in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. These items include Room Service and Eject Pack. When held by a Pokémon, Room Service will lower that Pokémon's Speed when the move Trick Room is successfully used. When a Pokémon holding Eject Pack has any of its stats lowered, it will immediately switch out so another Pokémon can be sent in.
Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield and Pokémon V
Also during the 2019 Pokémon World Championships, Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, unveiled Sword & Shield, a new series coming to the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Included in the series are Pokémon V, powerful new cards that will play an important role in players' strategies. Event attendees also received a preview of Zacian V and Zamazenta V, which will be available in the series' upcoming first expansion. More details about the Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield Series will be announced soon.
🚨 Galar Research Update 🚨
✅ Challenge rival Trainers in the Battle Stadium!
🆕 Features, 💥 Exciting Battles 💥
✅ Catch Pokémon with Hidden Abilities through Max Raid Battles!
Think you can handle more updates on Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield?
Join us at 15:00 CEST on 19/08 for an all-new, livestreamed #IndieWorld presentation, where we'll be showing you a selection of indie titles coming soon to #NintendoSwitch #eShop!— Nintendo of Europe (@NintendoEurope) August 16, 2019
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Tune in Monday, Aug. 19 at 6am PT / 9am ET for an all-new, livestreamed #IndieWorld video showcase, featuring roughly 20 minutes of information on indie games coming to #NintendoSwitch!— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) August 16, 2019
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This is fairly interesting, isn't it? Previously, each region had their own events to showcase upcoming indie titles. From now on, the presentations will go all under singular banner: Indie World. If you aren't familiar, Indie World is the initiative that Nintendo started in Japan, highlighting upcoming content for Nintendo Switch. Looking at the look of the imagery above, it is clearly based on the current Japanese Indie World look.
What do make of this? Are you disappointed that the Nindie Showcase and Indie Highlight presentation are gone, or do you approve of this unified front? In either case, we will see what is going on this coming Monday!