– [Madz] Pokemon Sword and Shield is out and I gotta tell you, I am very excited to be a surly little Scottish girl, roaming the British countryside, training sheep to fight dragons. It’s gonna be awesome. Oi, I’m Madz with The Leaderboard, and we’re here to take a deep dive into Pokemon Sword and Shield. We’ve gathered 107 Facts about what’s been added and removed from the upcoming Pokemon games, and they only got me to host this because I’m British.
Literally the only reason. Oh, and I like Pokemon. (logo chimes) All right, for our first fact. It was believed that Game Freak didn’t include any other starter Pokemon from the previous games except for the Charmander line. However, people have since discovered that the other starters from the Kanto region are actually in the game. Trust me, I would’ve been very upset if they weren’t there. Number two, okay, I’ve calmed down a little. The new Pokemon region is Galar, and like most Pokemon regions, Galar’s Pokemon draw inspiration from the real world. Galar is based on the United Kingdom, so you can find lots of references to the UK in the new Pokemon. Number three, stepping up to the role of Art Director is James Turner, who’s previously designed several Pokemon, such as the slightly controversial Vanillite evolution line, as well as Phantump’s line, and several Ultra Beasts. Because of his English background, Turner was consulted about the region, even during early stages of the game’s development. Number four, let’s talk Pokemon. The new fire-type starter, Scorbunny, uses its powerful legs to run around and generate heat.
It’s feet become hot, but it also stores fire in it’s fire sac, which acts like it’s second heart. When Scorbunny is full of flames, increases all it’s physical abilities. Number five, the new grass-type starter, Grookey, he’s the best by the way, has a special energy in it’s body that it can channel through its stick. When it bangs its stick to make music, the sound has the power to heal nearby plants, or, as Director Shigeru Ohmori states, “Instills life.” Number six, the new water-type starter, Sobble, is already famous for being a crybaby. But did you know its tears are actually contagious? A crying Sobble will make other people and Pokemon cry around it. When it comes to making people cry, Sobble’s tears are as powerful as 100 onions. Number seven, according to Director Shigeru Ohmori, Scorbunny was energetic and Grooky set the mood.
They wanted a more subdued Pokemon, which inspired Sobble. He also thinks that people who pick Sobble are kind and caring. Number eight, the Galarian starters all take cues from UK pop culture. Scorbunny’s evolution line is based on sports, from football or soccer to track, Sobble’s evolution line is modeled after spies like James Bond, and Grookey’s evolution line is inspired by music culture. Number nine, of the three starters, James Turner likes Sobble the most, Shigeru Ohmori likes Grookey the most, since he likes to party, (speaking in foreign language) and Producer Junichi Masuda considers Scorbunny his favorite.
Number 10, one the easiest UK references to spot in the new Pokemon, Yamper, which looks a lot like a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, the Queen’s favorite loaf of bread and, apparently, The New York Post’s hottest dog of 2019. Number 11, Yamper will also catch Pokeballs that failed to capture a wild Pokemon. This means you could use an expensive Ultraball on a wild Pokemon and, even if you miss, Yamper will return the ball to you.
That’s really cool. Number 12, Corviknight and its evolution line are based on common ravens, which are native to Britain. Ravens supposedly protect the Tower of London and the crown. There’s a superstition that if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it. Number 13, Corviknight is a flying/steel-type Pokemon, and is more than just a Skarmory 2.0. It actually plays an important role in the public transportation system in the Galar region. It’s used as a flying taxi to fly from town to town, replacing the TM Fly from earlier games.
Its character design could even be a reference to the silhouetted bird used in the fly animation from past games. Number 14, similar to Alola, the Galar Region is host to different forms of old, familiar Pokemon. These are known as Galarian forms, and similar to Alolan Forms, these Galarian forms differ in both looks and typing. Number 15, the new grass-type Pokemon, Gossifleur, which evolves into Eldegoss, is a rare healing-focused Pokemon. It’s ability Regeneration heals damage any time it’s switched out of battle. It’s nutritious seeds are also said to have healing properties. Number 16, if you combine the names of Gossifleur and it’s evolution, Eldegoss, you get Elderflower, which is a common wild plant and popular flavor in British cuisine. Eldegoss also looks a lot like a thistle, which has been used as a symbol for Scotland and the Stuart family. Number 17, while on his UK trip, Shigeru Ohmori heard the legend that, if you catch a floating cotton ball, you will have good fortune. This was used as inspiration for Gossifleur. Number 18, in the Galar region, a Farfetch’d can evolve into Sirfetch’d, who looks like a knight ready to protect the royal family.
Sirfetch’d has the signature move Meteor Assault. The move works similar to Giga Impact, it delivers a big hit on the first turn and requires Sirfetch’d to rest on the next turn. Number 19, if you’re into ancient history, Stonehenge finally gets it’s own Pokemon, in the form of Stonjourner. The Pokemon resembles a section of the ancient monument. Number 20, in the 18th century, the industrial revolution caused technology to go boom. Game Freak gave Weezing an industrial revolution makeover. The Galarian form of this Pokemon has smoke stacks on it’s heads, which also look a lot like top hats. Y’know, too, drive home the English stereotype. Thanks Game Freak. Number 21, while the classic Weezing was a pure poison-type, the new Galarian Weezing has poison/fairy typing, giving it extremely high defense against fighting, bug, and dragon attacks. Though it’s smoke may look like toxic pollution, the smoke that it emits from it’s, hat is actually purified steam.
Number 22, in keeping with the pollution theme, the Pokemon Rolycoly’s evolution line is, well, coal. Seriously, it only evolves into more coal. Rolycoly, has a new signature ability called Steam Engine that gives it a speed boost after it’s hit with fire or water attacks. Until about a hundred years ago, every house in the Galar region had a Rolycoly to handle their cooking and heating needs.
Number 23, the Generation 2 Pokemon, Corsola, makes an appearance in Sword and Shield as Galarian Corsola. Unlike it’s pink counterpart, the Galarian Corsola is white and grey, and it’s a ghost type, referencing bleached, or dead coral. Coral bleaching is actually a real world problem caused by pollution, and what a bleak way to end this section of pollution-inspired Pokemon. Number 24, the new Galarian ghost-type Pokemon, Polteageist, references Britain’s love for tea. Thank you, Game Freak, Polteageist, jeez. Polteageist, is based on black tea. They reproduce by spreading into non-living tea, and then splitting it’s liquid up into smaller containers. It’s tea pot is not part of it’s body and it can be shed in battle using the ability Weak Armor. Number 25, another new food-based Pokemon, Applin, along with its evolution line, looks like an apple. It’s final form, Appletun, looks like an adorable apple pie. Number 26, to keep with the food theme, the new fairy-type Pokemon, Alcremie, is based on strawberries and cream, a popular dessert in the UK. Alcremie has the ability Sweet Veil, which allows it to temporarily blind it’s opponent with a sweet-smelling cream so it can make it’s escape.
Number 27, Alcremie also comes in different flavors! It’s alternate flavor giving off a minty vibe with cookies in it’s hair as opposed to berries. What is this? Number 28, Obstagoon, which evolves from Galarian’s Linoone, represents the UK’s rock culture. I know it looks like a member of KISS, which is an American band, but it’s probably because KISS has one of the most recognizable looks from that genre. Thank you for joining me in my mental gymnastics trying to justify this fact.
Number 29, joining the countless ranks of Pikachu clones, we have the new electric/dark-type Pokemon, Morpeko. It can switch between two forms: Full-Belly Mode and Hangry Mode. When it’s in Full-Belly Mode, it’s move Aura Wheel is electric type, but in hangry mode, it switches to dark-type. Interestingly, the word hangry was only added to the Oxford English Dictionary last year. It means hungry and angry, if you don’t already know that. Number 30, on October 5th, The Pokemon Company hosted a livestream inside the Glimwood Tangle area of Galar, and it was during that livestream that Galarian Ponyta was revealed. The Galarian Ponyta is a unicorn that comes with a fluffy tail or no tail at all, depending on its gender. Number 31, the curious new Pokemon, Impidimp, is the first-ever Pokemon to have a dark-and-fairy typing. This grants it full immunity to both dragon and psychic type attacks, and very strong resistance to dark attacks. Impidimp trolled the Glimwood Tangle livestream by obscuring the view of Galarian Ponyta before it got officially revealed. Number 32, the new normal-type, and fan favorite Pokemon, Woo-loo, was one of the first Galar Pokemon to be revealed. Wooloo’s fur is so fluffy, that it halves damage from any attack that makes contact, however, this fluffy fur causes it to take double damage from fire attacks.
It’s obviously inspired by, to all the bloody sheep we have here. Number 33, the new water/rock-type Pokemon, Drednaw, has powerful jaws and access to the Strong Jaw ability, which increases the power of biting-type attacks. This includes moves like Crunch, Bite, Fire Fang, Ice Fang, and Thunder Fang. Number 34, the new water/flying-type Pokemon, Cramorant, has an ability called Gulp Missile, where it can swallow a fish after using Dive or Surf. It will then spit the fish as a counter-attack when it’s hit.
Sometimes it’ll even spit out a Pikachu, which is hilarious. This is one of the first times we’ve actually seen a Pokemon eat another animal on-screen in a Pokemon game. Number 35, the new legendary Pokemon, Zacian, holds a powerful sword its mouth. It’s name seems to be a play on the word Cyan. It’s color scheme consists of cyan, yellow, and magenta, colors that are typically used as ink in the printing process. Number 36, the new legendary Pokemon, Zamazenta, can block any attack with it’s shield around its mane. It’s name seems to be a play on the word Magenta, and it’s color scheme is slightly darker than Zacian’s.
Number 37, Junichi Masuda said that, “if Zamazenta “picked up Zacian’s sword and held it in it’s mouth, “it would become the most powerful Pokemon in the world.” He was probably joking, but still, could you imagine? Number 38, Turner had two goals for the Galar region. First, he wanted to convey the beauty of the UK. And second, he wanted to capture the smaller details of the region so it didn’t seem like a rough interpretation. Number 39, one of the artists paying close attention to details were the signboards on routes, they originally had a medieval or fantasy design, but Turner requested they look more modern instead. Number 40, the Galarian Pokemon Center designs are partially inspired by the pubs that the designer, Shigeru Ohmori saw while visiting the U.K. The idea behind using pubs was that they were places that people could gather together. Number 41, Ohmori’s visit to Windermere, England gave him the idea for the first town in Sword and Shield, with all of the sheep, and stacked stone walls.
Number 42, the team couldn’t make everything realistic. Unlike the UK, Galar includes more extreme locations to make the region more fun. Number 43, if you needed more evidence of all the UK influence, the shape of Galar is basically that of the UK, just flipped upside down. Number 44, when Sword and Shield’s region and player characters were revealed, fans took a liking to the female player character, with some even making videos of her, as an angry Scottish girl. Hey editor, can you, show the memes. Number 45, speaking of the player characters, the canon male character’s name is Victor, while the female character’s name is Gloria. Number 46, as with Pokemon games since Gen 6’s X & Y, there’s a major new feature in Sword and Shield called Dynamax, a Dynamaxed Pokemon can have very different battle mechanics than it’s normal counterpart. When a Pokemon’s Dynamax ability is activated, it grows into a towering goliath, gaining stat increases and powerful new moves. You can begin to Dynamax your Pokemon once you collected the key item called Dynamax Band.
Number 47, unlike Sun and Moon, where you can Mega Evolve and use Z-Moves, Dynamax replaces both of those, as Sword and Shield’s signature game-changing gimmick. Number 48, when your own Pokemon use Dynamax, the effect will only last for three turns. When a Pokemon is Dynamaxed, all of its moves become Max Moves, these moves typically have lingering effects, such as changes to the weather or terrain. Number 49, when Pokemon Dynamax, they aren’t really growing in size unfortunately, they’re actually becoming more like a giant holographic projection. Number 50, unlike mega-evolutions and Z moves, Dynamax Pokemon can be found outside of trainer battles, making it possible to encounter wild Dynamax Pokemon in Max Raid battles. Number 51, wild Dynamax Pokemon can create barriers around them that need to be taken out by attacking a certain number of times, you can only begin to chip away at the Pokemon’s HP once the barrier is resolved.
Number 52, wild Dynamax Pokemon can cancel out the abilities of a player-character’s Pokemon. Number 53, if you catch a wild Dynamax Pokemon, there’s a chance it can have a hidden ability. Number 54, a special version of Dynamaxing, known as Gigantamaxing, not only makes the Pokemon larger, but also transforms its looks. Number 55, as a special early bonus, you can get a Meowth that can Gigantimax as a Mystery Gift by choosing the get via internet option. Number 56, if you have any play history with Let’s Go Pikachu! you will also be able to receive a Pikachu that can Gigantimax! Gigantimax Pikachu bears a strong resemblance to his slightly chubbier Pikachu design from Red, Blue, and Yellow days. Number 57, the same goes for folks who have Let’s Go Eevee! game history on their switch, except they will receive an Eevee that can Gigantimax.
Number 58, the three special Pokemon I just mentioned may be able to Gigantimax, but they won’t be able to evolve. Number 59, Pokemon in this game appear on the overworld, much like how they did in Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee. The game may still have random encounters, but all random encounters come with an exclamation mark alert, if you react to the exclamation mark alert in time, you can avoid the battle altogether. Number 60, the Wild Area is a new feature in Pokemon Sword and Shield, where trainers can explore a vast open world of interconnected wilderness. It also features dynamic weather conditions, including sunshine, rain, and thunderstorms. And that means, you’ll find different Pokemon depending on the weather. Number 61, the Wild Area was inspired by the vast landscapes of the UK that director Shigeru Ohmori saw when he was doing interviews for Sun and Moon.
He saw the lakes, rivers, and towns in the distance while riding a train. Number 62, it’s a simple feature, but one that I’ve personally wanted for a long time. While in the Wild Area, you’ll be able to freely control the camera with the right analog stick. Number 63, the concept behind a singular, large Wild Area as opposed to traditional routes was this idea of returning to a familiar place, and spotting the differences every time you came back. Number 64, when they say large, they actually mean it.
The Wild Area is roughly the size of two regions within Breath of the Wild. Number 65, the team’s need for a large enough area to include multiplayer also played into the decision for the creation of the Wild Area. Whilst in the Wild Area, you’ll be able to access multiplayer features at any time to interact with other players. Number 66, you can also trade and battle with strangers that you connect within the Wild Area using the Y Comm feature. Number 67, you’ll be able to set up a camp in the Wild Area, where you and your friends can hang out with your Pokemon outside of their Pokeballs. Number 68, while camping you’ll be able to make curry for your Pokemon in a minigame that’s reminiscent of the Poffin-making minigame from the 4th generation of Pokemon games.
Why curry, well, it’s a popular dish here in the UK. Number 69, Pokemon Sword and Shield is the first game in the series that lets the player eat meat! Yeah seriously, you can put sausage in curry. No, I don’t know what kind of sausage, don’t ask me. Number 70, Pokemon can also have jobs in the Galar region, and are often employed along side humans, which kinda reminds me of Rime City from Detective Pikachu. In Sword and Shield, trainers can send their own Pokemon off on Poke-Jobs, which allow them, to earn experience and rewards. Number 71, when asked if Pokemon are sentient, Sword and Shield’s director Shigeru Ohmori said, “They’re just getting by, they’re just living.” Same here, Ohmori, same here.
Number 72, in the Galar region, Pokemon battles are a popular spectator sport. Gym leaders and champions are celebrated like famous athletes. The numbers on their jerseys use a form of Japanese wordplay called Goroawase, which means each number has meaning. Number 73, Milo is the new grass-type gym leader, and he looks like he’s eaten his vegetables like Popeye. His League Number is 831, meaning vegetable.
Number 74, Nessa, well known for being stuck in your Twitter timeline is an expert water-type gym leader. She’s athletic and competitive, but maintains a calm, cool, and collected demeanor. Her League Number is 049, meaning, to swim. Number 75, Sword and Shield is the first in mainline Pokemon games to feature exclusive Gym Leaders. Gym leader Bea is exclusive to Pokemon Sword, and the spooky little Shy Guy-looking dude, is a Ghost-type gym leader, named Allister, and he is exclusive to Pokemon Shield. Bea’s League Number is 193, which means to fight, whilst Allister’s league number is 291, meaning hateful. Number 76, this game’s answer to Professor Oak is Professor Magnolia, her research focuses on the Dynamax phenomenon.
Her name is the first in the main series to be of a plant instead of a tree. Number 77, Sonia is the granddaughter to Professor Magnolia, she’s also the childhood friend of the Champion, Leon. Number 78, Chairman Rose is the chairman of the Galar Pokemon League, as well as the president of a large business conglomerate. It’s hard to tell if this guy is a millionaire with a heart of gold, like Steven Stone, or if he’s a more sinister CEO, like Lysandre. Number 79, Chairman Rose has endorsed one of your rivals, Bede, to take on the gym challenge. Bede also seems to have other plans outside of the competition.
Could he be connected to the game’s villain? That’s my guess, that kid. Number 80, Oleana is Chairman Rose’s secretary, who is largely in charge of running his day-to-day business operations, I don’t trust her one bit guys, she’s scary! Number 81, the champion of the Galar region is the trainer named Leon, his partner Pokemon is a Charizard, which I guess is why Charizard is the only starter that got included Leon’s younger brother is named Hop, and he’s one of your rivals. He dreams to be a champion some day, just like Leon. His league number is 189, which can be translated to leaping. Number 82, Marnie is another one of your rivals. Her league number is 960, which can either be read as hardship or black. Number 83, Team Yell, the villainous team for this gen, are super fans of Marnie. They’ll do whatever it takes to help her become champion. They also appear out of nowhere it seems to cheer Marnie on in battle! Some people have suggested that Team Yell represents a toxic fanbase, but take it as you will.
Number 84, Sword and Shield introduces the very first Dark-type gym leader in the main series. It’s gym leader also has their own main theme, and it’s amazing. Number 85, due to a statement by Shigeru Ohmori during an interview with Game Informer, it was once believed that there was going to be 18 gyms in the Galar region. However, this was a misunderstanding. People will only ever face eight gyms, but because of the version-exclusive gyms in each game, the total gyms between games is 18, rather than 18 unique gyms per game.
Number 86, Pokemon Sword and Shield has a feature called Battle Stadium, which lets you connect with others online to battle with either your own team, or a rented team of Pokemon. Number 87, this time you can play Ranked Battles online, and slowly make your way up the ranks. Similar to a lot of other games, you’ll be paired against trainers of a similar ranking. Improving your rank will increase your tier. The final tier is the Master Ball Tier. Once you’ve maxed out your ranking, you’ll only face off against the strongest trainers.
Your ranking will reset at the end of each season, but a portion of your ranking will carry over to the new season. Number 88, you’ll receive rewards for participating in online battles, for example, you could get a Pearl String as a reward for completing several consecutive battles. Number 89, you can use the Pokemon HOME smartphone app to view more detailed information about the Battle Stadium participants. Number 90, you can play in Casual Battles, where anything goes, you can even use banned legendaries. Number 91, you can participate in official online competitions. If you do well enough, you can be invited to the Pokemon World Championships in real life! That’s so cool! Number 92, you can upload your own rental teams, and easily rent teams from other players. All you have to do is enter a 14-digit ID code. Which sounds easy, Friend Codes all over again. Number 93, you can even battle against other players in Ranked Battles using rental teams, which means even if you don’t have top-shelf Pokemon yourself, you can still stand a chance in the competitive meta.
Number 94, with the Surprise Trade feature you can put Pokemon up for trade, and the game will automatically find a trading partner in the background while you continue to play. Number 95, Max Raid battles are a new co-op multiplayer experience in Pokemon Sword and Shield. They allow up to four players to fight against one Dynamaxed Pokemon. Number 96, EXP Share is baked into Pokemon Sword and Shield. In past games, like in X & Y and Sun & Moon, you’d have to use an item to share EXP across your party, but now it happens by default.
Number 97, there are no HMs in Pokemon Sword and Shield. They were absent from Sun and Moon, and I don’t think anyone will really miss them. Number 98, a new system in Sword and Shield allows players to modify the invisible stats that determine a Pokemon’s viability. Mints were also added to the game to change a Pokemon’s personality, or nature, something that was never possible in previous Pokemon games. The goal was to allow players to make any Pokemon viable, even if it’s the first one they caught of the species. Number 99, Pokemon Sword and Shield is the first game of the series to include an auto-save feature. You can still save your game like normal, but if you power off without saving, you’ll have a recent auto-save to load into. Number 100, Pokemon trainers in the Galar Region can make custom trading cards of themselves. You can make your own card at the Pokemon Center, and you can even get cards based on Gym Leaders. Afterwards, you’ll be able to trade your personal card with other players. Number 101, card customizaton allows you to change the background, frame and even your trainers pose! Your card is displayed during Linked Battles, so make sure it looks good! Number 102, over 250 Pokemon are confirmed to appear in the Galar Pokedex.
Unfortuntely for some fans, the new games will not come with a National Pokedex. However, the Pokemon Company has confirmed that all of the Pokemon cut from this game will appear in future games. Number 103, the game initially faced harsh backlash after it was revealed that you can’t capture the entire back catalogue of Pokemon. You will only be able to import old Pokemon that could be captured normally in the Galar region. Number 104, Pokemon director Junichi Masuda, has said that, “These cuts were made to balance gameplay “and conserve resources for high quality animations,” which proved to be a controversial statement among the fanbase. Number 105, this will be the first main-line Pokemon game to appear on home consoles. According to a Game Informer interview, Game Freak essentially had to double the amount of staff working on Sword & Shield, going from around 100 people to 180-200. Number 106, composers Minako Adachi and Go Ichinose return for Sword and Shield. However, this time around, they’re not the only ones making music for the game! Toby Fox, creator of Undertale, is a guest composer for Sword and Shield, yes! He recently composed music for another Game Freak IP, Little Town Hero.
Can you believe this man started making music for a Mother fan game, and is now working with Nintendo? Here’s to hoping for another MEGALOVANIA. Number 107, this time around, the Pokemon’s cries will sound as if they are living creatures, which means this may be the first Pokemon game in 20 years where you never hear this sound. (Zubat screech) I’m Mads and thanks for watching 107 Facts About Pokemon Sword & Shield. What do you think? Did we miss anything? Did the Pokemon Company mess up by cutting the national dex? Or do you think the new Pokemon and features make up for it? Let us know in the comments! And don’t forget to click the bell icon to become part of the Notification Squad.