Water Gym Leader



New Gym Leader Revealed and Poké Ball Plus Compatibility Also Announced

Bellevue, WA—June 11, 2019—More details were revealed today about Max Raid Battles and the Wild Area, new features in the highly anticipated games,Pokémon SwordandPokémon Shield. A new Gym Leader and Poké Ball Plus compatibility with the games were also announced. The newest additions to the main series of thePokémonrole-playing video game franchise,Pokémon SwordandPokémon Shieldwill be launching November 15, 2019, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch™ system.

Pokémon in the Wild Area

The Wild Area, a vast expanse of land in the Galar region, is home to a wide variety of Pokémon. When exploring the Wild Area, Trainers will encounter powerful wild Pokémon that are constantly on guard. The types of Pokémon that appear, as well as battlefield conditions, can be affected by the weather in the Wild Area. For example, a Trainer who enters a battle during a thunderstorm will find the power of their Water- and Electric-type moves increased.

Max Raid Battles

Max Raid Battles occur inPokémon SwordandPokémon Shieldwhen four players join forces to take on a wild Dynamax Pokémon in the Wild Area. Trainers can find other players who want to participate in a Max Raid Battle through a notification on their Y-Comm, a new feature inPokémon SwordandPokémon Shield. On the Y-Comm screen, players can also trade Pokémon and have Link Battles via the internet or local communication.

When Pokémon Dynamax—a phenomenon unique to the Galar region—they grow to gigantic proportions and gain tremendous power. Trainers can encounter different species of Dynamax Pokémon with varying strengths when they investigate Pokémon Dens located throughout the Wild Area. In battle, these powerful wild Dynamax Pokémon might use multiple moves in one turn, neutralize the challenging Pokémon’s Abilities, or even remove all stat changes that have been put in place. Wild Dynamax Pokémon can also create mysterious barriers that prevent almost all damage. To properly damage a Pokémon behind one of these barriers, Trainers will need to break it down by repeatedly attacking it. When a player’s Pokémon is knocked out in a Max Raid Battle, they can still assist other Trainers by cheering them on. If a Trainer emerges victorious from a Max Raid Battle, not only will all participating Trainers have an opportunity to catch the defeated Dynamax Pokémon, they can also be rewarded with many useful items.   

Nessa, a Water-type Gym Leader

Pokémon Gyms are found in stadiums throughout the Galar region and attract Trainers that are experts in specific types of Pokémon. To become Champion, players will need to defeat the top Trainers in Pokémon Gyms, also known as Gym Leaders. InPokémon SwordandPokémon Shield,Trainers will encounter Nessa, a Gym Leader who is an expert on Water-type Pokémon. Her calm and collected attitude hides a competitive spirit and indomitable will that become apparent when she overwhelms opponents with powerful Water-type moves.

Poké Ball Plus Compatibility

When a Trainer syncs their Poké Ball Plus withPokémon SwordorPokémon Shield, they will be able to transfer their favorite Pokémon to the Poké Ball Plus and take them for a stroll in the real world. The Poké Ball Plus will light up and vibrate, and the Pokémon’s cry can even be heard occasionally. A newly purchased Poké Ball Plus will contain the Mythical Pokémon Mew. If players link a new Poké Ball Plus toPokémon SwordorPokémon Shield,they will be able to receive this Mew in their linked game. Unlike inPokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!andPokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!,the Poké Ball Plus cannot be used as a controller inPokémon SwordorPokémon Shield.

For more information aboutPokémon SwordandPokémon Shield, please visitPokemon.com/SwordShield.

About Pokémon

The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing and marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visitwww.pokemon.com.

About Nintendo

The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo Switch™ system and the Nintendo 3DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.7 billion video games and more than 740 million hardware units globally, including Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS™ family of systems, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™, Wii™ and Wii U™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names, such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Americas. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website athttp://www.nintendo.com.



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