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Introducing All The New Pokémon In Sword And Shield

Galarian Zigzagoon, The Tiny Raccoon Pokémon (Dark/Normal)

The Zigzagoon of the Galar region move about however they like and never settle down. They’re known to inhabit all areas of the region, including fields, forests, and even towns. There is some speculation that the zigzag movements of the Zigzagoon in other regions stem from the restless nature of the Galarian Zigzagoon, which is considered to be the oldest branch of the species. The Galarian Zigzagoon has a provocative attitude and enjoys battle. It will charge at people and other Pokémon in an attempt to provoke a fight. This behaviour usually succeeds in starting a battle with other Pokémon, but humans tend to think Galarian Zigzagoon is just playing or showing affection. It seems to cause Galarian Zigzagoon some frustration when people don’t get angry even though it’s trying to provoke them.


Galarian Linoone, The Rushing Pokémon (Dark/Normal)

Evolved from the Galarian Zigzagoon, the Galarian Linoone has super destructive charges. It can reach speeds of over 60 miles per hour and can deliver devastating Tackles and Headbutts. These attacks have enough destructive force to even knock a car away, but they can also throw Linoone off balance if they miss. Galarian Linoone are rash and fearless, and they will recklessly pick fights even with opponents stronger than themselves. Their fearlessness, as well as their tendency to attack opponents head-on, make Galarian Linoone very popular among the unhappy and angry youths of the Galar region.


Obstagoon, The Blocking Pokémon (Dark/Normal)

Evolved from the Linoone of the Galar region due to its harsh conditions, compared to the Linoone found in other regions. Their survival instincts are keener due to the fierce competition against others of their species. This has led as a result of the evolution of the Obstagoon. Though Obstagoon is extremely combative, it seems that it doesn’t often launch the first attack. It will taunt an opponent, goading it into attacking. When it does, Obstagoon will cross its arms and meet the oncoming attack with its Obstruct move, before counterattacking.


Cramorant, The Gulp Pokémon (Flying/Water)

Another voracious eater the Cramorant is insatiable. When it comes to food, it will try to swallow anything it can fit in its mouth. Sometimes it will swallow things that aren’t its intended prey, spitting them out in a hurry once it realizes its mistake. Cramorant can be forgetful, but it will never forget a Trainer it grows to trust. However, it seems that even Trainers will face fierce attacks from their Cramorant if they try to steal their food.

Cramorant’s Ability, Gulp Missile, is a new Ability introduced in these titles, and it can be triggered during battles. After Cramorant uses Surf or Dive, it will return with a catch in its mouth. If it takes damage while in this state, Cramorant will retaliate by spitting out its catch at the attacker.


Drednaw, The Bite Pokémon (Water/Rock)

The sharp, jagged fangs of Drednaw are strong and sharp enough to bite through rock and iron. Though it has an extremely heavy rock shell, its well-developed muscles allow it to move quickly. Drednaw is known to be extremely vicious, and it takes a skilled Trainer to tame and handle this Pokémon. It seems that some Trainers will release Drednaw back into the wild once they discover they can’t handle it.


Gigantamax Drednaw (Water/Rock)

The power of Gigantamaxing has allowed Drednaw to stand on its hind legs and become bipedal. From its standing position, it can come crashing down on opposing Pokémon and crush them with its massive body. Drednaw normally keeps its neck retracted within its shell, but when it attacks, it can rapidly shoot its neck out. Its jaws are also incredibly strong, capable of easily biting through huge metal towers. The strength of its jaws combined with the force of its neck gives Drednaw the power to punch a hole through a rocky mountain in a single strike.

G-Max Move: G-Max Stonesurge

Water-type moves used by Gigantamax Drednaw will change to G-Max Stonesurge. G-Max Stonesurge doesn’t just deal damage to an opponent—it will scatter sharp rocks around the opponent and cause Pokémon entering the battlefield to take damage.


Polteageist, The Black Tea Pokémon (Ghost)

Polteageist’s body is made from black tea and is said to have a very distinct aroma and flavour. It will only allow a Trainer it trusts to sample its tea. However, drinking too much can lead to indigestion or an upset stomach, so be careful! Many Polteageist make their homes inside hotels and restaurants, disguising themselves and hiding among the tableware. They can pour their power into leftover tea and create even more of their kind, so they’re often treated as pests.


Galarian Weezing, The Poison Gas Pokémon (Poison/Fairy)

Galarian Weezing consumes polluted air and poisonous gases for sustenance. The air and gases absorbed will have toxins removed before being spewed out again from the tops of Weezing’s heads. Apparently the air produced through this purification process is very clean! The toxins accumulated within Weezing’s body form into concentrated poison gas clouds that leak out and drift around it. This gas is so potent that even a whiff is enough to stun and immobilize an opponent.


Zacian & Zamazenta

Zacian attacks so gracefully that its movements can even captivate its opponents. It holds what appears to be a sword in its mouth. A shining blade that can cut through anything.

Zamazenta’s regal and majestic movements overwhelm any opponents that dare face it. Its body is covered in what seems to be a shield. Its gleaming shield can turn back any attack.


Gigantamax Butterfree (Bug/Flying)

The Gigantamax Butterfree’s most notable feature is its blinding wings, which have grown to humongous proportions. The light of its wings comes from their scales, which can inflict paralysis, poisoning, or sleep on its opponents. Butterfree’s vast wings can stir up a wind strong enough to lift a 10-ton truck, just by flapping. This wind also scatters poisonous scales around the area, so simply being near this Pokémon is very dangerous.

The G-Max Move G-Max Befuddle

Bug-type attacks used by Gigantamax Butterfree will change to G-Max Befuddle. G-Max Befuddle doesn’t only deal damage—it will also scatter scales around opponents and cause them to become poisoned, become paralyzed, or fall asleep.


Gigantamax Meowth (Normal)

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This special Meowth that can Gigantamax can be received as an early-purchase bonus for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield by selecting the Get via Internet option in Mystery Gift. Gigantamaxing has caused Meowth’s body to stretch to astounding lengths, and the coin on its head has also become massive. The giant coin can emit a torrent of Gigantamax power, filling the surrounding area with a powerful golden gleam. Meowth loves shiny objects, and when it sees skyscrapers lined with glass, it won’t be able to resist the urge to sharpen its claws on them. This behaviour can cause considerable damage, such as wearing down the exterior walls and breaking windows.

The G-Max Move G-Max Gold Rush

Normal-type attacks used by Gigantamax Meowth will change to G-Max Gold Rush. G-Max Gold Rush deals damage to opponents as well as scattering coins all over the area, giving you a considerable in-game cash bonus after the battle.


Gigantamax Eevee (Normal)

If you have play records from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! on your Nintendo Switch system, you’ll be able to receive a special Eevee that can Gigantamax in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. The fur around this Eevee’s neck has become extra fluffy and luxurious thanks to Gigantamax power. Any opponent caught in this fur becomes enamoured with Eevee and loses the will to fight. However Gigantamaxing has caused Eevee to become more rambunctious than ever, and it will attempt to play with any opponent. It often ends up crushing its opponent due to its massive size.

The G-Max Move G-Max Cuddle

Normal-type attacks used by Gigantamax Eevee will change to G-Max Cuddle. G-Max Cuddle deals damage and any opponent of the opposite gender of Eevee will become infatuated.


Gigantamax Charizard (Fire/Flying)

The flames inside Charizard’s body have become stronger, and now fire erupts from its mouth and horns in addition to its tail. It seems that the strength of the flames increases when Charizard roars. Its enhanced flames have spread to form wings on its back. These wings are hotter than magma, and Charizard can fire them off to scorch its opponents.

The G-Max Move G-Max Wildfire

Fire-type attacks used by Gigantamax Charizard will change to G-Max Wildfire. G-Max Wildfire will continue to deal damage for four turns to any Pokémon that isn’t Fire-type.


Gigantamax Pikachu (Electric)

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If you have play records from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! on your Nintendo Switch system, you’ll be able to receive a special Pikachu that can Gigantamax in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. All the electricity Pikachu generates in the sacs in its cheeks is stored in its tail. In battle, it will strike opponents with its tail and send a jolt of electricity through them as great as any lightning strike. Pikachu has become so powerful that now it can produce enough electricity to rival a power plant!

The G-Max Move G-Max Volt Crash

Electric-type moves used by Gigantamax Pikachu will change to G-Max Volt Crash. G-Max Volt Crash not only deals damage but also paralyzes all opponents.

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