Pokémon Sword/Shield Adds Battle Stadium, Hidden Abilities, And More!

In new Pokémon Sword/Shield information: the game will feature a Battle Stadium where you can challenge rival Trainers including in Casual Battles and Ranked Battles in either Single Battle or Double Battle formats. There are two kinds of Online Competitions: Official Competitions and Friendly Competitions. Rental Teams let you borrow Battle Teams easily by inputting IDs available online.

New in-game items include: Room Service which will lower the holder’s Speed when the move Trick Room is successfully used, and Eject Pack which switches out your battling Pokémon if its stats are lowered!

Some Pokémon caught in Max Raid Battles have rare Abilities known as Hidden Abilities, which differ from their usual Abilities! There’s also a chance you’ll encounter Pokémon that can Gigantamax in Max Raid Battles, and some Pokémon that can Gigantamax and have a Hidden Ability! New video added below…

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Pokémon Sword/Shield Tokyo Trial Event

Japanese players can apply for an early trial version of Pokémon Sword/Shield for 280 people at this link at an unnamed Tokyo venue on 21 September between 10:00-17:00 JST. Applicants need to be a member of the Pokémon Secret Club which can only be registered for after reserving Pokémon Sword/Shield and entering the issued serial code at reservation and your email address.

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A New Team and New Rivals in Pokémon Sword/Shield

A new team and new rivals in Pokémon Sword/Shield video saw new information including Galarian forms including for Weezing, Zigzagoon, Linoone, Obstagoon, and Morpeko (Full belly mode and Hangry mode). New rivals include Bede, Marnie, and Team Yell. More follows.

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Pokémon Sword/Shield Trademarks

Nintendo Co., Ltd. have applied for new POKEMON SWORD and POKEMON SHIELD trademarks in Japan for clothing purposes. Items include T-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, smocks, skirts, pyjamas, underwear, swimwear, socks, scarfs, gloves, mittens, hats, visors, belts, shoes, slippers, clothes for role playing games, clothes for Halloween, and more. Actual applications added below. Thanks to J-PlatPat.

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Pokémon Sword/Shield TVCM

Theater commercial for Pokémon Sword/Shield which is now available to pre-order in Japan alongside the Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta Edition. Pre-order the Nintendo Switch Lite here and use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off.

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Version Exclusive Pokémon Revealed

The version exclusive Pokémon for Pokémon Sword/Shield have been announced with Deino and Jangmo-o exclusive to Sword and Larvitar and Goomy exclusive to Shield. Gym leader Bea is also exclusive to Sword with Allister exclusive to Shield. Artwork added below.

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Game Freak Issue Statement on Pokémon Sword/Shield

Junichi Masuda of Game Freak has issued a statement addressing the Pokédex issue in Pokémon Sword/Shield saying that even if a Pokémon does not appear in the game, it does not mean it will not appear in future games. Read the full message below…

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Nintendo Dream Most Wanted

  1. Pocket Monsters Sword/Shield (Switch) – 35.8%
  2. Fire Emblem Fuuka Setsugetsu (Switch) – 27.6%
  3. Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch) – 20.9%
  4. Atsumare Doubutsu no Mori (Switch) – 20.5%
  5. Zelda no Densetsu: Yume o Miru Shima (Switch) – 19.4%
  6. Rune Factory 4 Special (Switch) – 8.2%
  7. Luigi Mansion 3 (Switch) – 7.5%
  8. Mario & Sonic AT Tokyo Olympics (Switch) – 7.5%
  9. Rune Factory 5 (Switch) – 6.3%
  10. Dragon Quest XI Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete S (Switch) – 5.6%
  11. Bokujou Monogatari Series New Work (Switch) – 4.9%
  12. Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers (Switch) – 4.1%
  13. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition (Switch) – 3.7%
  14. Bayonetta 3 (Switch) – 3.7%
  15. Mario Kart Tour (iOS/Android) – 3.7%
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Dynamax Band Trademark

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Creatures Inc. and Game Freak Co., Ltd. have applied for a new trademark in Japan for ダイマックスバンド (Dynamax Band) for a number of purposes including game tools, plush dolls, jigsaw puzzles, playing cards, exercise equipment etc. The Dynamax Band is from Sword/Shield and allows trainers to Dynamax their Pokémon. Actual application added below. Thanks to J-PlatPat.

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ZACIAN & Zamazenta Trademarks

Nintendo Co., Ltd. have applied for a new trademark in Japan for ZACIAN and ZAMAZENTA (both English words) for purposes including downloadable video game program, various merchandising, and for the planning and operation of game competitions etc. Actual applications added below. Zacian and Zamazenta are the Legendary Pokémon from Sword/Shield. Thanks to J-PlatPat.

Edit: Nintendo Co., Ltd. have also applied for the Chinese words 蒼藏 and 瑪然特.

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Pokémon Co. Reveal World Hobby Fair Line-up

The Pokémon Company have revealed their World Hobby Fair Summer ’19 plans for the 29-30 June event at Makuhari Messe, Japan, with promotion for Pokémon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION, including a “Strike Back Mewtwo” with top-class stats for people with special early-bird tickets. Attendees are encouraged to bring a Nintendo Switch and a copy of Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu/Eevee to the venue. Members of the TV show Pokémon no Ie Atsumaru? will be on-hand to deliver new information. The Pokémon Company also remind players not to miss the latest information on the popular newest title Pokémon Sword/Shield at the event! Many thanks to BlackKite.

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Pokémon Sword/Shield Famitsu Cover

This week’s issue (No.1593) of Weekly Famitsu magazine features Pokémon Sword/Shield as its cover story. Order physical copies of the magazine here and use the code JPNINTENDO for $3 off!

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