A new Pokémon Sword and Shield trailer has officially revealed the starter Pokemon’s evolutions and given Snorlax an even bigger belly.
The new Pokémon titles for Switch, Sword and Shield, may have only been out a short while, but many players have already become the champion and possibly even caught all the new pokémon in the game.
However, a brand new trailer released by Nintendo is sure to not only bring those players back for more but convince those who haven’t got either game yet to jump into the Galar region.
For a limited time only, Gigantamax Snorlax will be available to catch in Max Raid Battles. For those that need a reminder, the games’ new Dynamax mechanic allows pokémon to temporarily turn giant and become stronger.
But select pokémon can become Gigantamax, which also changes their appearance and grants them new abilities. In this instance, Snorlax’s belly becomes covered in moss and even a whole tree, and it’s Normal-type attacks turn into G-Max Replenish, which deals damage and restores any Berries that Snorlax or its allies have eaten during the battle.
The only way to obtain Gigantamax Snorlax is via the aforementioned Max Raid Battles that can be found in the Wild Area. It will start to appear from 4 December but won’t be around forever, with the trailer stating that players have until early January to catch one.
That wasn’t the only thing to be revealed, as with Sword and Shield now out in the wild and doing extremely well in the sales charts, Nintendo and Game Freak have also shown off the evolutions of the three starter pokémon.
We will be getting into spoilers from here on, so turn away if you want to remain surprised…
Firstly, the grass monkey Grookey evolves into Thwackey, the beat pokémon, and then the hulking gorilla that is Rillaboom, which is fittingly called the drummer pokémon. It even has a tree stump to use as a drum and is described as having a ‘gentle nature’ and a ‘strong sense of solidarity with others.’
Next is Scorbunny’s evolutions. The fire rabbit first evolves into Raboot, where its fur becomes thicker to protect it from cold climates (it even gets little pockets), before evolving into Cinderace. This evolution has clearly been inspired by football players, using a fiery rock as a football and even being listed as the striker pokémon.
Lastly, there is Sobble’s evolutions. While Sobble quickly became a fan favourite due to its timid personality, it becomes less scared and more sneaky when it turns into Drizzile, and then Inteleon. This last evolution is called the secret agent pokémon, and can fire water from its fingertips and has a knife hidden in its tail in an obvious nod to James Bond (remember, Galar is based on the UK).
The trailer ends with some new details about the games’ cover stars, the Legendary pokémon known as Zacian and Zamazenta.
The former is Fairy/Steel-type and the latter is Fighting/Steel-type, but both have access to incredibly powerful and unique attacks that deal extra damage to Dynamax pokémon, making them the perfect counter to these behemoth-like beasts.
Pokémon Sword and Shield are available now on Nintendo Switch.
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