Earlier today, Nintendo hosted a Pokémon Direct that provided a sizable amount of information on the upcoming titles, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. If you missed the Direct, you can check it out here:
One of the details to come out of the Direct was the introduction of a feature called Dynamax. This new gameplay mechanic allows the player to super-size their Pokémon during a battle. Not only does this look amazing, but it also has some tactical significance. When Dynamax is used, the player can choose whether to max out their Pokémon’s attack, guard, or other ability. Pokémon can be dynamaxed one time per battle. The catch is, that after 3 turns, the player’s Dynamaxed Pokémon will return to standard size with their usual stats. This gives Dynamaxing a very ‘Ultraman’ type of feeling. And who wouldn’t want to see giant Pokémon fighting each other like kaiju? We can’t wait to use a three-story tall Jigglypuff to put people to sleep!
To highlight Dynamaxing, the game will have battles where the opposing trainer will have powerfully Dynamaxed Pokémon. The battles will definitely have a grand sense to them with Pokémon titans exchanging blows.
Also, the Direct mentioned a new setting called the Wild Area. It can be found in the space between cities and appears to be a fully realised open world. Wild Pokémon will appear depending on your location and the weather.
Oh hey, also Pokémon Sword and Shield will have raids. You heard right! The instances will be called Max Raid Battles and will allow four players to team up and take down a wild Dynamaxed Pokémon. The wild Pokémon will have the advantage of staying in Dynamax form for the entire battle, while only one player will be able to Dynamax their own Pokémon. So, choose your squad well because communication will be essential. Should you and your team emerge victorious, you will have the opportunity to catch the Pokémon. Yay raids!
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are set to release globally on November 15th, 2019.