So in an unexpected (for me) turn of events, and even after the weeks of #BringBackNationalDex, we have a new teaser for Sword/Shield. Now as you may be aware, I’m on Team Don’t Care when it comes to the National Pokedex, but I can understand why people are angry.
But the release of the latest trailer sees an introduction to two new Gym leaders – Bea, the Fighting-type expert, and Allister, who uses Ghost-types. Bea is exclusive to Sword, while Allister is exclusive to Shield. There are also two other people involved in Gyms – Chairman Rose and Oleana. I assume that with how all of the Gyms take on the appearances of traditional football stadiums, they could be the Pokemon equivalent to the Football Association. For those who aren’t in the know, the FA oversee all amateur and professional football within the UK and sets rules on professional conduct. However, it could well be that all Gym Leaders in the Galar region have a management team.
We also saw four new confirmed Pokemon – I say ‘four new’, because the trailer formally introduced my personal favourite so far – Yamper, the Electric-type based on a corgi. As a lover of the Electric typing and the corgi breed, it’s definitely got a spot on the team, regardless of if Shinx is included in the Galar dex. The other three are Rolycoly, a pure Rock-type which looks quite interesting, Duraludon, a Steel-Dragon type that is definitely going on my team and Alcremie, a Fairy-type that I really want to eat.
And with Alcremie, we get onto the topic of Gigantamaxing. Seeing as though the long-term prospects of Dynamax went down like a lead balloon with fans, Gigantamaxing takes the gimmick one step further. We’ll call it ‘G-Max’ for short, because holy crap it’s a mouthful. G-Maxing changes the size and the appearance of Pokemon. So with Alcremie, its G-Max form becomes that of a cake. Yes, Alcremie becomes a literal cake. It makes me hungry just thinking about it.
So generally, despite the issues with the National Dex, I’m impressed with the different Pokemon revealed so far. However, there are two things I want from upcoming reveals: 1) No more Pokemon reveals. With Alola we had near enough the entire Pokedex revealed just before the game. 2) Evil team. I want to see what the evil team is and their motives.
In other news, thanks to Facebook Memories, I discovered it’s been 7 years since I first played Pokemon. Thank you Steve, you bad influence!