Today’s Pokémon news: latest Pokémon Sword and Shield news, but also…
- Pokémon GO
- Pokémon manga
- Pokémon merchandise
Pokémon Sword and Shield
The Pokémon Company have shared an official interview with Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori about Pokémon Sword and Shield. Here’s an excerpt:
Pokemon.com: After the Alola region introduced trials and essentially eliminated Gyms, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield return to an eight-Gym story path similar to previous core RPGs. What was behind the decision to return to that more familiar structure?
Mr. Ohmori: I believed that for the first all-new generation of Pokémon games on Nintendo Switch, players would want a traditional Pokémon RPG most of all. That’s what led to the decision to really focus on the traditional Gym Challenge-type journey and explore the concept even more by adding in elements of sports and expressing that as part of the setting of the games. However, depending on which version you pick up, some of the Gyms you get to challenge will be different, so I hope players will look forward to trying them all!
Click here to check out the full interview!
Toby Fox shared a special message to fans, where he discusses how he came to compose a music track for Pokémon Sword and Shield. Here’s an excerpt:
After eating sukiyaki with members of the company one day, we went to a cafe. There, I ordered a bottled green tea and selfishly, randomly asked if I could make a song for Pokémon someday… … they said yes! Right there in the cafe, they immediately told me a concept for a song I could make, and, as I walked home, my heart was burning with inspiration… a melody entered my head, and as I stumbled past salarymen in the dark, I sang it to myself over and over so I wouldn’t forget it!
Click here to check out the full message!
Pokémon Sword and Shield (Switch) comes out on November 15th worldwide.
Regigigas EX Raids
It has been announced that the EX Raids featuring Regigigas will run until January 7th.
Various events for Pokémon GO have been announced:
- Super Effective Week (November 19th to November 26th)
- increased spawns for Pokémon strong against Team GO Rocket
- Shiny Tentacool to be introduced
- additional Potions and Revives from PokéStops
- guaranteed Charge TMs from 3* Raids
- 2* Stardust from Trainer Battles
- Friend Fest (November 27th to December 2nd)
- increased spawns for Nidoran, their evolutions, and more
- Trade cost reduced by 50%
- 2 Special Trades a day
- Attack boost when you’re in a Raid with a friend
- Terrakion Raid Battles (November 26th to December 17th)
Niantic Wayfarer / PokéStop and Gym nomination
Niantic have announced that the following are now live worldwide for Level 40 Trainers:
- Niantic Wayfarer, a tool for determining PokéStops and Gyms
- the PokéStop and Gym nomination system, which is now out of beta
The Pokémon Company have shared a picture for the new Pokémon manga by Machito Gomi (who previously worked on the manga adaptation of Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution), which debuts in the December issue of CoroCoro (releasing this Friday in Japan):
Source: The Pokémon Company (Twitter)
Here’s pictures of various Pokémon Sword and Shield-themed accessories for the Nintendo Switch, releasing on November 15th in Japan: