Gamefreak Releases More News About Pokémon Sword and Shield
On February 27, 2019, Gamefreak meets fans expectations with the introduction of Pokémon Sword and Shield. In a previous review, I review in detail about what happens in the previous Pokémon Direct. After the last Pokémon Direct, many fans were wanting more information than what Gamefreak was willing to provide. However, on May 27th, 2019, Nintendo of America as well as Gamefreak sent out tweets on Twitter about a new Pokémon direct. The new direct was set for June 5th, 2019. Gamefreak has a lot of pressure on their shoulders to release some well deserve information. This conference sure did deliver on significant information for Pokémon Sword and Shield. In this review, we’re going to discuss the new Pokémon, the new Wild Area, Max Raid Battles, Dynamaxing, the new companions, and the new gyms that the Pokémon Direct released.
New Wild Pokémon Appear in Pokémon Direct
Within this new Pokémon Direct, there are quite a few never before seen Pokémon. This is the most exciting time for fans of the Pokémon series. Being able to see what fans have been speculating for months is incredibly exciting. Gamefreak didn’t disappoint fans when five new Pokémon were released. These Pokémon weren’t the only ones that were announced. Gamefreak also announced the two new legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta. Each Pokémon is unique and fits well within the Galar Region. The seven Pokémon that Gamefreak did release are Wooloo, Gossifleur, Eldegoss, Drednaw, Corviknight, Zacian, and Zamazenta.
Counting Wooloo, Mareep’s Cousin
The first Pokémon I want to examine closer is the sheep Pokémon, Wooloo. Wooloo is a white, adorable sheep that is the first Pokémon that the direct reveals. I’m interested to see what Wooloo’s evolution is going to be. A possibility to Wooloo’s evolution would be like the sheep Pokémon, Flaaffy. There’s been a lot of similarities between Wooloo and the electric Pokémon, Mareep. On the other hand, having a unique evolution will be important for Wooloo. Perhaps the evolution of Wooloo will be a larger sheep with an abundance of wool. It will be interesting to see what typing this adorable sheep will become. I could see Wooloo’s evolutions becoming a fairy type. It will be exciting in the next months to come to see what Wooloo’s evolution will be. Just as Wooloo has potential, so does our next Pokémon, Gossifleur.
Potential Grass Type Team Member, Gossifleur
The next Pokémon that we see is the flower Pokémon, Gossifleur. From looking at this Pokémon, Gossifleur looks to be either a grass type or a fairy type Pokémon. Within the direct, we see Gossifleur appear in a small town. This Pokémon seems to be standing in front of a flower shop. It’s common for beginning grass Pokémon to appear within the beginning of every game. In previous games, there are Pokémon like Oddish and Sewaddle for instance that would appear. These Pokémon are a steppingstone into people’s eventual team members. For many players, being able to have team members who can disrupt weaknesses of others is important. However, not much information reveals the potential of Gossifleur. With that being said, the direct did reveal the evolution of Gossifleur, Eldegoss.
The Pokémon Direct Reveals the First Evolution Pokémon, Eldegoss
Eldegoss is the evolution of Gossifleur. The design of this Pokémon makes it clear that it’s an evolutionary stage above Gossifleur. It’s currently unknown if this Pokémon is going to evolve. For many grass types, there’s usually two evolutions. However, this isn’t true with all grass type Pokémon. For example, the grass Pokémon Tangela only has one evolution which its name is Tangrowth. Since there’s still not a lot of information about Eldegoss, we don’t exactly know what its typing nor its ability. From speculation, Eldegoss looks like a grass type, possibly a fairy type. Even from the design alone, Eldegoss looks like it might get another evolution. I could see Eldergoss’s evolution being something like the Grass and Fairy type Pokémon, Florges. Being able to see Eldegoss evolve would be exciting. On the other hand, there’s one Pokémon named Drednaw who’s more than likely going to get an evolution.
The Tons of Potential Pokémon, Drednaw
One of the Pokémon that Gamefreak reveals is Drednaw. Drednaw is a turtle like Pokémon with rocks jabbing out of its body. This Pokémon reminds me of a combination of the Pokémon Grotle, Tyrantrum, and Croconaw. From design alone, Drednaw is more than likely a rock type Pokémon. This Pokémon has a ton of potential to become many things. Unfortunately, not a lot of information has been released about this Pokémon. There could be a possibility of Drednaw being a new fossil Pokémon. Unless, Gamefreak completely turns a curve ball and doesn’t make Drednaw evolve. This is one of the reasons why theorizing is intense within the Pokémon community. Fans get to come together and discuss the potential of a well design Pokémon. Similarly, a new Pokémon name Corviknight has sparked speculation with the possible discontinuation of HMs.
Corviknight Reveals the Discontinuation of HMs
During the Pokémon Direct, one new bird type Pokémon reveals itself. This new Pokémon’s name is Corviknight. Corviknight is an armor raven type bird. Personally, this Pokémon is my favorite with the five Pokémon that the direct reveals. I feel like the art team put a lot of effort into this Pokémon. Throughout the Pokémon community, Corviknight has become a popular Pokémon for several reasons. Within the Pokémon Direct, the Art Director James Turner discusses that “the player has the ability to use Corviknight to return to towns” (5:57 – 6:07). Being able to use Corviknight to return to towns reveals the discontinuation of HMs. Since not much information has been revealed about HMs, fans are only given the option to speculate. Speculation rise highly after the reveal of the two legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta.
Pokémon Sword’s Mascot Zacian is Here
Gamefreak releases the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta during the Pokémon Direct. Zamazenta is going to be examined later within this review. Instead of combining the two Legendary Pokémon, I want to talk about each one individually to examine them both. Zacian is a wolf like Pokémon. There’s a crown like figure on its head. This head piece can be a symbol of a solider. I say solider because Zacian has long red strands following him with long blue fur. Also, Zacian has a long sword in its mouth. More importantly, Gamefreak reveals Zacian as the mascot of Pokémon Sword. We see Zacian lunge at Zamazenta with its massive sword during the direct. This action gives the audience the impression that this Pokémon is incredibly fast. With that being said, Zacian is a clear counterpart to the Pokémon Shield mascot, Zamazenta.