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Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are the first set of eighth generation games in the main Pokémon series. The titles are set to release for the Nintendo Switch on November 15th, 2019, making them the first original mainline Pokémon RPGs on a home console. note 

This time the setting is the Galar region, based on the United Kingdom. It is a place filled with idyllic countrysides, thick forests, snowy mountain-ranges, and cities with well-developed industries made possible by the people and Pokémon.

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The game introduces a new type of Pokémon transformation called Dynamax, which allows any Pokémon to temporarily grow to giant size, becoming more powerful and gaining new moves. In addition, some wild Pokémon can be encountered in a permanent Dynamax state and fought in a Max Raid Battle with up to 4 players.

You can watch the announcement trailer for it here, the first Nintendo Direct dedicated to it here, the second Nintendo Direct dedicated to it here, and the Dynamax trailer here. There's also the official website.


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Tropes associated with Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are:

  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: With Dynamax, showcased in the June 5 2019 Pokémon Direct, even normally tiny Pokémon like the unevolved starters can grow to the size of a building.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Rather than just simple images with descriptions, the trailer instead introduces the three starters with a small video showing off their characterizations:
    • Scorbunny sprints onto the field first, skids to a halt complete with flaming streaks, poses for the camera boldly, and quickly springs off.
    • After that, Sobble sprays out the flames Scorbunny left behind, decloaks from its spot in the fountain, then hops out cautiously. It is then frightened off by...
    • Grookey, who strikes a rock with his stick a few times, causing the grass to regrow, then climbs a nearby chimney to survey the surrounding land from a high vantage point.
  • Mythology Gag: One shot within the reveal trailer shows the player character entering a stadium, wearing a jersey with the number 227 on the back. February 27th is the release date of both Pokémon Red and Blue (in Japan) and the reveal trailer itself.
  • Steampunk: There's one city shown in the trailers that has this aesthetic, with rotating gears that let out steam and a general mechanical feel.
  • Visual Pun: The logos for both games visually look like how you would use the weapon they describe. While the "Sword" title obviously has a slash across it, the "Shield" title has a shockwave akin to a Shield Bash.

Alternative Title(s): Pokemon Sword, Pokemon Shield

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