Galarian Forms, New Villains, and Jobs Revealed for Pokemon Sword & Shield

This morning brings a new trailer and information on Pokemon Sword and Shield, revealing new creature forms, rivals, and more. 

Let’s face it, I was already sold on the upcoming Pokemon games for the Nintendo Switch, but with every new detail revealed I can feel my excitement building. This morning revealed a new trailer for the game, which put the spotlight on the new rivals/villains (Team Yell) that you’ll be dealing with this time around, as well as some new Pokemon:

Much like with the previous generation, Sun & Moon, some of the classic Pokemon are getting special forms for the new region of Galar. These Galarian forms will change up their appearance, as well as some of their stats. Like Weezing here, who’s now sporting a smart looking top hat:

On top of that, an all new creature was revealed that can actually change his type based on his level of hunger! While it’s a funny little thing to consider, there are some interesting gameplay aspects that could come from this. Adding in this, on top of happiness levels and what not, just adds another layer of strategy to your Pokemon rearing:

Oh, but that’s not all the newness they’ve revealed today. They have also introduced a new “PokeJobs” feature. Through this, you’ll be able to accept jobs to send your Pokemon companions out to complete.

Doing these will nab you extra experience points and (more than likely) other special items that will help you along the way. You can accept jobs at PokeCenters via kiosk-like devices known as Rotomi. These devices will also be how you check out your storage boxes and will serve other (unnamed at this time) functions.

All in all, there’s a lot of neat stuff coming to the latest generation. While the core of the game looks to be what fans have come to expect, there are a bunch of little changes throughout (including the previously announced DynaMax and Raid battles) that make this feel like a solid step forward for the franchise.

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield hits the Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019.