Are you ready to embark on a new adventure in the Pokémon universe? If so, you’ve probably been wondering what’s the difference between Pokémon Sword and Shield? We already know there are some differences between games, but how exactly are they different?
Pokémon Sword and Shield, collectively known as Pokémon Sword and Shield, are the first games in the series made specifically for Nintendo Switch, the company’s latest console that launched in 2017. The games will be released on the Nintendo Switch worldwide on 15 November 2019 for both retail purchase and download.
What’s The Difference Between Pokémon Sword And Shield?
Players will pick between the Sword and Shield versions to play through the story. While Pokémon Sword and Shield share a lot of similar gameplay, they each have unique Pokémon available within them.
As well as different Pokemon, each game has different gym leaders. In Sword, Bea specialises in fighting type Pokemon and in Shield you will battle Alliser who specialises in ghost-type Pokemon. Both games also feature exclusive legendary Pokemon. Zacian features in Pokemon Sword and Zamazenta features in Pokemon Shield.
If you want to see all of the content in the games, you’ll need to buy both versions.
Choose your starter Pokemon
In Pokémon Sword and Shield, players assume the role of a young Pokémon Trainer who is given one of three starter Pokémon from Leon, the champion of Galar’s Pokémon League: Grookey (a Grass-type), Scorbunny (a Fire-type), or Sobble (a Water-type).
During the course of their adventure, players will encounter other characters who will act as rivals to them as they attempt to complete the Pokédex by capturing, evolving, and trading to obtain all known Pokémon within the region. Players can also take part in Gym Battles against other Trainers in order to obtain Badges that allow them access to the Galar League.
While travelling through Galar, players will encounter Dynamax Pokémon which can grow up to gargantuan proportions for three turns during battle. Players can make use of this mechanic by battling other trainers in Dynamax Battles or participating in Raid Battles against powerful Wild Dynamax Pokémon.
Gigantamax is an evolution of Dynamax that gives your Pokémon special new forms. These forms include special moves called G-Max Moves and additional buffs.
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