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Even though the game has been out for a few weeks, The Pokémon Company has left much of the new content under wraps in an effort to not spoil every new thing for players. As time goes on, however, they need to be announced publicly, as they’ll eventually be featured in the anime and on merchandise.

The company released a press release today detailing numerous new Pokémon, Gigantamax forms, and Gym leaders. Here are the reveals from the release:

In an announcement today, The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo revealed new Pokémon that have been discovered across the Galar region in the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games, available now exclusively on Nintendo Switch systems. The new Pokémon revealed include:

Type: Ground
Height: 12’6″ (3.8 m)
Weight: 144.4 lbs. (65.5 kg)
Ability: Sand Spit / Shed Skin

Sandaconda covers its head with its inflated sand pouch, protecting itself from outside attacks. This sand pouch is able to store over 220 pounds (100 kg) of sand at a time, and it is so highly elastic and thick that even a Durant’s pincers can’t pierce it. Sandaconda’s Ability Sand Spit is a brand-new Ability. When Sandaconda is hit by an attack, the Ability allows this Pokémon to spray sand from its sand pouch and cause a sandstorm.

Type: Fire/Bug
Height: 9’10” (3 m)
Weight: 264.6 lbs. (120 kg)
Ability: Flash Fire / White Smoke

Centiskorch creates flammable gases by fermenting its food within its body. The gases are then burned in the heat-generating organs along its belly. This process produces so much fire that the flames overflow from the antennae on its head. The flames are extremely hot, with temperatures reaching nearly 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit (1,000 degrees Celsius)!

Gigantamax Sandaconda
Type: Ground
Height: 72’2″+ (22 m+)
Weight: ???
Ability: Sand Spit / Shed Skin

When Sandaconda Gigantamaxes, it appears as a terrifyingly huge tornado. Gigantamax Sandaconda attacks by spinning its body at high speeds in battle, which causes the sand surrounding it to inflict massive damage on anything it touches. Any Ground-type attacks used by Gigantamax Sandaconda will change to G-Max Sandblast. G-Max Sandblast deals damage to opponents when it hits and cause the opponent to be trapped within a tomb of sand that damages them every turn for four to five turns. It also prevents Pokémon from fleeing or being swapped out.

Gigantamax Centiskorch
Type: Fire/Bug
Height: 246’1″+ (75 m+)
Weight: ???
Ability: Flash Fire / White Smoke

The number of segments in Centiskorch’s body increases due to the influx of Gigantamax power, as does the number of its legs. With these legs, Gigantamax Centiskorch is capable of astounding speeds despite its massive size. Fire-type attacks used by Gigantamax Centiskorch will change to G-Max Centiferno. G-Max Centiferno deals huge damage to opponents and cause them to be trapped within a firestorm that will deal continuous damage to them for four to five turns. G-Max Centiferno will also prevent opponents from fleeing or being swapped out.

These special Gigantamax Pokémon can be encountered in Max Raid Battles. Until early January 2020, players of Pokémon Sword will be more likely to encounter Gigantamax Sandaconda, while Pokémon Shield players will be more likely to encounter Gigantamax Centiskorch, so be sure to try your hand at some Max Raid Battles during this period.

Version exclusive Pokémon and more Gym Leaders were also revealed. In Pokémon Sword, players will be able to encounter:

Category: Big Rock Pokémon
Type: Rock
Height: 8’2″ (2.5 m)
Weight: 1146.4 lbs. (520 kg)
Ability: Power Spot

Stonjourner has a body made of various stones, big and small, and it acts by moving these stones like arms and legs. On occasion, this Pokémon will put on a burst of speed to use its long legs in a dynamic move. Stonjourner’s Ability, Power Spot, is a new Ability which will power up the moves of its allies. This Ability can be used to great effect in Double Battles and Max Raid Battles to help support your allies.

Galarian Darumaka
Category: Zen Charm Pokémon
Type: Ice
Height: 2’4″ (0.7 m)
Weight: 88.2 lbs. (40 kg)
Ability: Hustle

It is said that Galarian Darumaka arose long ago, when seismic shifts caused the warm region they lived in to cool down. The fire that once burned within their bodies was extinguished, and in its place, Darumaka of this region developed an organ that allows them to produce cold air.

Galarian Darmanitan
Category: Zen Charm Pokémon
Type: Ice
Height: 5’7″ (1.7 m)
Weight: 264.6 lbs. (120 kg)
Ability: Gorilla Tactics

Galarian Darmanitan evolves from Galarian Darumaka. This Pokémon lives its life with a large ball of snow always upon its head. This snowball serves as a way for it to store food, and Galarian Darmanitan seems to place the food and things it finds into this snowball to keep them preserved. Galarian Darmanitan has the new Ability Gorilla Tactics, which causes its Attack stat to increase but means it can only use the first move that is chosen for the entirety of a battle. Some Galarian Darmanitan can have the Hidden Ability Zen Mode. A Galarian Darmanitan with this Ability will ignite with fury and change form if its HP drops to half or less of its maximum during battle. Its dormant fire sac, long neglected in the Pokémon’s cold environment, blazes back to life in battle.

Gym Leader Gordie  
Gordie is a Gym Leader exclusive to Pokémon Sword. This Rock-type leader’s Gym has risen to the majors and has garnered a lot of attention in the Galar region; it’s known as the dark horse of the Pokémon League. His admiration for Rock-type Pokémon led him to join the Rock-type Gym to forge his own path to greatness.

In Pokémon Shield, players will be able to encounter:

Category: Penguin Pokémon
Type: Ice
Height: 4’7″ (1.4 m)
Weight: 196.2 lbs. (89 kg)
Ability: Ice Face

Eiscue hails from a very cold area, and it produces cold air from within its head to create ice around it and protect its head from warmth. The ice around its head can be shattered by a strong blow. It creates new ice every time this happens. Eiscue has a new Ability called Ice Face. When Eiscue is in this form, the ice covering its head will protect it from the damage of a single physical move—but the ice will then be destroyed, changing Eiscue into its Noice Face form. When Noice Face Eiscue is on the battlefield, it will be able to return to its ice-topped Ice Face form if the weather condition changes to hail. Noice Face Eiscue will turn back into Ice Face Eiscue once hail begins or once Eiscue enters the battlefield when it’s hailing if the Pokémon had been withdrawn from battle. In Noice Face form, Eiscue has lower Defense and Sp. Def compared to its Ice Face form, but it will have increased Speed.

Galarian Corsola
Category: Coral Pokémon
Type: Ghost
Height: 2′ (0.6 m)
Weight: 1.1 lbs. (0.5 kg)
Ability: Weak Armor

It’s said that this form arose from the Corsola that lived in the sea surrounding the Galar region in the ancient past that lost their lives to a meteorite impact in the area. They are often found living in places that were once seabeds, and it’s said that they sometimes attack humans and Pokémon that they come in contact with.

Category: Coral Pokémon
Type: Ghost
Height: 3’3″ (1 m)
Weight: .9 lbs. (0.4 kg)
Ability: Weak Armor

Cursola evolves from Galarian Corsola. After continuing to store up the energy it has absorbed from other creatures for so long, Cursola has lost its corporeal body. Its spirit energy overflows and now pours out of its former shell. Cursola enjoys the new lightness this form gives it, because it’s sometimes spotted bobbing along as it wanders.

Gym Leader Melony 
Melony is an Ice-type Pokémon user and the only Gym Leader able to boast that she’s never once lost to Raihan, who is generally regarded as the strongest Gym Leader in the current Galar Pokémon League. She is also the mother of the Rock-type user Gordie. While she has a generous and bighearted nature, she loves hard battles and hits opponents in their weak spots with unflinching accuracy.

In both Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, players will be able to encounter both the Dark-type Gym Leader Piers and the Dragon-type Gym Leader Raihan.

Gym Leader Piers
Piers is the Gym Leader of a Gym that was once said to have been among the greats. He may be a bit wild, but he is a Trainer who truly cares for his hometown and his friends. He loves his Gym, with its close ties to the town it’s based in, and he has been trying desperately to support it together with his Dark-type Pokémon. But he also seems to be getting impatient with the limitations of his own strengths.

Gym Leader Raihan
Raihan is said to be the strongest Gym Leader in the current Galar Pokémon League. He is also the rival of Leon, the sitting Champion. Raihan is a Dragon-type user and trains relentlessly, while also making the time to enjoy his hobbies of fashion and cultivating his social media presence.


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Source: The Pokémon Company PR


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