Players will be more likely to encounter certain Gigantamax Pokémon in the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield Switch games. The Pokémon Company and Nintendo have confirmed via a press release that the games will feature Online Competitions. “Galar Beginnings” will be the first of these events.
These competitions will bring new items and features alongside Gigantamax Pokémon. In Max Raid Battles, four Trainers can team up to take on a wild Dynamax Pokémon. In extremely rare cases, a Gigantamax Pokémon can appear instead of a Dynamax Pokémon. Only certain species of Pokémon can Gigantamax—and even among such species, only very rare specimens will be able to.
From Friday, November 15, 2019, until early January 2020, players will be more likely to encounter Gigantamax Butterfree. Gigantamaxing changes a Pokémon’s size, power, and appearance and allows it to use a G-Max Move.
New Items and Egg Moves
New items will be introduced that help Trainers raise their Pokémon. And each Pokémon has a Nature that can impact which of its stats are likely to grow faster or slower than average.
Sometimes, a Pokémon hatched from an Egg will know unusual moves called Egg Moves. Egg Moves are moves that a Pokémon normally wouldn’t be able to learn through more common means, like levelling up or using TMs.
The sign-up period will last from 15th November to 5th December, with the competition kicking off 6th December until 8th December. However, only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword and Shield are eligible for taking part in the battles. Zacian, Zamazenta, Mew (who are all contained within Poké Ball Plus), and some other special Pokémon will not be eligible. All Pokémon entered into the competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
For more information about Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, please visit Pokemon.com/SwordShield
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