After recently revealing an overview trailer for the game this week, Game Freak and Nintendo have shared plenty of new details about the game via a press release, including the fact that players are more likely to encounter a Gigantamax Butterfree in Max Raid Battles from November 15 (release day) to January 2020.
To remind you, Max Raid battles let four trainers team up to take on these huge creatures, and you'll need to be connected to the internet to take these on.
We also hear about new items too, like a Mint that changes stat-growth patterns, impacting which stats are likely to grow faster. Then there are supplements, meaning drinks like Protein and Iron, which raise base points to help these stats. Until now, there's been a limit on how many supplements can be used in a Pokémon, but in Sword and Shield you can actually max out base points using these alone.
Exp. Candy can also be used to give Exp. Points to Pokémon, and you can earn these in Max Raid Battles. On top of that, Egg Moves can be learned by Pokémon who have hatched from eggs, and if two Pokémon of the same species share a nursery together, the Egg Move from one can be passed to the other, if it knows three or fewer moves.
That's not all though, as Pokémon that aren't on the team can go into Pokémon Boxes, which can also be accessed on the road rather than just at certain points. There are a few areas, however, that won't let you access Boxes, like in a gym.
We even have a new autosave feature as well, like when you enter a town or building, but if you want you can turn it off too. You can still save manually too.
Also, if you receive a Pokémon in a trade without a nickname, you can nickname it, but only once. You can do this by speaking to the man behind the left counter in any Pokémon Center, but if it already has a nickname, this can't be changed.
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