During the Nintendo Treehouse Live portion of the E3 convention stream, a live demo of Pokemon Sword/Shield was played and some more features were showcased.
It has been confirmed that there will be compatability with the Pokeball Plus for Pokemon Sword/Shield. It is unconfirmed exactly what this will do in-game, but you can put Pokemon in the device and walk with them. In addition, if you connect a new Pokeball Plus to Pokemon Sword/Shield, you will be able to obtain Mew in that game.
Water-Type Gym Leader
During E3, A demo is available for attendees to play that allow them to battle the water-type Gym Leader Nessa. The footage showed that she had a Dynamaxed Drednaw.
Wild Area Features
Two-types of encounters
When exloring the Wild Areas, there are two types of encounters that are possible. One is “Symbol Encounters”, and these are with Pokemon visible in the over-world. The other type is “Random encounters”, which happen with Pokemon hiding in the grass.
On the left side of the screen, it is possible to see activity of other Players exploring the same Wild Area as you. These include someone else catching a Pokemon, asking to trade, etc… All the messages are viewable in the Y-COMM, a device used for communicating via multiplayer in the Wild Area.
Other players visible in Multiplayer
When multiplayer was announced, it was uncertain if players would be able to interact in ways other than Max Raid Battles. It is now confirmed that other players will be visible in the over-world while exploring in the same Wild Area as you.
Some Pokemon are more skittish in the wild, so to make it potentially easier to capture them, a new feature allowing you to whistle in order to attract nearby Pokemon to you. Not all Pokemon react in the same way, so some may run away instead of towards you, but the gameplay only showed Pokemon running towards the trainer.
Hidden items return
The trainer is shown at some point picking up a hidden item off the ground. These will probably be random and spread around the Wild Area, changing on a predictable schedule. This is unconfirmed though and is purely speculation.
It is now possible to have two weather conditions at one time on the battle field naturally. For example, in a thunderstorm the battles will have the effects of both rain and Electric Terrain.
Some Pokemon will appear in the wild area that are very aggressive. They will battle you, but they are too powerful to catch early in your adventure.
Max Raid Battles
During the direct, a Max Raid Battle was defeated live by four different participants. This gave us some more insight into what one of these battles entails.
- When you successfully defeat a Max Raid battle, you will be rewarded with some items.
- The Raid Boss will sometimes be able to use multiple moves in one turn.
- The Dynamax Pokemon will use a shield when it gets low on health. This shield can be broken after consecutive attacking.
- After your Pokemon are defeated, your trainer has the ability to cheer for the other players still in the fight, giving the chance to restore the HP of one of the Pokemon still battling.
- When attempting to catch a Dynamax Pokemon, you have the ability to throw only one Pokeball to try and capture it.
- Abilities still can effect the Dynamax Pokemon, but they are sometimes nullified.
- Indicators in the top-left of the screen show what all the other trainers are planning on doing.
- Throughout the battle, only one Pokemon total can by Dynamax. Before the
Pokemon in Pokemon Home will only be allowed to transfer to Pokemon Sword/Shield only if the appear in the Galar Pokedex. Also, Pokemon from Let’s GO Pikachu/Eevee will be transferrable to these games as well.
Demo at E3
As stated above, there is a demo available at E3 on the show floor for attendees to play. Now that the demo has opened, two new Pokemon have been discovered to be available in the demo.
The first of the two new Pokemon revealed is Yamper. It is an electric-type Pokemon, with a brand new ability: Ball Fetch.
If the Pokemon is not holding an item, it will fetvch the Poke Ball from the first failed throw of the battle.Ball Fetch
It is also seen having four moves:
- Play Rough
- Wild Charge
EDIT: A recent image was released showcasing its stats:
Impidimp is the second new Pokemon revealed through this demo. It is a Dark/Fairy-type. Nothing else is known about this new Pokemon.
Thanks to Pokebeach.com, Serebii.net, and Pokemon.com for information and images.