Pokemon Company corrects statement from Game Informer article; new Pokemon games won't have 18 gyms

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Originally reported in an exclusive interview with Game Informer was that the latest Pokemon games, Sword and Shield, would offer a massive 18 different Pokemon Gyms for players to take on during their adventures in the Galar region. Apparently, that information appeared to be a mistranslation on the publication's part, as The Pokemon Company International has stepped in to correct the original story. In an official statement, the company clarified that there are indeed 18 Pokemon Gyms in the Galar region, however, they exist to "contribute to the background setting of the story". As in previous Pokemon games, there are only 8 Gym Leaders you'll be able to take on, though they will be different depending on which game you choose.

In the Galar region, Pokémon Gym Battles are popular sporting events, and the 18 different types of Gyms that exist in Galar contribute to the background setting of the story in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. In each game, Trainers must collect eight Gym Badges to complete the Gym Challenge and earn the opportunity to participate in the Champion Cup.

Over the course of the main story, Trainers will challenge eight Gyms, which are all in the Major League. Which Gyms appear in the Major League and Minor League will differ between Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. For example, depending on the version of the game, Trainers will be able to challenge different Gym Leaders, such as Bea or Allister.

Each version will have eight Gyms and eight Gym Leaders that Trainers can battle for a traditional Gym Challenge experience that fans have enjoyed throughout the Pokémon video game series.

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more gyms doesn't excuse arbitrarily blocking a complete 'dex. Not to mention, this is game freak. They're pathological about their laziness; they'll put more effort into being as lazy as possible than actually work to make a game right, anymore. Which is ridiculous because with the embarrassing amounts of money that are flying out of everyone's pockets for Pokemon there, they could easily afford to sublet studios for A+ tier work to give us a truly legendary core game.
 

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So journalists reading stuff wrong?
Was reading the story on nintendosoup and it clearly stated "will have 18 gyms between the two", so I read it as sword will have 9 and shield will have 9 different ones.
 
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