Pokemon Sword and Shield will have 18 gyms, autosaving, EXP share, and more

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    A big interview between Game Informer and Game Freak has revealed some major new information about Pokemon Sword and Shield. Numerous changes have been made to the traditional Pokemon formula: for the first time, a mainline series Pokemon title will have autosaving, letting you play without fear of losing progress. For those that dislike the idea of an auto save, this feature will be able to be turned off in the settings. In addition, following upon the changes made in Sun and Moon, Hidden Machines, or HM's, will not make an appearance in this entry. According to director Kazumasa Iwao, this is to allow the player more freedom in their journey, without being bogged down by HM requirements. Your Zigzagoon need not be an HM slave this time around.

    Elaborating further on the debacle over certain Pokemon not making the cut for Sword and Shield's National Pokedex, Junichi Masuda explained that even if some Pokemon don't appear in this game, they still will in future titles, with Pokemon Home being a way for players to "gather them all there and then embark on future adventures". Masuda declined to comment, regarding just how many Pokemon won't be included in Sword and Shield, though he did reiterate that Game Freak chose to focus on new gameplay ideas and features, and to find new ways to enjoy the game, rather than using the development time to cram in every single creature.

    During the interview, Shigeru Ohmori discussed the presence of the EXP Share, a series-staple, which allows players to split experience between their Pokemon. Rather than require the EXP Share, the item has been removed from Sword and Shield, and has now become part of the regular gameplay. After you defeat a Pokemon, every member of your party will receive equal experience, automatically.

    Perhaps the biggest new bit of information was that the Galar region will have a whopping 18 gyms to take on, with each of them split into major and minor leagues. As to which Pokemon type each major and minor Gym specialize in, well it varies depending on if you're either playing Sword, or Shield.

    Lastly, Iwao took a moment to explain that there will be a new gameplay mechanic that lets players use their favorite Pokemon in a competitive way, even if they're not considered normally viable for competitive play, noting that in previous games, players would need to breed Pokemon a certain way (IVs, Natures) in order to make them the strongest they could be. The details were vague, but there's a new mechanic in Sword and Shield, which will lower the barrier of entry for those who wish to take part in competitive Pokemon battles.

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  1. Tom Bombadildo

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    Don't care about any of those things myself, but it's nice to see they're actually trying to bring the series into the 20th century with more modern, convenient mechanics/options.
     
  2. Chary
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  3. MythicalData

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    I felt like the exp share starting in the 3ds era was broken. It should have an option for turning that off as well.
    More gyms and leagues is something I'm all for.
    I'm not really about the HM thing. I feel like they should give you a bracelet or something you can add stones too that let you use the moves whenever (bypassing the annoying hm slave, but keeping the progression mechanic)
    I don't really see how they can lower the bar for competitive battling other than making it hella easy to get perfect stat pokemon/perfect their stats later on (you only need 6 pokemon it's not that much work guys)
    I would absolutely LOVE some more talk about the shiny mechanics in the game. I also want the pokeradar again BRING IT BACK!!!!
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    Can we bring back difficulty modes? it was in the gen V era and it was AMAZING (or even a new game + of some sort)
     
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  4. Jiehfeng

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    Would be nice if they put out a small official guide poster that showed why you should pick either versions without spoilers.
     
  5. pedro702

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    autovaing is not good for pokemon games at all, becuase people like to save in front of a legendary and then battle it and try to catch it or catch a specific nature ability one, now with autosave that all goes to the crapper lol kill the legendary, oh too bad the game just saved now wait until the end game where it will spawn in a random place ...
     
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  6. MythicalData

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    As said above you can turn that off in the options...........
     
  7. Jiehfeng

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    Which is how it was meant to be played though. I think this is better, as long as they don't pull off something too irreversible like a legendary fleeing for good.
     
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    these are looking good imo, can not wait for the 3rd version:-

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  10. pedro702

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    thank god for that, but yeah exp share got broken in x and y and now its not even an item you can pass, its just regular gameplay exp, long gone are the days you would need to grind each pokemon lol just put the strongest in front and you are done, it was very broken on x,y and sun moon.

    back in the day i was always a minimum of 10 levels lower than final elite four member team, since x and y im eitehr on same level or higher without even grinding lol, they made the games way too easy.

    kids nowadays playing the original red and blue and gold and silver would give up lol.
     
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    Maybe it's an error in translation and he meant 9 gyms per game? 18 sounds like some effort on their part
     
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    Yes sure, but the person above just said that it wasn't a good idea from pokemon games i.e you should not turn that option on.
     
  13. pedro702

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    they say they have major and minor leagues so i assume they are threating it as soccer league like each city has 2 gyms and you start on taking easiest one and then return to take the hard one once you climb up a division or so.

    I mean if the gyms are barebones like sun moon challenges like a single leader and done, no puzzle no trainers to beat to reach the leader like older pokemon games its not that hard to put 18 guys with a team each lol.
     
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    i do hope there's a way to turn the exp share off though.. it's kind of silly to have to box your entire team just so you can focus the exp on one pokémon..

    other than that, sounds great - especially the more accessible competitive ready mons :)
     
  15. catlover007

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    X&Y were indeed easy, but it started to get harder again with Sun and Moon which Ultra Sun and Moon continued (though it's still not that hard, but atleast I lost a few times).
    Btw my little brother, who's first game was alpha saphire played through yellow on the 3ds virtual console.
     
  16. Ampersound

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    What about EV training? in US/UM the exp-share gave all Pokemon in your party EVs after battle, which isn't something you always want.
     
  17. Nekomaru

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    Yes, you might be right, the last Pokemon Game I played till the end was Gold on a physical GB cart Masters felt simpler already.
     
  18. pedro702

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    yellow is much easier than other games because you get 3 starters, and the starters are bulky and powerful pokemons who can take hits and dish them back so it turns most of the game easy imo.

    i dont think i ever lost a battle on any pokemon game since gold and silver lol i always have items revives and hyper potions to use if im on a pinch, and when im low on health i always double back to pokemon center.
     
  19. Sonic Angel Knight

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    18 GYMS!? :blink:

    Man, as much as I seen the anime and noticed that there is more than just 8 gyms, I been wondering when they will make that part of the game. :ph34r:
     
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