Nintendo revealed a few more details about Pokémon Sword and Shield during and after its E3 2019 Direct presentation. As two of the most anticipated games arriving this year, the Pokémon titles have been hotly anticipated by fans. This anticipation is much deserved given that Sword and Shield mark the first core pocket monster titles arriving on the Nintendo Switch, which is why it was so exciting when Nintendo confirmed that the games would be playable on the show floor.
The Pokémon Company then confirmed that even more details would appear in Nintendo's E3 2019 Direct. Since fans were already treated to a Pokémon Sword and Shield Direct the week prior, more new details on the forthcoming titles were unexpected. That didn't stop Nintendo from delivering them though, unleashing new information on Sword and Shield's Wild Areas, Max Raids, and more.
Nintendo wasted no time in showcasing the environment known as a Wild Area in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Wild monsters roam the landscape in these portions, trotting through grass, swimming in a lake, or soaring through the skies. Pokémon found walking around can be battled and captured, which is where the new battlefield conditions come into play. There are type advantages associated with different weather patterns in any given Wild Area. For example, if it's raining then Water- and Electric-type Pokémon and attacks will get a boost. Different Pokémon can also appear based on the weather.
Max Raid Battles were then fleshed out a bit more during the E3 2019 showcase. These portions of Sword and Shield occur when four players team up to take on a wild Pokémon that has used Dynamax–inflating it to Godzilla-sized proportions. It was confirmed that players will be able to interact with one another (i.e. trade or battle) in Sword and Shield through a device called the Y-Comm. A new thing called Pokémon Den is where these creatures reside, and if players manage to defeat a wild Dynamaxed dynamo then everyone will be given the opportunity to capture it.
A new Water-Type Gym Leader named Nessa was also revealed, and she should pose a fun challenge for aspiring Pokémon Masters much like Misty did in the original Pokémon games. It was also confirmed that players will be able to use the Pokéball Plus that debuted alongside Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Eevee! last year. Players will be able to put their creatures from Sword and Shield into the device and walk around to train them.
There are even more things that the Pokémon Company and Nintendo have yet to reveal for Sword and Shield. Only time will tell what the starter Pokémon from the new games evolve into, for example, but there's still plenty of time for Nintendo to touch on those details. Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield arrive exclusively for Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019.