During Nintendo’s recently hosted Nintendo Direct, trainers received quite a ‘tasty’ assortment of features coming to Pokémon Sword and Shield. Some of them include making your own unique league card that’ll be tradeable and identify different trainers. While others include hitting the boutiques and hair salons to spruce your characters looks. After all, if you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you win more battles right…or is that not how it works? Hitting these stores will allow players to purchase different clothing items, change up hairstyles, and even apply makeup.
So, you can trade league cards, but what about the real deal, the Pokémon? Well during the Nintendo Treehouse at E3 2019, we saw that players will be able to see each other and interact in the open area known as the Wild Area. This area will allow players to catch Pokémon, participate in a raid like battle together as well as interact in trading…and of course, camping, but we’ll come to that later. While players run across this area, they’ll notice stamps popping up. These will indicate another player trying to communicate. This interaction or communication will be known as Y-COMM. This will be utilised for link battles both via the internet or local communication, as well as trading. Trading will consist of the usual planned trade among two trainers and surprise trade. The surprise trade is just as it sounds. Send your beloved pocket monster into the ether and hope to receive a monster of equal or greater value. This has been done before in prior Pokémon games and speaking from experience, can be a tad bit of a disaster at times. So make sure you don’t send out your favourite Pokémon.
Now, before we get to the tastiest bit of the latest research update, let’s take a look at two of the newest Pokémon announced. Cramorant and Polteageist. Cramorant is a flying/water Pokémon with a new ability never before seen in previous titles, Gulp Missile. This ability is triggered after Cramorant uses the attacks Surf or Dive, which will allow Cramorant to return with a fish in its mouth. If Cramorant is attacked during this phase, it’ll spit out its catch at the attacker, causing additional damage. I can definitely see this being used in the competitive scene soon. Moving on, I think its time for tea. The second Pokémon announced is Polteageist. A ghost Pokémon, whose body is made from black tea. It’s said that it only allows a trainer it trusts to sample its tea. THANK GOODNESS I ONLY HAVE MY TEA WITH MILK.
Finally, we can go camping. A new feature announced for the Sword and Shield titles is camping. Trainers will be able to set up camp almost anywhere. During this time, your Pokémon will be able to relax and run free. Trainers will also be able to join other players camps. So if you see a tent set up in the wild Area, it means other players set up camp, and you’ll be able to join in with one of your own Pokémon. I’m quite surprised that this feature is only being introduced now into the video games. Because if you’ve ever watched the anime series or movies, you’ll notice Ash and friends doing this a lot. While camping, trainers will be able to play with their Pokémon, using Poké Toys or bouncing balls. And make some curry on rice. In the words of the great Ignis from Final Fantasy XV, “…I’ve come up with a new recipe”.
Players will be able to experiment with a wide variety of different flavoured curries depending on what ingredients and berries they use. Once the ingredients are in you’ll need to fan the flames and then stir the pot to make a dish “even better than mama”. Once your curry is ready, you and your Pokémon can chow down together. Oh, and did I mention that there’s a curry dex? Gotta cook ’em all.