The latest Nintendo Direct stream dropped a ton of new information about Pokémon Sword and Shield, the best of which was obviously the announcement of two new Pokémon: Polteageist and Cramorant. Suffice to say, would-be trainers will need to hone their skills pretty fast for this new installment.
Polteageist is an obvious play on the name poltergeist. It’s a ghost-type Pokémon inhabiting (or haunting) a teapot after all. Nintendo states that its body is actually made from black tea and has a distinct aroma to it. You’re advised from trying to drink too much of it though. It’s better to have Polteageist on the battlefield because of its peculiar ability called Weak Armor, which decreases its defense by one stage and increases its speed by two stages when the Pokémon is hit by a physical attack.
Cramorant on the other hand is a flying and water-type Pokémon. Its unique ability called Gulp Missile reflects its nature of being an insatiable eater. Cramorant doesn’t like to share its food. Hence, during combat, it will counter attack if a Pokémon tries to catch a fish from its mouth. Also, it loves to swallow almost anything that can fit into its mouth. If it’s something not to its taste, Cramorant will spit it out.
Polteageist and Cramorant are just two of the new Pokémon that you’ll have access to in the game. There’ll be Sobble, Scorbunny and Grookey; the three starters that were also the first to be revealed by Nintendo. Then there are Pokémon like Gossifleur, Eldegoss, Corviknight, among others.
You won’t be just training in Pokémon Sword and Shield. There’s also a new feature called Pokémon Camp, a mode where you’ll be able to interact and play with your little critters. You can also visit the camps of other players in the wild, as well as hang out with three friends at a camp site. It’s something that players were asking for in the past and Nintendo has decided to deliver just that.
The new Galar region is a magical place where humans and Pokémon work together in their daily lives. In the new game, these activities will help your Pokémon gain additional experience, as well as new items. You just need to assign them to various jobs, depending on what’s best suited in terms of their abilities and types. For example, Polteageist could be sent out to help in a restaurant while Cramorant to the fishing port.
Pokémon Sword and Shield comes out on the Nintendo Switch on November 15.