Pokemon Direct roundup for 9th January 2020

Today, The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo introduced new downloadable content material for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video video games. The Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and the Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass will include The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra expansions, two separate adventures that can allow followers to satisfy new characters, catch newly found Pokémon, and discover new areas within the Galar area. Available now completely on Nintendo Switch™ techniques, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch titles of all time and had the highest-grossing launch of any Pokémon video games, with greater than six million items bought worldwide throughout launch weekend.

During a Pokémon Direct presentation, The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo additionally unveiled Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX. The recreation revisits the basic Pokémon Mystery Dungeon video games, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team, which had been initially launched in Europe in 2006. Now completely on Nintendo Switch techniques and with up to date visuals and a shocking picture-book artwork fashion, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX launches on March 6, 2020.


Trainers will be capable to bounce proper into their new adventures with the identical save information they’ve been utilizing to play Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield. They may also be capable to start exploring the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra at virtually any level in the primary video games. Whether a Trainer has simply began their journey within the Galar area or is effectively alongside the trail to turning into Champion, they are going to be capable to take pleasure in the brand new content material as quickly because it’s launched.

The Isle of Armor is scheduled to be launched by the top of June 2020, and The Crown Tundra within the autumn of 2020. The Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, which embrace each units of content material, can be out there for prepurchase for £26.99 beginning later at the moment, January 9, 2020. Both expansions will embrace a brand new space to discover, newly discoverable Pokémon, clothes gadgets, useful options, and extra. In addition, followers can obtain particular bonuses when buying the Expansion Pass: a Pikachu Uniform and an Eevee Uniform. Fans will be capable to obtain the Pikachu and Eevee Uniforms in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield by utilizing codes that they are going to obtain after they buy the Expansion Pass.

Game Director at Game Freak, Ohmori-san, mentioned: “The Galar region in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield was inspired by the United Kingdom. In the Expansion Pass, players will visit two brand new areas, the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra. The Isle of Armor is a location inspired by the Isle of Man, an island situated just off the coast of the United Kingdom, and the Crown Tundra is a snowy landscape inspired by Scotland.”

The Isle of Armor

In this enlargement, Trainers will head to the Isle of Armor, the stage of a brand new journey within the Galar area. The Isle of Armor is a huge island stuffed with environments not seen in Galar earlier than. There gamers will discover wave-swept seashores, forests, bogs, caves, and sand dunes. There are additionally loads of Pokémon that make this island their residence, dwelling freely amid the plush pure environment. There’s even a dojo right here that makes a speciality of some very explicit coaching types. Trainers and their Pokémon will take up an apprenticeship beneath the grasp of this dojo and prepare exhausting to change into even stronger.

The Crown Tundra

This enlargement is ready within the snow-swept realm of the Crown Tundra. The Crown Tundra options a fantastic shining, silvery panorama. In this frigid space, with its jagged winter mountains, folks reside in small communities the place they help and depend on each other. A sure individual will appoint the participant because the chief of their exploration workforce within the Crown Tundra, the place Trainers can be tasked with investigating the reaches of this frozen land. Here, Trainers will be capable to discover the complete depth of Pokémon Dens, which they’ve thus far solely been in a position to glimpse in Max Raid Battles.



Category: Wushu Pokémon 

Type: Fighting

Height: 2′

Weight: 26.5 lbs.

Ability: Inner Focus

Kubfu will seem in The Isle of Armor. This Pokémon is hardworking and strives to coach each its physique and thoughts. It makes use of every defeat as motivation, coaching itself with much more vigor after a loss with a purpose to develop stronger. It has an organ that produces “fighting energy” in its decrease stomach, and earlier than heading into battle, Kubfu will enhance this power via distinctive respiration strategies and intense focus. Wild Kubfu reside in mountainous areas distant from the Galar area, nevertheless it was as soon as a species that referred to as Galar its residence. It’s famous in historic texts that this species used to go to uncharted lands with folks as they got down to commerce or discover. Records recommend that the Kubfu dwelling in faraway mountains at the moment could have descended from Kubfu that grew to become naturalized to the distant lands they visited of their journeys.

Urshifu (Single Strike Style)                                                                    Urshifu (Rapid Strike Style)

Category: Wushu Pokémon                                                                     Category: Wushu Pokémon 

Type: Fighting/Dark                                                                                   Type: Fighting/Water

Height: 6’3″                                                                                                  Height: 6’3″

Weight: 231.5 lbs.                                                                                      Weight: 231.5 lbs.

Ability: Unseen Fist                                                                                    Ability: Unseen Fist

Kubfu will evolve into Urshifu after it has undergone adequate coaching. It appears that Urshifu has two kinds—a Single Strike Style and a Rapid Strike Style—and it seems that every type has differing types as effectively. Urshifu in Single Strike Style type favor battling with out holding something again. When enraged, they are going to mercilessly assault an opponent till it’s totally defeated. A Single Strike Style Urshifu’s actions are sometimes direct and contain speeding ahead in a straight line. It will hold its distance from its opponents at first solely to leap in shut immediately to ship a robust blow. Urshifu in Rapid Strike Style type keep a relaxed demeanor, observing their opponents and measuring their energy whereas dodging assaults. A Rapid Strike Style Urshifu will use flowing actions in battle to easily parry an opponent’s strikes after which overwhelm the opponent with a flurry of fast strikes.

Gigantamax Urshifu (Single Strike Style)                                             Gigantamax Urshifu (Rapid Strike Style)

Category: Wushu Pokémon                                                                     Category: Wushu Pokémon 

Type: Fighting/Dark                                                                                   Type: Fighting/Water

Height: 95’2″+                                                                                             Height: 85’4″+

Weight: ??? lbs.                                                                                          Weight: ??? lbs.

Ability: Unseen Fist                                                                                    Ability: Unseen Fist

Single Strike Style Urshifu and Rapid Strike Style Urshifu even have Gigantamax kinds. Gigantamax Single Strike Style Urshifu appears to be like able to bellow in fury. People name it each “the very embodiment of rage” and “a divine emissary that banishes evil spirits with its fury.” Gigantamax Rapid Strike Style Urshifu will quietly keep its stance with a relaxed expression. When dealing with this Pokémon, it appears some will change into significantly agitated, feeling as if the very depths of their soul have been uncovered. Yet others report feeling a way of aid, as in the event that they’d been cleansed of evil spirits.


Category: King Pokémon 

Type: Psychic/Grass

Height: 3’7″

Weight: 17 lbs.

Ability: Unnerve

Trainers will encounter Calyrex in The Crown Tundra. This Pokémon dominated all of Galar in historic occasions. Though it seems delicate and slight, its each transfer is full of grace and dignity. It additionally has extraordinarily excessive intelligence, and it’s mentioned to see each previous, current, and future occasion.


The Isle of Armor enlargement will enable Trainers to assist among the Pokémon touring with them achieve the flexibility to Gigantamax. This has led to the invention of the Gigantamax kinds for Rillaboom, Cinderace, and Inteleon, the Evolutions of the three Pokémon that Trainers might select as their first accomplice within the Galar area.

Gigantamax Rillaboom

Category: Drummer Pokémon 

Type: Grass

Height: 91’10″+

Weight: ??? lbs.

Ability: Overgrow

Rillaboom’s tree-stump drum has grown quickly—to the purpose that it now resembles a small forest by itself. Gigantamax Rillaboom has merged with this forest of drums and change into much more highly effective. It can management its sticks as in the event that they had been its personal limbs and can reveal transcendental drumming strategies. Gigantamax Rillaboom will focus fully on enjoying its drums, compelled by the ability welling up inside it. The sound can attain throughout oceans and be heard by these dwelling in different areas. It’s mentioned that those that hear the beat will start to bounce uncontrollably, overwhelmed by a rhythm that surges from inside them.

Gigantamax Cinderace

Category: Striker Pokémon 

Type: Fire

Height: 88’7″+

Weight: ??? lbs.

Ability: Blaze

The burning ball at Cinderace’s toes has grown to huge proportions due to Gigantamax power. If Gigantamax Cinderace kicks the ball utilizing its well-honed strategies, its combating spirit will possess the ball and trigger the ball to pursue opponents as if it had a thoughts of its personal. Gigantamax Cinderace boasts unimaginable leg energy–actually, its legs are mentioned to rank among the many strongest of all Pokémon. Even with out its gigantic Pyro Ball, it could actually ship highly effective kicking strikes that overwhelm different Dynamax Pokémon.

Gigantamax Inteleon

Category: Secret Agent Pokémon 

Type: Water

Height: 131’3″+

Weight: ??? lbs.

Ability: Torrent

Inteleon has gained a particularly lengthy tail due to Gigantamaxing. The tail’s size is alleged to be over 130 toes. While Gigantamaxed, Inteleon will stretch its lengthy tail out and maintain it straight to type a pillar, and Inteleon will take up a battle place on the prime. This Pokémon has an extremely sharp thoughts and calculates the exact results that gravity can have on the trajectory of its photographs, enabling it to be a particularly efficient sniper. Inteleon has many hidden instruments inside its physique, and these have additionally been enhanced on account of its Gigantamaxing. The nictitating membranes on its eyes not solely enable it to measure the gap to the goal—they now let Inteleon detect temperature, air stress, and even humidity. Inteleon is a talented sniper as effectively—simply hitting a Berry that’s rolling round over 9 miles away.


Regional types of sure Pokémon are present in Galar. These kinds have tailored to the distinctive setting of the Galar area and look totally different than the identical species may look when present in different areas. These tailored kinds are referred to as the Galarian types of these Pokémon, and it appears their habits additionally differs from that of their species’ beforehand found kinds.

Galarian Slowpoke

Category: Dopey Pokémon 

Type: Psychic

Height: 3’11”

Weight: 79.Four lbs.

Ability: Gluttony / Own Tempo

The Slowpoke of the Galar area used to eat the seeds of a sure plant that grew of their habitat. These seeds had been actually Galarica seeds, used to this present day as a vital spice for cooking within the Galar area. The Slowpoke in Galar constructed up particles of this spice of their our bodies over a number of generations, finally gaining the distinctive look and habits they’re identified for at the moment. Galarian Slowpoke spend their days wallowing on seashores and riverbanks with out enthusiastic about something specifically. Occasionally, they could get a really sharp look of their eyes, however they are going to quickly revert to their zoned-out expression. It’s thought that this habits is brought on by the collected Galarica particles stimulating Galarian Slowpoke’s mind, leading to it pondering of one thing great—solely for the Galarian Slowpoke to instantly neglect what it had simply considered. Galarian Slowpoke can evolve into Galarian Slowbro if an merchandise that may be discovered on the Isle of Armor is used. It can evolve into Galarian Slowking as a substitute if an merchandise that may be discovered within the Crown Tundra is used.


Many Pokémon that didn’t initially seem in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield make their properties on the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra. Trainers will meet a energetic array of numerous Pokémon, from newly found Legendary Pokémon and new regional kinds to acquainted Pokémon which have been seen dwelling in different areas. Free updates are additionally deliberate for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield to coincide with the discharge of those expansions. Updates are scheduled for the identical days that The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra expansions are launched. Each of those updates will allow gamers who haven’t bought an Expansion Pass to obtain Pokémon that can be added through The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra expansions via means reminiscent of buying and selling. Players may also be capable to carry over previous Pokémon to their video games from the cloud service Pokémon HOME, scheduled to launch in February 2020, so long as the Pokémon seem in The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra expansions


Fans will be capable to receive a particular coaching uniform in The Isle of Armor. They can be able to face any problem due to their new outfit, and it’ll you should definitely get them prepared in each physique and thoughts for their upcoming coaching. In The Crown Tundra, Trainers can don exploration gear to organize themselves for researching the various intriguing locations the tundra holds. They may discover a unusual temple the place they least count on it or a mysterious large tree rising in a spot it doesn’t appear to belong. 


During their journey, Trainers will run into many fascinating characters.

A person named Mustard will seem in The Isle of Armor and can be accountable for the participant’s coaching. He’s a legendary Trainer who held the seat of Champion for an astounding 18 years, again earlier than Dynamaxing was integrated into the battles of the Pokémon League. His document has but to be crushed. In reality, Champion Leon himself skilled beneath Mustard, and Mustard was the primary one to acknowledge Leon’s latent expertise.

There are two new rivals that may seem in The Isle of Armor: Klara and Avery. They’re expert Trainers of Poison-type Pokémon and Psychic-type Pokémon, respectively, they usually’re coaching exhausting in order that they will sometime arrange a Gym and stadium for their very own sort. Trainers will face a distinct rival relying on which recreation they’re enjoying. Klara makes a speciality of Poison-type Pokémon and is coaching exhausting at Mustard’s dojo. She’ll do absolutely anything to seem lovable and cute, as reputation is what she admires most of all. She goes about her days with a smile on her face, however hiding behind it’s a calculating nature that she places to excellent use. Avery is among the Trainers who try to change into stronger at Mustard’s dojo, and he’s a proficient person of Psychic-type Pokémon. He is gentlemanly and well-mannered but additionally very proud.


There can be over 100 new clothes gadgets added in The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra. In The Isle of Armor, Trainers may also discover new gadgets that can assist them alongside their journey, like an Exp. Charm that’ll turn out to be useful when leveling up their Pokémon. New tutor strikes which have by no means been out there in previous Pokémon core sequence video games will seem in The Isle of Armor enlargement together with Restricted Sparring, the place Trainers can be restricted in what forms of Pokémon they will use and compelled to battle beneath set situations. In The Crown Tundra enlargement, Trainers and their pals will be capable to enter and discover Pokémon Dens in a brand new gameplay characteristic. Deep inside these dens, they’ll have an opportunity to come across Legendary Pokémon from earlier Pokémon core sequence video games.

Many Pokémon not present in Galar’s Wild Area make their residence on the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra. Trainers can have their Galar Pokédexes up to date in order that they will register much more Pokémon as they uncover them. In The Isle of Armor, gamers will intention to finish the Isle of Armor Pokédex, whereas in The Crown Tundra, they’ll be engaged on the Crown Tundra Pokédex.

There are Pokémon Dens on the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra, similar to within the Wild Area. When Trainers take a look at a Pokémon Den that has a pillar of red mild popping out of it, they’ll be capable to take part in a Max Raid Battle. These are battles the place the participant will workforce up with three different Trainers to tackle a Dynamax Pokémon. In the Pokémon Dens on the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra, Trainers will be capable to encounter Pokémon that aren’t discovered within the Wild Area. They’ll be capable to invite pals to hitch these Max Raid Battles—and never simply pals who’re enjoying utilizing the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass or Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass. Players will be capable to have even pals who’re enjoying Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield with out an Expansion Pass come and be a part of them.


Starting later at the moment, January 9, 2020, an replace can be distributed for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield gamers that can enable them to expertise a small slice of the Expansion Pass’s new content material. Once they’ve obtained the replace, gamers might want to head to Wedgehurst Station. There, they’ll meet a Trainer who will seem within the Expansion Pass content material. In Pokémon Sword, Trainers will encounter Klara, whereas in Pokémon Shield, they’ll run into Avery. Players may even add a Galarian Slowpoke to their workforce. It doesn’t matter whether or not gamers have bought the Expansion Pass or not—anybody who’s enjoying Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield will be capable to expertise the start of the Expansion Pass’s story.


If Trainers buy the Expansion Pass, they’ll be capable to obtain a Pikachu Uniform and an Eevee Uniform as a particular buy bonus. They’ll be capable to put on these outfits within the expansions but additionally in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.[4]

For extra details about the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, please go to 



Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is ready in a world inhabited solely by Pokémon. When gamers first open their eyes, they see a Pokémon in entrance of them, they usually can perceive what it’s saying. Upon nearer inspection, gamers will notice that they themselves have change into a Pokémon. According to the Pokémon they meet, pure disasters have all of a sudden began occurring throughout this world, inflicting all types of issues. Players and their accomplice Pokémon resolve to type a rescue workforce to go assist Pokémon which might be in bother. 

Players will reply a couple of questions that seem initially of the sport to assist decide which Pokémon they are going to be. Next, they are going to resolve the Pokémon that can be their accomplice on this journey. The major character and their accomplice will be chosen from 16 totally different Pokémon. Players will get job requests in numerous kinds—like on the Bulletin Board at Pelipper Post Office or from letters that can be delivered to the mailbox on the participant’s rescue workforce base. As gamers full jobs, their rescue workforce’s rescue factors will enhance. When they acquire sufficient factors, their rescue workforce’s rank will go up. When they first type their rescue workforce, they’ll be Rookie Rank. Players can achieve expertise as a rescue workforce on their technique to what all rescue groups aspire to—the Gold Rank.

In this world, Mystery Dungeons will be present in numerous locations, reminiscent of mountains, canyons, forests, and extra. Each time gamers enter a Mystery Dungeon, the structure is barely totally different. They’ll must journey via these dungeons to finish the roles they are going to obtain requests for one after one other.

Inside dungeons, gamers will discover numerous helpful gadgets—reminiscent of Seeds, Berries, and TMs—which can assist them on their journey. As with the structure of the dungeons, the sorts of things and their areas will change every time gamers enter a dungeon. Players might want to use the precise gadgets on the proper time to assist out Pokémon which might be in bother.

Dungeons are inhabited by many Pokémon that can assault the primary character. Inside dungeons, battles are flip based mostly, which means that for every transfer you make, your opponents may also make a transfer. Since opponents received’t transfer except the participant strikes in these turn-based battles, the participant can have loads of time to consider what their subsequent transfer must be. If the participant panics and presses a button or walks a bunch of steps carelessly, they may discover themselves in a scrape they weren’t anticipating. Making selections calmly and punctiliously contemplating how the opposing Pokémon are shifting are the keys to efficiently navigating a dungeon.

This title will be performed in any mode on the Nintendo Switch—TV mode, tabletop mode, or handheld mode. In addition, the next options have been added that may help gamers with controlling their Pokémon and progressing via the sport, so even when it’s their first time, they will simply journey via a dungeon.

  • Auto mode: Starting with this title, an auto-mode characteristic has been added that lets gamers progress via their adventures extra simply. By simply urgent the L Button, the primary character and their workforce will transfer effectively. When a participant approaches an enemy, auto mode will flip off routinely.
  • Unleash strikes routinely with the A Button: Ordinarily the participant would choose from certainly one of 4 strikes to make use of on an enemy. When gamers aren’t positive which transfer to make use of, they will get the enemy proper in entrance of them and press the A Button to routinely unleash one of the best transfer to make use of on that foe.
  • Up to eight Pokémon can journey with you: When Trainers depart for a dungeon, they will have three members on their workforce as normal, however on this title, they will additionally add Pokémon they encounter as they undergo dungeons to rise up to eight teammates strolling via a dungeon with them.
  • Fainting in a dungeon: If a participant is defeated in a dungeon, they will ask for different gamers to rescue them, or they will rescue themselves with one other of their very own rescue groups. Then they’ll be capable to resume their journey from the place they fainted.

Source: The Pokemon Company