New gameplay mechanics revealed at Pokemon World Championships

Pokémon Sword & Shield — 16 August, 2019

The Pokémon World Championships kick off this weekend and at the opening ceremony, Junichi Masuda revealed various new gameplay mechanics in Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield. A video has been released of these updates:

  • Galarian Weezing has a new ability, Neutralizing Gas, which cancels out the abilities of all Pokémon in battle.
  • Corviknight has a hidden ability, Mirror Armor, which reflects any stat-lowering effects.
  • A new move Breaking Swipe, which hits multiple opponents and lowers their attack.
  • A new move Steel Beam is listed on a screenshot of the online battle interface. It's presumed to be the English name for a move that was part of a naming competition in Japan. A Pokémon loses 50% of their HP when using this move.
  • A new held item Room Service which lowers the Pokémon's speed during Trick Room.
  • A new held item Eject Pack which switches out the Pokémon if its stats are lowered.

Neutralizing Gas in action, cancelling out Storm Drain

Also revealed were some new Dynamax mechanics:

  • Moves that cause flinching such as Fake Out will not cause a Dynamax Pokémon to flinch.
  • The Protect move cannot full protect the Pokémon from Max moves, however Max Guard (which comes from any status move) does fully protect the Pokémon.
  • The Max Knuckle Dynamax move deals damage and increases the Attack of all Pokémon on the user's side of the field.
  • Using a Max move also appears to cancel the effects of barrier moves like Aurora Veil.
  • Pokémon caught in Max Raid Battles may have their Hidden Ability.

Finally, the Battle Stadium is the new online competition feature, which requires a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. There are several different formats such as Ranked Battles, Casual Battles, Rental Teams and Online Competitions.

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