Pokemon Sword and Shield: When Will Starter Evolutions Be Revealed?

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In a little over three weeks, a brand new generation of Pokemon will make its debut on the Nintendo Switch. Like all new games in the series, Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield will introduce a whole new region called Galar, new gameplay features such as Gigantamax, remove forced tutorials for veterans of the series, and of course, have dozens of new Pokemon for players to catch and train.

In the build-up to a new generation, one of the most important announcements is the reveal of the three starter Pokemon that players will be able to choose from when the game begins. For Pokemon Sword and Shield, the developer revealed Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble in the announcement trailer and have continued to slowly reveal more Pokemon and new Galarian forms in various Nintendo Directs and trailers ever since. However, one thing that still hasn't been revealed are the starters' evolved forms.

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Last week, a new rumor made the round on 4chan which "leaked" the starter evolutions description and type and pointed toward a currently unannounced Nintendo Direct which is due to take place in November ahead of Pokemon Sword and Shield's release next month. While there's no way to backup the current slate of rumors, based on Nintendo and The Pokemon Company's past history of announcements, November appears to be a safe bet for when the starter evolutions are going to be revealed.

Dating as far back as 2012, Nintendo typically holds major Nintendo Direct in the months of January, April, June, September, and November. These are usually fairly substantial reveals that focus on the current state of Nintendo, covering the system at the time and upcoming games for that platform. For the rest of the year, all other Nintendo directs vary from year to year and are far more specific in nature, generally only covering a specific game or topic i.e. Pokemon Sword and Shield or a Nindies Showcase.

The possibility of a November Nintendo Direct for Pokemon Sword and Shield isn't too farfetched; in fact, it's almost guaranteed to happen in one form or another. From November 2012 through 2015, Nintendo held a full-scale Nintendo Direct in November every year that always took place on the first or second Wednesday of the month and focused on the WiiU and Nintendo 3DS - the system, apps, and upcoming games.

In the years since the release of the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo has continued to hold Nintendo Direct's each November, however, the day of the week and primary focus has varied. If Nintendo follows trend then fans can safely expect a Nintendo Direct to take place sometime around Wednesday, November 13 - two days before the release of Pokemon Sword and Shield - and it'll likely feature some sort of new footage, potentially revealing the evolutions to Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble.

Over the last two generations, The Pokemon Company has made a bigger deal about the reveal of the starter evolutions. Pokemon Sun and Moon were announced on February 26, 2016, during a Nintendo Direct. Throughout 2016, each of the three stages of the starter Pokemon all received their own separate reveal trailers before the games full release on November 18, 2016. That's a pretty big step-up from Pokemon X and Y, where the starter Pokemon were revealed in January 2013, the first evolutions in September, and no announcement for the final evolutions before release.

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Earlier in the year, a similar leak on 4chan stated that the Grass-type Pokemon Grookey would evolve into a giant Gorilla with a wooden drum, the Fire-type Scorbunny would evolve into a Pokemon called Raboot, and the Water-type Sobble would evolve into Intelleon, a spy-themed Water/Psychic-type Pokemon. The September Nintendo Direct confirmed a number of these details with the announcement of both Polteageist and Cramorant, as well as the organization, Team Yell.

Whether or not Nintendo and The Pokemon Company choose to reveal the starter evolutions before the release of Pokemon Sword and Shield remains to be seen; however, one thing we do know is that a Nintendo Direct will be taking place in early November. For those who so choose, pre-orders for the new Double-Pack Steelbook Edition are available now.

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield release on November 15, exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

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