As promised, Nintendo revealed more information on Pokemon Sword and Shield during its September 4 Nintendo Direct presentation. This included a look at some new features that will be introduced in the games, but most are likely more interested in seeing the new Pokemon that were announced. As it so happens, Nintendo revealed two new Pokemon for Pokemon Sword and Shield during its Nintendo Direct presentation today, and both are rather interesting and unique monsters.
First off, Nintendo revealed a new ghost-type Pokemon called Polteageist. Literally a haunted teapot, Polteageist was described in the Nintendo Direct as a "ghost made of tea" that "may let a trusting trainer taste its tea." The Pokemon franchise can always use more ghost-type Pokemon, so it's nice to see Polteageist confirmed for Pokemon Sword and Shield, as weird as it is.
The other Pokemon revealed during today's Nintendo Direct presentation is a flying/water-type Pokemon named Cramorant. Cramorant has a unique ability called Gulp Missile where it gets a fish in its mouth and then fires it at the enemy if it's attacked while eating. Nintendo didn't reveal if Polteageist or Cramorant evolve, but more information on that should come to light in the weeks leading up to Pokemon Sword and Shield's release.
In the meantime, Nintendo also revealed some new features coming to Pokemon Sword and Shield. The games boast more Pokemon trainer customization options than past titles, giving players more freedom over how their characters look than ever before. Additionally, the games will feature a Pokemon Camp feature where players can bring their Pokemon to socialize with others. While hanging out at their Pokemon Camp, Pokemon Sword and Shield players can cook a variety of curry on rice recipes, with over 100 recipes to discover in the game.
Between the Pokemon Camp and Dynamaxing/Gigantamaxing, it looks like Pokemon Sword and Shield is bringing a lot of new features to the table. Whether or not this new content is enough to satisfy those upset about the lack of a national Pokedex remains to be seen, but we'll find out when Pokemon Sword and Shield both launch in a couple of months.
Pokemon Sword and Shield launches on November 15, exclusively for the Switch.