As Pokemon Sword & Shield‘s first big downloadable content approaches, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have finally released some more information regarding the mysterious new content and what it will be bringing to the table. The Isle of Armor, the first of two major DLC, seems to be a much bigger package that we were initially anticipating, and it also seems like the companies are really offering a huge deal and package to their patrons. The biggest and most exciting news to come out of all of this is that The Isle of Armor has an official release date, and that is June 17.
Check out the recently released trailer that highlights a bunch of returning and new Pokemon.
Among the details are a lot of returning Pokemon, which is bound to excite fans who were missing some of their favorites. The following are confirmed Pokemon returning within the first DLC, The Isle of Armor:
- Whismur, Loudred
- Poliwhirl, Politoed
- Staryu, Starmie
More Details Regarding the Isle of Armor
We did not just see a lot of returning Pokemon in this update, but we also got to lay our eyes on some new Galarian Pokemon and Gigantamax forms. It also seems like The Isle of Armor will include some new adventuring features to help expand the experience! You can read the official details below;
The first new adventure unlocked by the Expansion Pass will take place on the Isle of Armor, an island of the Galar region. Many Pokemon make this island their home, living freely amid the lush nature. The island is also home to a dojo for Pokemon battles. Players and their Pokemon will train hard to become stronger under Mustard, the master of this dojo.
■ Newly Discovered Pokemon
- Category: Hermit Crab Pokemon
- Type: Poison/Psychic
- Height: 5ʹ3″
- Weight: 155.4 lbs.
- Ability: Quick Draw
A Shellder bite set off a chemical reaction with the spices inside Galarian Slowpoke’s body, causing Galarian Slowbro to gain the Poison type. The Shellder that’s latched onto Slowbro sometimes unconsciously bites down harder on Slowbro’s arm, causing an itch that drives Slowbro to start wildly swinging its arm around and smashing its surroundings. With a speed that puts even the quickest reflexes to shame, Slowbro readies its Shellder and makes poisonous liquid shoot from the Shellder’s tip. This is Shell Side Arm, a Poison-type special move that may poison the target. The move inflicts either physical or special damage depending on which will damage the target more.
■ New Gigantamax Forms
- Type: Grass/Poison
- Height: 78ʹ9″+
- Weight: ????.? lbs.
- Ability: Overgrow
The power of Gigantamaxing has made Venusaur’s flower bloom so large that it covers the Pokemon’s body. During battle, the Pokemon uses these petals as a shield and swings its two thick vines around to thrash its target. Grass-type attacks used by Gigantamax Venusaur will change to G-Max Vine Lash. G-Max Vine Lash doesn’t just deal damage to an opponent when it hits—it will continue to deal damage for four turns to any Pokemon that isn’t Grass type.
- Type: Water
- Height: 82ʹ+
- Weight: ????.? lbs.
- Ability: Torrent
Blastoise’s shell has grown to match its body, and it boasts new extra-large water cannons as well. Gigantamax Blastoise can adapt to different situations by using different combinations of its 31 variously sized cannons. Gigantamax Blastoise can also move the 12 large cannons surrounding its central cannon independently, letting it orient its attacks in any direction, whether toward the ground or the sky. Water-type attacks used by Gigantamax Blastoise will change to G-Max Cannonade. G-Max Cannonade doesn’t just deal damage to an opponent when it hits—it will continue to deal damage for four turns to any Pokemon that isn’t Water type.
■ Legendary Pokemon Urshifu’s Exclusive Moves
Legendary Pokemon Urshifu has two forms—Single Strike Style and Rapid Strike Style—and each form can learn different moves and G-Max Moves. A Single Strike Style Urshifu that has followed the path of darkness can unleash a single, severe blow—a signature move known as Wicked Blow. This move always results in a critical hit, allowing Urshifu to attack while ignoring the target’s stat changes. A Rapid Strike Style Urshifu that has followed the path of water can unleash a flowing three-hit combo—a signature move known as Surging Strikes. This move always results in critical hits, allowing Urshifu to attack while ignoring the target’s stat changes.
Unseen Fist is a new Ability introduced with these expansions and one that only Single Strike Style Urshifu and Rapid Strike Style Urshifu possess. This Ability lets the Pokemon deal damage when it attacks with moves that make direct contact even if the target defends itself by using moves like Protect.
Dark-type attacks used by Single Strike Style Gigantamax Urshifu will change to G-Max One Blow. Water-type attacks used by Rapid Strike Style Gigantamax Urshifu will change to G-Max Rapid Flow. G-Max One Blow and G-Max Rapid Flow can deal damage even if a target defends itself by using moves like Max Guard or Protect.
■ New Adventuring Featured Introduced in the Isle of Armor
The dojo on the Isle of Armor houses a unique take on recycling in the form of a device called the Cram-o-matic. If players feed it four items, it will combine them and give out a new item in exchange. Trainers can receive any of a variety of items, including Poke Balls, PP Ups, and more. Some combinations might even produce rare items.
Completely new tutor moves will also be available on the Isle of Armor. Trainers can have their Pokemon learn them in exchange for Armorite Ore, a substance that can be found on the Isle of Armor through Max Raid Battles and other means.
Burning Jealousy is a new Fire-type move that can be taught starting with these expansions. When it hits, it deals damage to all opposing Pokemon and burns all opposing Pokemon that have had their stats boosted during the turn.
Grassy Glide is a new Grass-type move that can be taught starting with these expansions. This move has high priority when used on Grassy Terrain.
Max Soup is a special dish made from rare ingredients you can gather on the Isle of Armor. If a Pokemon with great hidden potential drinks Max Soup, it will become a special Pokemon capable of Gigantamaxing.
Some Pokemon that Trainers are already traveling with may also gain the ability to Gigantamax.
Pokemon Home News
Another thing announced was a new promotion for the Galarian starters, Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble. If you happen to deposit a Pokemon from either Sword or Shield into Pokemon Home, you will receive a Hidden Ability Galarian starter. Details from The Pokemon Company are below;
Grookey’s Hidden Ability is Grassy Surge. It’s a rare Ability that normally wouldn’t be available. It was impossible to obtain a Grookey with this Ability…until now!
Ability: Grassy Surge
Moves: Scratch, Growl
Scorbunny’s Hidden Ability is Libero. It’s a rare Ability that makes its first appearance in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. It was impossible to obtain a Scorbunny with this Ability…until now!
Moves: Tackle, Growl
Hidden Ability is Sniper. It’s a rare Ability that normally wouldn’t be available. It was impossible to obtain a Sobble with this Ability…until now!
Moves: Pound, Growl
This is a fun little promotion to get us excited about Sword & Shield again in light of the new DLC’s release. I am honestly not sure when this promotion is good until, but make sure you take advantage of it if you want these special hidden abilities.
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