Pokemon Sword and Shield — New Pokemon, Legendaries

Today’s Pokemon Direct gave us a bunch more details on the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield. Among these are several new Pokemon, including the reveal of the Legendary Mascots for the games. With the already-revealed starters Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble, this brings the number of confirmed new Pokemon in Sword and Shield up to ten. And I’m kind of worried, because I’m already starting to get invested in these little guys.

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Corviknight — Steel/Flying

It is said that Corviknight is the strongest Pokémon living in the skies of the Galar region. It can often be seen fearlessly soaring through the air. Many say that any Pokémon foolish enough to challenge Corviknight are sent running with just a sharp glare and cry from this fearsome Pokémon.

A new Skarmory? A cute new Skarmory who looks like it’s from Dark Souls and is seven feet tall? Yes.

Also, I love that Corviknight is two different completely disparate London features stuck together. Ravens plus black cabs? Why not? I can’t wait for them to announce a Pokemon that’s a classic Royal Mail post box combined with a Tesco.

Drednaw — Rock/Water

The sharp, jagged fangs of the Bite Pokémon Drednaw are strong and sharp enough to bite through rock and iron. Though it has an extremely heavy rock shell, its well-developed muscles allow it to move quickly.

Okay, Drednaw isn’t especially exciting to me. It seems like the kind of Pokemon that doesn’t evolve from or into anything, that Water/Rock typing just screams “hit me with Giga Drain,” and my dude look like a can opener. That said, Strong Jaw is a cool ability that powers up biting moves, and if Drednaw gets Shell Smash, then a 2x Attack, enhanced Crunch will really ruin your opponent’s day.

Wooloo — Normal

Wooloo live as a herd and mimic the actions of their Trainer or herd leader. They dislike conflict, and if they need to escape from enemies, they will simply roll away.

Let’s get this out of the way right now: I would die for Wooloo. It has an “extremely fluffy body” which gives it the great ability Fluffy, and it will likely evolve into something big with horns. But I’m going to keep one like this because it’s a sheep with braids.

Gossifleur / Eldegoss — Grass

Gossifleur travels over long distances by getting blown along by the wind. It controls the direction of its travels by twisting its body and petals.

When Gossifleur evolves into Eldegoss, its head becomes covered in thick cotton fluff. This cotton fluff serves as a cushion, helping to protect Eldegoss’s head from damage.

Many of my favorite Pokemon are Grass types, and these guys are just so adorable that I can’t resist them. They remind me of Black and White‘s Cottonee / Whimsicott, and you know I love an evolutionary line that ends with something cute but powerful.

Zacian / Zamazenta — ???

Big dogs are a tried and true model for Legendary Pokemon, even if few have been quite so literal as these two. There’s no getting around it, one of these dogs is carrying a sword in its mouth and the other one has a shield for a face. I expect Zacian is going to be the more popular of the two, but Zamazenta has a certain charm about it. From the looks of these guys I’d expect them to be at least partly Steel-typed. With the right type combination and abilities, they could be real forces in competitive play.

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