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Publisher: The Pokemon Company, Nintendo
Developer: Game Freak
Release: November 15, 2019
Platform: Switch

Nintendo has released a new trailer for Pokémon Sword and Shield getting to the crux of the matter: Battles.

The trailer shows off new abilities like Neutralizing Gas (which cancels out ongoing effects of other abilities and prevents them from being triggered), the effects of held items like the new Room Service item and Eject Pack, and also Hidden Abilities like Corviknight's Mirror.

Nintendo has also released additional snippets of combat info on its official website such as additional effects of Dynamaxing and Max Moves' secondary effects.

Finally, Sword and Shield's online battles are detailed (paid Switch online membership required) such as Ranked Battles and its tiering system, Casual Battles (where you can use Legendary and Mythical Pokémon), and competitions.

Players can use rental teams – even in Ranked Battles – as well as make your own battle teams public, with up to five teams at a time.

For more on Sword and Shield's combat, check out the official site, and stay tuned until the game's release on November 15.

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