Pokémon Sword and Shield – A new trailer shows off Team Yell and dapper Galarian forms

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Pokémon Sword and Shield may be seeing the return of many series traditions after the Sun and Moon games introduced some radical overhauls, but no Pokémon game would feel complete without the introduction of a team of ne’er-do-wells to harass players. After the likes of Team Rocket and Team Skull, the next Pokémon game has its primary antagonists: Football hooligans.

Or to be precise, a team of loud-mouthed obnoxious fans who follow your rival Marnie around. Here’s a look at the latest trailer for Pokémon Sword and Shield, which also introduces some dapper new forms for familiar Pokémon:

But wait, there’s more! In addition to Team Yell, here’s a closer look at some of those Galar Forms mentioned above:

Galar Form Weezing

  • Category: Poison Gas Pokémon 
  • Type: Poison/Fairy
  • Height: 9’10”
  • Weight: 35.3 lbs.
  • Ability: Levitate/???

Galarian Weezing consumes polluted air and poisonous gases for sustenance. The by-product of this consumption is purified air, which is spewed out from the tops of its heads. The toxins accumulated within Weezing’s body form into concentrated poison gas clouds that leak out and drift around it. This gas is so potent that even a whiff is enough to stun and immobilize an opponent, making it Weezing’s best weapon during battles.

Galar Form Zigzagoon

  • Category: Tiny Raccoon Pokémon
  • Type: Dark/Normal
  • Height: 1’4″
  • Weight: 38.6 lbs.
  • Ability: Pickup/Gluttony

The Zigzagoon of Galar never settle down and are known to inhabit all areas of the region, including fields, forests, and towns. There is some speculation that the zigzag movements of the Zigzagoon in other regions stem from the restless nature of Galarian Zigzagoon, considered to be the oldest branch of the species.

Galarian Zigzagoon enjoy battles and will charge at people and other Pokémon in an attempt to provoke a fight. This behavior usually succeeds in starting a battle with other Pokémon, but humans tend to think Galarian Zigzagoon is just playing or showing affection. 

Galar Form Linoone

  • Category: Rushing Pokémon
  • Type: Dark/Normal
  • Height: 1’8″
  • Weight: 71.7 lbs.  
  • Ability: Pickup/Gluttony

Galarian Linoone can reach speeds of over 60 miles per hour and can deliver devastating Tackles and Headbutts. With enough destructive force to knock away a car, these attacks can also throw Linoone off-balance if they miss.

Galarian Linoone are rash and fearless and will recklessly pick fights even with opponents stronger than themselves. Their boldness and their tendency to attack opponents head on make Galarian Linoone very popular among the disaffected youth of the Galar region.

Obstagoon

  • Category: Blocking Pokémon 
  • Type: Dark/Normal
  • Height: 5’3″
  • Weight: 101.4 lbs. 
  • Ability: Reckless/Guts

The Linoone of the Galar region live in harsh conditions and engage in fierce competition with others of their species. As a result, their survival instincts have been honed, leading to their Evolution into Obstagoon. Though Obstagoon is extremely combative, it often does not launch the first attack.

It will taunt an opponent, goading it into attacking. When it does, Obstagoon will cross its arms and meet the oncoming attack with its Obstruct move. Obstagoon is especially skilled at throwing its opponents off guard and counterattacking with its sharp claws.

New forms aside, here’s also the most Geoff Pokemon ever created!

Morpeko

  • Category: Two-Sided Pokémon
  • Type: Electric/Dark
  • Height: 1′ 
  • Weight: 6.6 lbs.
  • Ability: Hunger Switch

The sacs in Morpeko’s cheeks constantly generate electricity. This consumes energy, causing Morpeko to be constantly hungry. To satisfy this hunger, Morpeko always carries around Berry seeds to snack on. When experiencing prolonged hunger, Morpeko’s hormone balance changes.

This causes its fur to change colors and triggers more aggressive and volatile behavior. The energy stored in its cheek sacs also changes from Electric type to Dark type. Morpeko’s Ability, Hunger Switch, is a new Ability that causes it to change its appearance each turn.

Aura Wheel is Morpeko’s signature move, and it changes type depending on Morpeko’s form. In Full Belly Mode, the move is Electric type. In Hangry Mode, the move becomes Dark type.

What’s a new Pokemon game without a rival? Marnie will be your foil within the Galar region, with Nintendo describing her as a competitive chap:

Marnie is a rival who has a competitive side, and together with her partner Morpeko, she aims to become the Champion of the Galar region. She has many passionate fans due to her calm and calculated battle strategies.

Marnie isn’t your only rival though, as Bede will also be competing against you in an effort to be crowned as the strongest trainer in the Galar region:

Bede is a rival who is skilled at Pokémon battles and has the pride to match. He has joined the Gym Challenge, having received his endorsement from Rose, the chairman of the Galar Pokémon League. While he clearly is aiming to become Champion, he seems to have other objectives as well. 

Lastly, Team Yell rounds out the cast by following in the age-old tradition of previous Pokemon teams who get in your way, by being loud, stupid and looking for a fight with ‘ard trainers:

Team Yell is a group of troublemakers who seem to appear everywhere and who attempt to get in the way at every opportunity. They want nothing more than for Marnie to become Champion, so they try to obstruct other challengers. They take over hotel lobbies, prevent challengers from accessing transportation, and even shout and distract opponents during battle. Whenever Marnie battles, these Team Yell Grunts are quick to appear,showing their support with Marnie-print towels and horns.

Last Updated: August 7, 2019

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