Pokémon Direct January 9, 2020

Today is the day folks! The first Pokémon Direct of 2020 has been released and we’re happy to provide a place for all our readers to watch and discuss the latest Pokémon news.

You can watch the latest trailers below in addition to finding a summary of all the announcements and details released in the Direct.

New Trailers

Our Coverage

  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX announced
    • Launches March 6th 2020 on Nintendo Switch, with a demo version available today
  • Pokémon Sword & Shield Expansion passes announced will retails for $29.99
    • The Isle of Armour will be released in June 2020
    • The Crown Tundra will be released in Fall 2020
    • Galarian Slowpoke revealed
    • Galarian Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres revealed
    • Gigantamax Venusaur, Blastoise, Rillabom, Inteleon and Cinderace revealed
    • Two new Regi Pokémon revealed
    • Three new Pokémon revealed
  • The Isle of Armour is a new location featuring many different locales
    • Trainers will take on an apprenticeship and a dojo on the island
    • Kalara is a new rival in the Sword Pass, Avery is the rival in Shield
    • Kubfu is a Fighting-type legendary Pokémon and is entrusted to the Trainer. It can evolve into Urshifu, a Pokémon that that has two different fighting style: Single Strike or Rapid Strike Style. It also has a Gigatnamax form for each style
  • New fashion items will be available I both expansions
  • The Crown Tundra is a new location set on the theme of exploration
    • Pokémon previously unavailable in the Galar region will be available
    • Players will be made leader of an exploration team in the tundra
    • Players will be able to explore Pokémon raid den and serves as a new co-op mechanic that enables old and new legendary Pokémon to appear
    • Calyrex is a Psychic/Grass type Pokémon
  • The new areas will contain over 200 Pokémon
  • Alongside the new areas, updates for Pokémon Sword & Shield will be released
  • Pokémon Home is planned to launch in February 2020
  • Gigantamax Coalossal, Flapple, Appletun Lapras have increased spawn chances starting today in the Wild Area
  • Starting today Galarian Slowpoke will be available to catch in Sword & Shield. This Slowpoke will be able to evolve into Slowbro in The Isle of Armour and Slowking in The Crown Tundra
  • The latest update for Pokémon Sword & Shield and the Mystery Dungeon DX demo is now available

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