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‘Pokémon Sword’ and ‘Shield’ will have version-exclusive gym battles

It isn’t just the Pokémon that will be different between the two versions.

Earlier today, Nintendo and Pokémon Co. released a new trailer for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, the latest entries in the Pokémon franchise set to release November 15th on Nintendo Switch. You can watch the trailer here, but keep an eye out for two new Gym Leaders debuting in the new games!

Notice the game logos in the corner of the screen during Bea and Allister’s debut? Nintendo of America’s Twitter account confirmed that these are in fact version-exclusive gym leaders. This means that players who purchase Pokémon Sword will have the opportunity to battle Bea, the Fighting-type Gym Leader, while Pokémon Shield players will be able to face Allister, the Ghost-type specialist.

For the first time since Pokémon Black and White, not only will there be version-exclusive Pokémon in Sword and Shield, but version-exclusive gym leaders to help players decide which of the two games they want to buy. Well, unless you’re one of the hardcore fans who purchases both versions. The above-mentioned tweet also features screenshots of the location of Bea and Allister’s gyms, which appears to be the same in both games.

Does this announcement sway your decision to purchase one version of the game over the other? Let us know in the comments and keep an eye on AiPT! for more Pokémon news as we approach Sword and Shield‘s release!


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