Pokémon Sword and Shield are introducing tons of new features to shake up the Pokémon formula. We have Dynamax and Gigantamax Pokémon. They’ve revamped the Global Trade System into Y-Comm. Enormous Pokémon even show up for raid battles that you can take on together with your friends. One of the biggest changes, however, comes in how you catch Pokémon. That’s because these games enforce level limits on catching the stronger ones.
In the Galar region, players will catch Pokémon in the Wild Area. As always, monsters will appear in the tall grass, but there will also be Pokémon running around where you can see them. These will be much stronger than other Pokémon in the area. You can battle them and gain tons of experience if you can eke out a victory. However, if you don’t have enough gym badges, you won’t be able to catch them. This is an interesting take on the level limit mechanic from previous games, where traded Pokémon wouldn’t listen to you after a certain level if you didn’t have enough badges.
Fear not! Considering these very strong Pokémon are not randomly generated like the wild grass Pokémon are, you can come back to catch them when you have enough bling. It seems that you still can’t sweep the whole game with one crazy overpowered monster. This is a welcome change from Pokémon Let’s Go. The very strong monsters seem to respawn quickly enough, so you won’t have to feel bad about taking them down for the experience. Considering Pokémon get knocked out instead of, you know, murdered, I like to think of it as the monsters waking up from an enforced nap.
Finally, the source claims that shiny Pokémon will not appear as very strong monsters running around the Wild Area. This means you don’t have to worry about seeing a shiny just to be turned away for not having enough badges, either.
Are you looking forward to catching Pokémon in the Wild Area of Pokémon Sword and Shield? Excited about this new change to the formula? Annoyed about level limits on capturing wild monsters? Let us know!