For the first time since Pokémon Crystal in 2000, Game Freak is trusting experienced players to venture into the world without a refresher on catching Pokémon.
For those who are newer to the series, the tutorial skip probably will not come intuitively. The process, as explained by GameSpot, involves wandering off on your way to meet Leon, champion of the Galar region and brother to your rival. You are told to go meet Leon after you pick your starter and receive a few Poké Balls so that he can teach you how to catch Pokémon. However, if you dare to take a few steps in the tall grass along the way, you can catch a few Pokémon before even reaching this stage of the tutorial. In this case, Leon will simply mention that you’ve already caught a few monsters before moving on to the next subject.
This is quite a small change, but after the notoriously long tutorial in Pokémon Sun & Moon, streamlined shortcuts like this can go a long way.
Pokémon Sword & Shield‘s November 15 release date is less than a month away. Today, in addition to learning about this tutorial skip, we have also received plenty of tidbits on the game’s massive Wild Area, and I have to say–for the first time in a decade, I am excited for a game in this series. Will you be picking up either game? What other improvements are you hoping to see in the eighth generation of Pokémon? Sound off in the comments.