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The Pokemon Company: each version of Pokemon Sword & Shield has “8 Gyms & 8 Gym Leaders that Trainers can battle”

You may recall earlier this week that Pokemon Sword and Shield director Shigeru Ohmori said in a new Game Informer issue that Pokemon Sword and Shield will have 18 different types of Gyms. Well, The Pokemon Company has released a statement that provides clarification about the matter. According to the statement, there are 18 different types of Gyms that exist in Galar that will “contribute to the background setting of the story”, but each version will only have 8 Gyms and Gym Leaders for players to battle. You can see the full statement from The Pokemon Company down below.

In the Galar region, Pokémon Gym Battles are popular sporting events, and the 18 different types of Gyms that exist in Galar contribute to the background setting of the story in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. In each game, Trainers must collect eight Gym Badges to complete the Gym Challenge and earn the opportunity to participate in the Champion Cup.

Over the course of the main story, Trainers will challenge eight Gyms, which are all in the Major League. Which Gyms appear in the Major League and Minor League will differ between Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. For example, depending on the version of the game, Trainers will be able to challenge different Gym Leaders, such as Bea or Allister.

Each version will have eight Gyms and eight Gym Leaders that Trainers can battle for a traditional Gym Challenge experience that fans have enjoyed throughout the Pokémon video game series.


21 thoughts on “The Pokemon Company: each version of Pokemon Sword & Shield has “8 Gyms & 8 Gym Leaders that Trainers can battle””

  1. }{ Just when I thought they might have added something to make this one feel unique, they take it away again… Can’t say I’m particularly surprised at this point… Pokemon is the CoD of the Nintendo world: releases nearly annually and rarely changes anything… }{

    1. To be fair, they never “took it away”; it was never there in the first place. This whole thing happened over a mistranslation

      1. But it’s still a Nintendo IP. See Super Smash Bros. It’s also like saying that Fire Emblem isn’t a Nintendo IP, neither is XenoBLADE.

    1. Also, I think they doubled the number of gyms to make up for the lack of gyms in the Pokemon games that should not be named.

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  3. Well, that seems fair since the gyms was absented from the last generation. Since we got more gyms in the new game, many people will experience a brand new veriety for this new core title.

  4. Ive always been on board with the idea of different Pokemon in each version as it offers incentive to make trades to obtain ones you couldn’t get otherwise. But, different gym leaders? I dunno about this one.

    Also does anyone know if Sharpedo got the axe for this gen or if it will return? Because if I can’t have my favorite on my team…

  5. Please update this, the way you’ve written it makes it sound like each game will have exclusive gyms.
    If you read the source from game informer you’ll understand that both games have 18 gyms in total, but what and Sword might be a major gym can be a minor on Shield only and vice versa.
    You got me scared with this news!

  6. Um… So I’m confused, so there is still 18 gyms, they’re just split into the major and minor league. And sword/shield have their own set of 8 required to clear the game???
    The article isn’t very clear on what’s actually being said here.

  7. Give it to Gamefreak to once again generate hype and make it die with a statement. Honestly I’m not buying any game until they actually do something on the models, animations and graphics. If yokai watch, Digimon and Dragon Quest can have open worlds and a lot of enemies/allies I don’t see why they can’t get with the times. Yeah Nintendo or Pokemon have always been the ones behind times (Online, multiplayer, game features) but honestly I think it’s time they learn new tricks or go home. Because oh boy do they know how to use lootboxes huh? That’s something they really know how to do from this modern era but they can’t give a decent game or a decent online service.

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