Pokemon Sword and Shield Online Battle Modes Detailed; Check out Some New Screenshots Here

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The Pokemon Company has released new details and screenshots of the competitive online battling modes that will included in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Like past Pokemon titles, players will be able to connect online using the Nintendo Switch to connect to other trainers and do battle in various modes such as single battles, double battles, and casual battles.

Here are more specific details that come straight from the official Pokemon site:

In the Battle Stadium, Pokémon Trainers can engage in Ranked Battles where they will face other Trainers and their Battle Teams from across the globe.

  • Trainers will battle those with a similar rank and will earn points depending on the results of those battles.
  • Each rank in Ranked Battles belongs to a specific tier, and Trainers can increase their rank by earning enough points.
  • Trainers can check their own ranking in the Battle Stadium. They can also see how all of the participants placed in a competition on the smartphone version of Pokémon HOME.

In Casual Battles, it’s not about who wins or loses—it’s about becoming a better Trainer.

  • One exciting aspect of Casual Battles is the ability to use certain Legendary Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon that are not eligible for Ranked Battles.

Features like Online Competitions and Rental Teams will also allow players to connect with other Trainers in different ways.

Trainers who participate in Online Competitions can battle in either Official Competitions or Friendly Competitions.

  • In Official Competitions, participants will take part in special battles with a variety of different rules and restrictions.
  • In Friendly Competitions, Trainers can join competitions hosted by other players or even host their own competitions. Regulations in Friendly Competitions are determined by the host.

Rental Teams enable Trainers to borrow Battle Teams by inputting IDs available online—or to make Battle Teams that they’ve put together available as Rental Teams to other Trainers all over the world. Up to five teams can be rented at once, and they can even be used in Ranked Battles.”

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are set to launch on the Nintendo Switch as an exclusive on Nov. 15.

You can check out the screenshots down below and for more Pokemon news, you can watch the new trailer that was also released today that highlights new moves, abiltiies, held items, and much more.

We also have some Sword and Shield features like this one all about Galarian Weezing and another about 10 Pokemon that are deserving of their own Galarian forms.

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