January 2020 Pokemon Direct: Mystery Dungeon Remakes, Sword and Shield DLCs, and more!

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More Pokemon content coming your way!

New year, new Pokemon announcements! In the first Pokemon Direct of the new decade, Game Freak touched on two topics: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon remakes and downloadable contents for Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Mystery Dungeon Remake

First, Nintendo announced the release of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX for the Nintendo Switch. This game is a remake of the beloved Gameboy and DS Titles: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team (released back in 2006). Game freak is expected to release the Mystery Dungeon remake on March 6, 2020. However, excited fans can try out a demo version, currently available in the Nintendo Eshop.

Sword and Shield DLCs

Additionally, Nintendo announced downloadable content for Pokemon Sword and Shield. The DLCs will come in two parts: the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra. Here, players will get to explore previously inaccessible areas of the Galar region. Most notably, the new areas will feature around 200 new Pokemon.

The Isle of Armor

The Isle of Armor will take players on a journey in the nearby islands of Galar. In particular, players will train under Mustard, master of the Pokemon Dojo and former mentor of Leon. New rivals will also join the fray as you train; Klara, a poison type trainer for Pokemon Sword and Avery, a psychic type trainer for Pokemon Shield.

Aside from gaining new friends and rivals, trainers will also gain a new legendary Pokemon: Kubfu. Kubfu is a fighting type Pokemon that Mustard entrusted with you to aid in your training. Eventually, it evolves into Urshifu, which can take on one of two styles for its evolution. Players can either evolve it into its single strike style with type dark-fighting or its rapid strike style with type water-fighting. Urshifu also has its own Gigantimax form and unique ability.

The Crown Tundra

On the other hand, the Crown Tundra will see players exploring the uncharted mountains of Galar. Here, trainers will be able to join an exploration team, uncovering ancient ruins and temples. A new legendary will be able to join one’s team: Calyrex, a psychic-grass type Pokemon. Moreover, Game Freak also teased Galarian forms of legendaries from other regions such as the Regi series and the Kanto legendary birds. In addition to the new story, the Crown Tundra will also feature a special co-op mode.

Now, Trainers can band together to explore the underground dens of the tundra. Most notably, in these dens lie all the legendary Pokemon from previous regions, making for an exciting, new Pokemon adventure! Nintendo will roll out the Isle of Armor DLC on June 2020 while the Crown Tundra DLC will be made available in Fall 2020. Those currently playing Pokemon Sword and Shield can purchase the expansion pack for $30. This includes both DLCs.

Other Sword and Shield Content

Aside from the new areas, there are still more changes coming to the Galar Region. For instance, the Galarian starters will be getting their own Gigantimax Evolutions. Tutor moves, apricorns, exp charms, and new fashion items are also coming to Sword and Shield. Currently, some special events are happening in the Galar region.

Players are now more likely to run into Coalossal, Lapras, Flapple, and Appleton in Pokemon dens. Trainers can also head to Wedgehurst station where they will receive a Galarian Slowpoke. However, a special item is needed from the Isle of Armor in order to evolve it. Finally, Players will be able to exchange and store their Pokemon in Pokemon Home. The subscription-based Pokemon storage service is slated for release this February 2020.

That’s all for the first Pokemon Direct of the decade! Note that players should expect new updates for the Sword and Shield Games as Nintendo adds more content. For the latest gaming updates, don’t forget to follow Dice & D-Pads.