The wait is officially over for Pokémon Sword and Shield! The latest duo of Pokémon games are now available for purchase via the Australian and Japanese Nintendo eShop stores for Nintendo Switch, with more regions to follow soon. Pokémon Sword and Shield allow you to choose from three new partner Pokémon and encounter never-before-seen Pokémon. Explore the Wild Area, a vast expanse of land where the player can freely control the camera. You can also team up with other players locally or online in the new multiplayer co-op Max Raid Battles.
Meanwhile, Shiny Grookey, Shiny Scorbunny, Shiny Sobble and the Shiny counterparts of their evolutions have been revealed for Pokémon Sword and Shield. However, it’s important to note that the starters and Legendary Pokémon are Shiny locked, so you won’t be able to find them from the get-go. “As usual with models shown in the overworld, the legendaries and starters you can obtain in game are shiny locked,” explains a dataminer. “This prevents the model from showing up as shiny AND prevents the actual PKM you obtain from being shiny.”