How many gyms will there be in Pokémon Sword and Shield?
Best answer: Players will encounter eight gyms when playing either Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield. Initially, it was believed that director Shigeru Ohmori stated there would be 18 gyms in one game. However, this was a misunderstanding, most likely due to a translation error from Japanese to English. The Pokémon Company has clarified that between Pokémon Sword and Shield, there are 18 different types of gyms, but players will only battle at eight gyms in either game.Romulus: Pokémon Sword ($60 pre-order at Amazon)Remus: Pokémon Shield ($60 pre-order at Amazon)
Yes, there are only eight gyms
With the November 15, 2019 release date for Pokémon Sword and Shield drawing nearer fans are getting more and more excited to play. As with previous generations, players will find differences between the Sword and the Shield version of the Gen 8 games. One of the most significant differences between them will be the types of gyms players battle during their journey around the Galar region. There has been some confusion with people believing that players would encounter 18 gyms when playing Sword or Shield. The truth is that players will only battle at eight gyms.
Why did people think there were going to be 18 gyms?
In September, Pokémon Sword and Shield's director, Shigeru Ohmori, had an interview with Game Informer where he stated the following:
Many readers misunderstood Ohmori's statement and took it to mean that there were going to be 18 gyms broken up into leagues in Pokémon Sword and Shield. This turns out to have been incorrect.
How do we know it's only eight gyms?
Since the interview, the Pokémon Company International has come out with the following statement:
As you can see, players will only battle at eight gyms in either Pokémon Sword or Shield. The gyms you encounter will be different depending on which version of the game you're playing, but all gyms you battle at will be in the major league. The "18 gyms" refers to the number of total gyms found in both Sword and Shield. It's a little confusing, so we can see how some readers got confused.
At any rate, I'm super excited to see what all of the differences are between Sword and Shield. Changing up the type of gyms you encounter between the two versions is a new idea, and I'm excited to play through both games to take on all 18 gyms.
Romulus and Remus
Who will you choose?
Trainers will have the chance to explore a brand new map and come across brand new Pokémon as well as familiar fan favorites. Players who choose Pokémon Sword will have the opportunity to capture the Legendary dog, Zacian, while Pokémon Shield players have the same chance to catch Zamazenta.
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