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What is the Wild Area in Pokémon Sword & Shield?

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Pokémon Sword and Shield screenshot (Image credit: iMore)

What is the Wild Area in Pokémon Sword & Shield?

Best answer: The Wild Area is a large expanse of land between cities and towns in the Galar region where the greatest variety of Pokémon live.Unsheathe your sword: Pokémon Sword (opens in new tab) ($60 at Amazon)Take up your shield: Pokémon Shield (opens in new tab) ($60 at Amazon)

What type of Pokémon are found in the Wild Area?

The Wild Area is home to all sorts of Pokémon, both new and from previous generations. Milotic, Tyranitar, and Seismitoad are just a few of the existing Pokémon that can be seen in official screenshots. Some of the Pokémon you encounter may even be drastically over-leveled.

According to the company, the Wild Area will have the greatest variety of Pokémon than anywhere else in the Galar region. The Pokémon that you run into will also change depending on the weather and exact location that you are in, encouraging you to go back frequently and see if you find anything new.

Can I control the camera in the Wild Area?

Yes! One of the nicest parts about the Wild Area is that it gives players the ability to control the camera, giving you a better way to explore your surroundings. In previous Pokémon games, it was impossible to control the camera like this, and it's a very welcome addition to the series. It also looks like the camera will naturally rest on an over-the-shoulder viewpoint as opposed to the traditional top-down/angled viewpoint.

How large is the Wild Area?

Nintendo hasn't specified exactly how large the Wild Area will be in comparison to the rest of the Galar region, but it did state that it's "about the size of two regions from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild." I will take up a good portion of the Galar region's map, and it's a "vast expanse of land" that connects several cities and towns.

Will I encounter Dynamax Pokémon and Max Raid battles in the Wild Area?

Yes, players will be able to encounter Dynamax Pokémon as well as participate in Max Raid Battles in the Wild Area, which The Pokémon Company confirmed on its official Twitter account.

The wild Dynamax Pokémon you'll face in Max Raid Battles vary based on where you are in the Wild Area or the weather.

Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life, and bought a Nintendo Switch specifically for all things Pokemon. You can find her obsessing over Star Wars and other geeky things on Twitter @JenLocke95.