'Pokémon Sword and Shield' Will Have Gym Masters Not Leaders

Pokémon Sword and Shield are still months away but a little bit of information about the new Galar region was revealed on Twitter.

The official Nintendo of America account tweeted out that gyms in Pokémon Sword and Shield are noticeably different. They are larger, and Gym Leaders don't head up these establishments. Gym Masters do.

The tweet has since been deleted but read, "It appears in Pokémon Sword and Shield that gyms in the Galar region are now bigger than ever! What types of Gym Masters are waiting for you to challenge them? You and your new partner Pokémon will have to train hard and find out!"

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Gym Masters will be the leaders of the Galar region. Pokemon Company

Of course, Nintendo didn't divulge what the differences between Gym Leaders and Gym Masters are, but it explained that Pokémon will need to train hard to take them down.

When Pokémon Sword and Shield were announced on February 27 many fans noticed the gyms were shaped like stadiums. The last shot of the reveal trailer saw the protagonist walking into a stadium dressed like a soccer player.

The Pokémon Company also released a map of the Galar region during the reveal, and while it's unlikely that it's a one-to-one match fans could see where these stadiums were located.

We even speculated as to what types these Gym Masters would use based on the color of the structures and their environments. What we came up with are that there will likely be Gym Masters that specialize in: Grass, Water, Fairy, Rock/Ground, and Dark.

The first Gym Master stadium was shown from the outside with a symbol that looks like a leaf. This is likely the Grass-type Gym Master.

So what will be the differences between a Gym Leader and a Gym Master? Regions with Gym Leaders usually have eight gyms, but perhaps there will be less Gym Masters to face in the Galar region. Perhaps there will be a new battle mechanic introduced in Sword and Shield that players will have to learn? Or it will bring back an old battle mechanic like Rotation Battles from Gen 5?

With Sword and Shield still a long way from release, expect The Pokémon Company to slowly but surely reveal the secrets behind the Gen 8 games.

Pokémon Sword and Shield is expected to release on Nintendo Switch in late 2019.

What do you think of the name Gym Master? Do you think there will be a new battle mechanic that players will have to learn? Let us know in the comments section below.