Final update as of 12/18/2019
Well, it’s been two weeks, and I’m wrapping up my playthrough of Shield. With that, I am now ready to bring the Cosmic Quest Project into the next generation. You see, I treat Luna, Terra, and Sol Versions as if they existed in some hypothetical generation after the current generation. Up until now they’ve been Gen VIII+ games, but now that the actual Gen VIII is upon us, it is time for them to evolve into Gen IX+ games. That means bringing everything that Sword and Shield had to offer into the fold. Over the next few weeks I will be updating this website with everything that needs to change. Below is a to-do list everything that needs to be changed (listed in no particular order). I will cross items off the list and explain what changed as I make the changes. This post will be pinned to the top of the home page for easy access until I start writing episodes again. These are my foreseen changes and things may turn out different or may not change at all.
Update the movesets and possible abilities of Tenno Pokémon to include newly introduced moves and abilities. (Complete with minimal changes)
Every ability introduced in Sword and Shield were specifically made as signature abilities for specific Pokémon, and therefore are not fitting for any Tenno Pokémon.
Similarly, most moves introduced in Sword and Shield are signature moves, leaving little new moves for Tenno Pokémon. Of all the moves introduced, only two of them of them is learned by more than one Pokémon not related by evolution or theme by level up, and that’s Life Dew and Branch Poke. As such, Life Dew is now learned by Calumba and Branch Poke is learned by Traineed and Arborrior. Also, as it is extremely fitting, Chipmunch and Squirrelutton will be using Skwovet and Greedent’s signature move, Stuff Cheeks. (They are basically the same Pokémon after all. What a strange coincidence.) Other than that, there are no changes.
Additional Update (12/18/19): I missed two things from this category. With abilities, while it is true that every ability introduced was a signature ability specifically designed for specific Pokémon, what I forgot was that one of these abilities was designed for Weezing, Neutralizing Gas, and therefore should be given to Haking as well. Haking can now have Neutralizing Gas instead of Liquid Ooze as an ability. Also, I forgot to add Steel Beam as a new “special move” to all Steel-Type Tenno Pokémon. This has now been done.
Update the TM list and lists of compatible TMs with any potential new TMs introduced in Sword and Shield.
Sword and Shield introduces two moves moves that are near-universally learned exclusively through TM or TR. The first is Breaking Swipe, which is learned through level up only by Duraludon, but many other Pokémon through TM. The second is Body Press, which is learned exclusively through TR. In order to make both of these moves available in Tenno, they have both been added to the Tenno TM list. Body Press replaces Torment as TM47, and Breaking Swipe replaces Confide as TM100. Updates to the individual Pokémon pages to reflect the TM change will come soon.
Additional Update (12/18/19): I have now gone through every Pokémon page and removed Torment and Confide from their TM list. For those who are applicable, Body Press and Breaking Swipe were added. If you are curious to see which Pokémon had these moves added, use the search bar at the top of the page to search for either Breaking Swipe or Body Press.
Update the Light-Type page with any new Pokémon and/or moves that become Light-Types. (No Changes)
Well, this is a little awkward. Galar is the first region to introduce no Pokémon that could become a Light-Type. Perhaps resultantly, there are also no new Light-Type or Combo Light-Type moves. However, the Orbeetle line is an honorable mention for a Light-Type candidate, but the Bug and Psychic-Types are both too important to its design to remove in favor of Light. As a result, Orbeetle will gain some Light-Type moves in its Tenno moveset.
Add Galar Pokémon that can be found in the Tenno Region to the Tenno Region page.
Pokémon such as Applin, Sizzlipede, Duraludon, Blipbug, Dreepy, and their evolutions are now a part of the Tenno Dex and can be found in Tenno. Additional Galar Pokémon can also be found in post-game areas. See the Tenno Region page to see exactly where these Pokémon can be found.
Determine what new moves, if any, will become combo-type moves and add them to the appropriate section.
Continuing a theme, not much was added here. Tar Shot is now Rock/Fire and Spirit Break is now Fairy/Dark. All other new moves introduced didn’t qualify for a second type.
Add Galar Pokémon with signature moves to the signature move list on the New Mechanics/Features page.
This is a relatively long list of changes, so see the Signature Move section of the New Mechanics/Features page for more details.
Determine what Galar Pokémon have inherent Ground-Type immunity and add them to the appropriate section.
Orbeetle, Flapple, Sinistea, Polteageist, Milcery, Frosmoth, Dreepy, Drakloak, Dragapult, and Eternatus are now immune to Ground-Type moves.
Add a Galarian Representative to the Ultimate Seven (now Eight) section.
Apparently the protagonist’s name Victor, and he has been added to the list.
Add Galar characters to the Pokémon World Tournament section.
Galar Gym leaders were added to the World Leaders tournament (including Bede and Marnie), Leon was added to the Champion Tournament, and Hop, Swordward, and Shielbert were added to the Tenno Invitational. Notably Galar’s utter lack of an Elite Four or true equivalent leaves the Elite Tournament with no new participants.
Bring the History of the World of Pokémon page up to date with information from Galar’s history.
The events of Sword and Shield, as well as The Darkest Day, 3,000 years in the past, have been added to the timeline. Of note, the lack of Mega Evolution in the games makes it impossible to place Sword and Shield definitively in any timeline. It is most likely in the Mega Universe timeline, but there is no actual evidence saying so.
Add Galar Pokémon as example Pokémon to the Attackdex and Abilitydex page.
Various changes, too numerous to list, have been made. See page for exact changes.
Whatever else I might think of.I anticipate no further updates in terms of bringing this website up-to-date with Gen VIII. If something else comes up, I will mention it in a separate post.
One notable thing I will not be doing is adding TRs. While I would be interested in essentially getting a 100 more TM options, TRs were designed as drops for Max Raid Battle Rewards, and would have no logical place in my games. Also, while a little more obvious, I will not be adding new Gigantamaxes or Max Moves. These mechanics are explicitly exclusive to Galar, and it would be unusual for them to appear in Tenno.