In our cover story on Pokémon Sword and Shield this month, we had a sidebar talking about the differences between Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. In the sidebar, it seemed implied in a quote by director Shigeru Ohmori that Pokémon Sword and Shield have 18 gyms. However, according to a representative of The Pokémon Company International, the true meaning of the original quote may have been lost in translation between Japanese and English.
The original quote from Ohmori can be seen below in its entirety.
Many people online read the excerpt of the quote used in the cover story to mean that each game has 18 gyms players could battle in each version spread across the major and minor leagues. The Pokémon Company International reached out regarding this quote to clarify how many gyms there are in each game. You can see a statement provided by a representative of The Pokémon Company International below.
Over the course of the main story, Trainers will challenge eight Gyms, which are all in the Major League. Which Gyms appear in the Major League and Minor League will differ between Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. For example, depending on the version of the game, Trainers will be able to challenge different Gym Leaders, such as Bea or Allister.
Each version will have eight Gyms and eight Gym Leaders that Trainers can battle for a traditional Gym Challenge experience that fans have enjoyed throughout the Pokémon video game series.
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