Nintendo Switch

Pokemon Sword & Shield Introduce Champion Leon, Rival Hop, Professors, And Gym Leader


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During the Pokemon Sword and Shield Direct, Game Freak showed off a segment focused on the new characters, including the Champion, one of your Rivals, and more.



The current Champion of the Galar region. He has an undefeated record in the Galar region, and he has a shining personality that has earned him the popularity of the people.



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Hop is Leon’s younger brother, and one of the protagonist’s Rivals. Hop wants to be Champion like his brother, and trains vigorously to do so. His Pokemon journey begins together with yours.


Professor Magnolia & Sonia

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Professor Magnolia is a wise Pokemon Professor who has dedicated her life to researching the Dynamax phenomenon. They will assist the player and their Rivals throughout the region.



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Gyms are back in Pokemon Sword and Shield, and Milo is one of the Gym Leaders. He’s a tenacious guy who is all about enjoying Pokemon, and will present a challenge to the protagonist on their journey.


Pokemon Sword and Shield releases on November 15, 2019 on Nintendo Switch.

Alistair Wong
Very avid gamer with writing tendencies. Fan of Rockman and Pokémon and lots more!