Japan Championships Sableye will be distributed in Pokémon Sword And Shield


The Pokémon Company will distribute a champion Sableye to Sword and Shield, as part of the 2022 Japan Championships.

Source: Pokémon Sword and Shield (2019), Nintendo, The Pokémon Company

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As reported by Serebii— a fan-run Pokémon news and database website — the 2022 Pokémon Japan Championships will take place June 11-12, streamed on Twitch. The best of the best from Japan will face off in Pokémon Sword and Shield, the Trading Card Game and Pokémon GO.

Previous regional and global tournaments have seen special codes announced live on air to be used in the video game’s “Mystery Gift” feature – allowing them to receive rare items, and even duplicate Pokémon used by champions – with the same moves and stats!

Source: 2021 2021, YouTube, YouTube

This year, a Sableye based on the one used by Japan Championships 2021 Champion Kohei Fujida will be distributed. The VGC (Video Game Competition) stream will announce the special code that fans can use to get it.

He’s a pretty handy beast, armed with the Prankster ability, so all of his non-damaging moves like Quash and Trick come before his opponents’ act. This is his hidden ability, usually requiring it to be taken in certain Max Raids, or by using an ability patch on it.

Source: 2021 2021, YouTube, YouTube

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Quash will force an opponent to act last that turn, while Trick swaps the item held by the user with the opponent. While depriving an opponent of a useful item, this Sableye also holds an eject button.

This forces the holder to power down when hit, which is great for forcing Pokemon that have buffed or Dynamaxed. The latter is generally immune to effects forcing them to disconnect… Except their own articles.

Additionally, this champion-level Sableye is armed with the moves Fake Out and Foul Play. Fake Out only works when it is the first attack used when entering (or re-entering) the field, causing an opponent to flinch and force them to skip their turn. Foul Play calculates his damage using his opponent’s Attack stat – perfect for turning the tables and making up for Sableye’s lack of Attack.

Source: Pokémon Sword and Shield (2019), Nintendo, The Pokémon Company

Overall, Fujida’s Sableye seems to be great at disrupting what opponents have in store. It should be noted that the Sableye species is generally not available in the Pokémon Sword version, usually only found in Shield (where Mawile would usually be found), requiring trade or transfer from other games.

Sableye is the Darkness Pokemon, a Dark and Ghost-type that lives in caves. He uses his sharp claws to dig and find gems to eat, which in turn begin to grow on his body and have even changed his eyes. People also believe he can steal souls when his eyes glow.

Source: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Animated Trailer, The Official Pokémon YouTube Channel, YouTube

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Sableye was also one of the few Pokémon capable of Mega Evolution, although the mechanic was last seen in 2014’s Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (Pokémon GO aside). Whether the next Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will reintroduce the mechanic – and Sableye – is a mystery.

Of note from the singular trailer for the upcoming games, we see a Seviper, another Pokemon exclusive to the Hoenn region version as Sableye was. While he was last seen in Shining Pearl (2021), could we see Sableye go into the next generation as well?

Source: Pokémon Sword and Shield (2019), Nintendo, The Pokémon Company

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