According to the official website for the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield the game won’t have the Elite Four. A page on the website that talks about the battles in the game mentions the gym challenge and once they mention the champion it talks about something other than the Elite Four. In previous games the Elite Four are the strongest trainers in the land and are who you face before you can challenge the champion, but now they will replaced with the champion cup. According to them the cup is a tournament where the strongest trainers in the land compete to see who will challenge the champion of the Galar region.

For those who’ve seen the Pokémon anime this sounds very familiar to what Ash goes through in his journey. The details of this tournament are still not fully available but with the game slated to release this winter it’s only a couple of months away to see how Pokémon will handle the tournament.

Pokémon Sword and Shield releases on November 15th exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.


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