SPOILERS! Pokemon Sword and Shield Datamine Thread

You should check the number of viable pokemon that have those intimidate-nerfing abilities (spoilers, it's 0)
It's definitely not 0.

Competitive and Defiant users are still pretty good in this gen, including Milotic and Braviary being the two big ones, respectively. Corviknight also has Mirror Armor to deflect the Intimidate back to Incineroar, and Galarian Weezing can just turn it off with Neutralizing Gas (it could actually be paired with one of the aforementioned Pokemon as a way to abuse Intimidate on the Weezing user's terms, activating Competitive/Defiant and potentially becoming very strong if they happened to use Parting Shot on that same turn).

Sirfetch'd has Scrappy, which not only lets it hit Ghost-types with its STAB, but also blocks Intimidate, which could potentially let it be a great check to Incineroar thanks to the Fighting-weakness.

Inner Focus is a double-whammy against Incineroar this gen, blocking Intimidate AND being immune to flinches. There admittedly aren't many good users of this, but I can name one: Lucario. It prefers Justified for Beat Up strats, but I can see some players utilizing Inner Focus as a means to offensively pressure Incineroar with its Fighting STAB while it is impervious to some of Incine's best traits, and letting Arcanine be the premier Beat Up recipient from now on. Once TPCI legalizes more Pokemon, other good Inner Focus mons include Crobat and Mienshao.

Lastly, Mamoswine has access to Oblivious, which is also now Intimidate-immune making Incine threatened by Mamo's Ground STAB.
 
It's definitely not 0.

Competitive and Defiant users are still pretty good in this gen, including Milotic and Braviary being the two big ones, respectively. Corviknight also has Mirror Armor to deflect the Intimidate back
I apologize, I didn't make clear what I meant.

Firstly, I'm talking of VGC, the actual competitive meta. Remember, Smogon doesn't exist, singles 6v6 or doubles 6v6 do not exist as far as Gamefreaks' balance goes.

Second, I was referring to the "buffed" abilities like Inner Focus or Oblivious which are indeed completely nonexistant in VGC.
Anti-debuff abilities like Competitive & Defiant actually got a strong indirect buff this gen due to Dynamax debuffs triggering them, on top of the (nearly nonexistant) Intimidate pokemon
 
I apologize, I didn't make clear what I meant.

Firstly, I'm talking of VGC, the actual competitive meta. Remember, Smogon doesn't exist, singles 6v6 or doubles 6v6 do not exist as far as Gamefreaks' balance goes.
I was talking about VGC. Everything I spoke about in my post was referencing that meta.

Second, I was referring to the "buffed" abilities like Inner Focus or Oblivious which are indeed completely nonexistant in VGC.
Anti-debuff abilities like Competitive & Defiant actually got a strong indirect buff this gen due to Dynamax debuffs triggering them, on top of the (nearly nonexistant) Intimidate pokemon
They're nonexistent while Incineroar isn't legal yet, but don't be surprised if some of the mons with these abilities start seeing some usage, which was my main point.
 
They're nonexistent while Incineroar isn't legal yet, but don't be surprised if some of the mons with these abilities start seeing some usage, which was my main point.
I doubt it. The various competitive / defiant ones, yeh sure, they are already good and will just get better once incin pops up.

The others... doubt it. Remember the only new pokemon allowed are the starters basically anyway.

But hey, happy to be proven wrong should it happen.
 
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[VAR 0101(0000)]’s Den
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Special Rules
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You can catch the Pokémon only with a Dynamax Ball.
Only the person who found the den can catch the Pokémon
Nobody can catch the Pokémon!
Possible raid rules. Mewtwo is uncatchable but there isn't much of a place to see this text, or whoever's den something is.

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Your House
Hop’s House
Pokémon Research Lab
Pokémon Center

Hat Shop
Wedgehurst Station
Motostoke Stadium
Boutique
Hair Salon

Yoshida’s Coffee
Uniform Shop
Hotel

Motostoke Station
Turffield Stadium
Geoglyph
Hulbury Stadium
Hulbury Station
Seafood Restaurant
Hammerlocke Stadium

The Vault
Yoshida’s Coffee

Hammerlocke Station
Stow-on-Side Stadium
Historical Mural
Historical Statues

Ballonlea Stadium
Circhester Stadium
Circhester Bath
Steak Restaurant

Hotel
Wyndon Stadium
Pokémon League HQ
Wyndon Station
Battle Tower
Professor’s House
Pokémon Nursery
Diglett Sculptures

Planned Stadium Site
Herb Shop
Incense Merchant
Best Friends Ribbon Giver
Effort Ribbon Giver
Street Market
Fossil Restoration
Watt Trader

Rotom Rally
Camping King
Move Tutor
Berry Grocer
BP Shop

Ranked Battle Registration
Pokémon League Branch

Hyper Training
Ingredients Seller
Rose Tower
Historic Site
The Rose of the Rondelands
Hotel Ionia
Budew Drop Inn
Digging Duo
White Hill Station
Wild Area Station
Town map labels. I bolded ones that don't seem to exist, like planned stadium site. Ranked Battle Registration seems to imply that there was more to do with that ingame, probably in the battle tower? Hotels used to just be hotels and cafes could have been marked. The historical site went through some renaming.


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Adventure Guide
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Open the X menu by pressing the [VAR FF00(0006)]X Button[VAR FF00(0000)]! You can save your progress by selecting [VAR FF00(0006)]Save[VAR FF00(0000)] from the X menu! You can also check your location and your next destination by selecting the [VAR FF00(0006)]Town Map[VAR FF00(0000)]. And you can check this Adventure Guide anytime you want in the Key Items section of your Bag.
Open the X menu by pressing the [VAR FF00(0006)]X Button[VAR FF00(0000)]! You can save your progress by selecting [VAR FF00(0006)]Save[VAR FF00(0000)] from the X menu! And you can check this Adventure Guide anytime you want in the Key Items section of your Bag.
Y-Comm
Y-Comm offers many ways to connect with other players! You’ll be welcome to swap Pokémon, take part in Pokémon battles, and more! There’s never a shortage of things to do!

This is called a stamp. Your stamps will be sent to others when you open up the Y-Comm menu and choose one of the options there to try to connect with your fellow Trainers! Stamps come with messages, too, so everyone can understand just what you’re interested in.
Normally, you can use Y-Comm to connect with people close-by. But if you press the + Button and connect to the internet, you’ll be able to connect with people around the world!
When stamps arrive in Y-Comm while you’re out on your adventure, it means that other Trainers are around and looking for someone to connect with. Press the Y Button to see who’s around!
Select a stamp that shows the silhouette of a Pokémon on it, and you’ll be able to team up with your fellow Trainers to battle Pokémon!
Pokémon League Cards
Show off your achievements by making a League Card! You can customize your card using the Card Maker found at every Pokémon Center. Doing so will also update your card with all your latest information!
Trainers all have their own League Cards, and you can swap cards with other Trainers that you connect with using communication features. You can view all the League Cards you’ve collected by checking out your album, which you can find in the League Card option of the X menu.
From the X menu, you can select League Card and then Album to view the League Cards you’ve received. This is also where you’ll find League Cards you received from other players!
The Battle Stadium
In the Battle Stadium, you can connect to other Trainers around the world to take part in Link Battles and various battle competitions against one another.
Casual Battles let you easily connect with all kinds of other players for battles—and for a bit of fun! You might see some unexpected Pokémon and moves being used in these easygoing battles.
Ranked Battles are the real deal. This is where serious Trainers go to take one another on and try to reach the highest ranks. Your rank shows how strong your team is, and it can go up and down based on the results of your battles.
Online Competitions use a different system to measure your skill as a Trainer. Here you earn a number rating that shows where you stand among the competition. For a fixed period of time, you’ll battle numerous other Trainers, and those battles will make your rating go up or down. Unlike other battle modes, it’s up to you to search out and select a competition you’ll choose to take part in.
The Dynamax Phenomenon
In the Galar region, Pokémon can become far larger than usual in certain places. This transformation is called “Dynamaxing.” Press the [VAR FF00(0006)]Dynamax button [VAR FF00(0000)]when your Dynamax Band lights up to Dynamax your Pokémon.
Your Pokémon can only Dynamax for [VAR FF00(0006)]three turns[VAR FF00(0000)]! During that time, your Dynamax Pokémon can use extremely powerful moves known as [VAR FF00(0006)]Max Moves[VAR FF00(0000)]. These Max Moves not only deal tremendous damage— they can also trigger special effects! The exact effect changes depending on the type of the move used. Choose carefully when to Dynamax your Pokémon, and smash your way to victory!
Pokémon Camp
In your Pokémon Camp, you and your Pokémon can play together and even eat together, growing closer through the experience! If your Pokémon grow very close to you, they may even try extra hard for you during battle!
You can play using your Joy-Con, too! If you slide your Joy-Con off your system, you can wave one about to throw a ball for your Pokémon to retrieve or wave a Poké Toy for their delight. If you waggle that Poké Toy, you might even entice Pokémon hanging out farther back in your camp to come play!
When you set up camp in the Wild Area, you’ll be able to play with up to three other Trainers at a time. All kinds of people and Pokémon might stumble upon your camp, even those you’ve never met before, so get to know them as you play together!
Cooking at Camp
Cook up a fine curry while out camping by selecting ingredients and Berries of your liking! Your curries will get more delicious if you choose to do things like using rare ingredients or adding lots of Berries, too.
Once you start cooking, fan the flames with your fan to keep things hot enough, and stir things up with your ladle to keep ’em moving. Only don’t go overboard— you don’t want to spill! The last step will be to add a bit of soul into it at just the right timing, and you’ll have made a masterpiece for your Pokémon to enjoy!
After you finish cooking, it’ll be time for everyone to dig in together. Eating a tasty curry can have a number of effects on the Pokémon that are at your camp, including restoring their HP and making them feel more friendly toward you!
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Pokémon Dens
The pillars of red light you’ll see in the Wild Area mark Pokémon Dens. Dynamax Pokémon dwell in these dens, and you’ll be able to battle them by investigating the den. You can start the battle on your own or get up to three other players to help you out!

If you throw Wishing Chips into Pokémon Dens that don’t have a light pillar, Dynamax Pokémon can appear in them, too! Try throwing a Wishing Chip into a Pokémon Den you come across and see what happens!
You will also find Pokémon Dens that are glowing red but do not have the light pillar. Checking these dens will reward you with Watts! You can give Watts to Trainers around the Wild Area to receive lots of different items.

Max Raid Battles
Defeat a Dynamax Pokémon, and you’ll get a chance at catching it! Additionally, there are some rare items that you can only obtain by battling Dynamax Pokémon!
When wild Pokémon Dynamax, they become incredibly powerful. They may unleash multiple moves in a row and take other actions you won’t see in a regular battle. Working together with other Trainers will be key as you take on these Dynamax Pokémon together as a team of four.
The Flying Taxis
If you use the Flying Taxi service, one of their well-trained Corviknight will have you zipping across the Galar region to your desired destination in no time at all! Just open up the X menu, and use the Town Map to choose where you want to go!
[~ 44]
Pokémon Boxes
You can keep extra Pokémon in your Pokémon Boxes. You’ve got your own Boxes in the Pokémon storage system, which you can access at the Rotom Information terminals (Rotomi) found in Pokémon Centers everywhere. You can retrieve Pokémon from your Boxes at any Rotomi you visit, too!

Press the X Button to toggle between different modes so you can organize your Boxes more easily. You can move Pokémon between your party and your Boxes, or sort the Pokémon in your Boxes based on a number of different criteria.
Press the Y Button, and you can change what happens as you select Pokémon. The red cursor gives you detailed options for a single Pokémon. The blue cursor lets you move or select a Pokémon easily. And the green cursor lets you outline a rectangular area so you can move several Pokémon at once.
[~ 49]
[~ 50]
[~ 51]
Poké Jobs
Pokémon are in high demand as helpers in the Galar region, and you’re able to send your own Pokémon out to help out on jobs! The Pokémon you send out will grow stronger from the experience they gain!
The job postings will be updated every day. Good things will begin to happen if you send lots of Pokémon to many jobs, so keep an eye out for new postings and help out as much as you can!

Job postings are updated just once a day, but as you get better evaluations, you’ll find that the number of job postings available will increase! Sending a job requester lots of the type of Pokémon they’re seeking will get you a great evaluation, so choose Pokémon that are best suited to each job!
[~ 56]
The Gym Challenge
The Gym Challenge is an event in which aspiring Trainers travel around the Galar region to try to collect Gym Badges from eight of its Gyms. To earn a Gym Badge, you have to complete that Gym’s mission and also defeat its Gym Leader.
Live Competitions
Live Competitions let you gather together with others and have competitions with one another. These can be casual Friendly Competitions, which are hosted among friends, or Official Competitions. If you want to find out about current or upcoming Official Competitions, check out Pokémon’s official website.
Hosting a Competition
Live Competitions can be hosted by anyone— including you! Set up the rules you’d like everyone to battle with, and then you can share them with all your competition participants using your system’s communication features! For more information, head to Pokémon’s official website!
Casual Battles
Please observe the following rules when taking part in Casual Battles: • Battle Teams must be made up of [VAR FF00(0006)]six different Pokémon[VAR FF00(0000)]. • No two Pokémon can [VAR FF00(0006)]hold the same item[VAR FF00(0000)].
You can take part in Casual Battles even with special Pokémon in your Battle Team. Enjoy battles with all your favorite Pokémon!
Ranked Battles
Please observe the following rules when taking part in Ranked Battles: • Battle Teams must be made up of [VAR FF00(0006)]six different Pokémon[VAR FF00(0000)]. • No two Pokémon can [VAR FF00(0006)]hold the same item[VAR FF00(0000)]. • Teams must not contain[VAR FF00(0006)] any special Pokémon[VAR FF00(0000)].
You’ll earn or lose points based on the results of your Ranked Battles. Once you’ve gained a certain number of points from your Ranked Battles, you’ll go up in rank. On the other hand, if you lose enough points, you’ll go down in rank.
Ranks are sorted into different tiers. Once you reach a new tier, you won’t fall back down into a lower tier, even if you lose in your Ranked Battles. For example, once you’ve reached the Ultra Ball Tier, you won’t fall back down into the Great Ball Tier, regardless of how many battles you lose.
Ranked Battles are held during set periods. Each of these set periods is called a season. Once one season ends, a new season will begin. When a new season begins, all players will have their ranks lowered. At this time only, you might find that you’ve moved down a tier.
The players who reach the highest rank in Ranked Battles will no longer battle to reach a higher rank, but instead to see where they place among the best. A Trainer’s place in the highest rank will go up or down based on the results of their battles.
Online Competitions
Online Competitions can be broken down into two categories: Official Competitions and Friendly Competitions.
In Official Competitions, you take part in special battles with a variety of different rules and restrictions in order to see where you place. Details about the schedule for these competitions and restrictions on what Pokémon you can use in them are announced on Pokémon’s official website.
Friendly Competitions are competitions that are held by players themselves. These are casual battles where players come together to battle one another. You can try your hand at plenty of Friendly Competitions!
Search for an Official Competition or a Friendly Competition, and enter one to take part in battles once the competition begins. Search out competitions with rules that sound like a fun challenge or that allow you to take part with the Pokémon you like!
The Pokémon Box Link
You can use the Pokémon Box Link to access your Pokémon Boxes while you’re on the road. You’ll be able to add Pokémon to your party or transfer Pokémon from your party to a Box. You can access your Boxes by selecting Pokémon from the X menu and then pressing the R Button.
Information about Ranked Battles
Select VS from the menu and then select Battle Stadium to participate in Ranked Battles! Hone your skills at the Battle Tower, and then give it a try!

Fishing
If you see shadows in the water, you’ll likely find Pokémon lurking beneath them. Face such a shadow and press the A Button to cast your line and try to fish up a catch! If your Fishing Rod shakes, press the A Button once more to reel in a Pokémon. Try fishing wherever you spot these shadows!
[~ 83]
Rental Teams
Rental Teams allow you to borrow other people’s Battle Teams that they’ve shared over the internet, or you can share your own team so other players can see how great it is! When a team is shared, it will be given a team ID. Input that team ID when searching for a Rental Team, and you’ll be able to borrow the associated Battle Team!
Adventure Guide's tips. Not all stored in the same order as displayed. There are a few unused pages that I bolded, the most interesting being about dens. There is mention of wishing chips and giving Watts to trainers, though you kind of do that anyway. The X button doesn't really sort your pokemon.
I thought the battle stuff was unused, but you can press Y for help on each screen in the battle stadium. The Information about Ranked Battles is actually used in a weird spot, in the tablet in the battle tower.

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Your Pokémon... I want to scout [VAR 1101(00FD,0402)]itthem!
I wonder if your Pokémon want[VAR 1101(00FD,0001)]s to use [VAR 1101(00FD,0503)]itstheir moves with all [VAR 1101(00FD,0503)]itstheir strength and feel great.
[VAR 1101(00FD,0103)]A gGreat Pokémon and a great Trainer! It’s no surprise that you won!
Your pink is still lacking, but you’re an excellent Trainer with [VAR 1101(00FD,0402)]ansome excellent Pokémon.
Gamefreak is concerned with grammar for solo players. I assume this chooses correctly between the 2 words if seen ingame.

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Most of the variables removed from the script between 1.0.0 and 1.1.0 were actually used for the nametags that showed who was speaking.
There is a lot of "Pokemon Name TBD" in the NPC camp pokemon names.
 
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[VAR 0101(0000)]’s Den
???’s Den
[VAR 0101(0000)]
Special Rules
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You can catch the Pokémon only with a Dynamax Ball.
Only the person who found the den can catch the Pokémon
Nobody can catch the Pokémon!
Possible raid rules. Mewtwo is uncatchable but there isn't much of a place to see this text, or whoever's den something is.
"Dynamax Ball" and "Only the person who found the den can catch the Pokemon" are both pretty interesting.
There's been some discussion here & there about how the co-op raids for legends might work with multiple players, I wonder if either of these (the second one in particular) might come into play there. Would be an easy way to prevent you from getting multiples of legendary pokemon.
Adventure Guide's tips. Not all stored in the same order as displayed. There are a few unused pages that I bolded, the most interesting being about dens. There is mention of wishing chips and giving Watts to trainers, though you kind of do that anyway. The X button doesn't really sort your pokemon.
"Giving Watts to trainers" reads to me exactly how it is in-game: you literally give watts to trainers for items.
 
...So I just had a thought.

Of the Pokemon data that was hidden in the game data, a few don't make sense to me. Mewtwo, the Unovan trio, and the Alolan Legends. The starters and mythicals make sense, but why these specific group of legendaries? How are they primed up but not the others?

And now with thr recent Mewtwo event, I think I get it...these may be future raid events in the coming months before the dlc hits.

Think about it, I always thought it was strange how fast GF was going through these Gmax Events. We should be able to wrap all of them up by next month or 2. So what woukd tidw us over in the months after? How about very big, difficult legendary bosses with heaps of rewards to boot? Though, I'm not sure if everyone would be ok with more uncapturable fights, and while the rewards have been generous, I wonder how they would be able to mix it up a bit.
 
...So I just had a thought.

Of the Pokemon data that was hidden in the game data, a few don't make sense to me. Mewtwo, the Unovan trio, and the Alolan Legends. The starters and mythicals make sense, but why these specific group of legendaries? How are they primed up but not the others?

And now with thr recent Mewtwo event, I think I get it...these may be future raid events in the coming months before the dlc hits.

Think about it, I always thought it was strange how fast GF was going through these Gmax Events. We should be able to wrap all of them up by next month or 2. So what woukd tidw us over in the months after? How about very big, difficult legendary bosses with heaps of rewards to boot? Though, I'm not sure if everyone would be ok with more uncapturable fights, and while the rewards have been generous, I wonder how they would be able to mix it up a bit.
Similar thought crossed my mind but at the same times....why....the musketeers for a gimmick like this?
Tao Trio and the cosmog line (also necrozma) sure okay, I see what's getting put down here. Tao Trio out of all the legendary trios is a little weird, I guess, but they in theory couyld have chosen any one trio.

But why the musketeers? If they wanted someone to compliment the tao trio, like how the kanto starters came with boss mewtwo, why not just use the unova starters?
 
Could some dataminer chime in on whether random encounters can be Brilliant Pokemon or not? A reddit poster claimed to have seen a glowing yellow ! mark before an encounter but apparently, no one else talks about this.

If overworld, raids and fishing can spawn Brilliant Pokemon, it would be strange for random encounters to not do it as well.
 
Similar thought crossed my mind but at the same times....why....the musketeers for a gimmick like this?
Tao Trio and the cosmog line (also necrozma) sure okay, I see what's getting put down here. Tao Trio out of all the legendary trios is a little weird, I guess, but they in theory couyld have chosen any one trio.

But why the musketeers? If they wanted someone to compliment the tao trio, like how the kanto starters came with boss mewtwo, why not just use the unova starters?
Might be giving James turner way too much credit in the role he plays, but seeing how much unovan love is in the game it kinda makes sense. There's more unovan mons than even kanto mons iirc, to the point where i even wonder if they will make BW remakes before sinnoh. Of course, I have no idea why they picked the ones they did, but outside of mythicals all the returning mons not in the pokedex were Kanto, Unovan, and Alolan. Kanto and jhoto is super easy to see so Unova sticks out like a sore thumb. Cant imagine any other reason its gotten so much love.
 
It wouldn't be sword without the sword legendaries.

Could some dataminer chime in on whether random encounters can be Brilliant Pokemon or not? A reddit poster claimed to have seen a glowing yellow ! mark before an encounter but apparently, no one else talks about this.

If overworld, raids and fishing can spawn Brilliant Pokemon, it would be strange for random encounters to not do it as well.
No idea. I would say it doesn't sound very likely to exist if only one person has made the claim, especially since the exclamation mark is something everyone will see multiple times ingame.

I tried looking for that icon but got sidetracked. There are files in the romfs that look like they have to do with move models or visual effects (bin/archive/battle/effect). They are sorted by index number, and I noticed that Nature's Madness actually had a listing. So here are all the filenames + the snapped moves that have a file reference here (under ew).
https://pastebin.com/xQLF7Pj9

002Karate Chop
003Double Slap
004Comet Punch
013Razor Wind
049Sonic Boom
082Dragon Rage
096Meditate
117Bide
125Bone Club
142Lovely Kiss
145Bubble
148Flash
158Hyper Fang
159Sharpen
171Nightmare
177Aeroblast
208Milk Drink
216Return
221Sacred Fire
228Pursuit
237Hidden Power
294Tail Glow
295Luster Purge
296Mist Ball
301Ice Ball
354Psycho Boost
391Heart Swap
449Judgment
459Roar of Time
463Magma Storm
464Dark Void
465Seed Flare
467Shadow Force
545Searing Shot
546Techno Blast
547Relic Song
591Diamond Storm
593Hyperspace Hole
601Geomancy
613Oblivion Wing
614Thousand Arrows
615Thousand Waves
616Land’s Wrath
671Spotlight
717Nature’s Madness

There are also the .bseq files I mentioned before that could be the animations/"battle sequences". They have only one leftover ID present in the file names, ew717.bseq which is Nature's Madness again. Speaking of nature's madness, it and Sunsteel Strike/Moongeist Beam were apparently removed from the Metronome pool.

What does this all mean? I don't know, maybe movexit wasn't all planned out immediately and/or they're just leftovers of whatever they are. 1.1.0 altered Milk Drink/Mist Ball/Night Daze/Searing Shot/V-create/Oblivion Wing/Thousand Arrows/Thousand Waves/Land's Wrath from there.
 
I wouldn't be surprised if er...."movext" wasn't planned initially. Probably just one of those things where development time on them was time theyu couldn't afford so *axe motions*. & once you've made that decision, may as well just remove them entirely. It happening "in the middle" of development would also explain why we still had some weird moves lingering in the pool.

And of course, you see that with the "soft snapped" moves too. ones they don't want to get rid of forever, but since their related Pokemon were "cut", they could just put them on the backburner until later.
 
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No idea. I would say it doesn't sound very likely to exist if only one person has made the claim, especially since the exclamation mark is something everyone will see multiple times ingame.
Maybe, although exclamation marks are fewer in numbers than overworld Pokemon, which are Brilliant at random and so, could be harder to come across, especially if one doesn't care about them at all.

Official info about this only talks about the Wild Area and how to raise Brilliant Pokemon's chance and it completely ignores that some Pokemon only appear as random encounters, including fan favourites (Galarian Ponyta, for instance).

I've tried asking Serebii on Twitter but he hasn't replied back, I'm guessing he doesn't know as well. Also tried asking Junichi Masuda even though the chance for him to actually answer these kinds of questions is very low. Would James Turner know? Probably not...
 
I'm 99% sure that I've seen a glowing [!] in the grass before, but if you're telling me that in the whole 3 months that this game has been out only 1 other person has ever reported seeing it, it makes me question my memory of it...

Then again, I've also seen (and recorded with proof) a shiny Pokemon in the gen 4 Battle Frontier, so it wouldn't be the first time that I've witnessed an extremely rare encounter.
 
Can someone confirm that Necrozma-Dusk-Mane can't learn Steel Beam? Right now, it's implemented as the only Pokemon that can get STAB Steel Beam but can't learn the move.
 
It's definitely not 0.

Competitive and Defiant users are still pretty good in this gen, including Milotic and Braviary being the two big ones, respectively. Corviknight also has Mirror Armor to deflect the Intimidate back to Incineroar, and Galarian Weezing can just turn it off with Neutralizing Gas (it could actually be paired with one of the aforementioned Pokemon as a way to abuse Intimidate on the Weezing user's terms, activating Competitive/Defiant and potentially becoming very strong if they happened to use Parting Shot on that same turn).

Sirfetch'd has Scrappy, which not only lets it hit Ghost-types with its STAB, but also blocks Intimidate, which could potentially let it be a great check to Incineroar thanks to the Fighting-weakness.

Inner Focus is a double-whammy against Incineroar this gen, blocking Intimidate AND being immune to flinches. There admittedly aren't many good users of this, but I can name one: Lucario. It prefers Justified for Beat Up strats, but I can see some players utilizing Inner Focus as a means to offensively pressure Incineroar with its Fighting STAB while it is impervious to some of Incine's best traits, and letting Arcanine be the premier Beat Up recipient from now on. Once TPCI legalizes more Pokemon, other good Inner Focus mons include Crobat and Mienshao.

Lastly, Mamoswine has access to Oblivious, which is also now Intimidate-immune making Incine threatened by Mamo's Ground STAB.
something like 100 pokemon now nerf Intimidate that is used by 30 pokemon?
Proportions are very interesting here.

more interesting how many pokemon have those abilities more in common as all 3 ability slots?

Weird that they didn't add more moves to the "ball and bomb" category... like "shot" and "shoot" moves should be in that category... also all moves that look and behave like projectiles like ice shard. Blast moves, like moon blast that was even in the anime shown like a sphere.
 
something like 100 pokemon now nerf Intimidate that is used by 30 pokemon?
Proportions are very interesting here.
The amount of users don’t really matter when some of them are very common in certain metagames, whether it’s Incineroar in VGC or Landorus-T in OU (and in VGC when it’s legal) just to name a few examples of the more prominent ones.
 

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