People always say to take leaks with a grain of salt. After all, anyone can say anything, with nothing to back it up, and the rumor mill can go into overdrive trying to find the truth and make sense of the chaos.\r\n\r\nA while ago, there was a leak of information for Pok\u00e9mon Sword and Shield, declaring things like a new mechanic to join Dynamaxing, new Pok\u00e9mon, an \u2018evil\u2019 legendary, new info on rivals, getting endorsements to fight gyms, and other things that, on the surface seem pretty out there.\r\n\r\nAs it turns out, as confirmed by the new trailer, a few of those were actually true. The leak correctly named your rival and a few plot details, and the biggest--literally--is the inclusion of the new mechanic, Gigantamaxing.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=xhIc6UwnHj8\r\n\r\nThere are a few caveats to Gigantamaxing, as detailed below:\r\n\r\n[Only certain species of Pok\u00e9mon can Gigantamax\u2014and even among such species, only rare specimens will be able to Gigantamax. The majority will keep their usual appearance when they Dynamax.\r\n\r\nGigantamax Pok\u00e9mon become bigger, and just like normal Dynamaxing, Gigantamaxing boosts the power of the Pok\u00e9mon. It also allows each Gigantamax Pok\u00e9mon to use a unique move known as a G-Max Move! Each G-Max Move is particular to a specific species of Gigantamax Pok\u00e9mon, and regular Dynamax Pok\u00e9mon can\u2019t use G-Max Moves at all!]\r\n\r\nThe skinny: you could go through the game with a Dreadmaw you\u2019ve come to love and cherish, only to find out that it\u2019s not even one of the \u2018chosen few\u2019 capable of Gigantamaxing. To recap, all the Pok\u00e9mon in Sword and Shield are capable of Dynamaxing. But only certain species are capable of Gigantamaxing, and even among those species, only a select few actually <em>can<\/em>.\r\n\r\nPeople are already calling the new mechanic a balancing nightmare, especially since we have no idea which Pok\u00e9mon can fit this criteria, though so far it only seems to be the ones to garner the most audience appeal, such as Dreadmaw and Corviknight, and the new cake Pok\u00e9mon.\r\n\r\nGameFreak claimed that they removed Mega Evolution and Z-Moves due to a number of reasons; limitations, battle balance, \u2018they wouldn\u2019t fit with the setting\u2019, the list goes on. Yet now we have an underwhelming mechanic trying to combine both, and poised to do more damage competitively and casually than either of the aforementioned mechanics ever could.\r\n\r\nFor those of you not longtime veterans, this likens somewhat back to Pok\u00e9mon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, where the stats of shiny Pok\u00e9mon (the very ones that made them shiny in the first place, their IVs), made them inherently better than their normal variants. Given GameFreak\u2019s recent track record, it wouldn\u2019t be unsurprising for something like that to occur.\r\n\r\nGigantamaxing comes as an extra surprise considering how much backsliding it seems to do in one fell swoop. No Mega Evolutions or Z-Moves, but they\u2019re trying to patch (the only patch we\u2019re likely to see) things up by combining the two into an incredibly awkward fusion, and a limited one at that.\r\n\r\nAlso coming off the heels of this announcement are new Gym Leaders, and a startling announcement; version-exclusive Gym Leaders, something we haven\u2019t seen since Pok\u00e9mon Black and White 2. Bea is exclusive to Pok\u00e9mon Sword, while Allister is exclusive to Pok\u00e9mon Shield. It really seems like GameFreak is anxious for us to buy both versions to get the 'full experience'.\r\n\r\nThe National Dex is still confirmed to not be returning, the biggest change that let down many a fan and caused no shortage of backlash. And now with Gigantamaxing coming it seems more and more apparent that all the excuses GameFreak and Masuda offered were in efforts to further push these mechanics. Mechanics, mind you, no one really asked for. More information will be posted until it becomes available. Until then, stay and play savvy, gamers.