Pokémon Sword and Shield let Pokémon get jobs in Galar’s gig economy

One new feature coming to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield that wasn’t touched on in today’s video update is something called Poké Jobs, which lets Pokémon pick up freelance work across the Galar region.

According to the official Pokémon website, Poké Jobs consist of part-time work at corporations and universities. Trainers can look for Poké Jobs at the Rotomi at Pokémon Centers. Examples include construction work (probably a good fit for a Machoke), cooking, and farming. One Poké Job listing advertised is titled “to protect our investments,” which either means some security-type gig or street-level enforcer work for the Galar mafia. The former is probably a safer bet.

“The Pokémon you send will help out with the job, and the experience will even help them grow,” the official Pokémon website reads. “There are many different Poké Jobs available. You’ll find that certain Pokémon types are suited for specific jobs, too. Helping out for a long time or sending as many Pokémon as you can on a job can also net some good results. You might even receive some rare items!”

We’ve known that Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield would have some working Pokémon since eight-gen additions like Corviknight (a flying taxi/raven) were announced. It’s clear that some other Pokémon, like new grass starter Grookey (which can restore plant life) and Drednaw (which would make a great excavator) might also be tapped for labor. We should’ve seen this coming, given Detective Pikachu’s treatment of Pokémon as part of the workforce.

Pokémon Sword and Shield is slated for release on Nov. 15 for Nintendo Switch. The new game will introduce eighth-gen Pokémon and the new Galar region. Sword and Shield will also add new mechanics like Dynamaxing and Gigantimaxing. The game is also getting its own limited edition Switch Lite hardware on Nov. 8, featuring the new legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta.

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