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#5: Slumbering Weald
The Slumbering Weald is a forest in southern Galar, located west of Postwick. The player and Hop first visit the Slumbering Weald after they've obtained their starter Pokémon in order to chase a Wooloo that had forced open the gate leading to the forest. While going through the forest, the player and Hop ran straight into a thick wall of fog, and are suddenly approached by a mysterious Pokémon. None of the player's Pokémon's moves have any effect on it, and they and Hop are soon knocked unconscious as the mysterious Pokémon envelops them in completely opaque fog. The two wake up and are found soon after by Leon, who also managed to find the runaway Wooloo, and leaves everyone out of the forest.
Circhester is a relatively large, old, peaceful city situated in a cold, mountainous part of the north-eastern Galar region. The town is accessible by land via Route 8 and Route 9, both to the south. The city has three main north-south avenues and three oriented from east to west, all of which are paved with stone. Circhester's buildings are all constructed out of stone bricks and feature old-fashioned designs. A large hot spring runs underneath the city and surfaces at various locations including a pond in the middle of a large roundabout in the south, and in the ancient Hero's Bath structure in the city centre. Due to the cold climate, Circhester experiences perpetual snowfall. Piles of snow are found on the pavement, roofs and trees, and several Ice-type Pokémon can be seen around the city. Gordie serves as Circhester's Gym Leader in Pokémon Sword, and specializes in Rock-type Pokémon. In Pokémon Shield, the Ice-type specialist Melony is the Gym Leader instead.
#3:Battle! Gym Leader Piers
Piers is the Gym Leader of Spikemuth and the captain of Team Yell. He specializes in Dark-type Pokémon. He gives the Dark Badge to Trainers who defeat him. During the events of Pokémon Sword and Shield, he retires from his position as a Gym Leader and passes the title on to his little sister, Marnie. He is well known for writing songs and singing as he regularly does so in Spikemuth. More often he tends to reveal his strategy to his opponents, yet he has the strength and skills to win regardless. Spikemuth is the only Gym in Galar not built over a Power Spot; previously, Chairman Rose had asked Piers to relocate his Gym to a faraway Power Spot, but Piers refused and opted to be the only Gym Leader not to use Dynamax. As a result, the town is rarely visited by fans, which Piers blames himself for letting his home fall into obscurity and dilapidation. He has been desperately trying to support the town with his Dark-type Pokémon but often gets frustrated with the limits of his strength
#2:Battle! Champion Leon
Leon is the Champion of the Galar region's Pokémon League in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Leon originally started as a Trainer at the age of 10 with his partner Charizard when he entered the Gym Challenge after being endorsed by Chairman Rose, who saw talent in him. He proceed to win his first-ever Gym Challenge and become the Champion of the Galar League, without losing a single battle. Since then, he and his partner have remained undefeated in every League and exhibition they participated in. He has been referred to as "the unbeatable Champion" and "the greatest Trainer in all of Galar." He is considered a hero to many Trainers in Galar. However, he is also known for his poor sense of directions. His catchphrase is "Let's have a champion time!". According to Mustard, Leon was once his best student at the Master Dojo, but he was never able to finish his training there, as he never made it to the Towers of Two Fists due to his horrible sense of direction.
#1: Battle! Eternatus [Phase 3]
While it is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon, the player battles a powered-up form of Eternatus known as Eternamax Eternatus in the climax of Pokémon Sword and Shield. This form is also briefly seen when it uses its signature move, Eternabeam, but cannot be acquired legitimately in-game. If Eternatus absorbs a massive amount of energy at once, it will enter its Eternamax form, becoming far larger in size. Eternatus will also briefly enter this form when using its signature move Eternabeam. In this form, Eternatus's shape drastically changes. Its body becomes incredibly long and serpentine with most of its body forming a massive coil. Eternatus serves as the source of the Dynamax and Gigantamax phenomena in Galar due to its power leaking out in the form of Galar Particles following its defeat thousands of years ago by Zacian and Zamazenta. Pieces of its body imbued with its power rain down throughout Galar in the form of Wishing Pieces and Wishing Stars. When it is awake, Eternatus causes a phenomenon dubbed the Darkest Day, in which the massive quantities of Dynamax energy it unleashes causes Pokémon to Dynamax and rampage uncontrollably. It can also sometimes keep other Pokémon from Dynamaxing in its presence. Despite this connection to the phenomenon, it cannot be Dynamaxed itself, as its Eternamax form replaces that effect.
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