It’s only a few more weeks until Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield is being released! On November 15th we’ll be exploring the brand new Galar region with all the brand new 8th generation Pokémon. Nintendo has revealed about 20 new Pokémon so far and while we wait for the rest here these guys are!
Grookey, The Chimp Pokémon (Grass)
Grookey is a mischievous Chimp Pokémon that is full of boundless curiosity. The stick held by Grookey was originally a branch from the forest where troops of Grookey live, but it’s no longer a simple branch. Grookey’s green fur creates energy from sunlight and it can share its energy with plants. The stick gained special powers after being exposed to the energy within Grookey’s body and now has special powers. Wilted flowers and leaves have been seen to regain their colour when Grookey drums with its stick near them.
Scorbunny, The Rabbit Pokémon (Fire)
Scorbunny is a Rabbit Pokémon that is always running about, bursting with energy. It has a fire sac in its chest, which contains viscous fire energy. If Scorbunny is able to increase its heart rate and body temperature by running around, its fire energy will be awakened and its physical capabilities will greatly increase. It first uses its powerful legs to run and jump around its opponents, confusing and disorienting them. The soles of its feet then become very hot, and Scorbunny can kick opponents to damage and burn them.
Sobble, The Water Lizard Pokémon (Water)
A somewhat timid Water Lizard Pokémon, Sobble shoots out its attack as it hides in the water. When Sobble touches water, its body changes its pattern and colour, allowing it to blend into its surroundings. Sobble is a bit timid, and so if it gets nervous or embarrassed, it will secrete the water within its body like sweat and disappear into the surroundings. If Sobble feels threatened, it will start to bawl and spread its tears around the area, causing everyone around it to start crying uncontrollably. Sobble will then use this distraction as a chance to escape. Sobble’s tears are capable of making others cry. This effect is so strong, it is said that its tears are as potent as 100 onions.
Galarian Ponyta, The Unique Horn Pokémon (Psychic) – Shield Exclusive
Galarian Ponyta have been found in a certain forest of the Galar region since ancient times. It is said that they were exposed to the overflowing life energy of the forest over many generations, and this is why their appearance became unique in this region. Galarian Ponyta can absorb the life energy of the surrounding atmosphere and store it in its mane. It seems that Ponyta’s mane will become more colourful, and even emit a sparkling glow if there is a lot of energy around.
Galarian Ponyta’s Ability, Pastel Veil, is a new Ability introduced in these titles. This Ability prevents the Pokémon and its allies from becoming poisoned. It can even cure the poisoned status condition of its allies when this Pokémon enters the battlefield.
Sirfetch’d, The Wild Duck Pokémon (Fighting)
The Farfetch’d of the Galar region can evolve into Sirfetch’d after experiencing many battles. They are calm and collected, and they make a point of always battling fairly. They are so noble in battle that they are often chosen as a motif for paintings. One such painting—famous in the Galar region—depicts a duel between a Sirfetch’d and an Escavalier. In battle, Sirfetch’d use the sharp stalk of its leek as a lance and the thick leaves as a shield. It maintains this leek over the span of many years and treasures it more than anything. When its leek finally withers, Sirfetch’d will leave the battlefield and retire from battling entirely.
Meteor Assault is a new move introduced in these games that only Sirfetch’d can learn. Sirfetch’d points its leek at the opponent and charges toward them at great speed. This move is devastatingly powerful. However, it appears that the move also puts great strain on Sirfetch’d. It will be unable to take action immediately after using this move.
Corviknight, The Raven Pokémon (Flying/Steel)
The dashing lord of the skies. It is said that Corviknight is the strongest Pokémon living in the skies of the Galar region. It can often be seen fearlessly soaring through the air. Many say that any Pokémon foolish enough to challenge Corviknight are sent running with just a sharp glare and cry from this fearsome Pokémon. Corviknight possesses superb flying skills and high intelligence. Because of this, many of them work for a company called Galar Taxi, helping transport people from town to town.
Gigantamax Corviknight (Flying/Steel)
Gigantamax Corviknight uses its massive wings to catch updrafts to hover in the air while it battles. The armour on its body has been reinforced, so attacks from Pokémon on the ground barely have any effect on it. The Gigantamax energy has caused the armour covering Corviknight’s wings to separate and become blade birds, capable of flying independently. Corviknight launches these blade birds at the target, using them to slash its opponents.
G-Max Move: G-Max Wind Rage:
Flying-type moves used by Gigantamax Corviknight will change to G-Max Wind Rage. G-Max Wind Rage deals damage to an opponent, removing any effects of moves like Reflect, Light Screen, Spikes, and Electric Terrain that the opponents may have.
Glossifleur, The Flowering Pokémon (Grass)
Gossifleur prefers lands with clean water and air. Its pollen has a healing effect, and it’s used as a common folk medicine remedy for children of the Galar region to be given a tea made from this pollen when they fell ill. Gossifleur travels over long distances by getting blown along by the wind. It controls the direction of its travels by twisting its body and petals.
Eldegoss, The Cotton Bloom Pokémon (Grass)
The evolution of Gossifleur, when it evolves into Eldegoss, its head becomes covered in thick cotton fluff. This cotton fluff serves as a cushion, helping to protect Eldegoss’s head from damage. On the cotton fluff are tiny seeds said to be highly nutritious and beneficial to both people and Pokémon. Eldegoss spreads these seeds throughout the region by sending them on the wind, making the soil of the Galar region rich in nutrients.
Duraludon, The Alloy Pokémon (Steel/Dragon)
Duraludon’s entire body is made up of an incredibly durable, but surprisingly light metal. It’s 5’11 and weighs only 88 lbs or 40kg in total. Thanks to this, Duraludon can move quite quickly in spite of its appearance. Its body is weak to corrosion, however, and is known to rust easily. Duraludon lives in caves and mountainous areas. Their two arms have slightly different shapes from each other, and they use these to grind down rock surfaces for food. They share their habitat with Tyranitar, and these two Pokémon are often seen battling each other in the mountains of the Galar region.
Rolycoly, The Coal Pokémon (Rock)
The Rolycoly’s red-eye can illuminate dark areas, while it uses the lump of coal attached to its body like a wheel to move through coal mines and caves. It has no problem dashing through dark areas or rough terrain. Until about one hundred years ago, every household in the Galar region had a Rolycoly. The families would use the coal that dropped off its body for cooking and heating their homes. Even in modern-day, Rolycoly is a very popular Pokémon to take for outdoor activities.
Rolycoly’s Ability, Steam Engine, is a new Ability introduced in these titles. A Pokémon with this Ability will get a Speed stat boost if it’s hit with a Fire- or Water-type move during battle.
Yamper, The Puppy Pokémon (Electric)
Yamper like any good boy has a tendency to be drawn to things that are moving quickly. It can chase after people and Pokémon or even go charging at vehicles. Yamper has an organ in its body that generates electricity, and this organ is activated when it runs around. It can’t store the electricity it generates, so it’s often seen running around with electric sparks crackling around it.
Yamper’s Ability, Ball Fetch, is a new Ability introduced in these titles, and it will come into play when you throw a Poké Ball at a wild Pokémon but fail to catch it. As long as Yamper isn’t holding an item, it will go fetch the first Poké Ball that failed to catch a Pokémon, regardless of what type of Poké Ball it is.
Alcremie, The Cream Pokémon (Fairy)
Alcremie is an idol to all pastry chefs. It can produce whipped cream, which becomes richer the happier Alcremie is feeling. Desserts made using this cream are invariably delicious, so many pastry chefs strive to have an Alcremie as their partner. When attacked by an opponent, Alcremie will throw sweet-scented cream to distract them or temporarily blind them, giving itself time to escape. The cream it uses for this purpose has an incredibly powerful soothing effect, and any opponent that tries to eat the cream will rapidly lose the will to battle.
Gigantamax Alcremie (Fairy)
The Gigantamax energy will cause the cream pouring out of Alcremie’s body hardens when subjected to impacts. The stronger the impact, the harder it becomes. This gives Alcremie a truly impressive resistance to physical attacks. Additionally, the giant “Berry” decorations on Alcremie’s body become as hard as diamonds, and it’s said that most attacks won’t even be able to leave a scratch. Alcremie will launch high-calorie cream missiles around itself to attack its opponents. Any Pokémon that touches this cream will be filled with energy and euphoria but at the same time will fall into a state of complete confusion.
G-Max Move: G-Max Finale
Fairy-type moves used by Gigantamax Alcremie will change to G-Max Finale. G-Max Finale will heal all Pokémon on Alcremie’s side while dealing damage to an opponent.
Morpeko, The Two-Sided Pokémon (Electric/Dark)
Morpeko constantly generates electricity with the sacs in its cheeks. This consumes energy, causing Morpeko to be constantly hungry. This is why Morpeko is always carrying around Berry seeds, protecting them with care. They serve as a snack! When experiencing prolonged hunger, the balance of hormones within Morpeko’s body changes. This causes its fur colour to change and triggers more aggressive and volatile behaviour. The energy stored in its cheek sacs also changes from Electric-type to Dark-type.
Morpeko’s Ability, Hunger Switch, is a new Ability introduced in these titles. This Ability causes Morpeko to change its appearance each turn. Morpeko’s signature move, Aura Wheel, changes type depending on Morpeko’s form. In Full Belly Mode, the move is Electric-type, while in Hangry Mode, the move becomes Dark-type.
Wooloo, The Sheep Pokémon (Fire)
The Wooloo has white fleece that covers their bodies grows throughout their lives, and it will fully grow back in three months even if the Wooloo has been completely shorn. The fleece is used for clothing and carpets and the like, and it is very popular as a speciality product of the Galar region. Wooloo live as a herd and mimic the actions of their Trainer or herd leader. They dislike conflict, and if they need to escape from enemies, they will simply roll away.