Pokémon Sword and Shield introduces Galarian Pokémon Form into the Pokémon universe. These redesigned classic Pokémon will appear alongside the new Gen 8 Pokémon in Sword and Shield.
With their new types and movesets, Galarian Form Pokémon help you create a team that uses the new options that Gen 8 offers, while also celebrating the previous Pokémon generations.
You'll also be able to fill your team with Pokémon inspired by the UK and its history. Who knows - maybe we'll get a Basil Bush redesign of Fennekin?
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What are Galarian Pokémon in Pokémon Sword and Shield?
Galarian Pokémon are regional variants of Pokémon from previous generations that can only be found in the Galar region.
Regional variant Pokémon made their first appearance in Pokémon Sun and Moon, with the Alola Form Pokémon. This was a collection of 18 Pokémon from the original 151 whose designs had been changed to suit the new Hawaii inspired Alola region.
Each regional variant Pokémon has both a different type and appearance from its original version. Alolan Vulpix, for example, has white fur instead of red, because it's an ice type Pokémon, rather than a fire type. These changes can be inspired by the history of the real world location the in-game region is based upon or the animals found there.
Since Galar is based upon the UK, Galarian Zigzagoon and Linoone are based upon badgers, while Galarian Weezing was clearly inspired by the British Industrial Revolution.
Hopefully, more UK inspired Galarian Pokémon will make their way into Pokémon Sword and Shield. Maybe we'll the Excalibur version of Honedge or a regional variant of Drampa inspired by the Loch Ness Monster.
Looking for more Sword and Shield pages like this? Our jumbo guide to the Pokémon Sword and Shield double pack pre-orders, release date, open world, wild battles and everything we know is the place to start, while we also have pages on Sword and Shield Legendarys Zacian and Zamazenta, Sword and Shield starter Pokémon Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble,the new Galarian Pokémon Forms appearing in Sword and Shield and a list of all new Gen 8 Pokémon in the Sword and Shield Regional Pokédex for you to check out, too.
Confirmed Galarian Pokémon for Pokémon Sword and Shield so far
Below you'll find a list of all the confirmed Galarian Pokémon that will appear in Pokémon Sword and Shield. We've also included the new Gen 8 evolutions of these Galar variant Pokémon.
|110||Weezing||Poison / Fairy|
|263||Zigzagoon||Dark / Normal|
|264||Linoone||Dark / Normal|
|TBC||Obstagoon||Dark / Normal|