Pokémon Sword and Shield new Pokémon list: all new Gen 8 Pokémon revealed so far

Every new Pokémon coming to Gen 8's Sword and Shield.

Sword and Shield's new Pokémon continue to be one of the main draws to the latest generation of Pokémon games, and following Pokémon Sword and Shield's reveal at the start of the year we've now had several waves of them announced.

The expectation is Game Freak will hold a good chunk of new, Gen 8 Pokémon back for Sword and Shield's full release, but below we've rounded up every creature announced so far, alongside their official descriptions and details.

For a full list of all the Pokémon confirmed for the games so far, meanwhile, our big Pokémon Sword and Shield Galar Pokédex page has you covered.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield new Pokémon confirmed for Gen 8 so far

Here's a runthrough of all the new Pokémon confirmed so far, along with their official descriptions and info.

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Grookey (one of the Pokémon Sword and Shield starters)

  • Category: Chimp Pokémon
  • Type: Grass
  • Height: 1'
  • Weight: 11 lbs.
  • Ability: Overgrow

Description: "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. It has gained special powers after being exposed to the energy within Grookey's body.

"Its green fur creates energy from sunlight. Wilted flowers and leaves have been seen to regain their color when Grookey drums with its stick near them."

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Scorbunny (one of the Pokémon Sword and Shield starters)

  • Category: Rabbit Pokémon
  • Type: Fire
  • Height: 1′
  • Weight: 9.9 lbs.
  • Ability: Blaze

Description: "Scorbunny uses its powerful legs to run and jump around its opponents, confusing and disorienting them. The soles of its feet can become very hot, and Scorbunny can kick opponents to damage and burn them, too! Scorbunny 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 and warming up properly, the true power of its fire energy will be awakened and its physical capabilities will greatly increase."

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Sobble (one of the Pokémon Sword and Shield starters)

  • Category: Water Lizard Pokémon
  • Type: Water
  • Height: 1′
  • Weight: 8.8 lbs.
  • Ability: Torrent

Description: "When Sobble touches water, its body changes its pattern and color, 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. 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. 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."

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Zacian

  • Category: TBC
  • Type: TBC
  • Height: TBC
  • Weight: TBC.
  • Ability: TBC

Description: "Zacian's attacks are so graceful that its movements captivate opponents. Holding what appears to be a sword in its mouth, Zacian's shining blade can cut through anything."

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Zamazenta

  • Category: TBC
  • Type: TBC
  • Height: TBC
  • Weight: TBC
  • Ability: TBC

Description: "With majestic movements and what appears to be a shield covering its body, Zamazenta can turn back any attack and overwhelm any opponents that dare face it."

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Gossifleur

  • Category: Flowering Pokémon
  • Type: Grass
  • Height: 1′4″
  • Weight: 4.9 lbs.
  • Ability: Cotton Down / Regenerator

Description: "Gossifleur prefers land with clear water and air. Its pollen has a healing effect and is commonly used as a folk medicine remedy and made into a tea given to children in the Galar region when they are 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."

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Eldegoss

  • Category: Cotton Bloom Pokémon
  • Type: Grass
  • Height: 1′8″
  • Weight: 5.5 lbs.
  • Ability: Cotton Down / Regenerator

Description: "When Gossifleur evolves into Eldegoss, its head becomes covered in thick cotton fluff. This cotton fluff serves as a cushion that helps to protect Eldegoss's head from damage. The tiny seeds attached to the cotton fluff are said to be highly nutritious and beneficial to both people and Pokémon. Eldegoss spreads these seeds throughout the region, making the soil of the Galar region rich in nutrients."

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Wooloo

  • Category: Sheep Pokémon
  • Type: Normal
  • Height: 2′
  • Weight: 13.2 lbs.
  • Ability: Fluffy / Run Away

Description: "The white fur that covers Wooloo's body grows throughout its life and will fully grow back in three months even if it has been completely shorn. The fur is used for clothing, carpets, and other goods and is very popular as a specialty 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."

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Corviknight

  • Category: Raven Pokémon
  • Type: Flying/Steel
  • Height: 7′3″
  • Weight: 165.3 lbs.
  • Ability: Pressure / Unnerve

Description: "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. Because Corviknight possess superb flying skills and high intelligence, many of them work for the company called Galar Taxi and help transport people from town to town."

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Gigantamax Corviknight

  • Type: Flying/Steel
  • Height: 45′11″+
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Ability: Pressure/Unnerve

Description: "Corviknight uses its massive wings to catch updrafts created by Gigantamax energy to hover in the air while it battles. The armor on its body has been reinforced, so attacks from Pokémon on the ground barely have any effect. Gigantamax energy has caused the armor covering Corviknight's wings to separate and become blade birds, capable of flying independently.

"Flying-type moves used by Gigantamax Corviknight will change to G-Max Wind Rage, which removes any effects of moves like Reflect, Light Screen, Spikes, and Electric Terrain that the opponents may have."

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Drednaw

  • Category: Bite Pokémon
  • Type: Water/Rock
  • Height: 3′3″
  • Weight: 254.6 lbs.
  • Ability: Strong Jaw / Shell Armor

Description: "The jagged fangs of the Bite Pokémon Drednaw are strong and sharp enough to bite through rock and iron. Though it has a heavy shell, its well-developed muscles allow it to move quickly. Drednaw is known to be extremely aggressive, so it takes a skilled Trainer to tame and handle this Pokémon. It seems that some Trainers will release Drednaw back into the wild once they discover they can't handle it."

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Gigantamax Drednaw

  • Type: Water/Rock
  • Height: 78′9″+
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Ability: Strong Jaw / Shell Armor

Description: "The power of Gigantamaxing has allowed Drednaw to stand on its hind legs and become bipedal. From its standing position, it can come crashing down on opposing Pokémon and crush them with its massive body. Drednaw normally keeps its neck retracted within its shell, but when it attacks, it can rapidly shoot its neck out. Its jaws are also incredibly strong and can easily bite through huge metal towers.

"The strength of its jaws combined with the force of its neck gives Drednaw the power to punch a hole through a rocky mountain in a single strike. Water-type moves used by Gigantamax Drednaw will change to G-Max Stonesurge. G-Max Stonesurge doesn't just deal damage to an opponent-it will scatter sharp rocks around the opponent and cause Pokémon entering the battlefield to take damage."

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Alcremie

  • Category: Cream Pokémon
  • Type: Fairy
  • Height: 1′
  • Weight: 1.1 lbs.
  • Ability: Sweet Veil

Description: "Alcremie 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."

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Gigantamax Alcremie

  • Type: Fairy
  • Height: 98′5″+
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Ability: Sweet Veil

Description: "The cream pouring out of its body hardens when subjected to impacts-the stronger the impact, the harder it becomes-giving Alcremie an impressive resistance to physical attacks. Additionally, the giant “Berry” decorations on Alcremie's body are 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. Fairy-type moves used by Gigantamax Alcremie will change to G-Max Finale, which will heal all Pokémon on Alcremie's side while dealing damage to an opponent."

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Yamper

  • Category: Puppy Pokémon
  • Type: Electric
  • Height: 1′
  • Weight: 29.8 lbs.
  • Ability: Ball Fetch

Description: "Yamper tends to be drawn to things that are moving quickly. It can chase after people, Pokémon, or even vehicles. It has an organ in its body that generates electricity, and it's activated when Yamper runs around. Yamper 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 that comes into play when the Trainer throws a Poké Ball at a wild Pokémon but fails to catch it. If Yamper isn't holding an item, it will fetch the first Poké Ball that failed to catch the Pokémon, regardless of what type of Poké Ball it is."

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Rolycoly

  • Category: Coal Pokémon
  • Type: Rock
  • Height: 1′
  • Weight: 26.5 lbs.
  • Ability: Steam Engine / Heatproof

Description: "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 is able to travel smoothly even over 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. Rolycoly's Ability, Steam Engine, is a new Ability that provides a Speed stat boost if it's hit with a Fire- or Water-type move during battle."

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Duraludon

  • Category: Alloy Pokémon
  • Type: Steel/Dragon
  • Height: 5′11″
  • Weight: 88.2 lbs.
  • Ability: Light Metal / Heavy Metal

Description: "Duraludon live in caves and mountainous areas. Their two arms have slightly different shapes, and they use them to grind down rock surfaces for food. Its body is composed of incredibly durable metal but is also surprisingly light, so Duraludon can move quite quickly despite its appearance.

"Its body is susceptible to corrosion, however, and is known to rust easily. They share their habitat with Tyranitar, so these two Pokémon are often seen battling each other in the mountains of the Galar region."

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Obstagoon

  • Category: Blocking Pokémon
  • Type: Dark/Normal
  • Height: 5'3"
  • Weight: 101.4 lbs.
  • Ability: Reckless / Guts

Description: "The Linoone of the Galar region live in harsh conditions and engage in fierce competition with others of their species. As a result, their survival instincts have been honed, leading to their Evolution into Obstagoon. Though Obstagoon is extremely combative, it often does not launch the first attack.

"It will taunt an opponent, goading it into attacking. When it does, Obstagoon will cross its arms and meet the oncoming attack with its Obstruct move. Obstagoon is especially skilled at throwing its opponents off guard and counterattacking with its sharp claws."

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Morpeko

  • Category: Two-Sided Pokémon
  • Type: Electric/Dark
  • Height: 1'
  • Weight: 6.6 lbs.
  • Ability: Hunger Switch

Description: "The sacs in Morpeko's cheeks constantly generate electricity. This consumes energy, causing Morpeko to be constantly hungry. To satisfy this hunger, Morpeko always carries around Berry seeds to snack on. When experiencing prolonged hunger, Morpeko's hormone balance changes. This causes its fur to change colors and triggers more aggressive and volatile behavior.

"The energy stored in its cheek sacs also changes from Electric type to Dark type. Morpeko's Ability, Hunger Switch, is a new Ability that causes it to change its appearance each turn. Aura Wheel is Morpeko's signature move, and it changes type depending on Morpeko's form. In Full Belly Mode, the move is Electric type. In Hangry Mode, the move becomes Dark type."

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Cramorant

  • Category: Gulp Pokémon
  • Type: Flying/Water
  • Height: 2'7”
  • Weight: 39.7 lbs.
  • Ability: Gulp Missile

Description: "When it comes to food, Cramorant will try to swallow anything it can fit in its mouth. Sometimes it will swallow things that aren't its intended prey, spitting them out once it realizes its mistake. A Cramorant can be forgetful, but it will never forget a Trainer it grows to trust.

"However, even Trainers will face fierce attacks from their Cramorant if they try to steal its food. Cramorant's Ability, Gulp Missile, is a new Ability that can be triggered during battles. After Cramorant uses Surf or Dive, it will return with a catch in its mouth. If it takes damage while in this state, Cramorant will retaliate by spitting out its catch at that opponent."

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Polteageist

  • Category: Black Tea Pokémon
  • Type: Ghost
  • Height: 8"
  • Weight: 0.9 lbs.
  • Ability: Weak Armor

Description: "Polteageist's body is made from black tea, and it's said to have a very distinct aroma and flavor. It will only allow a Trainer it trusts to sample its tea, although drinking too much can lead to indigestion. Many Polteageist make their homes inside hotels and restaurants where they disguise themselves and hide among the tableware. Because they can pour their power into leftover tea and create even more of their kind, they're often treated as pests."

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Sirfetch'd

  • Category: Wild Duck Pokémon
  • Type: Fighting
  • Height: 2'7”
  • Weight: 257.9 lbs.
  • Ability: Steadfast

Description: "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. Of particular note is a painting-famous in the Galar region-that depicts a duel between a Sirfetch'd and an Escavalier.

In battle, Sirfetch'd uses 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."


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.


Other, unconfirmed new Pokémon likely coming to Pokémon Sword and Shield

Aside from those officially revealed ones above, there are a few other Pokémon - partially obscured or otherwise revelead and teased - that are yet to receive a full reveal, description or announcement. Here's a look at those, and what we know about them so far.

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Impidimp

  • Category: TBC
  • Type: Dark / Fairy
  • Height: TBC
  • Weight: TBC
  • Ability: TBC

Impidimp first appeared in the Sword and Shield demo we played at E3. It was one of the water-type Gym trainers' Pokémon, which is slightly unusual given its Dark and Fairy typing, and it's also popped up in other places, cheekily, like the 24-hour safari stream where Galarian Ponyta was first revealed.

There's been no official mention or acknowledgement of it though, so it seems to be a fun, recurring theme that Impidimp will pop up and cause mischief from time to time, before the full game arrives.

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Unnamed Chunky Squirrel

  • Category: TBC
  • Type: TBC
  • Height: TBC
  • Weight: TBC
  • Ability: TBC

A squirrel-like Pokémon has appeared in a couple of places in pre-release material for Sword and Shield, most notably on the sweatshirt of a fan in the audience at one of the in-game stadiums. There's always a fairly generic, woodland critter-inspired Pokémon in new generations (think Bidoof, Bunnelby, etc.), so could this one be the equivalent for Gen 8?

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Unnamed Orange Pokémon

  • Category: TBC
  • Type: TBC
  • Height: TBC
  • Weight: TBC
  • Ability: TBC

An orange and black Pokémon appears to be bursting out of a Poké Ball in a split-second moment of one of the pre-release trailers. It doesn't look like any known, officially revealed Pokémon so far, we can we assume it's something entirely new? Is that four legs and a tail? Or a trunk?

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Unnamed Spiky Black Pokémon

  • Category: TBC
  • Type: TBC
  • Height: TBC
  • Weight: TBC
  • Ability: TBC

A pair of spiky, black, humanoid-looking Pokémon were spotted by eagle-eyed players in another trailer briefly. Specifically, they were only shown in the Japanese version of the September 4th Nintendo Direct, right at the start of the Pokémon section. They're rather odd looking. Can we assume them to be Dark type?

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