It’s that time again – a new Pokemon game means a bunch of new Pokemon. Here’s all the new Pokedex additions in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield.
As it stands right now, this isn’t an exhaustive list, of course. Pokemon Sword and Shield take place in The Galar Region, which is an expansive land that hints from the Pokemon company have hinted is at least partially based on the United Kingdom. As always a new region brings with it a bunch of all new Pokemon creatures to discover, catch, bond and battle with – but exactly how many remains unclear.
In the past, Pokemon games have varied greatly. The first games introduced 151, of course, but every generation since then we’ve had newcomers – sometimes a handful, sometimes over a hundred. We don’t know exactly where Pokemon Sword and Shield will fall in that grand scheme just yet – but we do know the identities and temperaments of some of the new Pokemon you’ll meet across the Galar Region. It’s worth noting that while many classic Pokemon will appear in Galar, you won’t be able to trade non-Galar native Pokemon from older games this time around – resulting in a smaller overall Pokedex.
Here on this page we’ll list them all, complete with their type, evolutions (where known), descriptions and of course pictures so you can get a feel for how Galar Pokemon look. We’ll keep updating it as we get closer the game’s November launch – and if you want to know even more about what’s new in this generation, check out our pre-release Pokemon Sword and Shield guide.
Pokemon Sword & Shield: New Pokemon List
|Grookey [starter]||Grass||A mischievous Chimp Pokémon that is full of boundless curiosity.|
|Scorbunny [starter]||Fire||A Rabbit Pokémon that is always running about, bursting with energy.|
|Sobble [starter]||Water||A somewhat timid Water Lizard Pokémon that shoots out attacks as it hides itself in the water.|
|Wooloo||Normal||The white fur 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 fur is used for clothing and carpets and the like, and it is very popular as a specialty product of the Galar region.|
|Gossifleur||Grass||Gossifleur prefers lands with clean water and air, and its pollen has a healing effect. Its pollen works on people, too, and it used to be a common folk medicine remedy for children of the Galar region to be given a tea made from this pollen when they fell ill.|
|Eldegoss [Gossifleur evolution]||Grass||When Gossifleur 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.|
|Drednaw||Rock / Water||The sharp, jagged fangs of the Bite Pokémon Drednaw are strong and sharp enough to bite through rock and iron. Though it has an extremely heavy rock shell, its well-developed muscles allow it to move quickly.|
|Corviknight||Flying / Steel||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.|
|Yamper||Electric||Yamper 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 Yamper runs around. Yamper can’t store the electricity it generates, so it’s often seen running around with electric sparks crackling around it.|
|Impidimp||Dark / Fairy||A new dark-type Pokemon that resembles an imp.|
|Alcremie||Fairy||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. 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.|
|Rolycoly||Rock||Its 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 seems to be 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. Even in the modern day, Rolycoly is a very popular Pokémon to take for outdoor activities!.|
|Duraludon||Steel / Dragon||The metal composing its body is incredibly durable but also surprisingly light. It only weighs about 88 lbs. 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 live 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.|
|Zamazenta [Shield version Legendary]||??||Zamazenta’s regal and majestic movements overwhelm any opponents that dare face it. Its body is covered in what seems to be a shield.
|Zacian [Sword version Legendary]||??||Zacian attacks so gracefully that its movements can even captivate its opponents. It holds what appears to be a sword in its mouth
Pokemon Sword & Shield Gigantamax Forms
|Gigantamax Form||Gigantamax Picture||G-Move|
|Alcremie||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!|
|Corviknight||Flying-type moves used by Gigantamax Corviknight will change to G-Max Wind Rage. G-Max Wind Rage deals damage to an opponent, but that’s not all—it will also remove any effects of moves like Reflect, Light Screen, Spikes, and Electric Terrain that the opponents may have!|
|Drednaw||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!|