Pokémon Sword and Shield gets Galarian Forms, new rivals and Team Yell. Oh my!

The Pokémon Company has given gamers new Pokémon Sword and Shield details to sink their teeth into, indicating a shift away from the NatDex controversy. The addition of Galararian forms is big news, signalling a return of the concept that debuted in Sun/Moon. Weezing, Zigzagoon and Linoone are all receiving Galarian forms that are exclusive to the new games, and there are likely still more to come.

Not content on stopping there, a handful of brand-new pocket monsters also debuted in the footage. The hamster-inspired Morpeko features the ability to use Hunger Switch to transform the Electric-type into a Dark-type. Getting hangry is something we can all relate to, even though Morpeko is a little more extreme with its mood shift. The first Galar-exclusive evolution was also revealed, as Galarian Linoone can evolve into a new monster dubbed Obstagoon. It is implied that other, unannounced Galarian forms will feature exclusive evolutions as well. Rumours have pointed to the Pokémon Farfetch’d being one such creature, but only time will tell.

Two new rivals (Bede and Marnie) were also showcased. Surprisingly, your rivals are a little deeper this time around when compared to the simpler frenemies found in past games. Bede is described as someone that plainly wants to be the Galar Champion… but has hidden motives as well. On the other hand, Marnie is the poster girl for Team Yell, which adds a unique twist on the traditional rival role.

So where does that leave Team Yell? According to The Pokémon Company, they’re a rowdy group of fans that wants to see Marnie become Galar’s champion. They’ll try to distract you by yelling during battles, shutting down transit and more. Truth be told, they look to be a parody of obnoxious sports fans, which could lead to some funny moments for players.


Riley's Take


Pokémon Sword and Shield haven’t broken free of controversy surrounding the removal of National Pokédex. Following Junichi Masuda, Sword and Shield‘s director, statement on the backlash, The Pokémon Company is moving full steam ahead towards their release. While the controversy continues, it’s also nice to stop and take in what Game Freak and The Pokémon Company are doing differently in the new games.

Seeing the concept of Alolan forms carry over into Sword and Shield through Galarian forms is exciting. Partially because it breathes new life into older monsters, but also because they’re expanding on the concept with Galar-exclusive evolutions like Obstagoon. There is still so much that we don’t know about Pokémon Sword and Shield, and I’m genuinely excited to see what else awaits us. Fortunately, we won’t be waiting much longer, as the games drop on November 15th, 2019.

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Riley has written about video games across several publications for almost a decade now. In his eyes, there’s really no better field to work and grow in. During his time as a reporter, he's interviewed gaming legends like Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Mortal Kombat's co-creator Ed Boon–just to name a few. When he's not writing about games, he's often playing them. Super Smash Bros., Halo, Gears of War, and Rainbow Six are some of his all-time favourites. Outside of games, he’s also a fan of hockey, wrestling, and many other Canadian things. You can find Riley over on Twitter @TheRileyLittle.