Pokemon Sword and Shield involve a new kind of Pokemon known as Galarian Form Pokemon, whose appearance and abilities differ to that of the normal kind. We'll explain Galarian form Pokemon below, and what to expect compared to their regular counterparts.
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All Galarian Forms in Pokemon Sword and Shield
Below we've listed all available Galarian forms in Pokemon Sword and Shield and where you can catch them. Keep in mind that Galarian forms are different to Pokemon native to the Galar region. This includes Pokemon that evolve from Galarian forms, such as Meowth evolving into the Galar-specific Perrserker.
|Ponyta||77||Psychic||Glimwood Tangle (Shield Only)|
|Rapidash||78||Psychic/Fairy||Raid battles, evolving Ponyta(Shield only)|
|Farfetch'd||83||Fighting||Route 5, Raid Battles (Sword only)|
|Wheezing||110||Poison/Fairy||East Lake Axewell, Lake of Outrage, Slumbering Weald, Raid Battles|
|Mr. Mime||122||Ice/Psychic||Route 10, Lake of Outrage, Raid Battles|
|Corsola||222||Ghost||Giant's Mirror, Raid Battles (Shield only)|
|Zigzagoon||263||Dark/Normal||Route 2, Route 3, Bridge Field, Giant's Cap, Stony Wilderness, Raid Battles|
|Linoone||264||Dark/Normal||Bridge Field, Giant's Cap, evolving Zigzagoon|
|Darumaka||554||Ice||Route 8, Route 10, Raid Battles (Sword only)|
|Darmanitan||555||Ice (or Ice/Fire, if caught in Zen Mode)||Dusty Bowl, Giant's Cap, Hammerlocke Hills, Lake of Outrage, Stony Wilderness, Raid Battles, evolving Darumaka (Sword Only)|
|Yamask||562||Ground/Ghost||Route 6, Bridge Field, Dusty Bowl, Giant's Mirror, Rolling Fields, South Lake Miloch, Stony Wilderness, Watchtower Ruins, Raid Battles|
|Stunfisk||618||Ground/Steel||Slumbering Weald, Galar Mine No. 2, Dusty Bowl, Lake of Outrage|
What are Galarian Forms?
Galarian Forms in Sword and Shield are similar to the Alolan forms seen in previous games, in which Pokemon native to Galar have distinct appearances and types from their normal forms. They may also learn different moves, or evolve into entirely new Pokemon altogether, such as Meowth evolving into Perrserker.
Are Galarian Forms Better?
No, usually a Galarian form is just in some way different to the original, rather than being better. When choosing between a Galarian or regular Pokemon for your team, look at any weaknesses or types you might need, and choose based on that, assuming you're going for strategy.
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