Pokemon Sword and Shield Trailer Unveils Sirfetch'd, the Galarian Evolution of Farfetch'd

Pokemon Sword and Shield Trailer Unveils Sirfetch'd, the Galarian Evolution of Farfetch'd

The Sword-exclusive duck knight is stoic and perfect.

Many Pokemon get their own regional versions or evolutions, and it looks like the Galar region of Pokemon Sword and Shield is no different. Today, Nintendo unveiled another Galarian version of a beloved Pokemon-the leek-toting Sirfetch'd, who evolves from the duck Pokemon Farfetch'd.

Rather than Flying, Sirfetch'd is a Fighting-type Pokemon who escalates from toting a small leek around as a prop to wielding a giant leek sword and accompanying shield. Seriously, that's one giant sword. It's also got Steadfast as its ability, and looks to be a pretty strong Pokemon, if this short trailer is any indication.

As a big fan of Farfetch'd in the original Red and Blue versions, Sirfetch'd is definitely one pal I'll be looking to pick up in the new Pokemon. Nintendo says in the video description that "Farfetch'd that inhabit the Galar region can evolve into Sirfetch'd after experiencing many battles," which makes sense for this evolution. Sirfetch'd definitely looks like a duck that knows war. It's also one of our earliest version exclusives, only appearing in Pokemon Sword copies-though now that you can trade using the wonders of the Internet rather than a link cable, I'm not too concerned about getting one if I go the Shield route.

The next entry in the mainline Pokemon series, Sword and Shield, has been under scrutiny from longtime fans due to its decision to not immediately include all previous Pokemon. Other developers have pointed out the realities of what that would entail, though it hasn't stopped some from still being mad about the potential of their favorite Pokemon not making the cut. At least for those who dig Farfetch'd, like myself, we've got our ducks in a row.

Alongside more changes like Poke-Jobs and improved matchmaking options for online Pokemon play, Sword and Shield are looking like an impressive first step onto consoles for the series. I'm looking forward to seeing how the journey comes together on November 15, when Sword and Shield launch for the Nintendo Switch.

If you want to see more Galarian versions of the various Pokemon inhabiting the UK-inspired region, be sure to check out our guide on all Galarian-form Pokemon.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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