The day has come! Generation 8 of Pokémon has been announced and with it two new games and a whole new region to explore. Set in the picturesque region of Galar, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be latest RPG's available on the Nintendo Switch in the coming months.

Little is known about the new generation of Pokémon, but as we get more information this list will become filled with ever more cute little monsters. So far, we know a little about the three starter Pokémon you will be able to choose at the start of your adventure so let's get into it.

More: Everything we know about Pokémon Shield and Sword

Starter Pokémon

If you are new to Pokémon, your starter Pokémon is the Pokémon given to you by Professor Magnolia to start you on your journey. They are normally the Pokémon you come to love the most, even if you don't use it as much in later levels.

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They are all super adorable and new to the Galar region, so let's check them out!


Sobble is your water type starter pokemon and is easily the cutest of three. It is said she is a timid little Pokémon who likes to attack from the safety of the water. She also appears to be able to disappear and reappear as needed. Plus, she causes people around her to cry when she cries! Adorable.

As always, the first three Pokémon are likely to have at least three evolution and we are excited to see them when they appear. Sobble is very small and slimy, so her evolution is likely to be graceful and beautiful, that's what normally happens.


Grass-type Grookey is the next starter you can choose from and, apparently, he's a cheeky little monkey. You can see him making music on the rocks and scampering up the buildings around Galar as well as rushing swiftly across the grass.

I like to try and guess their evolutions, and it looks like Grookey may well become a huge Pokémon when he evolves, probably a giant gorilla with a tree on its head.


She set the grass on fire! Scorbunny is the energetic fire Pokémon that you can choose as your starter. She is described as "always running about, bursting with energy," so you can expect some fast attacks from our fiery friend.

Evolutions are tough on bunny types, but it could look something like the Bunearry evolution, a mix of human, bunny, and fire! I really can't wait to see these evolutions, come on Pokémon, we need more info already!

Legendary Pokémon

The two new legendary have been announced! There are called Zamzenta (the shield) and Zacian (the sword) and they look amazing. We don't really know a lot of details, though we do know they are central to the plot. In the small video, we have seen they seemed to be practicing together in the forest when they were attacked.

We do have a few details from the Sword and Shield website so let's break them down. I will give you the direct quote for each so you will know exactly what we know.


"Zamazenta's regal and majestic movements overwhelm any opponents that dare face it. Its body is covered in what seems to be a shield."

It's shielded mane can reflect any attack, so it's likely to be an extremely difficult battle!


"Zacian attacks so gracefully that its movements can even captivate its opponents. It holds what appears to be a sword in its mouth."

I think Zacian is the Legendary I want most in all the world. It looks beautiful.

Galarian Pokémon Forms

On August 7, 2019, Nintendo gave us a look at some of the pre-existing Pokémon with a new Galarian Form. Not only do they have new forms, but some of them may have completely new evolutions to go with their new forms! It's great to know that some of the original Pokémon will be getting a makeover!


It makes perfect sense for Weezing to have a new form in this, a clearly industrialized region of the Pokémon world. The tall Victorian hat that is also a chimney is the perfect metaphor for this area. Weezing is still a Poison/Fairy type, but now it just looks way cooler.


This black and white Zigzagoon is said to be the oldest variant of this Dark/Normal type Pokémon. We also got to see a glimpse of all the evolutions of Zigzagoon so we have a good feel of what it's like.

Right now we know very little of course, except that they look great.


Linoone is the Evolution of Zigzagoon and like that Pokémon, Linoone is the same shape as before with the new black and white coloring. It's also a Nomral/Dark type Pokémon. Unlike other Linoone species, however, this one has an Evolution of its own!

You can read about this new evolution in the "Pokémon of the Galar region" section below.


Sirfetch'd is a brand new Galarian evolution for Farfetch'd in Gen 8. This Pokémon carries a sharpened leak like a jousting knight of olde and is a Fighting type. Anyone getting Pokémon Shield should note that this evolution is only available in Pokémon Sword, so you'll need to trade with a buddy to get it.


This rainbow-maned version of Ponyta resembles a unicorn and has the ability to absorb life energy from its surroundings, which makes its main sparkle and glow. This magical-looking creature is exclusive to Pokémon Shield and is a Psychic type. That means those with Pokémon Sword will need to trade with a buddy who owns Pokémon Shield if they want to add it to their Pokédex.

Pokémon of the Galar region

We aren't going to get to see all of the new Pokémon any time soon but we are getting new ones dribbling out. Here is what we have so far. We got to see five new Pokémon called, Wooloo, Gossifleur, Eldegoss, Drednaw, and Corviknight. We are also seeing new ones every now and then which will update as we get them.


Obstagoon is a unique evolution for Linoone and can only be found in the Galar region. Apparently, it's particularly tough to be a Linoone here and so it needs to evolve into something defensive.

Obstagoon seems to be a defender Pokémon, taunting its enemies and making them attack it while it offers up a huge defense. I can think of some good tactics to use with this big Pokémon.


Morpeko is the most unique Pokémon we have seen in the Galar region yet. It has the ability to change its form when needed and use different attacks in each form. It can be found in its "Full" form though Morpeko is never really full. It generates electricity constantly so needs to eat all the time.

If it doesn't get to eat enough it transforms into its other form, called "Hangry." Hangry Morpeko is a dark type Pokémon, instead of Lightning which gives you the chance to use different types of attack all in one little mouse Pokémon.


Wooloo seems to be one of the more numerous Pokémon in the game, and its wool is used by the inhabitants of Galar for carpeting and clothes and the like. Extremely cute, but prone to running away, I imagine this will be one of the first Pokémon you capture in the wild.


Gossifleur is a Pokémon that loves clean air. It's a grass type, so that makes sense, and it sounds like it will have healing powers so you may want to grab one early. Always worth having a healer in your party.

Gossifleur also evolves — the first evolution we've seen in Sword and Shield — into the beautiful Eldegoss.


Eldegoss looks very similar to Gossifleur with an extra seed pod sprouting from its head. The seeds are said to be able to revive downed Trainers and Pokémon. I'm assuming these two Pokémon will be your healers throughout the first half of the game, so make sure you find them early and look after them!


It seems like Drednaw will be a difficult Pokémon to deal with. Apparently, it's vicious and takes a lot to keep it under control. But it has a solid defense as well as super sharp teeth for causing max damage. They have mentioned several times it can chew through Iron and stone so I'm wondering if we will see that in gameplay.


Corviknight is the first flying Pokémon we've seen from Sword and Shield and it has a really cool armored look. This Pokémon is used in the game as your quick travel mechanic. It carries a taxi in its huge talons and flies you from city to city.

You can also capture them as well, so you can use its strong attacks in battle as well.


Ok, the names just keep getting more awesome. Yamper?? And it's an electric-type corgi?? I mean, come on, how can you not want to buy this game just on the back of this single Pokémon? It even wags its little tail in its attack!


Alcremie is seen to be one of the Pokémon you can use in Gigantamax battles and shows off your ability to change the way the Pokémon look when they are in Gigantamax mode.

Alcremie is shown to be a whipped cream Pokémon as well as being a Fairy type, and can actually produce whipped cream at will. It's my new best friend.


This Steel/Dragon type Pokémon is said to be found in the same regions as the Tyranitar and has a special lightweight armor that keeps it agile and strong. I'm looking forward to seeing the evolution of Duraludon, I think it will be a big one!


Another Pokémon with an awesome name, Rolycoly is a Rock type pokemon that can blast powerful attacks out of his orange eye. According to, he can also roll over any type of terrain and used to be in every home in Galar, before coal became less needed.


Let it be known that I will protect Polteageist at all costs. The play on the name poltergeist is obvious, and this little fella looks like a small ghost inside of a teapot. It's body is made from black tea and is said to have a very distinct aroma and flavor, only allowing trainers it trusts to try some of its tea. Be careful though, because drinking it could lead to a stomach ache.


An insatiable eater, like I'm sure many of us, myself included, are. Cramorant is defined as a "Gulp Pokémon" and will try to swallow almost anything it can fit into its mouth. When it swallows something it shouldn't, it spits it back up. This can be used during battle after Cramorant uses dive or surf, returning with a catch in its mouth that it will hurl at your opponent's Pokémon.

Leaked Pokémon

If you'd like, you can access our list of every leaked Pokémon from Sword and Shield. Obviously, don't go if you don't want spoilers.

Confirmed Pokémon from Previous Generations

They aren't all going to be new Pokémon in Sword and Shield of course. Some of them will be the Pokémon from Gen 1, all the way up to Gen 7. We've been keeping an eye out for any old Pokémon throughout the trailers and we've seen a fair few! Here's an alphabetized list for you to enjoy.

  • Abomasnow
  • Arcanine
  • Avalugg
  • Axew
  • Bergmite
  • Bewear
  • Boldore
  • Bounsweet
  • Braviary
  • Bronzor
  • Bronzong
  • Budew
  • Bunnelby
  • Butterfree
  • Charmander
  • Charmeleon
  • Charizard
  • Charjabug
  • Chinchou
  • Cinccino
  • Caterpie
  • Cleffa
  • Clefairy
  • Clefable
  • Combee
  • Croagunk
  • Deino
  • Diggersby
  • Diglett
  • Drifloon
  • Drifblim
  • Dugtrio
  • Duosion
  • Dusknoir
  • Dusclops
  • Duskull
  • Eevee
  • Electrike
  • Espeon
  • Espurr
  • Feebas
  • Ferroseed
  • Ferrothorn
  • Flareon
  • Flygon
  • Fraxure
  • Frillish
  • Froslass
  • Gallade
  • Garbodor
  • Galvantula
  • Gardevoir
  • Gastly
  • Gengar
  • Gigalith
  • Glaceon
  • Glalie
  • Goldeen
  • Golett
  • Golisopod
  • Golurk
  • Goodra
  • Goomy
  • Gourgeist
  • Growlithe
  • Grubbin
  • Gyrados
  • Hakamo-o
  • Haunter
  • Hawlucha
  • Haxorus
  • Helioptile
  • Heliolisk
  • Hippopotas
  • Hippowdon
  • Hitmonchan
  • Hitmonlee
  • Hitmontop
  • Hoothoot
  • Hydreigon
  • Inkay
  • Jangmo-o
  • Jellicent
  • Jolteon
  • Joltik
  • Kirlia
  • Koffing
  • Kommo-o
  • Lanturn
  • Lapras
  • Larvitar
  • Leafeon
  • Liepard
  • Linoone
  • Lombre
  • Lotad
  • Lucario
  • Ludicolo
  • Machop
  • Machoke
  • Machamp
  • Magikarp
  • Malamar
  • Manectric
  • Mantine
  • Mantyke
  • Maractus
  • Mareanie
  • Mawile
  • Meowstic
  • Metapod
  • Mew
  • Mimikyu
  • Minccino
  • Milotic
  • Mudbray
  • Mudsdale
  • Munchlax
  • Ninetales
  • Noctowl
  • Noibat
  • Noivern
  • Onix
  • Palpitoad
  • Pancham
  • Pangoro
  • Pelipper
  • Pichu
  • Pikachu
  • Pumpkaboo
  • Pupitar
  • Purrloin
  • Quagsire
  • Raichu
  • Ralts
  • Reuniclus
  • Rhydon
  • Rhyperior
  • Riolu
  • Roggenrola
  • Roselia
  • Roserade
  • Rufflet
  • Sawk
  • Scrappy
  • Seaking
  • Seismitoad
  • Sliggoo
  • Slurpuff
  • Sneasel
  • Snorlax
  • Snover
  • Solosis
  • Steelix
  • Stenee
  • Stufful
  • Swirlix
  • Swoobat
  • Sylveon
  • Togepi
  • Togetic
  • Togekiss
  • Toxapex
  • Toxicroak
  • Trapinch
  • Trubbish
  • Tsareena
  • Tympole
  • Tyranitar
  • Tyrogue
  • Umbreon
  • Vanillite
  • Vanillish
  • Vanilluxe
  • Vaporeon
  • Vespiquen
  • Vibrava
  • Vikavolt
  • Vulpix
  • Wailmer
  • Wailord
  • Weavile
  • Woobat
  • Wooper
  • Wobbuffet
  • Wimpod
  • Wingull
  • Wishiwashi
  • Wynaut
  • Zwelious

Guess the Pokémon time!

Now it's your turn to tell us your guesses. What types of Pokémon are we likely to see? Give us your best evolution and legendary guesses down in the comments and we can have some fun with the types of Pokémon we will find.


Pokémon Shield

One of two new Pokémon adventures

Little is known about the new RPG from Nintendo and the Pokémon company except for the names, Pokémon Shield and Sword. Set in a new region of Galar it will be an all-new adventure on Nintendo Switch


Pokémon Sword

One of two new Pokémon adventures

Little is known about the new RPG from Nintendo and the Pokémon company except for the names, Pokémon Shield and Sword. Set in a new region of Galar it will be an all-new adventure on Nintendo Switch

Double trouble

Pokémon Sword and Shield double pack

Why not both?

Now we know a little bit more about Sword and Shield we are more excited than ever. If you are a completist, you can get both of these games in one easy pack.

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