Pokémon Go update contains code for new Galarian form Pokémon

Pokemon Go banner
Pokemon Go banner (Image credit: Niantic)

What you need to know

  • The latest update to Pokémon Go includes the framework for introducing Galarian variant Pokémon.
  • Galar is a new region featured in the upcoming games Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.
  • Although Galarian variants are a few generations ahead of the current Pokédex in Pokémon Go, this isn't the first time Pokémon Go skipped ahead.

While Pokémon Go has always been a bit behind the core Pokémon games in terms of the Pokédex, Niantic hasn't shied away from promoting new Pokémon. From the introduction of Alolan variant Pokémon to Mimikyu clothing and costumes to the introduction of Meltan and its evolved form, Melmetal, the folks over at Niantic have promoted the core games generations ahead of Pokémon Go's Pokédex. Thanks to data miners on Reddit, trainers can look forward to more cross promotion for the upcoming release of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. The new core games, Sword and Shield are set in a new region, Galar. Like the Alolan region from Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Galar will feature variants of previously release Pokémon that give these old Pokémon new looks and even new types.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Galar Variants Wheezing Ponyta Zigzagoon Linoone

Pokemon Sword and Shield Galar Variants Wheezing Ponyta Zigzagoon Linoone (Image credit: The Pokemon Company)

Currently, there are only four known Galarian variants:

  • Ponyta, a Psychic type with a wild new pastel mane and tail
  • Zigzagoon and it's evolution Linoone, now a Dark/ Normal type
  • Wheezing, a Poison/ Fairy type with green gas "beards and moustaches" as well as smokestack "top hats"

While these are the only variants officially announced, there will undoubtedly be more variants in the next month. The Pokémon Company has not made an official statement about adding these variants to Pokémon Go but it seems likely they will be introduced in mid-November along with the release Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

Which Galarian variant Pokémon are you most excited for? What Pokémon do you want to see get a Galarian variant? Let us know in the comments below!

Casian Holly

Casian Holly has been writing about gaming at iMore since 2019, but their real passion is Pokémon. From the games to the anime, cards and toys, they eat, sleep, and breathe all things Pokémon. You can check out their many Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sword and Shield guides and coverage here on iMore.