Pokémon Sword and Shield: How to catch Galarian Ponyta and evolve it into Rapidash

Pokemon Sword and Shield
Pokemon Sword and Shield (Image credit: iMore)

As you're braving the tall grasses and exploring Pokémon Sword and Shield's Galar region, you're probably on the look out for brand new Pokémon and Galarian variants. Those of you who own Shield will have the opportunity to catch the Galarian form of Ponyta, a cute little unicorn Pokémon with pastel coloring. Unfortunately, this little creature isn't the easiest to find. Here's how to catch a Galarian Ponyta and how to evolve it into Galarian Rapidash.

Where to find Galarian Ponyta

Pokemon Sword and Shield map

Pokemon Sword and Shield map (Image credit: iMore)

Galarian Ponyta is exclusive to Pokémon Shield and can only be caught in Glimwood Tangle, the forest between Stow-on-Side and Ballonlea. However, unlike other places, the Pokémon you encounter in this forest can't be seen in the overworld. They only appear with random encounters within the tall grass.

Galarian Ponyta Pokemon Sword and Shield (Image credit: iMore)

These gentle foals are easily spooked so you'll need to move slowly and gently through the grass if you hope to catch one. Additionally, they're a little more on the rare side, so you'll likely need to investigate the area for awhile before one pops up. To be more precise, they typically show up one in 10 times.

Unlike Ponyta's original Fire-type form, Galarian Ponyta is a Psychic-type Pokémon. One of the perks of catching a Galarian Ponyta is that this Pokémon knows Pastel Veil, an ability that prevents itself and its allies from becoming poisoned. If you have a Pokémon that's already poisoned, you can also use Galarian Ponyta to cure its comrades. Pretty nifty, huh? It's sure to come in handy when you go up against notorious Poison-type Pokémon.

Evolving into Rapidash

Galarian Rapidash Pokemon Sword and Shield

Galarian Rapidash Pokemon Sword and Shield (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

Unfortunately, Galarian Rapidash don't spawn at all in the overworld. The only way to get one is to evolve it from Galarian Ponyta. Fortunately, after you've caught the little unicorn, there aren't any hidden tricks to evolve it like with some other Pokémon. You'll simply need to battle with it until it reaches level 38. Then it will be ready to evolve.

Unlike Galarian Ponyta, Galarian Rapidash is Psychic and Fairy-type. It also knows Pastel Veil so it can help protect or cure your party from getting poisoned. Regardless of how helpful it is, it's also just gorgeous to look at. Now that you

My little Pony

There you have it, now you know how to get a Galarian Ponyta and a Galarian Rapidash. It'll take a little more work than catching other Pokémon in the game, but that makes sense given that unicorns are magical and rare creatures. Good luck on your search and let us know when you've caught one!

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

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