Earlier today, the August 7th Pokemon presentation, revealed some new regional forms of old Pokemon and a brand new Galar region Pokemon that will be debuting in Pokemon Sword & Shield.
First up, we have the return of the Regional Form concept that was first introduced in Pokemon Sun & Moon. This time, these regional variants are fittingly called “Galarian Forms“.
The first one to be introduced is Galarian Wheezing, a Poison/Fairy variant of the regular Wheezing from Kanto. Check out its look and details below:
Poison Gas Pokémon
- It emits purified air from the tops of its heads
Galarian Weezing consumes polluted air and poisonous gases for sustenance. The air and gases absorbed will have toxins removed before being spewed out again from the tops of Weezing’s heads. Apparently the air produced through this purification process is very clean!
- Poison gas gathers around its mouths
The toxins accumulated within Weezing’s body form into concentrated poison gas clouds that leak out and drift around it. This gas is so potent that even a whiff is enough to stun and immobilize an opponent. It is Weezing’s best weapon during battles.
The second set of new forms is the Dark/Normal Galarian Zigzagoon line. This line marks the first non-Kanto Pokemon to get a Regional form, as well as the first Regional form to get a unique evolution all to itself. Check out more details below:
Tiny Raccoon Pokémon
- The freewheeling original species of Zigzagoon
The Zigzagoon of the Galar region move about however they like and never settle down. They’re known to inhabit all areas of the region, including fields, forests, and even towns! There is some speculation that the zigzag movements of the Zigzagoon in other regions stem from the restless nature of Galarian Zigzagoon, which is considered to be the oldest branch of the species.
- It has a provocative attitude and enjoys battle
Galarian Zigzagoon enjoy battles and will charge at people and other Pokémon in an attempt to provoke a fight. This behavior usually succeeds in starting a battle with other Pokémon, but humans tend to think Galarian Zigzagoon is just playing or showing affection. It seems to cause Galarian Zigzagoon some frustration when people don’t get angry even though it’s trying to provoke them.
- Super destructive charges
Galarian Linoone can reach speeds of over 60 miles per hour and can deliver devastating Tackles and Headbutts. These attacks have enough destructive force to even knock a car away, but they can also throw Linoone off balance if they miss.
- It’s popular among unhappy and angry youths
Galarian Linoone are rash and fearless, and they will recklessly pick fights even with opponents stronger than themselves. Their fearlessness, as well as their tendency to attack opponents head on, make Galarian Linoone very popular among the disaffected youths of the Galar region, who have nowhere to direct their frustration and anger.
Living in the unique environment of the Galar region, some regional forms have developed unique Evolutions unseen in any other region. Obstagoon, which evolves from Galarian Linoone, is one example.
- Evolution spurred on by a harsh environment
The Linoone of the Galar region live in harsh conditions compared to those found in other regions, with fierce competition against others of their species. Their survival instincts have been honed as a result, leading to their Evolution into Obstagoon.
- It uses Obstruct before counterattacking
Though Obstagoon is extremely combative, it seems that it doesn’t often launch the first attack. It will taunt an opponent, goading it into attacking. When it does, Obstagoon will cross its arms and meet the oncoming attack with its Obstruct move.
Finally, a brand new Pokemon from the Galar Region was revealed. This Pokemon is called Morpeko, an Electric/Dark with a unique form change mechanic. Check out the details below:
- It’s always hungry, no matter how much it eats
Morpeko constantly generates electricity with the sacs in its cheeks. This consumes energy, causing Morpeko to be constantly hungry. This is why Morpeko is always carrying around Berry seeds, protecting them with care. They serve as a snack!
- Its appearance changes when it gets hungry
When experiencing prolonged hunger, the balance of hormones within Morpeko’s body changes. This causes its fur color to change and triggers more aggressive and volatile behavior. The energy stored in its cheek sacs also changes from Electric type to Dark type.
- Its Ability, Hunger Switch, allows it to change forms
Morpeko’s Ability, Hunger Switch, is a new Ability introduced in these titles. This Ability causes Morpeko to change its appearance each turn. Morpeko’s signature move, Aura Wheel, changes type depending on Morpeko’s form. In Full Belly Mode, the move is Electric type, while in Hangry Mode, the move becomes Dark type!
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