Pokémon Sword and Shield gets region specific Pokémon and new rivals

by on August 7, 2019

Like Pokémon Sun and Moon’s region specific Raichu, Geodude and Rattata, Sword and Shield are also getting their own regional variants.

For this UK stylised region we will see new versions of Wheezing, Zigzagoon and Linoone, additionally Zigzagoon can now evolve into Obstagoon, which has a ferocious new look.

Wheezing is still a poison type, but now finds itself bolstered by the addition of Fairy type and now has smoke stacks coming out of the top of its head. Wheezing takes in polluted air for sustenance and breathes out purified air as a by-product.

Zigzagoon now finds itself as a Dark/Normal Pokémon, and gains a natty black and white zigzag look, the colour scheme applies to its evolved forms as well. The biggest change is the further evolution to Obstagoon, a bipedal mammal looking monster that apparently prefers to counterattack.

The new Pokémon Morpeko is a new electric-mouse type pokémon that can chance it’s form. It’s an electric and dark type that switches form depending on if it’s hungry or not. If it’s full it is a bright colourful creature, but if it gets hungry it changes to purple and gets more aggressive. Any electric energy in its cheek sacs gets changed to dark type energy during this transformation.


The trailer below showcases two new rivals in Marnie and Bede, but also shows us Team yell. This region’s troublemakers will stop at nothing to make sure Marnie becomes the Galar region’s champion, deliberately obstructing other challengers to achieve Marnie’s goal.

Finally, there’ll be Poké Jobs to undertake through your quest through the region, you’ll be able to check for available jobs at the Rotomi in Pokémon Centers and will be able to send Pokémon direct from your storage boxes directly to the jobs in question. Doing this will earn your Pokémon experience and may also see you obtain rare items too, this could prove to be a good way to level up Pokémon not in your active party.

Anyway, I’m pretty sure you just skipped straight to the trailer below anyway, but I’ll just take this opportunity to remind you that Pokémon Sword and Shield will release for the Nintendo Switch on November 15.