Pokémon Sword & Shield: Ranking Every New Pokémon So Far

Is the Galar region one of Nintendo's best... or far worse?


The newest trailer for Pokémon Sword & Shield has just dropped, and with it has come another group of new Pokémon. We’re starting to get a decent picture of what Galar and its native Pokémon will bring, with several British inspirations having played a part in the design process.

The lack of Megas in the new game has already caused controversy, but now it appears they’ll be replaced by "Gigamaxing", which changes a Pokémon’s size and design... like Megas. Whether Mega Charizard or Mega Alakazam’s design will remain is unclear, but seems unlikely.

With players set to be restricted to the National Dex only, the new Pokémon could be more important than ever. We still don’t know how many entirely new ones will be there, or have a definitive answer on who will be returning. Already though, there’s a few Galarians to get excited about, as well as old favourites Tyranitar, Miltotic and Pikachu returning.

Here though, the focus is specifically on the newbies. They’re ranked by apparent popularity within the fanbase, their design, how much we know of them and whether or not they offer an interesting typing.

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Stacey Henley is a published author, avid gamer and all-round nerd. She can most often be found roaming through vivid expansive spaces and discovering the world around her, but only in video games. In real life, she mostly stays home.