'Pokémon Sword and Shield' Galar Forms: Everything We Know

The latest Pokémon Sword and Shield trailer dropped introducing Galarian forms into the franchise.

Similar to the Alolan forms of Sun and Moon, Galarian forms are Pokémon that have adapted to the environment of a specific region. Three Galarian form Pokémon were shown in the latest Sword and Shield trailer, and, while it gave some information on them, there are some tidbits that fans may have missed.

And thankfully, they are not all from Generation 1.

Here's everything we know about the Galarian forms in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

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'Pokemon Sword and Shield' introduces Galar forms. Pokemon Company/NewsGeek


Surprisingly, Weezing gets a Galar form transforming it from a pure Poison-type to a Poison and Fairy-type Pokémon. This is the first Pokémon with that unique typing. Galarian Weezing retains its Levitate ability, but an unknown ability is available for this Pokémon. We'll have to wait for more information on it.

Galarian Weezing changes color, going from purple to gray. But the most noticeable difference are the smokestacks on its heads that look like top hats. Couple that with the green smoke that act like facial hair, and Galarian Weezing looks like a proper gentleman.

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Here's the description of Galarian Weezing from the Sword and Shield site:

Galarian Weezing consumes polluted air and poisonous gases for sustenance. The by-product of this consumption is purified air, which is spewed out from the tops of its heads. 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, making it Weezing's best weapon during battles.


Zigzagoon is the Normal-type "rodent" Pokémon of the Hoenn region, but in Sword and Shield it and its evolution line receive interesting changes to their design and typiology.

Galarian Zigzagoon goes from a pure Normal-type to a dual Dark and Normal-type. It retains its Pickup and Gluttony abilities. Zigzagoon's brown stripes are now black, with the tan parts turning white. An interesting aspect of Galarian Zigzagoon is that it may have come before the Hoenn Zigzagoon.

Here's the official description of Galarian Zigzagoon:

The Zigzagoon of Galar never settle down and are known to inhabit all areas of the region, including fields, forests, and towns. There is some speculation that the zigzag movements of the Zigzagoon in other regions stem from the restless nature of Galarian Zigzagoon, considered to be the oldest branch of the species. 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.


Like it's pre-evolution, Galarian Linoone keeps its Pickup and Gluttony abilities and is now a Dark and Normal-type Pokémon. It's also black and white, and tends to have its tongue sticking out. Galarian Linoone also likes to pick fights and ram into other Pokémon and people.

Here's the official description of Galarian Linoone:

Galarian Linoone can reach speeds of over 60 miles per hour and can deliver devastating Tackles and Headbutts. With enough destructive force to knock away a car, these attacks can also throw Linoone off-balance if they miss. Galarian Linoone are rash and fearless and will recklessly pick fights even with opponents stronger than themselves. Their boldness and their tendency to attack opponents head on make Galarian Linoone very popular among the disaffected youth of the Galar region.


Perhaps the biggest surprise of the latest Sword and Shield trailer was the discovery that Galarian Linoone can evolve into a brand new Pokémon.

According to The Pokémon Company, "living in the unique environment of the Galar region, some regional forms of Pokémon have developed unique Evolutions unseen in any other region."

This means that regular Hoenn Linoone can't evolve into Obstagoon, but the nature of the Galarian form allows it to achieve another evolution.

Obstagoon is a Dark and Normal-type with the abilities, Reckless and Guts. Seeing these two abilities, trainers will want to be careful when taking on Obstagoon. Both abilities allow massive damage to be delivered and since its a second evolution its stats will likely be high. Hoenn Linoone learned two attacks that could benefit from Reckless, Double-Edge and Take Down - which had to be learned by Zigzagoon prior to evolving. Sword and Shield may give it access to new or older moves that Obstagoon can take advantage of.

There's also the new attack called Obstruct. It seems to act like Counter, but it's unclear what it actually does.

Here's the official description of Obstagoon:

The Linoone of the Galar region live in harsh conditions and engage in fierce competition with others of their species. As a result, their survival instincts have been honed, leading to their Evolution into Obstagoon. Though Obstagoon is extremely combative, it often does not 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. Obstagoon is especially skilled at throwing its opponents off guard and counterattacking with its sharp claws.

Pokémon Sword and Shield will release November 15 for Nintendo Switch.

What do you think of these new Galar forms? What Pokémon do you want to see get a Galar form? Let us know in the comments section below.