'Pokémon Sword and Shield:' Galarian Ponyta Exclusivity, Typing & Ability Revealed

Since Galarian Ponyta's reveal during the 24-hour Glimwood Tangle livestream, many Pokémon fans are craving more information on this regional form from Pokémon Sword and Shield, and we finally got some details about its typing, ability and unfortunate exclusivity.

According to the Japanese magazine Famitsu - via Serebii - the typing and ability of Galarian Ponyta has seemingly been confirmed. It also reveals that this form of Ponyta will be a Pokémon Shield exclusive.

Check out the Famitsu scan from Serebii below.

The Pokémon Company also released a short video of Galarian Ponyta, which you can see below.

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The Pokemon Company

Glimwood Tangle seems to be a place where Grass, Bug and Fairy-type Pokémon call home, but that doesn't seem to be the case for Galarian Ponyta. While the scan was difficult to read, The Pokémon Company confirmed Galarian Ponyta will be a pure Psychic-type Pokémon.

As for its ability, Galarian Ponyta has a new one called Pastel Veil. This ability prevents Ponyta and its ally from being poisoned. Galarian Ponyta can also heal an ally from poison once it switches in. Its secondary ability is Run Away, which allows Ponyta to run from any battle.

When Sirfetch'd the evolution of Farfetch'd was revealed as the Pokémon Sword exclusive, fans speculated that there would be a Pokémon Shield exclusive. That exclusive will apparently be Galarian Ponyta.

Here's some flavor text from the official Sword and Shield site:

Galarian Ponyta have been found in a certain forest of the Galar region since ancient times. It is said that they were exposed to the overflowing life energy of the forest over many generations, and this is why their appearance became unique in this region.

Galarian Ponyta can absorb the life energy of the surrounding atmosphere and store it in its mane. It seems that Ponyta's mane will become more colorful, and even emit a sparkling glow, if there is a lot of energy around.

It's interesting to speculate how Game Freak chooses its version exclusive Pokémon, but we can see a glimpse at the decision-making process with this reveal. Sirfetch'd was chosen for Sword because of its attacking power coupled with the Fighting typing, which is often associated with offense, and now we have a perfect version exclusive for that game.

Other version exclusives include Jangmo-o for Sword and Larvitar for Shield.

For the first time in the franchise's history Gym Leaders will be version-exclusive as well. Bea, the Fighting-type Gym Leader, is exclusive to Sword while the Ghost-type master, Allister, can only be battled in Shield.

Pokémon Sword and Shield release November 15 for Nintendo Switch.

What do you think of Galarian Ponyta's new ability? Are you going to pick up Sword, Shield or both? Let us know in the comments section.

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