The official Pokemon Twitter account rolled up with a bumper crop of Galarian goodies earlier today, dropping tons of new details about the world of Pokemon: Sword and Shield. There’s a lot to get to — and we’re gonna get to all of it — but first let’s take a moment to appreciate today’s most important announcement, Galarian Weezing:
Look at that majestic creature. So proud. So noble. A Pokemon that surely has opinions on tea and literature. And, according to the official website, it’s a Pokemon that might just save us from ourselves: “Galarian Weezing consumes polluted air and poisonous gases for sustenance,” the site reads. “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!” What a thoughtful bloke!
Aside from the obvious cosmetic differences, Galarian Weezing also deviates from the norm in a mechanical sense — it’s a Poison/Fairy type, as opposed to just Poison. This will undoubtedly lead to new and interesting ability combinations that would not be possible for a typical Weezing, though no specifics were mentioned in the announcement.
Galarian versions of Zigzagoon (and its evolved form, Linoone) were also revealed today, along with the enormous bombshell that Galarian Linoone can evolve, making it the first existing Pokemon to receive a new, region-specific evolution. “Living in the unique environment of the Galar region, some regional forms have developed unique Evolutions unseen in any other region,” reads a tweet from the official Pokemon account. “Obstagoon, which evolves from Galarian Linoone, is an example of a Pokémon that can only evolve from a Galarian form.”
Obstagoon is a Dark/Normal type Pokemon, which is really weird. It uses a new ability called “Obstruct” to goad other Pokemon into attacking first, at which point Obstagoon releases a powerful counterattack. It’s overly-specific Pokedex classification is “Blocking Pokemon,” and its whole deal is apparently the result of growing up on the mean streets of Galar. “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,” says the official website. “Their survival instincts have been honed as a result, leading to their Evolution into Obstagoon.”
But that’s not all, folks! There’s a whole-ass new Pokemon to talk about too: Morpeko, the “Two-Sided Pokemon.” Morpeko is an Electric/Dark-type Pokemon, but instead of being a mixture of the two like previous hybrid type Pokemon, it seems that Morpeko is one or the other, depending on how hungry it is. Based on Morpeko’s profile on the official website, it doesn’t look like the player actually has to manage feeding it or anything. Rather, Morpeko has an ability called Hunger Switch, which “causes Morpeko to change its appearance each turn.”
This sounds involuntary, but it could also just be weird phrasing from whoever wrote the website profile, so we’ll have to wait and see how the ability actually works. It may be that you have the option of changing between Electric and Dark once per turn, not that you absolutely have to. Or maybe you do have to! Who knows, y’all! It’s the wild west out here. Either way, Morpeko’s signature move “Aura Wheel” changes type to match its current state — Electric in “Full Belly” mode, and Dark in “Hangry Mode.” (Yes, they’re really going with Hangry Mode, that’s not me trying to be cute.) It’s unclear whether all of Morpeko’s available moves change when its type does, or if it retains the same moves list regardless of its hangry status.
Meanwhile, two new rivals were also revealed for Pokemon Sword and Shield. White-haired moppet Bede (above, left) is clamoring for the same Gym Challenge title that you are, but he’s also working towards some other, potentially nefarious goal. Marnie, above right, is already an enormous Galar celebrity in her own right, to such an extent that Pokemon Sword and Shield‘s new “Team ____” faction is Marnie’s fan club, “Team Yell.”
From the look and sound of things, Team Yell is a large group of obstructionist football hooligans — or at least, the Pokemon equivalent. “They want nothing more than for Marnie to become Champion, and they all try to obstruct other challengers in all sorts of ways,” the official website reads. “They will take over hotel lobbies, prevent other challengers from accessing transportation, and even shout and distract opponents during battle.” Sounds like a bunch of jerks, but also like a fun bunch of jerks. It’s a welcome change from previous teams, who wanted to explode the universe by enslaving Pokemon deities or whatever.
And finally, finally, trainers in Pokemon Sword and Shield will be able to send their idle Pokemon off on work assignments, called Poke Jobs. By accessing a list of available jobs through the “Rotomi” vending machine robot (found at any Pokecenter), trainers can send their boxed Pokemon off to temporarily fill needed positions. “There are many different Poke Jobs available,” according to the official website. “You’ll find that certain Pokemon types are suited for specific jobs, too. Helping out for a long time or sending as many Pokemon as you can on a job can also net some good results. You might even receive some rare items!”
One example listing comes from a Galar company called Macro Cosmos Construction: “Construction needs power! Power means muscles! Send Pokemon with big muscles!” The player can choose how many Pokemon to send (up to seven in this case, though each job has different parameters), and for how long. Once the job is completed, Pokemon return to their box having earned experience and/or base points, and maybe some items for good measure.
It’s sort of like a work release program for Pokemon that aren’t useful enough to be on your battle roster, but are still cute enough to make you feel bad about keeping them trapped in whatever haunting purgatory the inside of a Pokemon box must be.