Pokemon Sword & Shield: How To Breed Alolan, Other Regional Forms

You can breed Alolan Vulpix or regular Darumaka in Sword and Shield really easily.

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Pokemon Home is now available, which means you can transfer Pokemon from old games into Sword and Shield. Currently, you can only transfer Pokemon that are in the Galar Pokedex, plus a handful of extras; however, any regional forms a Pokemon has occupy the same Pokedex number as their normal form, meaning you can get some alternate forms in Sword and Shield via Home even if they weren't originally available in the Galar region.

This includes Alolan Vulpix and Ninetales, whose original forms are already included in the Galar Pokedex, as well as regular Darumaka and Darmanitan, who gained Galarian forms in Gen 8. Before Pokemon Home, there was no way to get the alternate forms of these Pokemon in Sword and Shield. Once you transfer them in, though, it's really easy to get more if you know how.

Normally, when breeding a Pokemon with alternate forms, the offspring will hatch as the form native to the region you're in--so Vulpix will always be normal, because that's the kind of Vulpix you can get in Galar. Once you transfer in an Alolan Vulpix, though, you can breed more Alolan Vulpix by giving it an Everstone to hold before putting it in the Nursery. This will pass down the parent's form to the offspring, but it only works if the parent is female or if you're breeding with Ditto. This also only applies if the Pokemon that will hatch also has an alternate form; for example, breeding an Alolan Raichu that's holding an Everstone won't get you an Alolan Pikachu because there isn't such a thing. It will instead be a regular Pikachu, and in Galar, Pikachu will always evolve into regular Raichu.

Below are all the Pokemon with alternate forms you can now get in Sword and Shield. Note that through in-game trades, you could already get regular Meowth, Yamask, and Mr. Mime without transferring them, as well as regular Persian and Cofagrigus through evolution.

Alternate Forms Now In Sword And Shield

  • Alolan Vulpix
  • Alolan Ninetales
  • Alolan Diglett
  • Alolan Dugtrio
  • Alolan Meowth
  • Alolan Persian
  • Alolan Raichu*
  • Ponyta
  • Rapidash
  • Weezing*
  • Farfetch'd
  • Corsola
  • Zigzagoon
  • Linoone
  • Darumaka
  • Darmanitan
  • Stunfisk

*Alolan Raichu and Weezing are not breedable, but you can transfer them fully evolved into Sword and Shield.

Holding an Everstone will also pass down the holder's nature to the offspring. If your parent Pokemon from another region has the wrong nature, you can use a Mint--which are available to purchase with BP at the Battle Tower--to change the offspring's nature after it has hatched. Changing a Pokemon's nature this way won't change the Pokemon's "DNA," though, meaning you can't change the parent's nature and expect the new nature to pass down to the offspring.

For more on Pokemon Home, see our full Pokemon Home FAQ for pricing details, mobile and Switch version differences, and everything else you need to know. We also have the full list of Pokemon you can now transfer into Sword and Shield via Pokemon Home, including Mewtwo and Meltan.

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