Every Pokemon Confirmed For Sword And Shield On Nintendo Switch (So Far)
Gotta Catch At Least These Ones
We already knew 2019 would bring a new "core" Pokemon RPG for Nintendo Switch, but until just last week, we knew virtually nothing about it. Pokemon Day brought a special Nintendo Direct focused on the franchise, and it revealed that, as per usual, Nintendo will release the new game in two different versions: Pokemon Sword and Shield. These games represent the eighth generation of Pokemon games, and the reveal trailer showed many of the new components they'll feature: the Galar region, which appears to be inspired by England; the Gen 8 starters; your trainer; and a number of returning Pokemon.
New Pokemon are among the highlights of a new generation, but so far it's the three starters who have been revealed. But you never know with a new Pokemon game what old Pokemon might make an appearance, so we've rounded up all the Pokemon from the Sword and Shield trailer below. Many of the Pokemon are from more recent games, including Sun and Moon, while a few are older; every previous Pokemon generation is represented here. Almost all of them were shown in battle.
It's worth noting that the trailer appears to show the return of Pokemon's traditional battle style in wild Pokemon encounters, as opposed to the Pokemon Go-inspired catching mechanics seen in Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee. We didn't see Pokemon in the overworld, like in Let's Go, or even following you around. You can catch up on what we know with our roundup of the key takeaways regarding Sword and Shield.
Pokemon Sword and Shield are releasing worldwide in late 2019. Be sure to see our story on the new Gen 8 starters for more details, and maybe tell us what you think these mysterious symbols are so we can all start theorizing.
Naturally, Pikachu is the first Pokemon we see in the Sword and Shield trailer. The female trainer is seen sneaking in the grass, leading to this wild encounter.
Minccino is a normal-type Pokemon introduced in Gen 5.
First introduced in Sun and Moon (Gen 7), Wishiwashi is really weak alone but can transform into a much scarier fish. We see the male trainer catching Wishiwashi in the traditional style.
Another Sun and Moon Pokemon, Grubbin is a small bug who eventually becomes a bigger, electrified bug.
Hoothoot is a Gen 2 throwback and a good owl.
It's a bit hard to see, but Zweilous is fighting Hoothoot in the trailer. It's a Gen 5 dark/dragon Pokemon and it's great.
Flygon and Braviary
Sorry, this is the best screenshot I could get. On the left is Gen 3 Pokemon Flygon, and it's fighting what I assume is Gen 5's Braviary.
Meowstic (Female) and Wailmer
Next up is a female Meowstic, a Gen 6 Pokemon with different male and female forms, battling a Wailmer, which was first introduced in Gen 3.
We see Gen 4's Lucario battling in a large stadium.
Up against Lucario is Gen 2's Tyranitar, who gets hit pretty bad.
At the end of the battle montage, we see Munchlax--a baby Pokemon from Gen 4 that evolves into Snorlax--standing with the female trainer in a living room.
Gen 8 Starter: Scorbunny
The first new Pokemon we meet is the fire-type rabbit Scorbunny.
Gen 8 Starter: Sobble
We're then introduced to the water-type lizard Sobble, who is shy and perfect.
Gen 8 Starter: Grookey
The final Pokemon shown in the reveal trailer is the grass-type monkey Grookey, who rounds out the three Gen 8 starter Pokemon.