Pokémon: Sword and Shield was released on November 15th and has been the source of a lot of buzz recently, due to the strange Pokémon that were included in the new Pokédex.
The Pokémon Of Pokémon: Sword And Shield
Fan favorites like Squirtle and Bulbasaur will not return for Pokémon: Sword and Shield but we have received a bunch of new creative additions to the world. Some of which are, well, a bit strange. From towering cake Pokémon to Giagantamax forms, here are the ten craziest Pokémon in the Galarian Pokédex.
1. Yamper In Pokémon: Sword And Shield
Yamper joins this list not only as one of the craziest Pokémon but definitely one of the cutest. It’s a literal corgi. Yamper is a puppy Pokémon and an electric type. As Yamper runs, it generates electricity through its tail. One of its moves is called “Ball Fetch” and is incredibly helpful when you’re catching Pokémon. As long as you have the Yamper in your party, it will collect Pokéballs for you. If you throw a ball, and the Pokémon you’re trying to catch escapes, Yamper can retrieve that ball for you and return it to your bag! It’s also said that they only assist trainers in retrieving balls because they want treats.
Yamper made this list simply because it’s an adorable corgi, and one of the most puppy-like Pokémon we’ve ever gotten to see. If you’re interested in catching a Yamper, they’re pretty easy to find. They’re a popular as a herding dog, and therefore show up pretty much everywhere. Yamper evolves into Boltund at level 25. Boltund can run up to 50mph via electricity that it sends through its legs. It also appears in the wild and can be found at Motostoke Riverbank, Dusty Bowl, and Lake of Outrage. As far as gigantamax forms go, Boltund, unfortunately, does not have one.
Rolycoly is definitely a strange Pokémon. First of all, it looks like an actual lump of coal with a face, so it definitely doesn’t get points for cuteness. Rolycoly is a rock type Pokémon that was discovered in the coal mines over 400 years ago. Rolycoly’s method of travel is “racing around like a unicycle” according to its Pokédex entry. It’s sustained by coal, and other than that, there isn’t much else interesting about it. Rolycoly is a lump of coal, there isn’t much more to it than that.
This rock type Pokémon can be found at the Galar Mine, on Route 3, Giant’s Cap, and Motosoke Riverbank. It’s pretty common, so don’t stress out about not being able to find one. At level 18 it evolves into Corkol, a rock and fire type Pokémon. Corkol is capable of forming coal inside of its body and used that coal to help fuel the homes in the Galar region. Useful!
It can travel at just over 18mph and can breathe fire at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. Corkol evolves into Coalossal at level 34. Coalossal is also a rock and fire type Pokémon. It is typically a peaceful Pokémon but is often enraged by the vandalism of the mines. It can produce fires of up to 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Perrserker In Pokémon: Sword And Shield
Perrserker is an evolution of fan-favorite Pokémon, Meowth! It is classified as a Viking Pokémon and a steel type. It earned a spot on the list simply because of its strange appearance. Perrserker can be found on Route 7 and Route 9, and also evolved from a Galarian Meowth at level 28.
According to the Pokédex,
“What appears to be an iron helmet is actually hardened hair. This Pokémon lives for the thrill of battle.”
Perrserker seems to be a Meowth that got tired of fighting for Team Rocket and set out on its own, ready to battle.
I don’t think I would recognize this as a Meowth evolution if I saw it in the wild. The Galarian Meowth itself doesn’t really resemble the Meowth we all love. However, it does kind of look like something straight out of a horror movie, especially with its new lengthened claws.
Meowth is kind of the royalty of multiple evolutions in Pokémon: Sword and Shield. Not only does it have a Galarian form and an original form, but it has a gigantamax form as well. In total, that gives you five different Meowth options in-game. Meowth, Persian, Gigantamax Meowth, Galarian Meowth, and finally Perrserker. Kind of confusing if you ask me.
I definitely wouldn’t call this Pokémon crazy, but it’s one of the most unique ones from Pokémon: Sword and Shield. Hatenna is a Calm Pokémon and a psychic type. The Pokédex states,
“Via the potrusion on its head, it senses other creatures’ emotions. If you don’t have a calm deposition, it will never warm up to you. If this Pokémon senses a strong emotion, it will run away as fast as it can. It prefers areas without people.”
So, I may have included on this list simply because it prefers to not be around people, and runs away when it senses strong emotions. I found that to be very creative, and not something we’ve seen in a Pokémon thus far. Hatenna can be found in the Motosoke Outskirts and Stony Wilderness. Because this one doesn’t show up in as many locations, I would definitely be on the lookout. Hatenna evolves into Hattrem at level 32, and Hatterene at level 42. Hatterene is a Silent Pokémon and if you’re too loud around it, it will destroy you with the claws on its tentacle.
5. Milcery In Pokémon: Sword And Shield
Milcery is the first on this list that is downright… strange. It’s a Cream Pokémon and a fairy type. According to the Pokédex,
“They say that any patisserie visited by Milcery is guaranteed success and good fortune. This Pokémon was born from sweet-smelling particles in the air. Its body is made of cream.”
Milcery can be found on Route 4, in Giant’s Mirror, and Bridge Field. However, they are not visible. This means that you cannot see them wandering around in the tall grass, and you can only find them by randomly running into them in tall grass.
It evolves into Alcremie, but the way that it evolves is the strange part. It’s a two-step process. First, you have to find a “Sweet.” These sweets can be found at a cafe. You have to complete a daily battle in order to obtain the sweet. You then have to give the sweet to your Milcery and spin your left analog stick in circles until the Milcery twirls around and does a pose.
Each sweet makes the Alcremie appear differently, and it said that there are 28 known forms. It’s purely aesthetic. Alcremie also has a gigantamax form, probably one of the strangest in the game. Alcremie’s gigantamax form is a towering multiple layer cake. Yes, an actual cake that competes in battles. For this reason alone, Alcremie belongs on this list.
Applin is an apple core Pokémon and a Grass and Dragon-type. It is not actually an apple Pokémon, but a Pokémon that burrows into an apple at birth. The Pokédex entry states,
“It spends its entire life inside an apple. It hides from its natural enemies, bird Pokémon, by pretending it’s just an apple and nothing more. As soon as it’s born, it burrows into an apple. Not only does the apple serve as its food source, but the flavor of the fruit determines its evolution.”
Applin evolves into Flapple, also a grass and dragon-type Pokémon. It evolves when it’s exposed to a Tart Apple. This is only one of its final forms, as it can also evolve into Appletun, when exposed to a Sweet Apple.
Appletun apparently covers its body in nectar, and children used to enjoy having it as a snack. Wait a second. Children used to eat this Pokémon? Yeah, it definitely deserves a spot on this list. Applin can be found on Route 5, in Stony Wilderness, Dusty Bowl, and Giant’s Mirror. The Sweet Apple is only available in Pokémon: Shield, while the Tart Apple is only available in Pokémon: Sword.
7. Sirfetch’d In Pokémon: Sword And Shield
Sirfetch’d is likely my favorite Pokémon on this list, but that doesn’t make it any less ridiculous. It is a Wild Duck Pokémon and a fighting type. It’s only available in Pokémon: Sword, but can be obtained in Shield via trade. Sirfetch’d evolves from a Galarian form of Farfetch’d. Farfetch’d can be found on Route 5 or in Giant’s Mirror, but is incredibly rare with a spawn rate of only 5%.
Farfetch’d is another Pokémon that doesn’t evolve via level. To evolve your Farfetch’d, you’re going to have to get three critical hits with it in one battle. Before you do this, you want to make sure that the Farfetch’d you catch is holding a leek. Once you have a Sirfetch’d, the leek will change into a sword and he will obtain a leek shield. However, once the leek sword withers, it will retire and will no longer be able to fight.
Impidimp is a Wily Pokémon and a dark and fairy type. This Pokémon has a hidden ability called “Pickpocket.” If an opposing Pokémon makes physical contact with Impidimb, Impidimp will steal the opposing Pokémon’s item. Impidimp can be found in Giant’s Mirror, Hammerlocke Hills, Motosoke Outskirts, Glimwood Tangle, and Stony Wilderness. They’re pretty common, so this isn’t one to stress over finding. What makes this Pokémon so strange is definitely its entry in the Pokédex,
“Through its nose, is sucks in the emanations produced by people and Pokémon when they feel annoyed. It thrives off this negative energy. It sneaks into people’s homes, stealing things and feasting on the negative energy of the frustrated occupants.
So basically, it annoys people and feeds off their frustration and bad energy. How spooky! It evolves into Morgrem at level 32, and Grimmsnarl at level 42. Grimmsnarl also has a pretty cool gigantamax form.
9. Morpeko In Pokémon: Sword And Shield
Morpeko is a Two-Sided Pokémon and an electric and dark type. As alluded to, it has two different sides. Full Belly Mode and Hangry Mode. These are affected by the hunger switch. When the hunger switch is activated, it changes its form.
It probably has one of the best Pokédex entries I’ve ever read. The Full Belly Mode entry reads:
“As it eats the seeds stored up in its pocket-like pouches, this Pokémon is not just satisfying its constant hunger. It’s also generating electricity. It carries electrically roasted with it as if they’re precious treasures. No matter how much it eats, it always get hungry again in short order.”
How adorable and strange is that? It carries around treats and things of them as little treasures. This definitely wins my vote for the cutest Pokémon on the list, at least when it comes to Full Belly Mode. The Hangry Mode entry reads:
“Intense hunger drives it to extremes of violence, and the electricity in its cheek sacs has converted into dark-type energy. Hunger hormones affect its temperament. Until its hunger is appeased, it gets up to all manner of evil deeds.”
Morpeko has a 5% chance of spawning on Route 7 and a 4% chance of spawning at the Lake of Outrage. This means you might have to hang out for a while in these areas before you come across one. It seems like it might be worth it. Morpeko does not have an evolution.
And finally, Polteageist, the strangest Pokémon of Pokémon: Sword and Shield. Polteageist is a Black Tea Pokémon and a ghost type. It’s a genderless Pokémon that resides inside of an antique teapot. This makes it the top spot on the list because of how unique and strange it is. A creature that lives inside of a teapot? Who comes up with that stuff (and how can I get that job?)
The Pokédex entries states that usually the teapots the Pokémon lives in are forgeries, but once in a while they could be authentic work. If I had to guess, this would be a shiny variant. The Pokédex entry also says,
“Leaving leftover black tea unattended is asking for this Pokémon to come along and pour itself into it, turning the tea into a new Polteageist. Trainers Polteageist trusts will be allowed to experience its distinctive flavor and aroma firsthand y sampling just a tiny bit of its tea.”
So… not only can Polteageist create new Polteageists, but also it lets its trainers drink it? What a weird Pokémon. For some reason, I really want one. Polteageist evolves from Sinistea when Cracked Pot is used. Sinistea can be found only in Glimwood Tangle, so you might want to head that way if you’re interested in this Pokémon.
Is Pokémon: Sword And Shield Worth It?
After all those crazy Pokémon, do you want to play Pokémon: Sword and Shield? I know that I do. The Pokémon don’t matter as much to me as the general storyline does, and from what I’ve played so far, I really enjoy the game. The graphics are beautiful and the world feels more open and explorable than it ever has. I’m eager to catch some of these interesting Pokémon along the way.