I’m going to preface this with “this is a short article”. Literally, I was sat up with Joel last night chatting about the new Pokémon designs and for the most part, we agreed that most of them looked fantastic. There are a few highly questionable decisions, but overall, I really am digging the way this new generation is turning out. The Galarian forms of old Pokémon look fantastic and I’m glad it’s a trend we’re continuing from the Alolan regional variants from Sun and Moon. As more gets announced, I’m going to be keeping my eye on Sword & Shield, because I think the Pokémon Company know how to laugh with their fans – and that’s a beautiful thing.
A lot of people have been talking about the Galarian regional Pokémon, or more specifically a lot of people have been talking about Sirfetch’d. Then, recently, they announced Galar Ponyta, who looks fantastic as well. These two Galarian regionals are fantastic, they’ve taken iconic Pokémon and have turned them into something beautiful. It’s interesting that Ponyta now has its third variant, if you include the original Ponyta as a variant. It’s strange, but nice that they’ve stuck it out with the originally flaming horse. Now we’ve got a psychic horse who, basically looks like a character from My Little Pony – and that’s great!
What we’ve got here is a company who’s seriously having fun with their designs. This, however, doesn’t always translate well. There are a few, shall we say, not so good designs. Polteageist feels like a really poor design overall, but I understand the logic. It’s all well and good using the fact they’re in their worlds version of the UK, but just throwing tea into the mix feels a bit silly (yes, even after discussing Sirfetch’d, who’s just the right level of parody). Meanwhile, we have Polteageist who is, in my eyes, a trying bit too hard to say “What stereotypes can we throw in?” There’s nothing wrong with doing this, especially since it’s not like the UK is the only place in Pokémon that’s been hugely parodied, looking at you Kalos.
Before we leave out, the other confirmed Galarian is Galar Weezing, who has a massive top hat. Both Joel and I thought that it was a good idea, but not necessarily the best executed design. Either way, Sword and Shield is shaping up to be an exciting entry to an already well established franchise. Will you be picking one of the games up when it’s released, or will you be shying away? Want to see a full list of Pokémon that are confirmed? Here you go. As ever, share your thoughts with us in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter.