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4 species that could evolve exclusively in Pokemon Shield

Published: 19/Sep/2019 12:39 Updated: 20/Sep/2019 14:48

by David Purcell


Mystery is still cast over the majority of the Galar Region Pokedex but after seeing that Pokemon Sword is getting its very own exclusive evolution for an original species, what’s next for Pokemon Shield? 

The nature of these games, being split into two parts, can be confusing at first glance to those who don’t really follow the Pokemon video game franchise as they always look pretty much the same. 

However, those who have played them – whether that be Pokemon Red and Blue, Ruby and Sapphire, or any others – will know that there’s often exclusive content in each. Following the reveal of a first-ever Farfetch’d evolution coming to just Pokemon Sword, it looks pretty much certain that Pokemon Shield will get one of its own as well. 

So, let’s take a look at some of the top contenders…


When it comes to transforming and shifting its shape, there’s no Pokemon that knows what it’s all about more so than Ditto. 

PokemonWe’ve got an interesting idea for Ditto, actually.

There’s probably a huge list of species that people would like to see evolve in the future that have never been given the chance, but the reality is – as it can become any other species so easily – Ditto doesn’t necessarily fit in that category for a lot of fans. 

However, after spending so much time changing its appearance and move-set, adapting to its opponents, it would be really interesting to see it evolve into another form that has different transformation abilities. 

How cool would it be to have an evolved version of Ditto that looks exactly the same, but changes into a random Pokemon that’s super effective against an opponent, and catch other trainers completely off guard! 


The water-type Pokemon is one of the most popular from the franchise’s original 151, but it could change its look in the new games. 

PokemonWould you like to see Lapras evolve in Pokemon Shield?

There are many Pokemon that change their types when entering a new region, or even after evolving, and the latter could very much be the destiny of Lapras in the future. 

In terms of its size and move-set, this is a perfect standalone species. Although, as we’ve seen with the new Sirfetch’d evolution, evolving in some way or another could open up other options. 

With the region very much based on the United Kingdom, Lapras embodies the sort of creature people talk about when they refer to the mythological Loch Ness Monster, in Scotland. By extending sections of its body, such as the neck and other limbs, there’s no doubt that an evolved form of Lapras – inspired by the mythological beast – could be an interesting way to go in Pokemon Shield. 

In fact, at that point it’s actually teetering on the edge of a new legendary. Why not? 


This one has evolved in the past, of course, with Porygon 2 being introduced in the second generation and later Porygon-Z in the fourth gen, but it could happen again. 

PokemonPorygon would be an interesting first gen Pokemon to see evolve again.

Porygon was one of the more unusual Pokemon to be added to the Pokedex, as it looks nothing like anything else on offer. In appearance it looks somewhere between robotic and alien, compared to other Pokemon from its time. 

Yet, one thing that its resulting evolutions have told us is that it can actually go on to learn some really exciting moves, such as Thunderbolt, Hyper Beam, Hidden Power and more. 

With the Galar Region already changing the way a few original Pokemon look in the game, we’d like to see Porygon evolve into a secondary form inspired by its surroundings – as an offshoot from its original evolution chain – potentially with a different type. 


Last, but not least, is this fighting Pokemon. 

PokemonSudowoodo could get another evolution in Pokemon Shield.

If you had never seen Sudowoodo before and approached it in a battle, there’s a good chance that you would try out some moves that are super effective against grass-type Pokemon. Yet, despite its log-like look, attacks you would expect to deeply damage it have never been as effective. 

It’s never actually been able to evolve in Pokemon before, which makes this pick an interesting proposition, and it would be great to see something new from it in Pokemon Shield. 

This doesn’t necessarily mean a further evolution should be introduced, but maybe a lower evolution between itself and Bonsly (lower form). Think of it like Groot and baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. Smaller, but just as effective. 

So, there you have it! That’s our list of Pokemon that could actually have an extra evolution waiting for it exclusively in Pokemon Shield. If you have any idea of your own, feel free to tweet us your suggestions!


How to use Pokemon Go’s new custom tags feature

Published: 3/Dec/2020 11:40 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 11:42

by Daniel Megarry


Pokemon Go has introduced a fan-demanded custom tagging feature that allows trainers to organize their Pokemon collection in any way they want.

The primary function of custom tagging is to allow players to sort their Pokemon in specific ways, making them easier to browse. Players have always been able to ‘favorite’ their best creatures, but custom tags add a whole new world of possibilities.

Players will be able to create up to 100 tags with the colors Blue, Green, Purple, Yellow, Red, Orange, Grey, and Black.

There’s also the ability to check a Pokemon’s tag from their status screen, and click through to see all other Pokemon carrying that tag.

Pokemon GO Kanto event promotion showing Gen 1 starter monsters.
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Pokemon Go fans can now use custom tags to organize their Pokemon

It’s certainly a useful feature, and we can see it coming in handy as more species continue to be added to the game – especially with Gen 6 arriving alongside December’s Kalos Celebration Event.

How to use Pokemon Go’s custom tagging feature

It’s relatively simple to use the custom tagging feature, but we’ve got step-by-step instructions below:

  1. Load up the Pokemon Go app.
  2. Click the PokeBall at the bottom of the screen to open the menu.
  3. Select the ‘Pokemon’ option and choose the Pokemon you’d like to tag.
  4. Select the menu button at the bottom right-hand corner, and choose the ’Tag’ option.
  5. Select ‘Add new tag’ and then enter a tag name (16 characters max) and choose a color code.
  6. Now you can add all the Pokemon you want to that tag!
Pokemon custom tagging guide
Adding custom tags is easy once you know how to do it

Quite a few players have complained that the ‘Tag’ option has bumped up the ‘Appraise’ option on the menu. “I keep clicking on it when trying to appraise my Pokémon [and it’s] super frustrating,” wrote one Reddit user.

Hopefully, this is something that gets addressed by Niantic soon. Either that or players will have to readjust their muscle memory.

What custom tags should you use?

This one’s entirely up to you. You could create tags for your favorite and least favorite creatures, or bunch all of your Event Pokemon together. Fans over on Reddit have already come up with some of their own helpful uses for the feature.

Reddit user TheMarBear detailed their custom tags: Trades, which “is going to be helpful when it comes to mass trading”; December CD, for Pokemon that are “lined up to evolve for the upcoming community days”; and Ultra League and Great League, containing “good PvP stat Pokemon” for league battles.

You can follow the latest Pokemon Go updates, event details, and new generation additions over on our Pokemon Go page.