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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!


Where to find new Regi-Pokemon, Regieleki Regidrago, in the Crown Tundra

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:47 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 16:57

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC has brought an array of new and returning Legendary Pokemon with some brand new Regi-Pokemon among them. Here’s where you can find Regieleki and Regidrago.

The original Regis were introduced all the way back in the Hoenn region. Since then, there hasn’t been any new ones released, so the addition of Regieleki and Regidrago will certainly be welcomed.

They are only available in the Crown Tundra portion of Pokemon Sword and Shield. Fortunately you can get them almost immediately, which is in contrast to the story driven process of catching Calyrex.

The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away

Before we can get these exciting new Regi ‘mons though, we’ll need to catch the originals. They can be found in temples throughout the Crown Tundra, and unlike in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, they are easy to encounter.

Here’s Regirock, Regice and Registeel’s temple locations:

  • Regirock: Northeast of Dyna Tree Hill
  • Regice: Snowslide Slope
  • Registeel: West of Giant’s Bed
Regirock Regice Registeel Crown Tundra
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Regirock, Regice and Registeel are actually pretty easy to get hold of in the Crown Tundra…

Catch Regirock, Regice and Registeel first

When you reach any of the above locations, you will be given a small puzzle to solve. Don’t worry, as we said before you don’t need to be a Pokemon master to solve these.

When opening Regirock’s temple in Dyna Tree Hill you’ll be greeted with the message: “Let the first Pokemon hold a never-changing stone.” Sounds complicated, right? Wrong.

Simply give the first Pokemon in your party an Everstone and you’ll be granted access to the temple.

Meanwhile, Regice’s temple asks you to “Walk together with a living crystal of snow.” So, to open the temple, you’ll need to make a Cryogonal your Buddy Pokemon.

By sheer coincidence (not so much), there’ll be one outside in the closest patch of grass. Buddy up with one and you’ll be encountering Regice in no time.

Lastly, there is the formidable Registeel. This is even easier than the first two as the message, “Let ring the piercing note that will wake the giant of steel,” requires nothing more than a whistle.

That seems an overly simplistic way to awaken one of the strongest Legendary Pokemon, but we’re not complaining. Each temple has a pattern of Regi dots on the floor. To begin the encounter of each Regi, light up all of these by walking across them – it really is that simple!

Regieleki OR Regidrago

Unsurprisingly finding Regieleki and Regidrago isn’t as easy. Firstly head over to the Giant’s Foot within the Crown Tundra.

Eventually, you’ll come to a tunnel overlooking a lake, these are the Roaring-Sea Caves. Jump on your aquatic bike and make your way down there.

This will take you to an area called the Frigid Sea. You’ll need to jump back in the water very quickly, making your way to the land opening to your right. Try to avoid the Avaluggs which are disguised as icebergs!

Keep making your way round to find the temple where Regieleki and Regidrago reside. Unfortunately, you cannot get both of these Pokemon, at least within the same save file. So, you’ll need to make a tough choice between the electric or dragon-type Regi.

Regieleki Regidrago Pattern
Use the pattern on the left to encounter Regieleki, and the one on the right for Regidrago…

The temple – Split-Decision Ruins

As you approach the temple, there is a Pokeball on either side. The one on the left contains the TM Thunder and the one on the right Outrage – their sides indicate which of Regieleki and Regidrago you’ll encounter.

To enter you’ll need to have all three of the original Regis in your party. This of course shouldn’t be a problem, given we have just caught all of them. At this point, we’d recommend saving just in case you change your mind on anything.

Upon entering the Split-Decision Ruins you’ll notice you’re shown two patterns. Remember these, as the left one will result in encountering Regieleki and the right Regidrago.

Using the circles on the ground, walk across them to make one of these two patterns. Walk over to the statue and you’ll be able to encounter the Regi-Pokemon you chose via the pattern.

Both of these will be at Level 70, just like other Legendary ‘mons. It’s a shame you can’t get both of them, which makes your decision all the more important.

One other very exciting thing about these Regis, and the originals, is they can all be found in Shiny form, unlike a lot of other Legendaries that are Shiny locked. It may take you a lot of soft resets, but if you’re patient enough, you could have four Regi-shinies by the time you complete The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away chapter.