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Will there be connectivity between Pokemon Go and Pokemon Sword Shield?

Published: 27/Sep/2019 11:13 Updated: 30/Oct/2019 2:55

by Paul Cot


It looks there will be some form of crossover between the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield game and the ever popular mobile game, Pokemon Go — but there won’t be any direct connectivity.

Pokemon Sword and Shield will be set in the Galar region, which is loosely based on Great Britain. There will be forms of Pokemon that are specific to the region — known as Galarian forms.

These are similar to that of Alola region which was the setting of the sixth generation of games, Pokemon Sun and Moon. Existing Pokemon adapt their form so they can thrive in their current region. Examples of Alolan Pokemon include Raichu, Sandshrew, Vulpix and more.

@PokemonGoAppAlolan Pokemon are already in Pokemon Go…

Galarian forms datamined

A datamine was posted on Reddit, courtesy of lewymd, showing code that indicates Galarian forms could be coming to Pokemon Go. The code also suggests a new special research task “A Colossal Discovery” is also coming soon. 

The code is as follows:

[141] Entry data string Key = “galar_pokedex_header” string Translation = “Galarian Form” [142] Entry data string Key = “general1.ticket.1_description” string Translation = “A ticket to access the “A Colossal Discovery” special event on {0} from {1} to {2} local time, wherever you are.”

New Code snippits hinting at future a ticketed special event and Galar forms from r/TheSilphRoad

What does the code mean?

Presumably these Galarian forms will be added to Pokemon Go when the new game is released on November 15. Fellow Redditor, luckyd1998 shared their own view as to what the code could mean:

“I’m interested in the Colossal part. That could mean a few things:

  • Regigigas is the Colossal Pokemon – could be a reference to that.
  • Sword and Shield are introducing a new gimmick we’re you can make your Pokemon giant – Dynamax
  • Sounds like it could be Special Research. Either way Galarian forms are still hype. Though I wonder if evolutions like Obstagoon and Sirfetchd will be available now or when gen 8 is formally introduced”

What this means for Sword and Shield?

However, it has now been confirmed there won’t be any direct connectivity between the two games. In an interview with Eurogamer, Shigeru Ohmori who is a game designer at Game Freak, said the following: “In Pokemon Sword and Shield there’s no direct communication with Pokemon Go, but you’ll have seen the announcement for Pokemon Home, where there are plans to be able to send Pokemon from Pokemon Go, and take them around with you, so that’s something we do have.”

Presumably this means you’ll be able to take your Pokemon from games such as Go and bring them to the Galar region, but only via the yet to be released Pokemon Home.

It looks likely Galarian forms will be coming to Pokemon Go…

What about Pokemon Go?

The additions will likely be limited to purely Galarian forms and not any new Pokemon that featured in Sword and Shield. Niantic have been adding new species of Pokemon to ‘PoGo’ in generation order, with Meltan and Melmetal being the only exceptions. They are currently at the beginning of generation 5 which saw several new Pokemon introduced as part of week 3 of the Ultra Bonus Challenge. These species are still available now.

We still don’t have the full list of Galarian Pokemon but there have been a few revealed ahead of the big release. They are as follows:

  • Weezing
  • Zigzagoon
  • Linoone

There is also a suspected Galarian form of Ponyta which many believed was revealed in the September 4 Pokemon Sword and Shield 24 hour livestream. The fairy-type looking pony has already struck a chord with Pokemon trainers, so many will be interested in the potential of catching it in Pokemon Go.

Pokemon CompanyObstagoon and Sirfetch’d probably won’t appear in Pokemon Go for a while as they are new species entries…

Some of you may be asking why Obstagoon and Sirfetch’d have been omitted from this list. Well, that’s because both aren’t technically Galarian forms and are their own unique Pokemon, meaning they have their own Pokedex entries. They evolve from Linoone and Farfetch’d, respectively.

Have to wait for Sword and Shield

Pokemon Sword and Shield will usher in the much anticipated eighth generation of Pokemon games. While the game’s Pokedex has yet to be confirmed, it is expected to take the National Pokedex count to well over 900 species.

That’s a lot of Pokemon to catch and with just over 500 of them being available in Pokemon Go currently, there’s going to be plenty more to catch over the coming years.

Page last updated 21:55 EDT, October 29, 2019


Pokemon Grookey Sword & Shield guide: evolutions, moves, strengths & weaknesses

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:15

by Daniel Megarry


Looking to master Grookey in Pokemon Sword and Shield? We’ve got all the information you need including evolutions, best moves, strengths, and weaknesses.

Grookey made its debut alongside Sobble and Scorbunny as part of the Gen 8 starter trio in Sword and Shield on the Nintendo Switch. Like most starter Pokemon, it’s become incredibly popular and has gained a big following of loyal trainers.

Known as the ‘Chimp Pokemon’, Grookey is a cute grass-type creature that originates in the Galar region. Its design appears to be based on a spider monkey, and its name is a hybrid of the words ‘groove’ and ‘monkey’.

Grookey’s Pokedex entry in Sword is as follows: “When it uses its special stick to strike up a beat, the sound waves produced carry revitalizing energy to the plants and flowers in the area.”

Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield
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Grookey is one of the starter trio in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

What is Grookey weak and strong against?

Being a grass-type Pokemon, Grookey and its evolutions will take more damage from fire, flying, poison, bug, and ice-type moves. They will take less damage from ground, water, grass, and electric-type moves.

When using grass-type moves, Grookey will have an advantage against ground, rock, and water-type Pokemon. It won’t necessarily have an advantage when using non-grass-type moves against these types.

What moves can Grookey learn by leveling up?

Grookey starts out with just Scratch and Growl, but it can learn a further nine moves by leveling up.

The final move it can learn is Endeavor at level 36. After this, you’ll need to evolve Grookey to Thwackey and then Rillaboom if you want to keep learning moves through leveling up.

Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy
1 Scratch Normal Physical 40 100
1 Growl Normal Status 100
6 Branch Poke Grass Physical 40 100
8 Taunt Dark Status 100
12 Razor Leaf Grass Physical 55 95
17 Screech Normal Status 85
20 Knock Off Dark Physical 65 100
24 Slam Normal Physical 80 75
28 Uproar Normal Special 90 100
32 Wood Hammer Grass Physical 120 100
36 Endeavor Normal Physical 100

What does Grookey evolve into?

Grookey evolves into Thwackey at Level 16. Like the form before it, Thwackey is a pure grass-type Pokemon, meaning it shares the same strengths and weaknesses.

It then evolves into its final evolution Rillaboom at Level 35. Rillaboom is also a pure grass-type, so it also shares the same strengths and weaknesses as Grookey and Thwackey.

All three forms have the Overgrow ability, which boosts the power of grass-type moves by 50% when at less than or equal to 1/3 HP.

Grookey Thwackey and Rillaboom evolutions
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Grookey evolves into Thwackey and Rillaboom.

Where to find Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Grookey is one of three starter Pokemon in Sword and Shield, meaning players will have the opportunity to acquire one at the very beginning of the game. If you’re set on getting one, you should probably do this, as Grookey, Sobble, and Scorbunny don’t appear in the wild.

If you didn’t choose Grookey as your starter Pokemon, you’ll need to set up a trade with another trainer who has one. You can do this with friends, turn to the internet for help, or try your luck with the unpredictable Surprise Trades feature.

How to get Shiny Grookey

As you can’t find Grookey in the wild, you won’t be able to hunt for a Shiny version like you would with most other Pokemon.

What you can do, though, is breed Grookey with another Pokemon in the same egg group, which will give you a small chance of hatching a Shiny. It will take you a while, but if you’re determined, it’s the only way.

Shiny Grookey Pokemon
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Shiny Grookey is very difficult to get in Sword & Shield.

A more refined way to do this and guarantee you’ll hatch the Pokemon you’re after is to breed Grookey with Ditto. Anytime Ditto is bred with another Pokemon, the egg will hatch the species that isn’t Ditto.

You can find Ditto at the Lake of Outrage, so you’ll want to head there and catch yourself one. If you’re confused as to how breeding works in general then you can check out our nursery and breeding guide.