List of every Pokemon confirmed to appear in Sword and Shield

Published: 10/Jul/2019 10:14 Updated: 9/Nov/2019 20:01

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Sword and Shield Pokedex is slowly filling up – we list every Pokemon that has been seen in the Galar region so far ahead of its much anticipated release.

Excluding those arriving with the eighth generation, there are 809 Pokemon in total, a number which is expected to increase to well over 900 when Pokemon Sword and Shield is released.

While it has been confirmed a portion of that 809 won’t be in the Galar region, a lot will be and some of those have already been revealed.

Here we list all the confirmed Pokemon for Sword and Shield. This is an important distinction as the entire Galar region Pokedex has been reportedly leaked.

Pokemon CompanyHere’s what Cramorant (left) and Polteageist (right) will look like in Pokemon’s upcoming title.

List of currently known Pokemon in Sword and Shield

Here is the full list of all returning Pokemon in Sword and Shield, broken down by generation:

  • Gen 1: Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree, Pikachu, Raichu, Clefairy, Clefable, Vulpix, Ninetales, Oddish, Gloom, Vileplume, Diglett, Dugtrio, Growlithe, Arcanine, Machop, Machoke, Machamp, Ponyta, Rapidash, Farfetch’d, Gastly, Hunter, Gengar, Onix, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Koffing, Rhyhorn, Rhydon, Goldeen, Seeking, Magikarp, Gyarados, Lapras, Eevee, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Snorlax, Mew
  • Gen 2: Pichu, Cleffa, Bellossom, Steelix, Tyrogue, Hitmontop, Espeon, Umbreon, Hoothoot, Noctowl, Chinchou, Lantum, Togepi, Togetic, Togekiss, Sudowoodo, Wooper, Quagsire, Wynaut, Wobuffet, Quilfish, Shuckle, Sneasel, Weavile, Swinub, Piloswine, Mamoswine, Remoraid, Octillery, Mantyke, Mantine, Larvitar, Pupitar, Tyranitar
  • Gen 3: Lotad, Lombre, Ludicolo, Seedot, Nuzleaf, Shiftry, Wingull, Pelipper, Ralts, Kirlia, Gardevoir, Sableye, Mawile, Electrike, Manectric, Roselia, Roserade, Wailmer, Wailord, Torkoal, Trapinch, Vibrava, Flygon, Baltoy, Claydol, Feebas, Milotic, Duskull, Dusclops, Dusknoir, Snorunt, Glalie
  • Gen 4: Leafeon, Glaceon, Munchlax, Budew, Froslass, Combee, Vespiquen, Cherubi, Cherrim, Shellos, Gastrodon, Drifloon, Drifblim, Bronzor, Bronzong, Riolu, Lucario, Hippopotas, Hippowdown, Skorupi, Drapion, Croagunk, Toxicroak, Snover, Abomasnow, Rotom
  • Gen 5: Purrloin, Liepard, Munna, Musharna, Pidove, Tranquill, Unfezant, Roggenrola, Boldore, Gigalith, Woobat, Swoobat, Timburr, Gurdurr, Conkeldurr, Tympole, Plapitoad, Throh, Sawk, Cottonee, Whimsicott, Scraggy, Scarfty, Maractus, Sigilyph, Trubbish, Garbodor, Minccino, Cinccino, Solosis, Duosion, Reuniclus, Vanillite, Vanillish, Vanilluxe, Karrablast, Escavalier, Frillish, Jellicent, Joltik, Galvantula, Ferroseed, Ferrothorn, Klink, Klang, Klinklang, Litwick, Lampent, Chandelure, Axew, Fraxure, Haxorus, Golett, Golurk, Pawniard, Bisharp, Rufflet, Braviary, Deino, Zweilous, Hydreigon
  • Gen 6: Bunnelby, Diggersby, Pancham, Pangoro, Espurr, Meowstic, Honedge, Doublade, Aegislash, Swirlix, Slurpuff, Inkay, Malamar, Helioptile, Heloplisk, Hawlucha, Goomy, Sliggoo, Goodra, Phantump, Trevenant, Pumpkaboo, Gourgeist, Bergmite, Avalugg, Noibat, Noivern
  • Gen 7: Grubbin, Charjabug, Vikavolt, Cutiefly, Ribombee, Wishiwasha, Mareanie, Toxapex, Mudbray, Mudsdale, Morelull, Shiinotic, Stufful, Bewear, Bounsweet, Steenee, Tsareena, Wimpod, Golisopod, Pyukumuku, Togedemaru, Mimikyu, Jangmo-o, Hakamo-o, Kommo-o

Pokemon CompanyHere are 16 of the confirmed Gen 8 Pokemon. That’s not all though, there’s more…

Some of you may notice that Pokemon listed here don’t have their evolved forms listed. At this stage it isn’t clear if all evolutions of a particular Pokemon will be in the game, if one has already been seen.

If there are one form from an evolution chain included, though, it’s almost certain that their other evolutions will also be included in the game. For example, if Vileplume is set to feature, you can bet Oddish will be as well. 

Gen 8 Pokemon confirmed

Here are the confirmed Pokemon from Gen 8:

  • Grookey
  • Scorbunny
  • Sobble
  • Zacian
  • Zamazenta
  • Gossifleur
  • Eldegoss
  • Wooloo
  • Corviknight
  • Drednaw
  • Alcremie
  • Yamper
  • Rolycoly
  • Duraludon
  • Impidimp
  • Cramorant
  • Polteageist
  • Obstagoon
  • Morpeko
  • Sirfetch’d
  • Weezing (Galarian form)
  • Zigzagoon (Galarian form)
  • Linoone (Galarian form)
  • Ponyta (Galarian form)

It has been confirmed that eight of these Pokemon are able capable of Gigantamaxing, a new feature announced for Pokemon Sword and Shield. These include Drednaw, Corviknight, Alcremie, Pikachu, Charizard (which provoked quite the response), Eevee, Meowth and Butterfree.

This article will be updated as and when new, and old, species are confirmed for Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Page last updated 15:01 EST, November 9, 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.