Where to find Morpeko in Pokemon Sword and Shield?

Paul Cot
Pokemon Company

Pokemon Sword and Shield trainers are trying to get their hands on Morpeko, one of the new Pokemon you can find in the Galar region. Here’s its exact spawn location and how to make use of its special Hangry Mode, too.

The quasi-Pikachu look-a-like is one of the more intriguing Pokemon from Sword and Shield. It can go from looking friendly and playful in its Full Belly Mode to quickly looking quite evil in its Hangry Mode. You can only catch it in its default Full Belly Mode.

Spawn location

It shouldn’t come as any great surprise that Morpeko isn’t easy to find. While it is a rare spawn, it does appear in several locations throughout Galar.

BulbapediaMorpeko can be found in Route 7, Route 9 and the Lake of Outrage…

The only place it can be found as a non-overworld spawn is:

  • Route 9 (in Outer Spikemuth) between the levels of 40 and 44 – 5% spawn rate

There are two other locations you can find Morpeko, though, and these are overworld spawns, so you’ll actually see Morpeko in the flesh. They are as follows:

  • Route 7 between the levels of 37 and 41 – 5% spawn rate
  • Lake of Outrage between the levels of 55 and 58 – 4% spawn rate (Thunderstorm weather only)

Don’t expect to see a lot of Morpeko roaming Galar, but if you spend a bit of time in the above locations, it shouldn’t be too long until you come across one. After all, Morpeko does appear in more locations and is a more frequent spawn than the ultra-rare Deino and Zweilous.

Hangry Mode

Morpeko is actually a dual electric and Dark-type Pokemon, but oddly it is either one or the other. When in it’s Full Belly Mode, Morpeko is an electric-type but when it changes into Hangry Mode it becomes a Dark-type, which is reflected in its unique look.

Pokemon CompanyMorpeko’s Full Belly Mode (left) and Hangry Mode (right)…

There are no items required to instigate this change either. Morpeko will alternate between its two modes every turn due to its unique ability Hunger Switch. The change to its dark side also causes a boost in Morpeko’s stats which is worth taking into account in harder battles.

The official Pokemon Sword and Shield website explain this as: “When experiencing prolonged hunger, the balance of hormones within Morpeko’s body changes. This causes its fur color to change and triggers more aggressive and volatile behavior. The energy stored in its cheek sacs also changes from Electric-type to Dark-type.”

It’s signature move also changes between forms. The move is called Aura Wheel and while the move itself doesn’t change the type does — you guessed it, electric to dark.

Is Morpeko on your target list and is it a worthy adversary of its look-a-like Pikachu?