Galarian Ponyta is exclusive to Pokemon Shield

The Pokemon Company has today come out and formerly announced what we all expected; that the newly discovered Pokemon from the 24 hour live-stream is indeed a Galarian Ponyta.

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Interestingly, it’s also been confirmed to be a Pokemon Shield exclusive. Now this is slightly baffling to me, as the end of the live-stream heavily suggested that Rapidash would also be getting a Galarian form.
It seems safe to assume that Galarian Rapidash would then also be a Shield exclusive. Which is fine until you realise that the Sword exclusive is Sirfetch’d, a Galarian evolution, rather than a full Galarian line.

It’s interesting stuff, because you would expect the games to be balanced out, content-wise. It’s possible that they’re trying to make Shield more appealing, as I would imagine Sword to be the better seller based on it’s legendary. I’m not convinced that’s it though!

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It’s also quite possible that each version has three Galarian form exclusives, and the way they’ve gone about announcing them is just a little odd.
So, by this thinking, Sword will also have a two-form Galarian form evolution line, and Shield will have a new singular Galarian form or evolution.

All just speculation, but I find it all very exciting to think about.


Which way do you think things will go? Or do you have your own theories? Let us know!

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