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Galarian Ponyta will be exclusive to Pokemon Shield



The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo confirmed today that the Galar regional form of Ponyta will appear in the highly anticipated upcoming Pokémon Shield video game. Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield launch November 15, 2019, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch™ system. The Galarian Pokémon made a surprise appearance during a “livestream” of a forest in the Galar region.

Galarian Ponyta
Category: Unique Horn Pokémon
Type: Psychic
Height: 2’7″
Weight: 52.9 lbs.
Ability: Run Away/ Pastel Veil

Galarian Ponyta have been found in a certain forest of the Galar region since ancient times. It is said that they were exposed to the overflowing life energy of the forest over many generations, and therefore their appearance became unique in this region.

Galarian Ponyta can absorb the life energy of the surrounding atmosphere and store it in its mane. Its mane will become more colorful, and even emit a sparkling glow, if there is an abundance of energy around.

Galarian Ponyta’s Ability, Pastel Veil, is a new Ability introduced in these titles. This Ability prevents the Pokémon and its allies from becoming poisoned. It can even cure the poisoned status condition of its allies when this Pokémon enters the battlefield.


Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has confirmed today that the recently discovered Galarian Ponyta will be exclusive to the Pokemon Shield video game. All is not lost if you’ve opted for Pokemon Sword, as Sirfetch’d is exclusive to that particular version.


12 thoughts on “Galarian Ponyta will be exclusive to Pokemon Shield”

  1. Yeah, this is ass backwards. I was hoping the Shield-exclusive would a second Farfetch’d evolution closer to Madame, or another underevolved Pokemon like Dunsparce or Delibird.

    How is a regional variant of a two-stage horse equivalent to the evolved form of a former one-stage wild duck (that doesn’t even change in height).

    Is this GameFreak’s vain attempt at bypassing people’s expectations (because we were about to put two and two together and see how a possible good idea could work).

    1. Who ever said it would be an equivalent? Not every version exclusive they’ve done has been. I liked Sirfetch’d but as I’m getting Shield I’m happy with this Ponyta and would assume the Rapidash version, unless this Ponyta doesn’t evolve. There might still be an equivalent new evolution to a previous Pokémon that’s exclusive to Shield anyway and could be another Galarian form exclusive to Sword too. We just don’t know so there’s no point getting upset about it.

      1. I’ve had a rough week, so I ALLOWED to get upset.

        And it wouldn’t be the first time GameFreak made a total asinine decision in the Pokemon franchise. Take E3 2019 for example and how well that went for them.

    2. Who said anything about equivalents? They revealed a Sword exclusive Pokemon, now they’re revealing a Shield exclusive. Why are you so upset about this when the game is still over a month from release? How do you know there won’t be a Sword exclusive Galar Growlithe or something?

      1. Because the counterpart to Growlithe is Vulpix – doesn’t mean we get a new Growlithe, it may even be possible since he’s higly offensive in their stats (like every sword exlusive pokémon rn) but I doubt it

      2. @Nephstinus

        I used Growlithe as a hypothetical. I’m just saying there’s no point in speculating since the games aren’t even out yet, and Game Freak and Nintendo are carefully curating the information they release to the public like they always do. Sun and Moon had Alola Vulpix and Sandslash, who are not equivalents. So who knows if the Sword exclusive will be Growlithe, Ekans, or maybe even the Koffing/Weezing that was already revealed.

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