Galarian Ponyta Officially Announced as a Pokemon Shield Exclusive

Last week's 24-hour Pokemon livestream gave us a sneak peek at the newest Galarian Pokemon, and it's a version exclusive one, too.

Last week's 24-hour Pokemon Sword and Shield livestream showed off a new 'mon that The Pokemon Company only just officially confirmed: Galarian Ponyta, a Pokemon Shield exclusive.

Despite looking like My Little Ponyta, Galarian Ponyta isn't a cutesy Fairy type at all. In fact, it's a cutesy Psychic type known as the "Unique Horn" Pokemon. Yes, a unicorn.

We don't know what kind of move pool Galarian Ponyta will have, what happens when it evolves into Galarian Rapidash, or if it's one of the few 'mon that can Gigantamax. However, we do know that along with the older ability Run Away, it has a special new ability called Pastel Veil.

Ponyta using Pastel Veil in Pokemon Shield.

Pastel Veil keeps Ponyta and its allies from being poisoned, and it comes into effect as soon as Galarian Ponyta enters the field.

You'd be forgiven if you missed seeing these glimpses last week. After a while, the stream seemed like it was actually The Impidimp Show, with his special guests Morelull, Morelull, and Morelull. But the whole thing was meant as a big lead-in to revealing this new Shield-exclusive Ponyta, the counterpart to last month's Sword-exclusive Pokemon Sirfetch'd.

Despite Sword and Shield launching in just over a month, we still don't know a whole lot about what to expect, apart from the new Team Yell and a few other details.

That said, these are certainly shaping up to be exciting entries in the Pokemon franchise.


Josh Broadwell's gaming career began early--1993, to be exact--when he was introduced to the Super Nintendo and Super Mario World. Despite all the magnificent games the SNES and, later, the original PlayStation had to offer, it wasn't until the GameBoy Advance era that he finally discovered RPGs, which quickly became a favorite genre. He holds a BA in history, an MA in history, and is currently pursuing an MA in strategic communication.

Published Dec. 20th 2019

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