What Pokemon will we see in Galar?
In each new generation of Pokemon, we see dozens of new Pokemon added to the world. These aren’t just original species, but also Mega Evolutions, regional variants, and alternate forms. With each generation, it can be fun to speculate what kinds of Pokemon we will see introduced to the canon.
In the previous few generations, we have seen many species added with historical significance to that particular region and its real world counterpart. For example, Yungoos is based on the mongooses introduced to Hawaii to scare away the invasive rats before becoming an invasive species in its own right. This was unsuccessful according to many. One reason may have been that the rats were nocturnal and the mongooses were not.
As the region of Galar is based on Great Britain, we can look at history and geography to speculate as to what Pokemon will we’ll see from previous generations, and what we’ll see added.
Geographically, Great Britain is located in the northwestern part of Europe, not too far away from France (Kalos), and across the ocean from the eastern US (Unova). It will be likely that many Pokemon from these two regions will return, along with a handful of other Pokemon that may make sense, and a few others to help balance the Pokedex.
It is also has a temperate climate, contrasting greatly with the tropics of Alola. There will probably be a few new species for each area of the map, alongside with those from previous generations.
Based on the trailer, we can see many Pokemon from previous generations will appear.
- Pichu, Pikachu, and Raichu — This is unsurprising, as the series mascot has appeared in most games.
- Minccino , Cinccino—A Pokemon from Unova, chinchillas are pets not uncommon in Great Britain.
- Hoothoot, Noctowl — Owls are common in Great Britain, although not Noctowl’s biological inspiration the horned owl. It wouldn’t be unsurprising to see a new owl Pokemon based on a barn owl or similar bird.
- Grubbin, Charjabug, Vikavolt — This evolutionary line is based on a flying beetle, which is a common insect around the world.
- Wishiwashi — Though based on a pacific sardine, the region seems to have many lakes to catch fish Pokemon.
- Deino, Zweilous, Hydreigon — A dragon Pokemon from Unova. The legend of the hydra came from Greece mythology.
- Trapinch, Vibrava, Flygon — The antlion is common in many places around the world. A specific species, the euroleon nostras, is noted to be common in most of Europe but very rare in Britain. Trapinch could be a rare Pokemon in the western cliffside area.
- Rufflet, Braviary — Based partially on the bald eagle, it can also relate to the British practice of falconry.
- Wailmer, Wailord — The practice of whaling, while not as popular today, was common in many northwestern European nations like Denmark and Iceland. There may be a reference to whaling being banned, causing Wailmer populations to recover recently.
- Espurr, Meowstic — Cats are popular as pets in Great Britain, and it makes sense to have a species from Kalos as a common species.
- Riolu, Lucario — The Anubis is really based on Egyptian mythology. They may reference how Egyptian artifacts were rediscovered by British archaeologists in the early 1900s, or these Pokemon were added due to popularity or balance.
- Larvitar, Pupitar, Tyranitar — This line is based on mythical monsters like Godzilla and dinosaurs, so this may just be a strong evolutionary line to add to the end of the Pokedex.
- Munchlax, Snorlax — Likewise, there doesn’t appear to be any reference to British mythology or animals by adding these Pokemon into the Pokedex.
What other Pokemon can we expect to return? I have a few ideas in the list below. Note these are not going to be an exhaustive list.
- Rattata, Raticate — Rats can be common in some of the urban areas of Great Britain.
- Ekans, Arbok — The Irish legend of St. Patrick is that he drove the snakes out of Ireland. Although Ireland is not Great Britian, they may reference this legend.
- Ponyta, Rapidash — Horses are a part of British mythology, being ridden by knights. Unicorns are also a common mythical animal. In modern day Great Britain, sports like equestrianism, are common.
- Tauros — Cows are a common animal raised in the farmlands of Scotland.
- Ledyba, Ledian — They’re known as ladybirds in Great Britain.
- Mareep, Flaaffy, Ampharos — Sheep are common animals in Scotland, and will likely be a Pokemon you encounter in one of the first routes.
- Hoppip, Skiploom, Jumpluff — Dandelions are a type of flower found in Great Britain.
- Murkrow, Honchkrow — Crows a common bird in Great Britain.
- Pineco, Forretress — The Scots Pine is a species of pine found in Great Britain. Pineco may appear in the foggy wooded area to the southwest of Galar.
- Snubbull, Granbull — Bulldogs can also be known as the British Bulldog, and given its notoriety in British culture, will very likely appear in Galar.
- Houndour, Houndoom — There is the British legend of the hellhound.
- Stantler — Several species of deer can be found in Great Britain.
- Milktank — Cows are common animal raised in the farmlands of Scotland.
- Poochyena, Mightyena — Wolves, and werewolves, are common animals in Great Britain and British mythology.
- Seedot, Nuzleaf, Shiftry — The Quercus robur is an oak tree native to western Europe.
- Tailow, Swellow — Swallows are a type of bird common around the world.
- Kricketot — Crickets are common bugs in Great Britain.
- Budew, Roselia, Roserade — The Royal National Rose Society is a British society that grows roses. This may appear as a garden area in a town where players can catch Roselia, or may be able to trade for one after you prove your worth as a trainer.
- Combee, Vespiquen — Bees are a common insect in GB.
- Pachirisu — Squirrels are common in GB.
- Buizel, Floatzel — Weasels are common in GB.
- Cherubi, Cherrim — Wild cherries are common in GB.
- Shellos, Gastrodon — Slugs and snails are common in GB.
- Buneary, Lopunny — Wild rabbits are common in GB, and are common pets
- Lillipup, Herdier, Stoutland — These are based on the Yorkshire Terrier.
- Pidove, Tranquill, Unfezant — Birds like doves and pheasants are common in Great Britain, although the pheasant was not originally native.
- Drilbur, Excadrill — Moles are common in GB.
- Cottonee, Whimsicott — Whimsicott’s sheep-like appearance would relate to the presence of sheep in Scotland, like Mareep.
- Pawniard, Bisharp — The allusions to knights would make these Pokemon likely to appear.
- Bunnelby, Diggersby — Same as Buneary and Lopunny.
- Fletchling, Fletchinder, Talonflame — Given Talonflame’s apperance of a falcon, it will likely appear in Galar to tie into the practice of falconry.
- Skiddo, Gogoat — These will appear as goats are common in GB.
- Furfrou — Dog styling, popular in France, is also common in Great Britain and will likely appear again.
- Honedge, Doublade, Aegislash — Given the medieval and knight allusions of this evolutionary line, plus the games’ names Sword and Shield, these Pokemon will almost certainly appear.
- Pumpkaboo, Gourgeist — Pumpkins are a common crop to grow in GB.
- Noibat, Noivern — Bats are common in GB, and the dragon typing also can tie into the dragon mythologies common in GB folklore.
- Mudbray, Mudsdale — The clydesdale is a horse species common in Great Britain. Clyesdale is also a county in Scotland. We’ll likely encounter Mudbray early on.
- Dhelmise — Given how popular Great Britain’s ports have been throughout centuries, there have also been many shipwrecks.
We do not know if the concept of ‘regional variants’ like Alolan forms will continue. If they do, there may be a few Pokemon that are moderately different in Galar compared to other regions.
- Dratini, Dragonair, Dragonite — Dratini and Dragonair look a bit like a Loch Ness creature, and they might redesign them to be part water and appear in lakes as a rare encounter.
- Noctowl — As mentioned before, a barn owl may be a more British species of owl than a horned owl. They may decide to redesign Noctowl to fit the local aesthetic.
- Teddiursa, Ursaring — Although bears are not very common in Great Britain, they appear in several fairy tales. There may be a fairy type bear Pokemon.
- Shroomish, Breloom — Mushrooms are common in Great Britain, but truffles are one type of mushroom which is highly valuable. These Pokemon may be redesigned to look a bit more like truffles, perhaps getting a poison type to indicate they’re not food.
- Buneary, Lopunny — Hares are common animals in Great Britian, but they also may make a mountain hare Pokemon which may live in some of the snowier areas of Galar.
- Lillipup, Herdier, Stoutland — If these Pokemon are used frequently to herd sheep, including Mareep, they may be redesigned to have a ground-type, making them more effective at herding electric-type Pokemon.
- Swana — There is an interesting law in Great Britain about the mute swan, that the British monarchy can claim ownership over all wild mute swans. The swans in Galar may have a more regal appearance to reflect this, perhaps being part fairy.
- Aegislash — It would be neat to see a slightly redesigned Aegislash in Galar that is designed specifically towards British swords and shields, with a different symbol on its shield.
- Oricorio — Irish tap-dancing is a common form of dance. Though not part of Great Britain, they may add a Grass/Flying variant that has larger feet to dance.
While it is fun to think about redesigning old Pokemon, we will also want to see a lot of new Pokemon added to the Pokedex. Here are a few ideas for what they may decide to add:
- Falcon Pokemon — Given the popularity of falconry, it is likely that a falcon will be the basis of the main regional bird.
- Quail Pokemon — Alternatively, there may be a bird Pokemon based on the quail, or maybe a quail which evolves into a falcon.
- Vole Pokemon — The regional rodent, or electric rodent, will likely be based on the vole. There are several types of vole common in Great Britain.
- Sturgeon Pokemon— The regional fish could be based on the sturgeon, a long and common fish in the Atlantic ocean.
- Catfish Pokemon — An alternative regional fish could be a catfish, one that is common in British waters and has an interesting design. It might be too similar to Whiscash though.
- Blue Shieldbug Pokemon — The regional bug could be based on the aesthetically pleasing blue shieldbug, which has a metallic blue body.
- Damselfly Pokemon — It could also be based on the damselfly, which live in bogs and near streams. Its final evolution could be bug/dragon.
- Oak Processionary Pokemon— A more classic type of regional bug could be based on the Oak Processionary, a moth whose caterpillars eat oak leaves. They could be bug/poison, as their hairs cause skin irritation.
- Boar Pokemon — Boars, wild pigs, roam Great Britain and can be aggressive. These could be fighting-type.
- Dolphin Pokemon — A dolphin Pokemon has been notably missing. Dolphins and porpoises can be found around the coast, and may appear in Galar as well.
- Frog Pokemon — One popular fairy tale is of the individual who kisses a frog, who then transforms into a prince. There may be a reference with a frog Pokemon that evolves into an anthropomorphized fairy-type frog.
- Puffin Pokemon — The atlantic puffin is common in northwestern Europe.
- Badger Pokemon — Badgers are nocturnal creatures found in Scotland. They live underground as well, making them potentially a ground/dark type.
- Rooster Pokemon — A gender-split evolutionary line where a chick evolves into a chicken or rooster would be neat, and would relate to Scotland farmlands.
- Eeveelution — Following the pattern, even generations have gotten at least one new evolution for Eevee. It may be steel type, evolving by some new method in the industrial city. It could be dragon type, evolving in the dragon-themed castle. It could be some other new type altogether.
- Fossil Pokemon — Based on archaeological digs in Great Britain, it is possible that there’ll be two new fossil lines that are related to British history or mythos.
- Kraken — One possible fossil could result in a rock/water type based on the mythical sea creature, the kraken. Given the coasts around Great Britain, there would be many sea creatures that have ended up fossilized.
- Stegosaur — The armored dinosaur stegosaur was is another possible fossil. The first type is known as Dacentrurus, and fossils have been found in the United Kingdom and other parts of northwestern Europe. It’d probably be a rock/steel type.
- Shark — There are many sharks that can be found off the coast of Great Britain, and a new species may add additional variety to compliment Sharpedo. A thresher may be one interesting type of shark, using its large tail to confuse its prey. It could be part psychic type, using its tail to emit a Confuse Ray, or Supersonic.
- Unicorn Pokemon — A fairy-typed unicorn would relate to the mythical creature common in English folklore.
- Grendel — In the ancient epic poem Beowulf, a hero saves a mead hall from a monster. This monster could inspire the region’s pseudo-legendary dragon type. After defeating Grendel, the hall is attacked by Grendel’s monster, so this could also be a gender-specific evolution.
- Loch Ness Monster — Another mythical monster is the Loch Ness Monster, living in Scotland’s Loch Ness. The many lakes in the southern part of Galar make this a place to encounter the creature, and this could also be a legendary.
- Steam/Steel Pokemon — Referencing the Industrial Revolution, there’ll likely be some sort of steampunk Pokemon that lives near the industrial city in Galar, probably a fire/steel type or water/steel type.
- Shamrock / Clover Pokemon — Alluding again to Ireland, there may be an early grass-type Pokemon that resembles a four-leaf clover, perhaps having attacks that allude to luck like Lucky Chant.
- Holly Pokemon — Holly trees are evergreen trees with red berries but also spiky leaves. As they can grow in cold climates, and can be associated with Christmas, a Holly-inspired Pokemon may appear in the mountainous areas as grass/ice or just grass.
- Stonehenge Pokemon — A Pokemon or evolutionary line based on spirits in Stonehenge-inspired rocks could be a rock/ghost type Pokemon.
- Salamander Pokemon — An evolutionary line based on the salamander as it appears in folklore, as a creature associated with fire. It could be a fire/fairy type.
- Gargoyle Pokemon — An evolutionary line based on the statues that are present in lots of medieval architecture. It could be based on a certain statue, perhaps a legendary that lives in the large castle city. It could be a combination of rock, dark, and fairy types.
- Ogre/Troll Pokemon — A stronger Pokemon, which could appear near the ground-themed city in Galar, could be based on an ogre or troll, common parts of northwestern Europe folklore. These could be a ground/fairy type.
- Magic Pokemon — Based on the popularity of Harry Potter, it wouldn’t be surprising if they created an evolutionary line that resembled a magician, but used psychic attacks. There could also be a legendary psychic-type Pokemon based on the folklore magician Merlin.
I don’t imagine there will be any new Mega Evolutions in gen 8, nor any evolutions for previous Pokemon aside from Eevee.
What do you think of the list? Is there anything that I might be missing? Anything that you’d like to see? Let me know.