By Aaron Evangelisti / October 9th, 2019
Are you a fan of Pokémon‘s classic fiery pony? Well, I hope you aren’t too attached to the whole fire thing because Ponyta in the Galar region aren’t fire type.
That’s right Ponyta is one more classic Pokémon added to the roster of alternate forms in Pokémon: Sword and Shield. This one taking on a more mystical vibe to go with it’s new psychic typing. This Ponyta doesn’t have to wait to evolve for its horn. Speaking of Rapidash, there are none to be found here, but I’m sure we’ll be seeing a new form for it as well. Will its typing change at all? Maybe a Psychic/Fairy type, as some have speculated? We can’t say until Game Freak, The Pokémon Company, and Nintendo reveal it to us on a later date. It should also be noted that Ponyta is exclusive to the Shield version. Check out the press release below for more information:
Bellevue, WA—October 9, 2019—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.
Category: Unique Horn Pokémon
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.
For more information about Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, please visit Pokemon.com/SwordShield.
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