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Pokémon Sword and Shield’s newest Pokémon revealed: meet Sirfetch’d

Why would you choose Shield over Sword at this stage?

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The Pokémon Company revealed a brand-new addition to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shields Pokedex on Wednesday: Sirfetch’d, a Galar region variation of the “Wild Duck” Pokémon known as Farfetch’d.

Sirfetch’d will be exclusive to Pokémon Sword. The Pokémon will wield Farfetch’d’s signature leek melee weapon, which has been sharpened to look like a lance. It’s also sporting a shield, which calls into question the reasons behind Sirfetch’d’s game exclusivity.

Nintendo and The Pokémon Company teased the newest addition to Pokémon Sword last week with a glitched-out graphic on the franchise’s official website. According to an official description of the new Pokémon, “Farfetch’d that inhabit the Galar region can evolve into Sirfetch’d after experiencing many battles.”

Sirfetch’d’s reveal trailer shows off its new move, Meteor Assault. Here’s how the official Pokémon website describes that Sword and Shield-exclusive move:

Meteor Assault is a new move introduced in these games that only Sirfetch’d can learn! Sirfetch’d points its leek at the opponent and charges toward them at great speed. This move is devastatingly powerful! However, it appears that the move also puts great strain on Sirfetch’d. It will be unable to take action immediately after using this move.

Sirfetch’d joins a handful of Galar region variations of existing Pokémon, including Wheezing and Zigzagoon, both of which get sharp-looking Galarian forms.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are coming to Nintendo Switch on Nov. 15. The new game will introduce eighth-gen Pokémon and the new Galar region. Sword and Shield will also add new mechanics like Dynamaxing and Gigantimaxing. The game is also getting its own limited edition Switch Lite hardware on Nov. 8, featuring the new legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta.

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