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Pokémon Sword and Shield: where to find Galarian Slowpoke

Get your special boy early

A Galarian Slowpoke teeters into a train station Image: Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo via Polygon

Galarian Slowpoke is the latest regional variant added to Pokémon Sword and Shield, and it’s available to grab now via a game update.

A map pointing to Wedgehurst in the Galar region Image: Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo via Polygon

After making sure your game downloaded the update released on Jan. 9, head over to the Wedgehurst train station to grab your Galarian Slowpoke. There, you’ll run into either Klara or Avery, depending on your game version. A Galarian Slowpoke will teeter into the station behind them, and you’ll get a chance to grab it.

Just use a Quick Ball on the first turn if you don’t care about ball appearances and grab your new friend. Note that catching the Galarian Slowpoke does not add a new entry to your Pokédex — this will likely happen later when the DLC releases.

You can’t evolve your Galarian Slowpoke yet, but you will be able to once the expansions release. To get Galarian Slowbro, you’ll need an item from the Isle of Armor. For Galarian Slowking, you’ll need an item from the Crown Tundra. The Isle of Armor DLC will launch in June 2020 and The Crown Tundra DLC will launch in the fall.