The introduction of Farfetch’d’s evolution into the Fighting-Type Pokémon Sirfetch’d is sort of a big deal.
It’s not every day that we revisit a Pokémon from one of the earlier Generations in terms of a new evolution, but as Sirfetch’d hints at with Farfetch’d, this could be only the tip of the iceberg.
🚨 New Pokémon Discovered! 🚨
Meet Sirfetch’d, the Wild Duck Pokémon! Farfetch’d that inhabit the Galar region can evolve into Sirfetch’d after experiencing many battles. https://t.co/TEc9aMSfvz#PokemonSwordShield pic.twitter.com/Ys17maAHQJ
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) September 18, 2019
It’s been a while since the massive influx of 22 new evolutions in Generation 4. Diamond and Pearl ushered in new forms for Eevee, babies for Pokémon like Magmar and Snorlax, and evolutions that felt like they should have been there from the start, such as Togekiss into Togetic, Aipom into Ambipom, Sneasel into Weavile, Piloswing into Mamoswine, and Murkrow into Honchkrow.
If you’re noticing the theme here, it’s that of Game Freak adding in new evolutionary lines for both fan-favorite Pokémon, or ones that felt oddly incomplete when they were introduced.
While we did get new Alolan forms in Pokémon Sun and Moon for popular ‘mons like Dugtrio and Raichu, these new forms felt isolated to their games. Oddly enough, Sirfetch’d is also going to be an exclusive for Pokémon Sword version, but that doesn’t mean Game Freak can’t break that Generation exclusive evolution trend as well.
New Pokémon babies always seem like a surefire way to make fans happy, as does a new Eeveelution or two. Could it be that Sirfetch’d is alone in getting a new evolution in Pokémon Sword? Maybe, but even if he is, it’d only make sense to have a Pokémon Shield version-exclusive evolution for another Pokémon.
Fan favorites that have felt a bit ignored include Girafarig, Comfey, Torkal, Klefki, and Dunsparce. Watch this space for more new Pokémon evolutions to come before the November 15, 2019 release of Pokémon Sword and Shield for the Nintendo Switch.