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"The greatest thing in the world ever" - The first reactions to Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Galarian forms are in

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The latest Galar research update trailer (opens in new tab) for Pokemon Sword and Shield (opens in new tab) went live yesterday and introduced us to four new Galarian forms (opens in new tab), and the designs of the new additions got everyone talking. If you’re a self proclaimed Poke Fan like me, you’ll surely remember all the buzz around the extremely tall Alolan Exeggcutor. Well, the Galarian forms are already earning themselves a lot of love, and, more importantly, producing some quality memes. 

If you missed the trailer, we were introduced to some new shapeshifting Pokemon, a group of villains called Team Yell (opens in new tab), new rivals, and of course the new Galarian forms. It was also revealed that Sword and Shield will have a new Pokejobs (opens in new tab) feature. But far and away the new Galarian forms were one of the biggest talking points of the whole thing. 

What's the overall reaction? 

Folks had a lot to say about the new forms. While some are divided on just what Galarian Weezing looks like -  from a bong to the most sophisticated gent in the Pokemon world - the general consensus is that everyone absolutely loves it. And it was much the same story for the angsty, punky Zigzagoon, Linoone and Obstagoon evolutions, with many, many comparisons made to the KISS band. With all the fanart and memes galore, one things for sure: there's a lot of love for the designs of the Pokemon unique to the Galar region. 

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Is it a bong? Is it a smokestack? Is it Doug Dimmadome? No, it's Galarian Weezing!

Okay, so I personally think Galarian Weezing is a classy gent of a Pokemon with a Smokestack that doubles as a top hat (which nods to the industrial revolution). I can just see it tipping its hat to passersby as it sips tea. A big part of the internet agrees me, but there's also a lot of people who just see a bong. Oh, and Doug Dimmadome from Fairly Odd Parents. However you see it, we can all agree that Weezing's design stole the entire trailer. 

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Great Galarian forms lead to great fanart

As you can already see from the above posts, the Galarian forms got a lot of love yesterday, and artists everywhere made some amazing fanart to express their fondness for the new designs. 

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The Galarian forms have already stolen our hearts and we can't wait to see what else in store in the new region when Sword and Shield releases November 15, 2019. The possibilities are endless. 

Want to know more? Check our round up of all the Gen 8 Pokemon (opens in new tab) that have been revealed so far. 

I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.