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Pokemon GO just added its first new Sword and Shield species

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Pokemon GO has just added its first Pokemon Sword and Shield (opens in new tab) species, outside of the typical schedule, which introduces new species annually in September.

According to Eurogamer (opens in new tab), Pokemon GO now has several species from last year's Sword and Shield for you to find during your travels. Now available are Galarian Zigzagoon, which evolves from Galarian Linoon into Obstagoon, and Galarian Meowth, which evolves into the hilariously-named Perrserker.

Prior to this, the only Galar-specific species in Pokemon GO was Galarian Weezing, who debuted alongside the Sword and Shield release as a Tier 4 raid boss. 

Galarian Meowth, Zizagoon, Stunfisk, and Darumaka can be obtained from 7km (around 4.3m) eggs, but there's also Kantonian forms of each mixed in there. Galarian Darumaka appears to be the most rare yield of them all, but keep in mind that Niantic does not disclose egg hatch odds. But don't worry, because right meow Galarian Meowth and Galarian Stunfisk are available as a reward in Pokemon Go's new Throwback Challenge Champion research. Galarian Stunfisk is also a common wild spawn now. 

Dataminers have also found evidence suggesting future, region-specific Pokemon releases may be less linear. Plus, data and models for Ponyta and Rapidash's Galarian forms were recently discovered, so expect the two 'mons to join Pokemon GO sometime in the near future. 

Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor DLC get a release date and trailer.  (opens in new tab)

Alyssa Mercante
Alyssa Mercante

Alyssa Mercante is an editor and features writer at GamesRadar based out of Brooklyn, NY. Prior to entering the industry, she got her Masters's degree in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University with a dissertation focusing on contemporary indie games. She spends most of her time playing competitive shooters and in-depth RPGs and was recently on a PAX Panel about the best bars in video games. In her spare time Alyssa rescues cats, practices her Italian, and plays soccer.