Put in your boots and pack some tea, as a result of we’ll be heading again to Pokemon Sword and Protect’s Galar area this Summer season. Granted, I do not assume too many people ever left. Sword and Protect got here out a mere two months in the past, however Recreation Freak’s already throwing again the curtain on expansions.
The expansions, which have been revealed throughout in the present day’s Pokemon Direct, will take us to the Isle of Armor (June 2020) and Crown Tundra (fall 2020). We are able to anticipate lots of new Pokemon, characters, and content in the expansions, together with new Galarian varieties for Pokemon beforehand locked out of the area. I am already in love with the ground-bound Zapdos variation that’s built much like a cassowary. I do not know if Galarian Zapdos remains to be an Electrical-type, however it would not must be; in the event you get inside kicking distance of these thicc drumsticks, your screaming, disembowelled self will want you bought Thundershocked to loss of life.
On the subject of darkish Pokemon ideas, Recreation Freak mysteriously saved one Galar variant beneath partial wraps—and it’s linked to Galarian Slowpoke, a Pokemon you can download in Sword and Shield today. “Bro” and “King” come after “Poke,” and we will anticipate to see Galarian Slowbro and Slowking observe in Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra respectively. Galarian Slowpoke is unusually unremarkable—it is only a Slowpoke with an inexplicable Wi-Fi sign on its brow—however Galarian Slowking’s face is scribbled out within the idea artwork that flashes by initially of the Pokemon Direct presentation. We noticed a number of new Pokemon in the present day, in addition to new Galarian varieties and Gigantamax varieties for outdated Pokemon. Curiously, solely Galarian Slowking is obscured.
So, uh, what is the deal?
There are a few fast potentialities. Galarian Slowking’s physique is not obscured, and it seems to have a vampire motif. The “frill” we usually see round Slowking’s neck has been lengthened and dyed black, seemingly as a stand-in for a cape. When you peer past the scribbles within the idea artwork, you possibly can catch a glimpse of one thing that appears like a excessive collar, too. I do not know a lot about Galarian Slowking, however it’s already clear he’ll be a Darkish-type of some type. (Common Slowking is a Psychic/Water-type.)
Consider it or not Dracuking would match with Pokemon Sword and Protect’s many tributes to the United Kingdom’s history, literature, and culture. Dracula‘s writer, Bram Stoker, was from Eire. Within the story itself, Drac travels from the Carpathian Mountains with the intent of discovering victims in Britain. If Galarian Slowking does certainly slither down from the frosty peaks of Crown Tundra to hang-out Galar’s lowlands, it will be emulating Dracula’s journey in a manner.
One other attainable rationalization—and an enormous cause why Recreation Freak would not need us to see Galarian Slowking’s face simply but—is the mysterious Pokemon is likely to be a reference to the titular Phantom of the Opera. The 1926 novel, written by French writer Gaston Leroux, tells the story of a disfigured boy with a masked face who haunts Paris’ Palais Garnier opera home. The novel is a literary basic, however most of us are much more acquainted with the Phantom of the Opera musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Webber, who was knighted in 1992, is as British as tinned beans.
Whether or not it is based mostly on Dracula, the Phantom, or another monster solely, Galarian Slowking will most likely appear a bit horrifying when it reveals its mysterious face. Stow your concern. Keep in mind: You looked into the yellow hell-lamps that are lit behind Galarian Meowth’s eyes, and you hung onto your sanity. You are greater than able to stake Slowking by means of its black coronary heart if it’s a must to.
When you’re nonetheless working by means of Pokemon Sword and Protect, check out our TM location guide. It is assured vampire-free. For now.