While an update showing an image from Famitsu offered some initial details on Pokemon Shield’s Galarian Ponyta, such as its Pastel Veil ability and it being exclusive to one version of the game, the official Pokemon Sword and Shield website has been updated with even more details. Most notably, this version of the creature is a Psychic-type, compared to the usual Fire-type version of Ponyta found everywhere else.
Galarian Ponyta is known as a “unique horn Pokemon.” Its ability can either be the new Pastel Veil, which heals poison, or the familiar Run Away, which would always let it flee a battle.
Here are the official descriptions for Galarian Ponyta:
A change brought about by the life energy of the forests
Galarian Ponyta have been found in a certain forest of the Galar region since ancient times. It is said that they were exposed to the overflowing life energy of the forest over many generations, and this is why their appearance became unique in this region.
Behold its glistening mane
Galarian Ponyta can absorb the life energy of the surrounding atmosphere and store it in its mane. It seems that Ponyta’s mane will become more colorful, and even emit a sparkling glow, if there is a lot of energy around.
In addition to the Galarian Ponyta details, new screenshots showing clearer views of creatures that appeared during the Glimwood Tangle Forest livestream were released. These give us a chance to see the Cottonee, Galarian Ponyta, Impidimp, Morelull, Phantump, Pikachu, Shiinotic, and Swirlix.
Pokemon Sword and Shield will come to the Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019.