Pokémon Sword and Shield, the newest generation of Pokémon games, have recently released for the Nintendo Switch. We’ve examined each one of the 94 new creatures available in the Galar region and came up with a shortlist of the most adorable Pokémon we can’t wait to catch (both in the game and as plushies in the real world). Let’s get started!
- Type: Steel
It’s been a long time since we’ve had an elephant Pokémon—Phanpy and Donphan from generation 2 are the only others—so Cufant is a welcome surprise. Its body is made of copper, so it tarnishes to a green color in the rain, but it’s still very strong and can lift up to five tons of weight with ease. Its Indian-inspired design clearly differentiates Cufant from its elephantine predecessors, and it’s super cute as well!
- Type: Fairy
This female-only Pokémon species is based on the classic British dessert of strawberries and cream. It can take on dozens of different forms depending on the items and techniques used in its evolution, but some of our favorites are the matcha cream and the rainbow swirl. It may not be the most useful Pokémon on its own, but its Decorate move can sharply raise an ally’s attack and special attack stats in a double battle. Plus, it can Gigantimax into a towering sentient cake! We’re sold!
- Type: Electric
Ah yes, the corgi Pokémon. Since the Galar region was inspired by England, it would be a crying shame if this royal pup wasn’t represented in some way in the new Pokédex. Yamper is a stout electric-type creature who can herd animals, generate electricity from its tail, and even fetch Pokéballs if they fail to catch a wild Pokémon. We don’t tend to like Pikachu clones, but this sweet pupper is welcome on our team anytime!
2. Galarian Ponyta and Rapidash
- Type: Psychic, Psychic/Fairy
Based on the mythical unicorn of European folklore and more than slightly resembling My Little Pony dolls, the Galarian forms of Ponyta and Rapidash are as pastel and perfect as can be. They possess powerful psychic abilities that allow them to read the true contents of a person’s heart, hiding away forever if they find evil within. These fantastical creatures are only native to Pokémon Shield, so we know which version we’re getting!
- Type: Normal
It’s hard to top Galarian Ponyta and Rapidash for overall cuteness, but the indescribably fluffy Wooloo just manages to eke out a win for first place. Its fleece is so shock-absorbent that Wooloo could fall off of a cliff and barely even feel the impact—a scenario that we like to imagine resembles gently dropping a ball of yarn onto the floor. Please, Nintendo... give us an ultra-comfy Wooloo doll immediately!
We also want to give a shout-out to other adorable generation 8 Pokémon like the elegant Hatterene, the earnest but silly Thwackey, and the huggable Scorbunny. We wish we had plushies of all of them!
What did you think of our list? What generation 8 Pokémon do you think are the most adorable? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!