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This is a page on all the new information including Pokemon, Abilities, and Moves, that is now available in the game Pokemon Sword and Shield through Pokemon HOME. Read on to find out which of these new features are usable in Ranked Battle, and what affects this will have on the current metagame.

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Since the release of Pokemon HOME, you can now transfer Pokemon that have not been seen in the Galar region in the game Pokemon Sword and Shield!

In addition to that, Moves and Abilities that were previously not available can now be seen and used in the game.
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More Pokemon Available

Pokemon that were not included in the Galar Pokedex are now available for transfer to Pokemon Sword and Shield by using Pokemon HOME.

In addition, some of the new Pokemon will even be usable in Ranked Battle starting March 1st, which may cause huge changes in the current metagame. See below to find out which Pokemon will be available for use in competitive play.

List of Added Pokemon

Bulbasaur ImageBulbasaur Ivysaur ImageIvysaur Venusaur ImageVenusaur
Squirtle ImageSquirtle Wartortle ImageWartortle Blastoise ImageBlastoise
Alolan Raichu ImageAlolan Raichu Alolan Vulpix ImageAlolan Vulpix Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales
Ponyta ImagePonyta Rapidash ImageRapidash Alolan Diglett ImageAlolan Diglett
Alolan Dugtrio ImageAlolan Dugtrio Alolan Meowth ImageAlolan Meowth Alolan Persian ImageAlolan Persian
Weezing ImageWeezing FarfetchFarfetch'd Corsola ImageCorsola
Zigzagoon ImageZigzagoon Linoone ImageLinoone Mewtwo ImageMewtwo
Celebi ImageCelebi Jirachi ImageJirachi Kyurem ImageKyurem
Reshiram ImageReshiram Zekrom ImageZekrom Stunfisk ImageStunfisk
Darumaka ImageDarumaka Darmanitan ImageDarmanitan Cobalion ImageCobalion
Virizion ImageVirizion Terrakion ImageTerrakion Keldeo ImageKeldeo
Meltan ImageMeltan Melmetal ImageMelmetal Rowlet ImageRowlet
Dartrix ImageDartrix Decidueye ImageDecidueye Litten ImageLitten
Torracat ImageTorracat Incineroar ImageIncineroar Popplio ImagePopplio
Brionne ImageBrionne Primarina ImagePrimarina Cosmog ImageCosmog
Cosmoem ImageCosmoem Lunala ImageLunala Solgaleo ImageSolgaleo
Necrozma ImageNecrozma Zeraora ImageZeraora Marshadow ImageMarshadow

Most Pokemon Cannot Be Used in Ranked Battles

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Be reminded that most of these Pokemon cannot be used in Ranked Battles as of now. However, these Pokemon can be used in Casual Battles.

Pokemon Available for Ranked Battle on March 1


In a tweet by the official @PlayPokemon Twitter account, the following Pokemon were made available to use in Ranked Battles starting March 1, provided that they have the Galar symbol.

Pokemon Available for Ranked Battle on March 1

Bulbasaur ImageBulbasaur Squirtle ImageSquirtle Rowlet ImageRowlet Litten ImageLitten Popplio ImagePopplio

These include their evolutions.

This new announcement has created a furor in the metagame community, with the powerful Incineroar returning from Pokemon Sun and Moon to once again wreak havok on Ranked Battle. Check out our Best Build pages on each of these new threats!

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New Abilities

Some Pokemon with Hidden Abilities which were previously inaccessible in Pokemon Sword and Shield can now be found again when traded in from Pokemon HOME.

List of Added Abilities

Seaking ImageSeaking Lightning Rod (Hidden Ability)
Draws in all Electric-type moves to up Special Attack.
Sudowoodo ImageSudowoodo Rattled (Hidden Ability)
Bug, Ghost or Dark type moves scare it and boost its Speed.
Beheeyem ImageBeheeyem Analytic
Boosts move power when the pokemon moves last.
Noivern ImageNoivern Telepathy (Hidden Ability)
Anticipates an ally's attack and dodges it.
Barbaracle ImageBarbaracle Pickpocket (Hidden Ability)
Steals an item when hit by another Pokemon.
Avalugg ImageAvalugg Sturdy (Hidden Ability)
It cannot be knocked out with one hit.
Swoobat ImageSwoobat Simple
Doubles all stat chages.
Unfezant ImageUnfezant Rivalry
Deals more damage to a Pokemon of same gender.
Clefable ImageClefable Unaware (Hidden Ability)
Ignores any stat changes in the Pokemon.
Clefairy ImageClefairy Friend Guard
Reduces damage done to allies.
Liepard ImageLiepard Prankster (Hidden Ability)
Gives priority to a status move.
Espurr ImageEspurr Own Tempo (Hidden Ability)
Prevents the Pokemon from becoming confused.
Meowstic ImageMeowstic
(Male)
Prankster (Hidden Ability)
Gives priority to a status move.
Meowstic ImageMeowstic
Female
Competitive
Raises Special Attack when the Pokemon's stats are lowered.
Torkoal ImageTorkoal Shell Armor (Hidden Ability)
The Pokemon is protected against critical hits.
Musharna ImageMusharna Telepathy (Hidden Ability)
Anticipates an ally's attack and dodges it.
Beartic ImageBeartic Swift Swim (Hidden Ability)
Boosts the Pokemon's Speed in rain.
Golurk ImageGolurk No Guard (Hidden Ability)
Ensures attacks by or against the Pokemon land.
Whiscash ImageWhiscash Hydration (Hidden Ability)
Heals status problem if it is raining.
Drapion ImageDrapion Keen Eye (Hidden Ability)
Prevents other Pokemon from lowering accuracy.
Manectric ImageManectric Minus
Boosts the Sp. Atk. stat of the Pokemon if an ally with the Plus or Minus Ability is also in battle.
Sawk ImageSawk Mold Breaker (Hidden Ability)
Moves can be used regardless of Abilities.
Throh ImageThroh Mold Breaker (Hidden Ability)
Moves can be used regardless of Abilities.
Drifblim ImageDrifblim Flare Boost
Powers up special attacks when burned.
Abomasnow ImageAbomasnow Soundproof
Gives immunity to ‘sound-based‘ moves.
Pelipper ImagePelipper Rain Dish (Hidden Ability)
The Pokemon gradually regains HP in rain.
Bronzong ImageBronzong Heavy Metal (Hidden Ability)
Doubles the Pokemon's weight.
Lanturn ImageLanturn Water Absorb (Hidden Ability)
Restores HP if hit by an Water-type move.
Nincada ImageNincada Run Away (Hidden Ability)
Enables a sure getaway from wild Pokemon.
Ninjask ImageNinjask Infiltrator (Hidden Ability)
Passes through the foe's barrier and strikes.
Basculin ImageBasculin Mold Breaker (Hidden Ability)
Moves can be used regardless of Abilities.
Maractus ImageMaractus Storm Drain
Draws in all Water-type moves to up Special Attack.
Noctowl ImageNoctowl Tinted Lens (Hidden Ability)
Powers up "not very effective" moves.

Abilities are Available for Ranked Battle


All the newly-added Abilities are available to use for Ranked Battles provided that the Pokemon has the Galar symbol.

This means that the Pokemon should be bred from a Pokemon transferred to Sword and Shield via Pokemon HOME.

New Moves

List of Newly-Added Moves

Solgaleo ImageSolgaleo Sunsteel Strike
Lunala ImageLunala Moongeist Beam
Necrozma ImageNecrozma Prismatic Laser
Zeraora ImageZeraora Plasma Fists
Marshadow ImageMarshadow Spectral Thief
Reshiram ImageReshiram Fusion Flare
Blue Flare
Zekrom ImageZekrom Fusion Bolt
Bolt Strike
Kyurem ImageKyurem (Black) Freeze Shock
Kyurem ImageKyurem (White) Ice Burn
Kyurem ImageKyurem Glaciate
Jirachi ImageJirachi Doom Desire
Keldeo ImageKeldeo Secret Sword
Melmetal ImageMelmetal Double Iron Bash

Moves Not Found in the Game Cannot Be Used

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Although you can transfer Pokemon to Sword and Shield, Moves that are not registered in the game cannot be used. However, their information will still be displayed.

Currently Not Available in Ranked Battle

As these Moves are not yet available in-game and in Casual Battle, they are not available for Ranked Battle as well.

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