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A list of Pokémon from Pokémon Sword and Shield. These Pokémon are from the Galar region, which is based on the United Kingdom.

Sword and Shield is also the art directorial debut of James Turner, a long-time Game Freak employee originally from the UK who has worked on Pokémon designs since Black and White. Unlike previous generations where Ken Sugimori's franchise-defining style has been the dominant influence on Pokémon design, the generation has a notable shift in Pokémon design, with a distinctly more fantastical and colorful bent to designs.

At a total of 81 Pokémon added initially, Sword and Shield follow in the modern trend of smaller numbers of new Pokémon, falling in at the second smallest generation since X and Y, tying with Sun and Moon's initial total. Like Sun and Moon, the Galar region also includes a number of Galarian forms, several of which have new evolutions unique to their Galarian form, which marks the first time multiple new Pokémon evolutions have been added since Diamond and Pearl. Unlike previous generations, Sword and Shield will not receive an Updated Re-release, instead featuring a set of Expansion Passes which continue the trend started in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon of adding new species and Regional Forms mid-generation.note 

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As of the Crown Tundra, this generation has introduced 89 new Pokémon. As a result, this generation marks the first time an even number generation introduced more new Pokemon than the preceding odd-numbered generation. note 

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