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    Pokémon introduced in this gen 

Fridge Brilliance

  • All of the starters final evolutions are heavily inspired by things stemming from Britain:
    • Cinderace is inspired by football players. From Scorbunny on each evolution has a football (soccer) player motif.
    • Intelleon is a play on the words "intelligence" and "chameleon". Who else do we know that is a popular spy that blends into his environment?
      • Plus Sobble's number in the Galar Pokedex just happens to be 007.
    • Rillaboom is a musician, with the British being famous for The British Invasion in the 20th century including such bands as The Monkees and The Beatles, with this era as being the time in which drummers came into further importance in particular.
      • Also, since Rillaboom is a musical gorilla, another source of inspiration was most likely Gorillaz.
      • Not to mention the fact that there exists an ad by Cadbury featuring a gorilla drumming along to Phil Collins' In the Air Tonight.
  • Yamper is associated with challenges with Wooloo because the breed they are based on, corgis, were used to herd sheep in real-life England. Also Corgis in general are big in England, as seen with the Royal Corgis.
  • The Dreepy line is partially Ghost-type. It's based on the B-2 Spirit.
  • The genderless Polteageist have no need for biological reproductive systems, since they multiply by infesting used teacups.
  • Why does Milcery require you to spin instead of itself learning the move Rapid Spin? Because you're whipping it into a meringue, aka its evolution Alcremie!
  • Why is Orbeetle a Bug/Psychic ladybug? Ladybugs are purported to be able to predict harsh winter several days in advance. This also explains why you can find a Very Strong Orbeetle in the overworld of the Wild Area during Blizzard weather.
  • Cufant and Copperajah's presence in Galar alludes to India's status as a major British colony from 1612 to 1947. Likewise, their bold colors and intricate patterns draw on centuries of Orientalist-tinged depictions of India during that time period.
  • The Rolycoly line’s vehicular theming seems to be lost upon becoming Coalossal. However, a close look at its head reveals that it’s shaped like a cowcatcher, like the kinds you’d find on old-timey steam engines.
    • In addition, Coalossal has a vaguely saurian appearance. Coal is considered a fossil fuel.
  • Snom and Frosmoth have a 4x weakness to Fire. This makes a lot of sense once you realize Frosmoth is based on a moth, an animal that is known for flying into light sources such as flames (and often dying in the process).
  • Many fans have pointed out that Hatenna and especially Falinks resemble Kirby characters. Well, it turns out that James Turner, the art director for Sword and Shield, is a big fan of Kirby, so perhaps he was inspired by Kirby when designing or helping design Hatenna and Falinks.
  • Why does Falinks learn First Impression, a Bug-type attack, by level up? Because a Falinks marching in formation looks like an enormous caterpillar or centipede before you realize what it actually is! The literal first impression it gives is of being an enormous insect.
    • It could also be a reference to ranged troops in a phalanx, who would tend to attack first before retreating behind the armored troops. A first powerful attack
  • Why is Eternatus Poison-type? Well, it radiates a tremendous amount of energy that is known to turn Pokémon into giant rampaging monsters, it can unleash devastating energy attacks, the Big Bad attempted to harness that energy as a nearly-inexhaustible power source, and feeding it too much material caused it to turn incredibly destructive - it went critical, so to speak. Sound familiar? Now consider that the effects of overexposure to nuclear radiation in real life are known as radiation poisoning.
  • Given the fact the Piltdown Man, a "fossil" created by slapping an orangutan jaw onto a human skull, was the brainchild of a British archaeologist and was only accepted by British scientists out of national pride and arguably xenophobic collective narcissism, it makes perfect sense for the region based on the UK to be the one whose "Fossil Pokémon" are Mix-and-Match Critters.
    • Cara Liss explains that, for some reason, Galar only produces fossils that can only be resurrected as half a creature, which is why she decides to mix and match them into the abominations that are the Galarian fossil Pokémon. However, the other regions don't seem to have a problem resurrecting entire Pokémon from far less fossilized material than is present in the Galarian fossils; Anorith, for instance, can be revived from a single claw, and a full Archen can be restored from just one feather. Then again, the other regions have laboratories with cutting-edge technology staffed by full-time researchers, and even Alola has a guy who's likely devoted his life to bringing back prehistoric Pokémon and as such knows the process inside and out. All Galar has is a ramshackle machine out in the middle of nowhere built by a woman who may or may not have any idea what she's even doing. Hypothetically, it may be fully possible to get a full Pokémon out of a single Galar fossil; the region just doesn't have the means to do it.
    • Additionally, the combined weight of Arctozolt and Dracovish is equal to the combined weight of Dracozolt and Arctovish, furthering the impression that their body parts were just mashed together in any way that fit.
  • There are instances in the 24-hour stream of Glimwood Tangle of Impidimp showing up and feedbombing what would otherwise be clear-shot appearances of Galarian Ponyta. The fact that it can be found wild in the Glimwood Tangle is not the brilliant part; that would be when you get a look at the Pokédex and learn that it feeds on the frustration of humans and other Pokémon. It's not there just to cockblock the viewers; it's there for a quick snack!
  • The Dreepy line is part Ghost-type. This makes them immune to basic impact damage - which is really useful when Dreepy get launched by Dragapults at high speed.

Fridge Horror

  • So nobody in-universe considers the ethical issues of Arctozolt, Dracozolt, Dracovish and Arctovish being allowed to exist at all? Their Dex entries literally state how they suffer greatly from having mismatched body parts, such as Arctozolt constantly shivering since its tiny Electric upper half isn't used to the cold of its lower half, or Dracovish struggling to breathe out of water as it has the head of a fish on the body of a land-dweller. Type: Null was tragic enough, but at least it was a one-off instance that seems to have no issues physically about having mix-and-matched DNA. The Galar fossil Pokemon, on the other hand, have incompatible body parts intentionally spliced together...and anyone, even ten-year old kids, can create them on purpose by taking the necessary fossils to the lab.
    • It's kinda a mercy that the other fossils are unavailable in the game considering how they messed up fossils native in their region.
    • Given the possibility of a Piltdown Man inspiration, there's no guarantee that this isn't an elaborate hoax on Cara's part that hasn't been going on long enough to be exposed... meaning, if it's for the same reasons, she's the Pokémon equivalent not just of Charles Dawson but also of Shou Tucker. Even worse, given how many British scientists were fooled simply because Dawson was British and the "fossil" was "found" in Britain, and, despite the doubts that existed from the beginning, the fact it took debunking by three British scientists for it to fall out of favour, does that mean some Galarian scientists would accept these abominations at face value - until more credible and less gullible Galarian scientists like Magnolia, Sonia, and Hop unquestionably prove that they're a hoax - simply because this evil woman and her creations are Galarian?
      • Nevermind the fallout once the fraud is finally discovered. The only possible way for Galar's scientific community to save face at all is if one of the aforementioned trio exposes Cara Liss themselves. If a foreign professor such as Elm, Rowan, or Arceus forbid, the venerable Oak, discovers the abuse, it's going to bring some seriously bad publicity down on everyone's heads. And that's the last thing Galar needs after the shenanigans with Eternatus.
      • While simply reviving fossil Pokémon is quite common, actual gene manipulation has only happened twice before, resulting in Mewtwo and Type: Null, and we all know what those two are capable of. Even if you ignore the potentially devastating effects Cara Liss's creations could have if they got loose, there's still one question. All fossil revival has been either done by professionals in museums or labs, or by the guy in the Dream Park whose life's dream is to create a Fossilmon paradise, so he's probably an expert. Meanwhile, Cara Liss is simply a random woman who can access technology akin to the Aether Foundation's. Either she's an absolute genius (unlikely given what she creates), or there's something a lot more fishy going on. Maybe it's not such a mystery as to how Aether's research was stolen...
    • As mentioned on the Tear Jerker page, Dracovish is making the rounds on the competitive circle for it's Strong Jaw + Fishious Rend combo. Made worse when you consider that the perpetually-suffocating Dracovish is arguably the one suffering the most of the four with the possible exception of the perpetually-freezing Arctozolt. The one in the most pain is the one being spawned en-masse. Worse, it throws a rather harsh light onto the lengths that competitive players will go to (and the things they'll accept) just to get that extra edge, creating an artificial Pokemon whose only purpose in life is to battle at any cost, not unlike Mewtwo before it.
      • And speaking of Mewtwo, thank Arceus, Mew, Giratina, and everyone else that this is the game continuity and not the anime, where all of Mewtwo's Character Development exists. Imagine learning that some hack scientist in a foreign region is replicating the same horrible experiments that created you, only she's not even doing it right, instead creating abominations that can barely even function, and a bunch of callous teenagers are helping her create more by supplying her with broken fossils. Even knowing that this gen takes place well after The First Movie and Mewtwo Returns, there's no telling what Mewtwo's response would be...
  • There is a much more disturbing implication with the Galar fossils: note that the Pokedex outright pretends that these chimeric hybrids actually once existed, with clearly-fabricated entries about how they lived in the past. Which means...how much of the Pokedex is actually truth and how much of it is mere speculation or outright lies?
    • A prevalent theory is that the Pokedex entries as we see them in-game were written by the Player Character. What are the odds that what Gloria/Victor is putting in for these poor beasts is just 100% pure bullshit being fed to them by Cara Liss?
  • How did the Dreepy line go extinct? Considering that Dragapult fires its offspring at others as an attack — and the fact that the line likely wasn't part-Ghost before it died out, meaning it's unlikely that the kids could take the damage — it's entirely possible that the Dragapult parents killed more of their children than they could breed.
    • What makes this worse is the fact that the Dreepy like being launched a high speeds.
    • Being ghost-type doesn't mean they are extinct - you can always breed more of them, who will still be ghost-type.

    Regional forms introduced in this gen 

Fridge Brilliance

  • The cross-generational evolutions shown all come from Galarian variations. This can be seen as a new way to introduce them without Retconning their normal variations in a way that's rather questionable.
  • Galarian Mr. Mime evolves into Mr. Rime, which is classified as the Comedian Pokémon. What does rhyming have to do with comedy, you might ask? Well, considering Galar is based on the UK...
  • Ponyta becoming a more traditional unicorn makes sense when you remember the unicorn is the national animal of Scotland, which Galar is partly inspired by.
    • Said unicorn is a Psychic-type, not the Fairy-type that was expected, because unicorns in lore (and in ability for said Galarian Ponyta) are known for healing poisons (though it does gain a secondary Fairy typing upon evolving into Galarian Rapidash). Fairy-type Pokémon are vulnerable to poisons and thus cannot so easily cure it.
  • Why has Galarian Corsola lost the ability to use the move Recover? On the meta side, it's probably to prevent it from becoming incredibly overpowered: a bulky 150 defense (with an Eviolite) on both sides and access to a health restoring move would allow it to become Nigh Invulnerable and shrug off even Max or G-Max Moves. But in-universe, it makes sense as well: the poor thing's basically become a bleached piece of coral after the ancient seas got too acidic for it. The coral protrusions you see on it are actually just blobs of ectoplasm. As such, being undead, it would likely not be too good at recovering the coral it lost as a Corsola.
  • It's stated in Mareanie's Shield Pokédex entry that Mareanie found in Galar haven't developed a taste for Corsola's branches. Considering that Galarian Corsola's branches have become incorporeal and also used by Corsola to drain life-force, this makes sense.
    • It is also possible that Corsola became extinct long ago, being 'an ancient type of Corsola', and thus died out before Mareanie arrived in the Galar Region to potentially predate on them.
  • It makes sense that the Legendary Birds are the ones who received Galarian forms, because aside from being Gen I Pokémon they are also among the few Legendary Pokémon without any kind of established backstory in the games which makes their variations not so far-fatched.
  • Galarian Slowpoke was added to the game two months after it's initial release - Slowpoke is infamously slow to do anything, that includes appear in the game.

Fridge Horror

  • The variations of Galarian Weezing and Galarian Corsola are one of many consequences of severe pollution in the Galar region. G-Corsola for example is based on Ghost coral, coral bleached white after it has died. It makes you wonder what terrible disasters and decisions had occurred to make the ecosystem so inhospitable for them.
    • It also makes Alolan Grimer's existence Harsher in Hindsight, as it's Kantonian counterpart's Pokédex entries talked about how the latter were going extinct because there was less pollution to live off of, implying that the former evolved (in the Darwinian sense) to subsist on trash instead. Apparently, while some regions are getting better at dealing with pollution, Galar, for whatever reason, is getting worse.
  • Runerigus is stated to not be Yamask evolved, but the rune slab Yamask was carrying, now having gained a life of its own... after draining the Yamask's spirit. Literal Ghost Pokémon can die. And since you choose when to evolve it, you are deliberately killing Yamask.
    • On top of that, in order to even "evolve" Yamask in the first place, you need to deplete 49 HP from it before it can become Runerigus. Not only are you deliberately killing poor Yamask, you are beating the poor thing up to the point it can't fight back against its tablet, and then letting it get sucked up into the rune slab, losing its sense of self and becoming a horrifying monstrosity in the process!
    • Even worse, remember how the Pokedex says that Yamask are actually the spirits of deceased people? You're basically killing a former human being for the second time! Moral of the story: Never become a Yamask in the Galar region!
      • There are two main ways this could pan out. The more charitable one is that this leaves the spirit well and truly free to finally pass on to the afterlife. The alternative is that the spirit is denied even that as it's fully consumed by the rune, and instead suffers Cessation of Existence at best and And I Must Scream at worst.
      • Or, for a relatively tamer explanation, the curse on the runestone tablet simply funnels Yamask's spirit inside and allows it to possess the tablet. Which would probably make more sense gameplay-wise, since the resulting Runerigus is essentially the same Pokémon as the Yamask that evolved into it, as far as natures, characteristics, recalling where it was hatched/caught, and whatnot are concerned.
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    Gigantamax and Dynamax forms 

Fridge Brilliance

  • When Dynamaxing a pokemon or catching a Dynamaxed raid boss, the player's pokeball enlarges. The player than lifts the ball above their head, using two hands and throws it outward. The shape of the ball looks just like a football ball and the throwing method is the way field players (especially those assigned as lateral throwers by their coaches) throw the balls as well, in an overhead manner. Similar to the above, as an analogue for Britain, this makes sense, especially because football (known as soccer in North America) is especially popular there.
  • Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing are logical progressions from the previous Mega Evolution and Z-Moves and combine aspects of both. All 3 gimmicks use a bracelet and crystal to empower the pokemon used.
    • Like with Mega Evolutions, the Dynamaxed pokemon grows to a new shape (and for the case of Gigantamax, size) with associated stat changes.
    • Like with Z-Moves, the enlarged Pokémon's moves are replaced with a "Max" move, similar to how Z-Moves are special attacks exclusive to the pokemon used.
  • Gigantamax Pikachu's rounder design and longer tail bring to mind its very early designs. Bonus points in that you receive it from Let's Go Pikachu!, which is a "remake" of Pokémon Yellow.
  • Gigantamax Alcremie's exclusive G-Max Move is called G-Max Finale. Given that Alcremie has the appearance of whipped cream and its Gigantamax form looks like a giant cake, it's themed after desserts, which are commonly the finale of a multiple course meal.
  • As weight-based moves cannot be used on Dynamaxed Pokémon, what could have been another hint to their weight is blocked out.
  • Eternatus can't be Dynamaxed despite being the source of the energy that allows Dynamax. That's because it's effectively permanently Dynamaxed to begin with.

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