Move over, Pikachu. I have a new favorite Pokemon. His name is Morpeko and he is hungry gosh darn it!
Morpeko is a new creature coming to Pokemon Sword and Shield who was revealed in the latest Galar Research Update. It’s described as “a form-changing Pokemon discovered in Galar,” and an electric/dark type. So far, two forms have been revealed for Morpeko: full belly mode and hangry mode, in which he becomes adorably irritable because of a lack of food. In this form, Morpeko’s Aura Wheel move changes from electric type to dark. It’s unclear if the creature has more forms that are yet to be revealed.
It appears Morpeko is based off hamsters or similar rodents, judging by the way it runs in its Aura Wheel. It also bears a slight resemblance to Pikachu–as one new creature typically does in new generations of Pokemon.
Elsewhere in the new Pokemon Sword and Shield trailer, Galarian forms were revealed for Weezing and Zigzagoon. The latter has a new evolution, Obstagoon, which evolves from Galarian Linoone. The trailer also unveiled the games’ new rivals, Bede and Marnie, as well as this generation’s evil team, Team Yell.
Pokemon Sword and Shield launch for Nintendo Switch on November 15. It’s unclear as of yet how many Pokemon will appear in the games, but we know you won’t be able to transfer every old monster to them–a decision that has proven so controversial that the games’ producer, Junichi Masuda, had to issue a statement addressing the drama. For more on the titles, be sure to check out our Pokemon Sword and Shield pre-order guide.