Pokémon: The 10 Best Gen IV Pokémon In Sword & Shield

If Gen IV Pokémon were your absolute favorite bunch of critters, then here are the best you should look for in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

If you somehow haven't heard the screams coming from outside of the rock you live under, Pokémon Sword and Shield infamously cut over half of every Pokémon from its Regional Pokédex, giving us a grand total of 400 Pokémon to catch and battle with.

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No one had any problems with it, and it went well. So today, we're going to be taking a look at ten of the best Generation Four Pokémon that have made it into the games, in no particular order. Let's get into it.

10 Vespiquen

Vesipiquen is one of those Pokémon that will just relentlessly chase you down in the Wild Area, it's tons of fun. It's no Tsareena, but it gets the job done. Unless you catch a fully evolved Vespiquen in the wild, you're going to have to search out a female Combee, which is not something that you just... find, so best of luck with that. Either way, Vespiquen is a fun Sinnoh Pokémon that doesn't get much recognition. She's a good one to try out on your team.

9 Drifblim

You all know Drifblim, the one who's out here stealing children left and right. Yeah, he's in the Galar Region too. Shouldn't like, trackers be inserted on this entire race? The stealing of a child via sentient balloon just doesn't seem like the best situation to find yourself in. Nevertheless, Drifloon can be found all over the Galar Region. Wait a minute... the main characters of these games are children! Stay away, do not try and catch one it will literally just kidnap you.

8 Lucario

Lucario is that one blue dog that The Pokémon Company is obsessed with. Yeah, he's in Sword and Shield, too.

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Along with his pre-evolution Riolu, Lucario can be found in the Galar Region. It's surprising that the team over at Game Freak didn't end up giving him a Gigantimax form, as he's a likely candidate to receive one in the Diamond and Pearl remakes, being Champion Cynthia's ace Pokémon. You know they aren't just going to drop that mechanic.

7 Drapion

Big Scorpion Boy is another Pokémon that can be found in the Galar Region. He's another one that's just absolutely terrifying to be chased down by. You know... with all these Pokémon that send you into fight or flight mode running for your life, you'd think that they'd be able to implement following Pokémon.

Anyway, Drapion is another great addition to the Sinnoh Dex that we were happy to see make a return to the series in Sword and Shield. 

6 Glaceon

Of the two Eeveelutions that were brought into the mix in the Sinnoh Region, Glaceon was without a doubt the better of the two. The design was clearly better, and the ice typing was a fun switch up for Eevee to evolve into. Considering that Eevee has now become somewhat of a secondary mascot for the series, it only made sense that the Pokémon and its 17 larger friends got to all make an appearance when Sword and Shield rolled around.

5 Abomasnow

The perpetually bad ice-type Pokémon Abomasnow was chosen to be included in the Galar Region, good for him.

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Despite how awful Abomasnow's typing is, he continues to be allowed into the next installment in the Pokémon franchise. Abomasnow seems to be one that the Pokémon Company and Game Freak really like, as he was given a Mega and a cute little role in X and Y before he managed to snag a spot on the Galar Dex more recently. He might be a forever PU Pokémon, but he's an Uber in our hearts, and that's what matters.

4 Froslass

Another ice-type to make it into the Galar Dex is the absolutely terrifying Froslass. This Pokémon is an icicle that got possessed and now brings men wandering in the snow to their death. Remember how that was a thing that The Pokémon Company decided was a thing that needed to happen? Okay yeah, so maybe don't catch Froslass if you're playing as the male character. That will end well for Froslass and Froslass only. As a female character though, absolutely. This Pokémon clearly harbors somen anger toward men, so use that to your advantage to take down the champion, Leon.

3 Hippowdon

Hippowdon is a ground-type Pokémon from the Sinnoh Region that managed to make the cut in Galar, which is nice to see. If you plan on catching this Pokémon, you need to focus on finding a female variant. Both genders have different color schemes, and the all-over black design of female Hippowdon is far better than the male's more brown-yellow color scheme. What colors look better than a nice brown-yellow combination? That just really screams chic. Either way, grab a Hippopotas and level it up to 34 in order to nab yourself a Hippowdon.

2 Gastrodon

Gastrodon is another Sinnoh Pokémon that can be found in Galar. This water-type champion comes in two different forms, the West Sea and East sea variants. The West Sea Gastrodon features the pink and brown colors that are pictured above, while East Sea Gastrodon features a blue and green look. Despite the color differences, the forms are both functionally identical, and feature the same stats and moves. As such, it's up to you to decide which color scheme you prefer. Or, you catch both because they're both equally deserving of a spot on the team. Just look at that little beauty. He's so determined. Give him a medal for something. He probably deserves it.

1 Rotom

Rotom, that Pokémon that Game Freak would control the entire economy of the Pokémon World like three years ago. He's in the game. Despite the fact that he's your phone, bike and PC, Rotom is also just a catchable Pokémon in Sword and Shield. You can find him in the Wild Area at the Lake of Outrage. To this day does anyone know why Rotom was decided to control every electronic that there has ever been? No? Someone at Game Freak seems to just love this boy to the moon and back.

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