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The Internet Reacts To Sirfetch’d, Pokémon Sword's New Farfetch'd Evolution

Illustration for article titled The Internet Reacts To Sirfetch’d, iPokémon Sword/is New Farfetchd Evolution

Farfetch’d, the leek-carrying bird pal that’s been around since the original Pokémon games, is finally getting an evolution of his own. His buff new form, appearing exclusively in Pokémon Sword, is called Sirfetch’d, and the internet has some thoughts about this smug bird knight.

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According to the official Sword and Shield website, Sirfetch’d is incredibly noble, to the point that “they are often chosen as a motif for paintings.” They fight until their leek finally withers, retiring after they’ve lost their veggie weapons. Farfetch’d is notoriously weak as a Pokémon, and as other Pokémon continued to get new evolutions beyond their debut generations, fans wondered if the Wild Duck Pokémon would ever get one of its own to make it more viable in battles. Sirfetch’d keeps his impressive eyebrows and gains a literal sword and shield—perfect fodder for emotional internet reactions and fanart. Of course, the fact that the Pokémon had been rumored (and leeked) for a while means there was time to prepare for this reveal. Behold:

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Happy Knifeduck Day, indeed. There’s still questions to be answered. If Sirfetch’d is a knight, does that make him a cop? Why does his outline match up so well to the notorious glitched pokémon Missingno? These aren’t real questions and I’m mostly making them up, but maybe we’ll get answers. For now, we can all bond in our shared appreciation of this buff duck lad.

Former Senior Writer and Critic at Kotaku.

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DISCUSSION

I love the design but, that being said, this is all we’re getting in today’s announcement? The existence of a Pokemon which was already revealed in an increasingly credible leak and which people called pretty much immediately after it was teased? Is that really the coolest/most interesting thing they have to show us?

I dunno, seems like a waste of the build-up with that whole glitched page thing.

I don’t see why they couldn’t include this reveal in a trailer with something more interesting. The middle stages of our starters, for example.

Why aren’t you telling us anything new about our starters, Nintendo? Did you fuck it up? You fucked it up, didn’t you Nintendo? What did you do to our starters, Nintendo?!

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO MY SCORBUNNY, NINTENDO?!