There were so many Pokémon cut from the series with Sword & Shield’s release and “Dexit” that it can be hard to remember all the missing ‘mons, unless they’re your favorite. One of the generations that actually didn’t get hit too hard is Generation VI, which has a ton of representation in the base game. Some notable representatives are Pangoro, Malamar, Heliolisk, and Goodra.
Unfortunately, not all of Kalos made it into Galar, with a few still being held at the theoretical border. Since the release of the Isle of Armor DLC, though, a few of those missing Pokémon have made a triumphant return.
This small handful of Pokémon might be minimal, but with the Crown Tundra filling in a few more later this year, Kalos is only going to be missing a tiny amount of Pokémon overall. It doesn’t hurt that Generation VI has so few Pokémon to start with. Here are all the Kalos Pokémon that returned in the Isle of Armor DLC Expansion.
5 Fletchling, Fletchinder, and Talonflame
One of the most baffling omissions from the base game was Fletchling, since it was one of the first Pokémon seen in any Generation VIII promotional material. Sure, it only made an appearance as a weather vane on top of a building, but it was still a Fletchling regardless.
Luckily, Game Freak realized their mistake and brought Fletchling back, along with its evolutionary relatives, Fletchinder and Talonflame. These early-game bird Pokémon are the “Pidgey” of Generation VI, but much cooler, being Fire-type on top of their Flying-type.
Luckily, these fiery friends are pretty easy to find in the Isle of Armor. In Intense Sun, Fletchling will appear on Challenge Road, in the Loop Lagoon, or in the Potbottom Desert. Evolve it into Fletchinder at level 17 and then Talonflame at level 35, or find them in the wild as well.
Fletchinder is the most common of the three, available in a dozen different areas in the Intense Sun. Talonflame can be found in sunny weather as well, in the Soothing Wetlands, Loop Lagoon, or the Training Lowlands.
One of the stranger Pokémon that was introduced in Generation VI is Klefki, a small keyring Pokémon that collects various keys. This Steel/Fairy-type from Kalos is currently known to be a single-stage Pokémon that does not evolve from or into anything.
Not appearing in the base game, Klefki can be found in the Isle of Armor, but only in one location. If you’re looking to pick one up, head to the Fields of Honor — the only place it can be caught in the wild. It has a pretty low chance to appear at only 5 percent, but you should be able to see it on the overworld. Luckily, Klefki has the same spawn rate in any weather, so you should usually be able to find one without issue.
Another single-stage Pokémon from the Kalos region is Dedenne, an Electric/Fairy-type mouse Pokémon that is considered one of the generational Pikachu clones. Fans of the anime will be very familiar with this Pokémon, as Bonnie would frequently shout its name in a high-pitched voice in most episodes.
If you’re looking to find one of your own and join in Bonnie’s joy, you can now catch them on the Isle of Armor after their absence from the Galar mainland.
Dedenne will only really appear on the Challenge Beach, where it’s found as both a wandering strong Pokémon or a normal overworld spawn. Both have pretty low but not-too-terrible chances. It can also appear in any weather, so, like Klefki, you shouldn’t have an issue.
2 Skrelp and Dragalge
Now, let’s move onto the version exclusives that were introduced in the expansion. The first is Skrelp, a Kalos Pokémon that is exclusive to Pokémon Shield. Players with this version should head to the Workout Sea, Stepping-Stone Sea, Insular Sea, Honeycalm Sea, or Honeycalm Island to find a Skrelp. They can be very easily found bobbing along in the water during basically any weather condition.
For a Dragalge, simply evolve the Skrelp at level 48, which, in fairness, is pretty high, but not impossible. However, if it’s too high for your taste, Dragalge can be found in the wild in all the same places and weather conditions. The chances are very low at 1 percent, but it’s definitely an option.
1 Clauncher, Clawitzer
Players who have Pokémon Sword and want to trade a friend with Shield for Skrelp should consider catching a Clauncher for the friend, as it’s exclusive to Sword. Luckily, it’s caught in all the same places under the same conditions as Skrelp is in Shield.
Head to the Workout Sea, Insular Sea, Stepping-Stone Sea, Honeycalm Sea, or Honeycalm Island. You should be able to find Clauncher floating along while Surfing.
It will evolve into Clawitzer at level 37. However, like Dragalge, Clawitzer can also be caught in the wild (albeit at low odds).