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Pokémon Sword and Shield differences: Which version should you buy?


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By Michael Andronico

All the exclusive Pokémon and features for Sword and Shield

Pokémon Sword and Shield are finally here, which begs the eternal question that comes with every Pokémon release: which version should you buy?

As with most mainline Pokémon games, Sword and Shield have the same game world, story and mechanics, but differ slightly in which Pokémon you can catch and which gym leaders you'll battle.

Here's a quick breakdown of the key Pokémon Sword and Shield differences.

Pokémon Sword exclusive Pokémon, Legendaries and Galarian forms

Here's a list of Pokémon exclusive to Pokémon Sword, including returning Pokémon, new Pokémon and special Galarian forms that put unique twists on classic characters. Pokémon Sword's Legendary Pokémon is Zacian, a large wolf-like monster that holds a sword in its mouth.

  • Zacian (Legendary)
  • Flapple
  • Indeedee (Male)
  • Stonejourner
  • Deino
  • Zweilous
  • Hydreigon
  • Jangmo-o
  • Hakamo-o
  • Kommo-o
  • Gothita
  • Gothitelle
  • Seedot
  • Nuzzleaf
  • Shiftry
  • Rufflet
  • Braviary
  • Swirlix
  • Slurpuff
  • Scraggy
  • Scrafty
  • Sawk
  • Basculin (Blue Stripe)
  • Mawile
  • Solrock
  • Passimian
  • Turtonator
  • Galarian Farfetch'd
  • Sirfetch'd
  • Galarian Darumaka
  • Galarian Darmanitan

Pokémon Shield exclusive Pokémon, Legendaries and Galarian forms

Pokémon Shield's Legendary Pokémon is Zamamenta, a similarly large wolf-like creature whose armor looks like one big shield. Other notable Shield exclusives include new Pokémon Appleton, Indeedee (Female) and Eiscue, as well as the Galarian versions of Ponyta and Cursola.

  • Zamamenta
  • Appleton
  • Indeedee (Female)
  • Eiscue
  • Larvitar
  • Pupitar
  • Tyranitar
  • Goomy
  • Sliggoo
  • Goodra
  • Solosis
  • Duosion
  • Reuniclus
  • Lotad
  • Lombre
  • Ludicolo
  • Vullaby
  • Mandibuzz
  • Spritzee
  • Aromatisse
  • Croagunk
  • Toxicroak
  • Throh
  • Basculin (Red Stripe)
  • Sableye
  • Lundatone
  • Oranguru
  • Drampa
  • Galarian Ponyta
  • Galarian Rapidash
  • Galarian Corsola
  • Cursola

Pokémon Sword and Shield gym leader differences

In addition to offering different Pokémon to catch, Sword and Shield also feature their own distinct gym leaders.

Pokémon Sword players will battle Fighting-type gym leader Bea and Rock-type gym leader Gordie, while Shield owners will fight Ghost-type gym leader Allister and Ice-type Gym leader Melony.

The rest of the game's gym leaders, including Milo and Nessa, can be encountered in both versions.

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Pokémon Sword or Shield: version differences and exclusives explained

Pokémon Sword or Shield? It’s a tough decision. At least, it’s a tough decision if you’ve been thinking about jumping into the eighth generation of the Pokémon games. 

Offering a choice between two versions of the same game is a long-standing tradition for the Pokémon series. It started with Red and Green in Japan for the GameBoy in and it continues through to these latest releases on Nintendo Switch. Then and now, the overall game is pretty much the same regardless of which version you choose. But there are some differences and it’s definitely not a bad idea to know what they are before you commit to Pokémon Sword or Shield.

There are actually more version differences in Pokémon Sword and Shield than previous generations. There have always been version-exclusive Pokémon, maybe some version-exclusive locations, but Pokémon Sword and Shield take that even further with version-exclusive Gyms, characters and curry ingredients. These are things that it’s really worth looking into. 

To help you decide whether you want Pokémon Sword or Shield, then, we’ve detailed the differences between both versions of the latest Pokémon games, as well as both DLC releases below. 

Pokémon Sword or Shield: version-exclusive Pokémon

From the early days, the main difference between the Pokémon releases has been that one version will have Pokémon the other doesn’t and vice versa. The same is still true for Sword and Shield. 

For some players this won’t make an iota of difference, but if you have a favorite creature that the game just isn't worth playing without,it’s worth making sure they won't be exclusive to a particular version before you make that Pokémon Sword or Shield decision. It's always possible to find someone to trade with if you have missed out – and you can always buy both versions, if you want to – but that's a bit of a rigmarole and can be avoided if you want an easier life. 

Below are the version exclusive Pokémon for Sword and Shield, with their respective types. 

Pokémon Sword exclusives:

  • Deino (Dark/Dragon)
  • Hydreigon (Dark/Dragon)
  • Jangmo-o (Dragon)
  • Kommo-o (Dragon/Fighting)
  • Hakamo-o (Dragon/Fighting)
  • Farfetch'd (Normal/Flying)
  • Sirfetch'd (Fighting)
  • Zweilous (Dark/Dragon)
  • Gothita (Psychic)
  • Gothorita (Psychic)
  • Gothitelle (Psychic)
  • Turtonator (Fire/Dragon)
  • Seedot (Grass)
  • Nuzleaf (Grass/Dark)
  • Shiftry (Grass/Dark)
  • Mawile (Steel/Fairy)
  • Solrock (Rock/Psychic)
  • Basculin (Water)
  • Darumaka (Ice)
  • Darmanitan (Ice)
  • Scraggy (Dark/Fighting)
  • Scrafty (Dark/Fighting)
  • Rufflet (Normal/Flying)
  • Braviary (Normal/Flying)
  • Swirlix (Fairy)
  • Slurpuff (Fairy)
  • Passimian (Fighting)
  • Coalossal, Gigantamax Raid native to Sword but can be shared (Rock/Fire) 
  • Flapple, Gigantamax Raid native to Sword but can be shared (Grass/Dragon)
  • Stonjourner (Rock)
  • Indeedee, Male (Psychic/Normal)

Pokémon Shield exclusives:

  • Goomy (Dragon)
  • Sliggo (Dragon)
  • Goodra (Dragon)
  • Larvitar (Rock/Ground)
  • Pupitar (Rock/Ground)
  • Tyranitar (Rock/Ground)
  • Galarian Ponyta (Psychic)
  • Solosis (Psychic)
  • Duosion (Psychic)
  • Reuniclus (Psychic)
  • Drampa (Normal/Dragon)
  • Vullaby (Dark/Flying)
  • Mandibuzz (Dark/Flying)
  • Gengar, Gigantamax Raid native to Shield but can be shared (Ghost/Poison)
  • Lapras, Gigantamax Raid native to Shield but can be shared (Water/Ice)
  • Cursola (Ghost)
  • Lotad (Water/Grass)
  • Lombre (Water/Grass)
  • Ludicolo (Water/Grass)
  • Sableye (Dark/Ghost)
  • Lunatone (Rock/Psychic)
  • Croagunk (Poison/Fight)
  • Toxicroak (Poisin/Fight)
  • Basculin, Blue-stripe form (Water)
  • Spritzee (Fairy)
  • Aromatisse (Fairy)
  • Oranguru (Normal/Psychic)
  • Appletun Gigantamax Raid native to Shield but can be shared (Grass/Dragon)
  • Eiscue (Ice)
  • Indeedee, Female (Psychic/Normal)

Pokémon Sword or Shield: version-exclusive Gyms

Sword and Shield also have version-exclusive gyms so, depending on which version you pick, you will find yourself facing an exclusive Gym Leader with their own type-focus.

Pokémon Black and White had a similar scenario where, depending on which version you picked, you found yourself battling either Drayden or Iris. That said, both Drayden and Iris used Dragon-types, so you likely weren't having a hugely different experience. 

This time, though, the version-exclusive Gym Leaders are different people who also use different types.

Pokémon Sword's exclusive gyms are:

  • Bea, the Fighting-type leader
  • Gordie, the Rock-type leader

While in Pokémon Shield you'll be battling against:

  • Allister, the Ghost-type leader
  • Melony, the Ice-type leader

If facing off against any of these particular Pokémon types makes you break out in hives, then it could really help you in your decision whether to go for Pokémon Sword or Shield. If you hate them all then we don’t know what to say – go for the lesser of two evils?

Pokémon Sword or Shield: Legendary Pokémon

Another classic version difference is in the Legendary Pokémon that plays the biggest part in your Pokémon adventure. Traditionally, the Legendary Pokémon featured on the cover of the game is a Pokémon you’ll be able to catch in your version of the game and this remains true in Pokémon Sword and Shield. 

For Pokémon Sword, this is Zacian, a Pokémon carrying a sword in its mouth that can cut through opponents. For Pokémon Shield it’s Zamazenta, a defence-based Pokémon whose shield-like body can reflect attacks back on opponents.

The Pokémon Company is providing players an opportunity to get the Shiny version of the legendary they didn’t have access to in their original game as part of a temporary promotion starting October 22 and running through November Yes, that’s right. If you’ve got Pokémon Sword, you could get your hands on a Shiny Zamazenta while Pokémon Shield players can get Shiny Zacian. The Pokémon will be free and can be added to your game via a code that’s claimed in-game in the Mystery Gift menu. Where and when you can get that code depends on where you’re living. 

In North America, it’s an in-store GameStop offer. In the US, Zacian is available until 11 November while Zamazenta’s code can be obtained between November 12 and In Canada Zacian is only available until 4 November with Zamazenta available from November 5 to In the UK and Ireland, both Pokémon are available at the same time in GAME and GameStop stores respectively. 

Pokémon Sword or Shield: version-exclusive curry ingredients

These exclusives are more minor than the others but there are version-exclusive curry ingredients in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Fortunately, there's only two total. 

Those playing with Pokémon Sword get Bob's food tin to cook with, while those playing with Shield get Bach's food tin. Both can be bought from the ingredients sellers in the Rolling Hills and Hammerlocke sections of the Wild Area in your version of the game.

For those who want to experiment with the ingredient that's not in their version in order to expand their CurryDex, you can either trade Pokémon to get one holding that ingredient, or you can cook with a player who has the opposite version of the game as recipes you create while cooking with others will be added to your CurryDex. 

Pokémon Sword or Shield: Isle of Armor DLC differences

Pokémon Sword and Shield's first expansion, Isle of Armor, is out now and is available for both versions of the game. The Pokémon DLC brings with it a new mentor, dogo master Mustard, new Pokémon (including the return of some old favorites) and new rivals. 

But, while the Isle of Armor content for Pokémon Sword and Shield is pretty much the same, which version of the game you have will determine which rival you face-off against. 

Owners of Pokémon Sword will get Klara, a poison-type trainer, as their rival; while owners of Pokémon Shield will face-off against Avery, a psychic-type-trainer.

Pokémon Sword or Shield: Crown Tundra DLC differences

Pokémon Sword and Shield’s second expansion, The Crown Tundra, is out now and is available for both versions of the game. Larger than Isle of Armor, The Crown Tundra takes players to colder climes where they’ll be appointed as the leader of an exploration team tasked with investigating the far reaches of the land, including its underground Pokémon Dens. 

Like Isle of Armor, the content in The Crown Tundra is quite similar for Pokémon Sword and Shield. In terms of version exclusive Pokémon, Sword players will be able to catch Omanyte, Omastar, Bagon, Shelgon, Salamence.  Shield players on the other hand will be able to watch Kabuto, Kabutops, Gible, Gabite, Garchomp.

A more notable difference between the Sword and Shield versions are the Legendary Pokémon you’ll be able to encounter in the game’s new Dynamax Adventures. Sword has the legendaries Ho-Oh, Latios, Groudon, Dialga, Tornadus, Reshiram, Xerneas and Solgaleo, while Shield has Lugia, Latias, Kyogre, Palkia, Thundurus, Zekrom, Yveltal and Lunala.

This can be worked around, though, as you can simply join in the Dynamax Adventure of someone with the opposite version to you in order to try and catch that version’s exclusive Legendaries in a team Dynamax Adventure.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Wiki Guide

Pokemon Sword and Shields expansions, The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra, each come withe some exclusives for each version. Not all exclusives are known at this time, but they will be added as they're announced or discovered.

First up are new rivals. They're ultimate goals are to train hard so that they can eventually set up their own Gyms.

Pokemon Sword Exclusive Rival - Klara

Klara is a rival that appears with The Isle of Armor expansion. She specializes in Poison-type Pokemon and is training with other new character, Mustard, at his dojo.

"She’ll do just about anything to appear adorable and cute, as popularity is what she admires most of all. She goes about her days with a smile on her face, but hiding behind it is a calculating nature that she puts to very good use."

Pokemon Shield Exclusive Rival - Avery

Avery is a rival that appears with The Isle of Armor expansion. He specializes in Psychic-type Pokemon, as indicated by the Poke Balls that float around his top hat (and his uniform).

"He is gentlemanly and well-mannered but also very proud. And it seems that he’ll see you as a particularly formidable rival!"

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All the differences between Pokemon Sword and Shield

Since Pokemon Red and Green launched in Japan in , a staple of the Pokemon video game series has been to release mainline games in pairs. Sword and Shield are no different but the most recent games took things a step further. 

Instead of just having different exclusive Pokemon, Sword and Shield have exclusive gym leaders, NPCs, and Dynamax versions of Pokemon. There’s a lot to go over when it comes to the different Pokemon Sword and Shield exclusives, but here’s everything you need to know.

Pokemon Sword and Shield exclusives

In the base versions of Pokemon Sword and Shield, there were 68 exclusive Pokemon with both versions having 34 exclusives that could only be obtained from the other game by connecting with another player to trade or Max Raid Battle. That number grew even further with both DLCs for Pokemon Sword and Shield, the Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra.

Here is the list of exclusive Pokemon, condensed into the highest form of their evolutionary lines:

There are a handful of notes when it comes to these exclusives.

With the Isle of Armor DLC, players can activate and deactivate Gigantamax forms of any applicable Pokemon in Mustard’s Dojo, making it so Sword players can catch and upgrade Gengar and Lapras and Shield players can do the same with Machamp and Coalossal. Players that don’t have the DLC will need to trade or join a raid hosted by a player of the opposite game.

In terms of hard exclusivity, Indeedee can be caught in either game but the genders are game-exclusive, with males appearing in Sword and females appearing in Shield. Players in both Pokemon Sword and Shield can catch Applin but evolves into Flapple with the Sword-exclusive Tart Apple or Appletun with the Shield-exclusive Sweet Apple, with the Gigantamax versions of those Pokemon appearing in their respective games. Finally, Basculin’s Pokedex entry can be filled in either game without trading but the red version is in Sword while the blue version is in Shield.

For the most part, Pokemon Sword and Shield’s exclusive Pokemon are evenly distributed based on their relative strength and archetype. For example, both have an exclusive one-stage dragon Pokemon, with Sword getting Turtonator and Shield getting Drampa. Both have two exclusive pseudo-legendaries with Kommo-o and Hydreigon going to Sword while Goodra and Tyranitar go to Shield. The list goes on like that, ensuring neither game has a serious advantage over the other.

Pokemon Sword and Shield have exclusive gym leaders, rivals

The differences between games within the same Pokemon generation can vary wildly. Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire had different enemy teams, Sun and Moon swapped the day and night cycles, and so on. Alongside having a particularly long list of version-exclusive Pokemon, Sword and Shield also introduce a number of version-exclusive NPCs. 

Pokemon Sword’s fourth gym leader is fighting-type trainer Bea and the sixth gym leader is rock-type Gordie. In Shield, Bea is replaced with ghost user Allister, and Gordie is replaced with ice-type Melony. 

This is expanded out further in the Isle of Armor DLC. Isle of Armor adds another rival to the player, with Sword players getting poison gym leader-in-training Klara while Shield players face psychic specialist Avery. Both have lineups built around Galarian Slowbro.

Different curry ingredients available in Pokemon Sword and Shield

The last big difference between Pokemon Sword and Shield revolves around the curry-making mini-game.

Pokemon Shield players can find Bach’s Food Tin, making Rich Curry. Pokemon Sword players can create Juicy Curry with Bob’s Food Tin. These items can be purchased from the ingredient sellers in the Wild Area passageway to Hammerlocke and in Rolling Fields.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield

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Pokémon Sword[a] and Pokémon Shield[b] are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. They are the first installments in the eighth generation of the Pokémon video game series and the second in the series, following Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, released on a home game console. Originally teased at E3 and announced in February , Pokémon Sword and Shield were released in November The games received two downloadable contentexpansion packs through an expansion pass with The Isle of Armor, released in June and The Crown Tundra, released in October A physical bundle including both expansion packs with the base games was released in November

Sword and Shield's concept planning began immediately following the completion of Pokémon Sun and Moon in , while full production began a year later in September Like previous installments, they chronicle the journey of a young Pokémon trainer aiming to become the Pokémon Champion, this time in the new Galar region, which is based on the United Kingdom. The main objective of the games is to dethrone the Pokémon League Champion, Leon, in a tournament that various other Gym Leaders and rivals also take part in, whilst dealing with Team Yell and a nefarious conspiracy within the League. Sword and Shield introduce 81 new Pokémon alongside 13 regional forms of pre-existing Pokémon; Dynamaxing, which increases the size of Pokémon under certain conditions; Gigantamaxing, which additionally changes the form of certain Pokémon; and the Wild Area, which is a large, open-world area with free camera movement that contains co-op raid battles. The two games also reintroduce features previously seen in Sun and Moon and Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, such as regional forms and roaming Pokémon depicted in the overworld.

When the decision to not include all pre-existing Pokémon in Sword and Shield was announced, it was met with backlash from a segment of the fan community, resulting in a controversy known as "Dexit" and calls for a boycott months ahead of their release. Despite this, Sword and Shield received generally positive reviews from critics. Particular praise was aimed at the creature design, new features, and the emphasis on simplicity, player freedom, and streamlined encounters, although some criticized the game's smaller Pokédex and a perceived lack of polish or depth. By March , Sword and Shield had sold more than 21 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the fastest-selling games on the Nintendo Switch, and are currently the fifth-best-selling games on the Switch.


See also: Gameplay of Pokémon

An online multi battle between four players in teams of two

Pokémon Sword and Shield are role-playing video games with adventure elements[1] and in most cases are presented in a fixed camera, third-person perspective; in certain instances free camera movement is available.[1] The player controls a young trainer who goes on a quest to catch and train creatures known as Pokémon and win battles against other trainers. By defeating opposing Pokémon in turn-based battles, the player's Pokémon gains experience, allowing them to level up and increase their battle statistics, learn new battle techniques and in some cases, evolve into more powerful Pokémon. Players can capture wild Pokémon, found during wild encounters, by weakening them in battle and catching them with Poké Balls, allowing them to be added to their party. Players are also able to battle and trade Pokémon with other human players using the Nintendo Switch connectivity features. As with previous games in the series, certain Pokémon are only obtainable in either Sword or Shield, with players encouraged to trade with others in order to obtain all Pokémon from both versions.[1]

Sword and Shield takes place in the Galar region, which is based on the United Kingdom. As with all regions, Galar consists of a number of cities and towns connected by "Routes"; however, there is also an open world area in the center of the region known as the "Wild Area", a concept new to the series. Random encounters with wild Pokémon may take place in tall grass or in bodies of water along routes or in the Wild Area. Wild Pokémon may also be encountered outside of tall grass and elsewhere in the environment and may chase or run away from the player depending on their disposition. The player occasionally battles Trainers in cities, towns, along routes and in the Wild Area. The driving force bringing the player to travel around the Galar region is to take part in the "Gym Challenge", an open-tournament to decide the greatest Pokémon Trainer in the region, dubbed the Champion. Eight of the game's cities and towns are homes to stadiums housing "Gym Leaders", powerful Trainers specializing in certain types of Pokémon; beating a Gym Leader gives the player a "Badge".[1] After attaining eight Badges the player will be able to take part in the "Champion Cup", where they will face off in a single-elimination tournament against the previously faced Gym Leaders and other Trainers remaining in the Gym Challenge. After emerging victorious the player will face the Champion of the Galar region.[1]

New features[edit]

See also: List of generation VIII Pokémon

The player and three NPCswork together to take down a Dynamaxed Pokémon

The games introduce several new features to the series. These include cooperative raid encounters, the Wild Area, and "Dynamaxing" and "Gigantamaxing", both of which temporarily allow Pokémon to grow to larger sizes. The Wild Area is a fully explorable open world area with free camera movement and dynamic weather, which has implications on which Pokémon species appear at a given time.[2][3][4] Gigantamaxing is limited to select Pokémon and feature different forms from the Pokémon's normal appearance.[5] A new mechanic called "Poké Jobs" tasks the player's Pokémon with completing requests, such as assisting in construction or cooking, to gain experience or rare items.[6]Pokémon Gyms make a return after being absent in Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.[7] As is typical with the series, the two games have version-exclusive content such as certain Pokémon and, for the second time, Gym Leaders.[5] A new 'Camp' mode allows the player to interact and play with their Pokémon and cook different types of curry to provide them with bonuses. New customization options for the player character have been added, like outerwear and other accessories.[8] In most instances, the Pokémon box can now be accessed outside of Pokémon Centers.[9]


An online Pokémon trade between two players (Feebas on the bottom and Meltan on the top)

Internet connectivity to other players is supported for functionality such as trades, battles, and encountering other trainers in the Wild Area; these functions however require a paid subscription to Nintendo Switch Online.[10]Sword and Shield only support direct game-to-game connectivity between themselves. The games are also compatible with Pokémon Home, an online cloud storage service for storing Pokémon, released in February [11] Supported Pokémon can be transferred to the games from the Nintendo 3DS app Pokémon Bank, Pokémon Go and Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! via Pokémon Home.[12][11]Home is the only path to bringing Pokémon from previous games into Sword and Shield.



Sword and Shield are set in the fictional Galar region (as viewed from the south)

Satellite image of Great Britain (taken from North above to South below), which heavily inspired the design of the Galar region

Sword and Shield take place in the Galar region, a large, narrow expanse of land and one of many regions in the Pokémon world. Game director Shigeru Ohmori described it as a more modern setting.[13] The region itself is inspired by Great Britain,[14] with its many landmarks resembling places such as the Houses of Parliament and the Cerne Abbas Giant.[15][16][17] Within the Galar region lie countryside towns featuring cottages and Victorian architecture to the south.[16] An Industrial Revolution-like city with steampunk-style elements populates the center of the region.[18] Many of the region's towns and cities feature Pokémon Gyms stylized like football stadiums, which show off both Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing, implemented by the Galar Pokémon League Chairman, Rose.[19] Snow-covered mountains dominate much of the northern areas of the region.[13] Encompassing a large portion of the south-central part of the region is the Wild Area, an open world area with numerous roaming Pokémon species. Weather across the Wild Area changes regularly.[2] Like with Pokémon Sun and Moon, Pokémon previously introduced in older games, such as Weezing, gain regional Galarian Forms with new typings, stats and appearances. Some Pokémon, such as Linoone and Meowth, even gain regional evolutions, a first in the series.[20]


See also: List of Pokémon characters and List of Pokémon

Similar to many previous entries in the Pokémon franchise, players embark on a journey across the region to become the strongest trainer, fighting eight powerful trainers called Gym Leaders and eventually the region's Champion. The player and their best friend, Hop, receive one of three starter Pokémon: Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble from Leon, Champion of the Galar region and Hop's older brother. Afterward, the two explore a forest called the Slumbering Weald but are driven off by a powerful Pokémon. During their subsequent visit to the region's Pokémon Professor, Magnolia and her granddaughter Sonia, they convince Leon to endorse them to take part in the Gym Challenge. After traveling to the next city to register for the Gym Challenge, they encounter rivals Bede and Marnie along with Team Yell, a devout group of hooligans who act as Marnie's unintentional fanbase and are determined to stop anyone else from completing the Challenge. The player also meets Chairman Rose, who, in addition to endorsing Bede as a Gym Challenger, presides over the Galar Pokémon League and the region's main energy company, Macro Cosmos.

The Galar region was heavily inspired by the United Kingdom, with the main city—Wyndon—being a representation of London(pictured). The in-game city has the Rose of the Rondelands, a building inspired by the Houses of Parliament. The iconic red telephone booths appear in the games. The stadium that hosts the player's battle against Leon is modeled after Wembley Stadium.

As their quest continues, the player assists Sonia in her research on two Legendary Pokémon who saved Galar from an ancient crisis called the Darkest Day and deduces that they are the same Pokémon previously encountered in the Slumbering Weald. After beating the eight Gym Leaders, including Piers, Marnie's older brother and the leader of Team Yell, the player makes their way to Wyndon where they win the Champion's Cup, earning an opportunity to battle Leon. The next day, before the battle between the player and Leon can commence, Chairman Rose awakens the legendary Pokémon Eternatus in an attempt to harness its power to provide unlimited energy to Galar, purposefully triggering a second Darkest Day. The player and Hop return to the Slumbering Weald and secure the aid of the legendary Pokémon, Zacian and Zamazenta, to defeat Chairman Rose and Eternatus, after which the player catches Eternatus. Three days later, the player faces and defeats Leon in a battle and becomes the new Champion of the Galar region.

After defeating Leon, the player and Hop return to the Slumbering Weald to return Zacian and Zamazenta's artifacts to their rightful place. The two also meet Sonia, who has become the Galar region's new Pokémon Professor. However, they are confronted by Sordward and Shielbert, two brothers claiming to be descendants of ancient Galarian kings. The two steal one of the relics and begin forcing innocent Pokémon to Dynamax. The player, Hop, and Piers work with the Gym Leaders to subdue the Dynamax Pokémon and then track down and confront the brothers. Once both the player and Hop corners the brothers in the Hammerlocke Power Plant, they then explain why they forced many innocent Pokemon to Dynamax. They forced innocent Pokemon to Dynamax as experiments on what would happen if Zacian/Zamazenta was to be sprinkled with Galar particles. The brothers' ultimate goal is to reveal the true barbaric and brutish nature of Zacian or Zamazenta, because Sonia thought that the two heroes who stopped the Darkest Day were Pokemon rather than humans. They use Dynamax energy to drive Zamazenta (in Sword) or Zacian (in Shield) berserk, and the player drives them off with the help of Zacian (in Sword) or Zamazenta (in Shield). They then are challenged to a battle by the Legendary Pokémon and allowed to catch it, while Hop follows Zamazenta/Zacian back to the Slumbering Weald and calms it down, being chosen by it as its Trainer. The player and Hop have a final battle, after which Hop decides to be a Pokémon Professor and becomes Sonia's assistant.


See also: List of generation VIII Pokémon §&#;Design and development

Development of Pokémon Sword and Shield began immediately following the completion of Sun and Moon in the months preceding their release in November Shigeru Ohmori, who previously directed Sun and Moon, formed a team who begun thinking about ideas for the title. Kazumasa Iwao, director of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon later joined the project as planning director and full production started in September One of the first ideas the team had was making Pokémon giant as the game could be played on a large screen, thanks to the Switch's ability to connect to a television. Ohmori then thought about having a sword and a shield Pokémon to defeat the giant Pokémon; that's how the games' titles were decided.[21][22]

Approximately 1,&#;people from multiple companies were involved in the development, marketing, and public relations associated with Sword and Shield. Approximately &#;Game Freak employees worked directly on the games while around &#;Creatures Inc. employees worked on 3D modeling, with an additional &#;involved in debugging and game testing. Junichi Masuda estimated the total number of people involved to be 50% greater than previous Pokémon titles.

The idea of strength and striving to be the greatest and strongest was one of the core themes that Game Freak used in designing the games. This is expressed through the Nintendo Switch's status as the most powerful console to run a Pokémon game, with features such as Dynamaxing, and references to British folklore.[22] The games' soundtrack is inspired by British rock music.[22] One track was composed by Toby Fox, best known for being the creator of Undertale.[23] The Switch's ability to render larger Pokémon models and better show size differences between species is the root of the Dynamax feature. The idea of "growing and evolving" is a core concept of the games—for both the trainer and their Pokémon—stemming from producer Junichi Masuda and director Shigeru Ohmori's experience with the franchise.[24]

Producer Junichi Masudasaid the decision to cut some Pokémon from the games was a difficult choice

Unlike other core Pokémon games, not all existing Pokémon species appear or are usable in Sword and Shield. Masuda addressed this as a potential issue in a interview with GameSpot, at which point he said that "it does get complicated when you talk about the details and we're still figuring it out, but we do have plans to find ways to let players use their Pokémon in the next game."[25] By , Masuda explained that the sheer number of species, combined with the need to produce assets relating to new features such as the Dynamaxing system, preserve game balance, and maintain a degree of quality made it infeasible to include all existing Pokémon without extensively lengthening development time. As such, only Pokémon that appear within the Galar region are transferable from previous titles via Pokémon Home.[12][26] Furthermore, according to the developers, the higher fidelity models, which were designed to be more "expressive," had to be built from the ground up as simply transferring existing ones produced for the 3DS platform was not possible.[27][28] Masuda confirmed that all three companies involved in the development, Nintendo, Game Freak, and The Pokémon Company, agreed to cut down the games' Pokédex.[29]


The games were originally teased through a special message by The Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara during Nintendo's E3 presentation, where Ishihara mentioned that Game Freak was working on a new core series Pokémon role-playing game for Nintendo Switch but that it would not be released for more than a year.[30] During a press conference held by The Pokémon Company in Japan on May 30, , Junichi Masuda confirmed that the next Pokémon core series games would release on Switch in the second half of [31] Ishihara also assured that the then-upcoming titles would not have influences from Pokémon Go like Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! had and that it would introduce many new Pokémon and "polished" graphics.[32]

Sword and Shield were fully unveiled in a special Nintendo Direct presentation on February 27, , introducing the games' region and starter Pokémon. The presentation coincided with Pokémon Day, a fan celebration of Pokémon on the anniversary of the Japanese release of Pokémon Red and Green.[33] A second Nintendo Direct about the games was held on June 5, , which revealed some of its new features, characters, and Pokémon, including the legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta, which appear on the box art. The release date of November 15, , was also announced as part of this presentation.[3] Game Freak intentionally limited the number of new Pokémon revealed through promotional material to encourage players to discover them in-game.[34]

A promotional crossover between Sword and Shield and Tetris 99 occurred from November 8–11, during which a limited-time unlockable theme based on the games was available.[35] A web app was also released, allowing the viewer to explore the Wild Area online.[36] In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, an online tournament themed around Pokémon was held from November 15–18 to promote Sword and Shield's release, while a spirit event occurred from November 22–27, with some Pokémon being available as collectible spirits.[37][38]

Expansion packs[edit]

Main articles: Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Isle of Armor and Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra

During the Pokémon Direct on January 9, , a pair of expansion packs were announced which were released throughout as part of an expansion pass. The first pack, The Isle of Armor, was released on June 17, , while the second pack, The Crown Tundra, was released on October 22, A physical bundle including both expansion packs with the base games was released on November 6, [39] The expansion packs introduce new Legendary Pokémon such as Kubfu and its evolved forms in The Isle of Armor and Calyrex in The Crown Tundra, along with new regional forms for pre-existing Pokémon such as Slowpoke.[40] Between both expansion packs, they add more than pre-existing Pokémon that aren't available in the base game.[41] The explorable area introduced in The Isle of Armor draws inspiration from the Isle of Man while the area in The Crown Tundra is based on Scotland.[42]



The decision not to include all pre-existing Pokémon in the games drew criticism from many fans, who referred to it as "Dexit", a portmanteau of Pokédex and Brexit (tying in with the Galar region's British theme),[43] and used the hashtag "#BringBackNationalDex" to discuss the matter on social media.[44] Fan backlash focused on the removal of a long-standing aspect of the franchise, the discarding of its former English tagline "gotta catch 'em all," and a perceived lack of improvements in other areas of the games, such as graphics and animations.[44][45] Some fans called for the games to be delayed until all of the Pokémon could be added.[46][47] In an interview with Famitsu, Shigeru Ohmori stated that models for Pokémon appearing in Sword and Shield were being made again from the ground up.[48][49]

Writing for Polygon, Patricia Hernandez commented that "to some degree, the backlash makes sense" while adding that it had "gotten out of hand".[44] Alex Donaldson of VG noted that feature creep—where an increase in new features over time may lead to removal of previous ones—had finally reached Pokémon, and long-overlooked design shortcomings of Game Freak were brought to the forefront as a result.[50]Kotaku's Gita Jackson summarized the backlash as "the tension of a desire to indulge in nostalgia against a desire to experience more complexity."[51] Joe Merrick, the webmaster of fansite Serebii, considered the controversy to have caused the most unrest among Pokémon fans since the troubled launch of Pokémon Bank in [43]

Masuda formally responded to the criticism on June 28, , two weeks after it erupted, expressing appreciation for the love and passion shown by fans.[52] He reiterated that the removal of certain Pokémon was a difficult decision to make and that they would be available in different games in the future. Michael McWhertor of Polygon noted that while Masuda's statement acknowledged the fans' discontent, it "[did not] amount to much".[53]

Critical response[edit]


Upon release, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield received "generally favorable reviews" according to review aggregatorMetacritic.[54][55] Critics praised the games' simplicity, new elements such as Dynamaxing, and streamlined battle encounters but criticized the incomplete Pokédex and not taking full advantage of the games' potential.

Brian Shea from Game Informer particularly praised the new Dynamax feature for being visually and strategically exciting without being overused: "while the Dynamax mechanic has the potential to disrupt the flow of any battle, it doesn't factor into most encounters, since it can only be used in Gym battles and select other situations".[59] Casey DeFreitas for IGN also praised Sword and Shield for their fun gameplay and lack of monotonous activities, while criticizing aspects such as cutscenes and lack of a full Pokédex.[62] Writing for GameSpot, Kallie Plagge also praised the pair for easy-to-understand game systems and a sense of freedom stating, "you're not held back by overly complicated back-end systems or hoops to jump through; from the outset, you can start wandering the Galar region, seeing its new Pokémon, and trying out its new battle strategies with very little in your way."

Conversely, Chris Tapsell for Eurogamer criticized the games, commenting that it lacked substance and did not live up to previous titles in the series. Tapsell commented "this is a new generation of Pokémon games that promises much, with brilliant new Pokémon, a raft of intricate system-tinkering for long-term fans and a series-first stab at an 'open-world' area. But all that's new seems to have come at a cost – and the cost is almost everything else in the game."[65] James Grebey and Tom Philip of GQ also felt somewhat underwhelmed, praising the Wild Area but stating that the games were "satisfying but pedestrian" and feel like "proof of concept [with] another stage of evolution left for console Pokémon games". They also said that "there is a lot in Sword and Shield that doesn't feel like it couldn't have been achieved on the Nintendo 3DS."[66]


In Japan, Sword and Shield sold two million copies during their first three days on sale, surpassing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the fastest-selling Switch games in that region.[67][68] In the US, they sold more than two million copies in their opening weekend. By November 21, , Sword and Shield had sold more than six million copies worldwide, surpassing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the fastest-selling Switch games.[69] By March , the games had sold million copies worldwide.[70]




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