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Pokémon Sword (Japanese: ポケットモンスター ソード, HepburnPocket Monsters Sword) and Pokémon Shield (Japanese: ポケットモンスター シールド, HepburnPocket Monsters Shield) are the first pair of games of Generation VIII. They take place in the United Kingdom-inspired Galar region. The Starter Pokémon of the region are: Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble.

These games have paid expansion passes, where players are able to explore the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra. Physical versions, with the expansion passes, were released on November 6, 2020.[4]


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  • Similar to Sun and Moon and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon where a Rotom possesses your Pokédex, there is also a Rotom who instead possesses a phone. The phone can be attached to objects to upgrade them.
  • The game is in full 3D, allowing for full character rendering, dynamic camera rotation, and dynamic shadows.
  • Two new mechanics, Dynamax and Gigantamax, appear. Dynamaxing allows for Pokémon to grow to great sizes and battle other giant Pokémon; their moves also get Dynamaxed and have new attributes. Gigantamaxing is similar, but the Pokémon grows bigger and changes its appearance, too.
  • Overworld roaming Pokémon return from Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. Pokémon can also be found in random encounters within the grass. Overworld Pokémon also act differently from the previous game. Certain Pokémon wander around outside of grass; some Pokémon chase after the player, and some Pokémon will run or fly away from the player.
  • The Poké Ball Plus device can also work for these games; however, it won't function as a controller like it did in Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
  • The player can sneak through grass to get close to the shy Pokémon that normally run away
  • Overworld weather attributes reappear such as snow, rain, sun and sandstorms. They can change what Pokémon appear. For instance, Wingull appear in the rain and Snover appear in the snow. Weather conditions can also stack. For instance, during thunderstorms, the effects of Electric Terrain and rain will both be present.
  • Bike returns as the Rotom Bike after their absence in Generation VII; in addition to traveling on land, it also allows the player to ride on water.
  • The Galar criminal organization is Team Yell. Macro Cosmos also performs as a villainous team, similar to Pokémon Sun and Moon.
  • Poké Jobs are introduced.
  • Pokémon Camp, a feature similar to Pokémon-Amie and Pokémon Refresh, are introduced.
  • Auto-save is an option. Players can switch off this function if they don't wish to have it on.
  • The Exp. Share item is removed as Exp. Share is now automatic. All Pokémon get a bit of Experience Points after battle, even if they didn't participate.
  • Tutorials can be skipped.
  • The levels of wild Pokémon differ in some places; instead of the levels of Pokémon increasing as you get farther, over-leveled Pokémon can be found in early routes and areas.
  • Wild Pokémon have an indicator in the form of a colored glow that tells if they have upped stats or better IVs, making it easier to find perfect Pokémon.
  • You can trade away your gift Pokémon.
  • Known as the Gym Challenge, Gyms that the player must battle with the goal of becoming the Champion return to the games, after being replaced by trials in Pokémon Sun and Moon and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. The challenge culminates in the annual Champion Cup tournament, where the player may challenge the Champion.
  • Pokémon Sword and Shield can connect with Pokémon HOME. This allows it to store and receive Pokémon from Pokémon HOME, including Pokémon from previous generations that were transferred into Pokémon HOME. However, only Pokémon in the Galar regional Pokédexes and the listed "foreign" species can be transferred to Pokémon Sword and Shield. The list of compatible foreign species is expanded in conjunction with the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass releases.
  • Additionally, several moves from past core releases cannot be used or learned in Sword and Shield. If a Pokémon knowing any of these moves is transferred into Sword or Shield, it will not be able to use these moves in battle; the moves' description will also recommend that these moves be forgotten.


Starter Pokémon

Legendary and Mythical Pokémon

Other new Pokémon

Galarian forms

Similarly to the Alolan forms in Sun and Moon, there are Regional Variants in the Galar Region known as the Galarian forms. Galarian forms even has Regional Variants of Pokémon that is only exclusive to that type of Regional Variant, such as Galarian Meowth evolving into Perrserker.

List of Galarian forms

Version Exclusive Pokémon


No. Pokémon Type
#068 0068G Gigantamax Machamp Type Fighting
#083 0083A Galarian Farfetch'd Type Fighting
#273 0273 Seedot Type Grass
#274 0274 Nuzleaf Type GrassType Dark
#275 0275 Shiftry Type GrassType Dark
#303 0303 Mawile Type SteelType Fairy
#338 0338 Solrock Type RockType Psychic
#550 0550 Red-Striped Basculin Type Water
#554 0554A Galarian Darumaka Type Ice
#555 0555B Galarian Darmanitan Type Ice
#559 0559 Scraggy Type DarkType Fighting
#560 0560 Scrafty Type DarkType Fighting
#574 0574 Gothita Type Psychic
#575 0575 Gothorita Type Psychic
#576 0576 Gothitelle Type Psychic
#627 0627 Rufflet Type NormalType Flying
#628 0628 Braviary Type NormalType Flying
#633 0633 Deino Type DarkType Dragon
#634 0634 Zweilous Type DarkType Dragon
#635 0635 Hydreigon Type DarkType Dragon
#684 0684 Swirlix Type Fairy
#685 0685 Slurpuff Type Fairy
#766 0766 Passimian Type Fighting
#776 0776 Turtonator Type FireType Dragon
#782 0782 Jangmo-o Type Dragon
#783 0783 Hakamo-o Type DragonType Fighting
#784 0784 Kommo-o Type DragonType Fighting
#839 0839G Gigantamax Coalossal Type RockType Fire
#841 0841 Flapple Type GrassType Dragon
#841 0841G Gigantamax Flapple Type GrassType Dragon
#865 0865 Sirfetch'd Type Fighting
#874 0874 Stonjourner Type Rock
#888 0888 Zacian Type Fairy


No. Pokémon Type
#077 0077A Galarian Ponyta Type Psychic
#078 0078A Galarian Rapidash Type PsychicType Fairy
#094 0094G Gigantamax Gengar Type GhostType Poison
#131 0131G Gigantamax Lapras Type WaterType Ice
#222 0222A Galarian Corsola Type Ghost
#246 0246 Larvitar Type RockType Ground
#247 0247 Pupitar Type RockType Ground
#248 0248 Tyranitar Type RockType Dark
#270 0270 Lotad Type WaterType Grass
#271 0271 Lombre Type WaterType Grass
#272 0272 Ludicolo Type WaterType Grass
#302 0302 Sableye Type DarkType Ghost
#337 0337 Lunatone Type RockType Psychic
#453 0453 Croagunk Type PoisonType Fighting
#454 0454 Toxicroak Type PoisonType Fighting
#550 0550A Blue-Striped Basculin Type Water
#577 0577 Solosis Type Psychic
#578 0578 Duosion Type Psychic
#579 0579 Reuniclus Type Psychic
#629 0629 Vullaby Type DarkType Flying
#630 0630 Mandibuzz Type DarkType Flying
#682 0682 Spritzee Type Fairy
#683 0683 Aromatisse Type Fairy
#704 0704 Goomy Type Dragon
#705 0705 Sliggoo Type Dragon
#706 0706 Goodra Type Dragon
#765 0765 Oranguru Type NormalType Psychic
#780 0780 Drampa Type NormalType Dragon
#842 0842 Appletun Type GrassType Dragon
#842 0841G Gigantamax Appletun Type GrassType Dragon
#864 0864 Cursola Type Ghost
#875 0875 Eiscue Type Ice
#889 0889 Zamazenta Type Fighting

Isle of Armor

No. Pokémon Type
#127 0127 Pinsir Type Bug
#692 0692 Clauncher Type Water
#693 0693 Clawitzer Type Water
No. Pokémon Type
#214 0214 Heracross Type BugType Fighting
#690 0690 Skrelp Type PoisonType Water
#691 0691 Dragalge Type PoisonType Dragon

Crown Tundra

No. Pokémon Type
#138 0138 Omanyte Type RockType Water
#139 0139 Omastar Type RockType Water
#250 0250 Ho-Oh Type FireType Flying
#371 0371 Bagon Type Dragon
#372 0372 Shelgon Type Dragon
#373 0373 Salamence Type DragonType Flying
#381 0381 Latios Type DragonType Psychic
#383 0383 Groudon Type Ground
#483 0483 Dialga Type SteelType Dragon
#641 0641 Tornadus Type Flying
#643 0643 Reshiram Type DragonType Fire
#716 0716 Xerneas Type Fairy
#791 0791 Solgaleo Type PsychicType Steel
No. Pokémon Type
#140 0140 Kabuto Type RockType Water
#141 0141 Kabutops Type RockType Water
#249 0249 Lugia Type PsychicType Flying
#380 0380 Latias Type DragonType Psychic
#382 0382 Kyogre Type Water
#443 0443 Gible Type DragonType Ground
#444 0444 Gabite Type DragonType Ground
#445 0445 Garchomp Type DragonType Ground
#484 0484 Palkia Type WaterType Dragon
#642 0642 Thundurus Type ElectricType Flying
#644 0644 Zekrom Type DragonType Electric
#717 0717 Yveltal Type DarkType Flying
#792 0792 Lunala Type PsychicType Ghost
  • Wild Sawk are exclusive to Pokémon Sword, while wild Throh are exclusive to Pokémon Shield. However, there is an in-game trade in Circhester where the player can trade a Vanillish to obtain the counterpart Pokémon.
  • Wild male Meowstic are exclusive to Pokémon Sword, while wild female Meowstic are exclusive to Pokémon Shield. However, both genders can be obtained by evolving Espurr of the appropriate gender.
  • Cosmoem will only evolve into Solgaleo in Pokémon Sword and will only evolve into Lunala in Pokémon Shield. A Cosmoem traded between games will evolve accordingly to what game version it is currently in.
  • Wild male Indeedee are exclusive to Pokémon Sword, while wild female Indeedee are exclusive to Pokémon Shield. However, both genders can be obtained in either game through breeding.


Info below is retrieved from Serebii.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield version history
VersionRelease dateSize (Blocks/Bytes)Fixes
1.1 January 9, 2020 Unknown
  • Added Galarian Slowpoke
  • Added small event in Wedgehurst featuring Slowpoke
  • Fixes a bug that causes Sucker Punch or Quash to not hit when there is only one opponent Pokémon
  • Fixes a bug that causes the game to lock if you have taught certain Pokémon many TM/TR moves and then go to the Move Relearner
  • Various bug fixes
1.1.1 March 18, 2020 Unknown
  • Fixed a bug that caused the game to crash if a player received a Pokémon that had been poorly hacked
  • Fixed a bug where a character's name wouldn't appear above the text box
  • Various bug fixes
1.2 June 17, 2020 Unknown
  • Added access to the The Isle of Armor and all its relevant contents, new items and improvements
  • Added data for 101 returning Pokémon, as well as the new Pokémon, Kubfu, Urshifu and Zarude, as well as new moves and abilities
  • Added the Battle Ready Mark, a mark that allows for you to make your Pokémon usable in Ranked Battle if transferred
  • Added Team Preview to be on the same screen as team selection for multiplayer battles
  • Altered Link Codes on the Y-Comm to be 8 numbers rather than 4
  • Fixed a problem that allowed people to disconnect in Ranked Battle and receive a win
  • Various bug fixes
1.2.1 July 8, 2020 Unknown
  • Fixed a problem that allowed players to match in the Y-Comm using just 7 of the 8 Link Code numbers
  • Fixed a loophole that allowed for illegitimate raids to appear on the Y-Comm
  • Various bug fixes
1.3 October 23, 2020 Unknown
  • Added access to the The Crown Tundra and all its relevant contents, new items and improvements
  • Added data for 200 returning Pokémon
1.3.1 December 22, 2020 Unknown
  • Fixed a problem with some battle mechanics.
  • Various bug fixes
1.3.2 May 12, 2021 Unknown
  • Fixed a problem with some battle mechanics that prevented Groudon and Kyogre having Trick used on them
  • Fixed an issue that let you see whether or not your opponent picked Xerneas, Zacian or Zamazenta during multiplayer battles by looking at the sprites in their Team data
  • Various bug fixes


  • This is the second pair of Pokémon core series games whose region is based on Europe, with the first being Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (France).
  • This is the second Pokémon core series game whose legendary mascots can be captured in the post game instead of the main game, the first one being Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2.
  • Information on these mainline games was revealed on February 27, 2019, also known as Pokémon Day around the world, as it was the date that the first Pokémon games hit store shelves in 1996.
  • After five generations, the Poké Ball no longer serves as the handakuten in the Po (ポ) of "Poketto Monsutaa" (ポケットモンスター) in the Japanese logos. Additionally, "Poketto Monsutaa" is written in the style of the international logos of the franchise. The top stroke in the N (ン) is replaced with the Pokémon Gym logo, however.
  • These are the first main-line games to:
    • Have a wide open-world sandbox area, similar to the PokéPark game series.
    • Have version-exclusive Gym Leaders that use different types.
    • Feature a Dark-type Gym Leader.
    • Not to feature "Town", "Village" or "City" in the name of places, but are mentioned as if they do in the games at times.
    • Not feature a Victory Road.
    • Not feature a named mountain.
    • Not feature an Elite Four.
      • A similar role is fulfilled by the Champion Cup, although no new characters are introduced at that point in the game.
    • Not introduce a new dual-Normal-type Pokémon with Normal as its primary type.
    • Not have the regional bird Pokémon be dual-type in its first and/or second stages.
    • Introduce a Baby Pokémon since Generation IV.
    • Introduce a Pokémon in the Erratic experience group since Generation IV.
    • Have all of the Starters final evolutions mono-type since Generation II.
    • Have paid additional content.
    • Be an even numbered generation and not introduce a new evolution for Eevee.
    • Have all locations in the region accessible before the game's post-game story.
  • The Pokémon Company and Uniqlo once held a collaborative T-shirt design contest in May 2019 to select the designs of the champions as the player characters' outfits. Unfortunately, since both the champion and another contestant's designs had violated the contest rules, Uniqlo ultimately cancelled this project with the Pokémon Company.
  • This is the first pair of Pokémon core series games whose region introduced the most rival characters with five.
  • Sword and Shield were originally not going to have Pokémon roaming around, and instead only intended to have random encounters. However, after noticing how the feature of roaming Pokémon in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! was positively appealing to fans, they decided to implement it into this set of games.



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bundle pack with Expansion Passes
  2. ^ Introduced in version 1.1.
  3. ^ Introduced in the "Isle of Armor" DLC.
  4. ^ a b c d Introduced in the "Crown Tundra" DLC.