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Pokémon Sword (ポケットモンスター ソード, Poketto Monsutaa Soodo, Pocket Monsters Sword) and Pokémon Shield (ポケットモンスター シールド, Poketto Monsutaa Shiirudo, Pocket 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]


A Wild New Adventure with Pokémon!
Battle to be the Best!
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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.
  • Game has gone full 3D Mode, meaning that character has fully realistic characterisation and shadow techniques. This is the best graphic effect Pokémon has ever applied to their games to this day.
  • 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 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 068G.png Gigantamax Machamp Type Fighting.gif
#083 083A.png Galarian Farfetch'd Type Fighting.gif
#273 273.png Seedot Type Grass.gif
#274 274.png Nuzleaf Type Grass.gifType Dark.gif
#275 275.png Shiftry Type Grass.gifType Dark.gif
#303 303.png Mawile Type Steel.gifType Fairy.gif
#338 338.png Solrock Type Rock.gifType Psychic.gif
#550 550.png Red-Striped Basculin Type Water.gif
#554 554A.png Galarian Darumaka Type Ice.gif
#555 555B.png Galarian Darmanitan Type Ice.gif
#559 559.png Scraggy Type Dark.gifType Fighting.gif
#560 560.png Scrafty Type Dark.gifType Fighting.gif
#574 574.png Gothita Type Psychic.gif
#575 575.png Gothorita Type Psychic.gif
#576 576.png Gothitelle Type Psychic.gif
#627 627.png Rufflet Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif
#628 628.png Braviary Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif
#633 633.png Deino Type Dark.gifType Dragon.gif
#634 634.png Zweilous Type Dark.gifType Dragon.gif
#635 635.png Hydreigon Type Dark.gifType Dragon.gif
#684 684.png Swirlix Type Fairy.gif
#685 685.png Slurpuff Type Fairy.gif
#766 766.png Passimian Type Fighting.gif
#776 776.png Turtonator Type Fire.gifType Dragon.gif
#782 782.png Jangmo-o Type Dragon.gif
#783 783.png Hakamo-o Type Dragon.gifType Fighting.gif
#784 784.png Kommo-o Type Dragon.gifType Fighting.gif
#839 839G.png Gigantamax Coalossal Type Rock.gifType Fire.gif
#841 841.png Flapple Type Grass.gifType Dragon.gif
#841 841G.png Gigantamax Flapple Type Grass.gifType Dragon.gif
#865 865.png Sirfetch'd Type Fighting.gif
#874 874.png Stonjourner Type Rock.gif
#888 888.png Zacian Type Fairy.gif


No. Pokémon Type
#077 077A.png Galarian Ponyta Type Psychic.gif
#078 078A.png Galarian Rapidash Type Psychic.gifType Fairy.gif
#094 094G.png Gigantamax Gengar Type Ghost.gifType Poison.gif
#131 131G.png Gigantamax Lapras Type Water.gifType Ice.gif
#222 222A.png Galarian Corsola Type Ghost.gif
#246 246.png Larvitar Type Rock.gifType Ground.gif
#247 247.png Pupitar Type Rock.gifType Ground.gif
#248 248.png Tyranitar Type Rock.gifType Dark.gif
#270 270.png Lotad Type Water.gifType Grass.gif
#271 271.png Lombre Type Water.gifType Grass.gif
#272 272.png Ludicolo Type Water.gifType Grass.gif
#302 302.png Sableye Type Dark.gifType Ghost.gif
#337 337.png Lunatone Type Rock.gifType Psychic.gif
#453 453.png Croagunk Type Poison.gifType Fighting.gif
#454 454.png Toxicroak Type Poison.gifType Fighting.gif
#550 550A.png Blue-Striped Basculin Type Water.gif
#577 577.png Solosis Type Psychic.gif
#578 578.png Duosion Type Psychic.gif
#579 579.png Reuniclus Type Psychic.gif
#629 629.png Vullaby Type Dark.gifType Flying.gif
#630 630.png Mandibuzz Type Dark.gifType Flying.gif
#682 682.png Spritzee Type Fairy.gif
#683 683.png Aromatisse Type Fairy.gif
#704 704.png Goomy Type Dragon.gif
#705 705.png Sliggoo Type Dragon.gif
#706 706.png Goodra Type Dragon.gif
#765 765.png Oranguru Type Normal.gifType Psychic.gif
#780 780.png Drampa Type Normal.gifType Dragon.gif
#842 842.png Appletun Type Grass.gifType Dragon.gif
#842 841G.png Gigantamax Appletun Type Grass.gifType Dragon.gif
#864 864.png Cursola Type Ghost.gif
#875 875.png Eiscue Type Ice.gif
#889 889.png Zamazenta Type Fighting.gif

Isle of Armor

No. Pokémon Type
#127 127.png Pinsir Type Bug.gif
#692 692.png Clauncher Type Water.gif
#693 693.png Clawitzer Type Water.gif
No. Pokémon Type
#214 214.png Heracross Type Bug.gifType Fighting.gif
#690 690.png Skrelp Type Poison.gifType Water.gif
#691 691.png Dragalge Type Poison.gifType Dragon.gif

Crown Tundra

No. Pokémon Type
#138 138.png Omanyte Type Rock.gifType Water.gif
#139 139.png Omastar Type Rock.gifType Water.gif
#250 250.png Ho-Oh Type Fire.gifType Flying.gif
#371 371.png Bagon Type Dragon.gif
#372 372.png Shelgon Type Dragon.gif
#373 373.png Salamence Type Dragon.gifType Flying.gif
#381 381.png Latios Type Dragon.gifType Psychic.gif
#383 383.png Groudon Type Ground.gif
#483 483.png Dialga Type Steel.gifType Dragon.gif
#641 641.png Tornadus Type Flying.gif
#643 643.png Reshiram Type Dragon.gifType Fire.gif
#716 716.png Xerneas Type Fairy.gif
#791 791.png Solgaleo Type Psychic.gifType Steel.gif
No. Pokémon Type
#140 140.png Kabuto Type Rock.gifType Water.gif
#141 141.png Kabutops Type Rock.gifType Water.gif
#249 249.png Lugia Type Psychic.gifType Flying.gif
#380 380.png Latias Type Dragon.gifType Psychic.gif
#382 382.png Kyogre Type Water.gif
#443 443.png Gible Type Dragon.gifType Ground.gif
#444 444.png Gabite Type Dragon.gifType Ground.gif
#445 445.png Garchomp Type Dragon.gifType Ground.gif
#484 484.png Palkia Type Water.gifType Dragon.gif
#642 642.png Thundurus Type Electric.gifType Flying.gif
#644 644.png Zekrom Type Dragon.gifType Electric.gif
#717 717.png Yveltal Type Dark.gifType Flying.gif
#792 792.png Lunala Type Psychic.gifType Ghost.gif
  • 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 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 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 and 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 Let's Go, Eevee! was positively appealing to fans, they decided to implement it into this set of games.



  1. ^ Introduced in version 1.1.
  2. ^ Introduced in the "Isle of Armor" DLC.
  3. ^ a b c d Introduced in the "Crown Tundra" DLC.