Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are the first new pair of games of Generation VIII. They take place in the Galar Region. The Starter Pokémon that are available are Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble.

Announced during a Pokémon Direct, this game will have a paid expansion pass.


  • Similarly 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.
  • 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 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 & Eevee.
  • The player can lure wild Pokémon from grass by whistling, as well as sneaking 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.
  • Bikes return after their absence in Sun & Moon and Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon. They can now speed up and can ride on water, unlike previous games.
  • The Galar criminal organization is Team Yell.
  • Poké Jobs are being introduced.
  • Pokémon Camp, a feature similar to Pokémon-Amie and Pokémon Refresh, and Partner Play is being introduced.
  • Auto-save is being implemented in this generation. Players can switch off this function if they don't want 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. It is unknown if this can be turned off or not.
  • Tutorials can be skipped now.
  • 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 now trade away your gift Pokémon.
  • Known as the Gym Challenge, Gyms that the player must battle with the goal of becoming the Champion will return to the games, after being replaced by trials in Pokémon Sun and Moon, 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 Pokédex and the listed "foreign" species can be transferred to Pokémon Sword and Shield. The list of compatible foreign species is expected to expand 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 migrated 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 Pokémon

Other new Pokémon

Galarian forms

Similarly to the Alolan forms in Sun and Moon, they have Regional variant in the Galar Region known as the Galarian forms. Galarian forms even has evolution of some of the Regional variant of Pokémon that is only exclusive to that type of Regional variant.

List of Galarian forms

Version Exclusive Pokémon


No. Sprite Pokémon type
#068 068G Gigantamax Machamp Type Fighting
#083 083A Galarian Farfetch'd Type Fighting
#273 273 Seedot Type Grass
#274 274 Nuzleaf Type GrassType Dark
#275 275 Shiftry Type GrassType Dark
#303 303 Mawile Type SteelType Fairy
#338 338 Solrock Type RockType Psychic
#550 550 Red-Striped Basculin Type Water
#554 554A Galarian Darumaka Type Ice
#555 555B Galarian Darmanitan Type Ice
#559 559 Scraggy Type DarkType Fighting
#560 560 Scrafty Type DarkType Fighting
#574 574 Gothita Type Psychic
#575 575 Gothorita Type Psychic
#576 576 Gothitelle Type Psychic
#627 627 Rufflet Type NormalType Flying
#628 628 Braviary Type NormalType Flying
#633 633 Deino Type DarkType Dragon
#634 634 Zweilous Type DarkType Dragon
#635 635 Hydreigon Type DarkType Dragon
#684 684 Swirlix Type Fairy
#685 685 Slurpuff Type Fairy
#766 766 Passimian Type Fighting
#776 776 Turtonator Type FireType Dragon
#782 782 Jangmo-o Type Dragon
#783 783 Hakamo-o Type DragonType Fighting
#784 784 Kommo-o Type DragonType Fighting
#839 839G Gigantamax Coalossal Type RockType Fire
#841 841 Flapple Type GrassType Dragon
#841 841G Gigantamax Flapple Type GrassType Dragon
#865 865 Sirfetch'd Type Fighting
#874 874 Stonjourner Type Rock
#888 888 Zacian Type Fairy
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No. Sprite Pokémon type
#077 077A Galarian Ponyta Type Psychic
#078 078A Galarian Rapidash Type PsychicType Fairy
#094 094G Gigantamax Gengar Type GhostType Poison
#131 131G Gigantamax Lapras Type WaterType Ice
#222 222A Galarian Corsola Type Ghost
#246 246 Larvitar Type RockType Ground
#247 247 Pupitar Type RockType Ground
#248 248 Tyranitar Type RockType Dark
#270 270 Lotad Type WaterType Grass
#271 271 Lombre Type WaterType Grass
#272 272 Ludicolo Type WaterType Grass
#302 302 Sableye Type DarkType Ghost
#337 337 Lunatone Type RockType Psychic
#453 453 Croagunk Type PoisonType Fighting
#454 454 Toxicroak Type PoisonType Fighting
#550 550 Blue-Striped Basculin Type Water
#577 577 Solosis Type Psychic
#578 578 Duosion Type Psychic
#579 579 Reuniclus Type Psychic
#629 629 Vullaby Type DarkType Flying
#630 630 Mandibuzz Type DarkType Flying
#682 682 Spritzee Type Fairy
#683 683 Aromatisse Type Fairy
#704 704 Goomy Type Dragon
#705 705 Sliggoo Type Dragon
#706 706 Goodra Type Dragon
#765 765 Oranguru Type NormalType Psychic
#780 780 Drampa Type NormalType Dragon
#842 842 Appletun Type GrassType Dragon
#842 841G Gigantamax Appletun Type GrassType Dragon
#864 864 Cursola Type Ghost
#875 875 Eiscue Type Ice
#889 889 Zamazenta Type Fighting
  • Wild male Indeedee is exclusive to Pokémon Sword, while wild female Indeedee is exclusive to Pokémon Shield. However, both genders can be obtained in either game through breeding.
  • Wild male Meowstic is exclusive to Pokémon Sword, while wild female Meowstic is exclusive to Pokémon Shield. However, both genders can be obtained by evolving Espurr of the appropriate gender.
  • Wild Sawk is exclusive to Pokémon Sword, while wild Throh is exclusive to Pokémon Shield. However, there is an in-game trade on Circhester where the player can trade a Vanillish to obtain ThrohSw/SawkSh.


  • This is the second pair of Pokémon core series games whose region is based on Europe, the first being Pokémon X and Y (France).
  • 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 Monsutā" (ポケットモンスター) in the Japanese logos. Additionally, "Poketto Monsutā" 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 a Victory Road.
    • Not to feature a named mountain.
    • Not to 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.
    • Have a Baby Pokémon since Generation IV.
    • Have all of the Starters final evolutions mono-type since Generation II.
    • Have a paid additional content.
  • 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 halted 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.


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