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.

These games have a paid expansion pass where players are able to explore the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra.

Features

  • 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.
  • 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 Generation 7. They can now speed up and can ride on water, unlike previous games.
  • The Galar criminal organization is Team Yell (although Marco's Cosmos also performs as a villainous team, similar to Pokémon Sun and Moon) .
  • 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.

Pokémon

Starter Pokémon

Legendary and Mythical Pokémon

Other new Pokémon

Galarian forms

Similarly to the Alolan forms in Sun and Moon, there are 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

Sword

No. Sprite 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

Shield

No. Sprite 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
  • 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 the counterpart Pokémon.

Trivia

  • 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 "Town", "Village" and "City" in the name of places.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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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