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Pokémon: Sword & Shield

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Expansion Pass (and More)

Ben Chard
Vincent Lau

In the past, Pokémon games were usually superseded by an enhanced version (or versions), which added new features to the original game. For example, after Pokémon Sun and Moon came out, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were released, with a new storyline related to the Legendary Pokémon "Necrozma" IconNecrozma, new Pokémon forms and Ultra Beasts, plus a meaty post-game mission.

Note that Sword and Shield each have a separate expansion pass.

For this generation, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company will be releasing a paid Expansion Pass for Sword and Shield instead. The expansion pass will be divided into two sets of content.

  1. The Isle of Armor: This will be released before the end of June 2020.

  2. The Crown Tundra: This will be released during Autumn 2020.

Both of these will feature brand new environments, new Pokémon, additional story, new gameplay features, as well as 100+ returning Pokémon each (for a total of 200+). Once the content is released, you can use your current save data to play it. To access the new content, you must have reached the Wild Area, which occurs within the first few hours of the game.

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    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    4 January 2023
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Welcome to our comprehensive strategy guide for Pokémon: Sword and Shield, the latest entries in the Pokémon video game franchise. Our guide also incorporates all the DLC, including the Isle of Armor and brand new Crown Tundra DLC.

In Sword and Shield, you explore the Galar region, based on the United Kingdom, alongside rivals Hop, Bede and Marnie, with the aim to dethrone the Pokémon League Champion.

The games introduce several new features such as Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing, functions that increase size and change forms of certain Pokémon; the Wild Area, a large open world with free camera movement; and raids with co-op battling. They also reintroduce features previously seen in Sun and Moon and Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, such as regional variants and roaming Pokémon depicted in the overworld.

Brand New October 2020:

Version 1.2

  • A Complete Walkthrough of the Isle of Armor.
  • Details of all 16 new Wild Areas, including Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All the new Max Raid Dens: Locations and Featured Pokémon.
  • Images and Locations of All 150 of the Missing Diglett.
  • The Isle of Armor Pokédex (featuring 100 Returning Pokémon).
  • Recipes for the Cram-o-matic.
  • A Full Walkthrough featuring Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All Gym Encounters and Strategies.
  • New Items: Mints & Natures Explained.
  • Post Game content including Champion Cup.
  • Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing.
  • The Galar Region Pokédex (featuring 400 Pokemon).

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