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POKEMON SWORD & SHIELD + DLC - Pre-release Information (Updated Oct 18, 2020)

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Platform: Nintendo Switch / Nintendo Switch Lite
Release Date: November 15, 2019 (Worldwide)
Game File Size: Approximately 9.5 GB

Serebii.net links: [ Game Information | Pre-release Screenshots | Pre-release Videos ]
Official Websites: [ English | Japanese ]

  • Pokemon Sword & Shield are the titular entries to Generation 8.
  • According to Tsunekazu Ishihara, it is not meant to be an entry game, but a game that longtime Pokemon fans have looked forward to.
  • The game is being directed by Shigeru Ohmori. He also directed Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire and Pokemon Sun/Moon.


  • The new adventure will take place on Galar Region, an expansive region with many environments—idyllic countryside, contemporary cities, thick forests, and craggy, snow-covered mountains.
    • The region is apparently based and inspired from Great Britain.
    • The vast expanse of land and lakes found in the central Galar region is known as the Wild Area.
      • The Pokemon encountered in the Wild Area will vary depending on location, time and weather.
        • A new weather condition has been introduced, Thunderstorm, where the battlefield will have both rain and Electric Terrain in effect.
      • This area is divided into several sections; Lake Miloch, Lake Axewell, Rolling Hills to name a few.
      • Scattered around the Wild Area are Pokemon Dens that are releasing a red pillar of light. These dens are home to Dynamax Pokemon where players can attempt Max Raid Battles.
      • Wild Area is also home to powerful wild Pokemon. However, these Pokemon cannot be caught until the player is strong enough.
      • Additionally, there are certain Pokemon that will emit a yellow aura. These Pokemon will have a couple of Max IVs or Egg Moves.
      • Players can dynamically control the camera and access the PC only while in this area.
      • Watts are Wild Area-exclusive currency that are gained by battling trainers and doing Max Raid battles. It can be used to purchase camp gear, items, and curry ingredients from merchants scattered around the place.
    • Apart from trains, the Galar Taxi is an aerial transport system used to travel between towns using a Corviknight.
    • Here are some of the places in Galar:
      • Wedgehurst is the player's hometown found on southern Galar.
      • Slumbering Weald is the foggy forest south of Wedgehurst.
      • Motostoke is the large industrial city directly north of the Wild Area.
      • Gilmwood Tangle is a strange forest filled with glowing mushrooms.
  • During your adventure, you will meet a lot of different characters:
    • Leon is "the greatest Trainer in all of Galar". The undefeated and the current champion. He is the one who gives the starter Pokemon.
    • Hop is Leon’s younger brother and the player's rival. He aims to be the champion.
    • Professor Magnolia is Galar's preeminent Pokemon professor. She studies the Dynamax phenomenon.
    • Sonia is Prof. Magnolia's granddaughter, assistant, and Leon's childhood friend. She will offer helpful advice and aid the player on his/her adventure.
    • Rose is the Galar Pokemon League Chairman and a president of a large business conglomerate. He endorsed Leon for the Gym challenge.
    • Oleana is Rose’s secretary and vice president. She is known for her calm and collected personality.
    • Bede is also one of the rivals. Endorsed by Rose. He appears to have other objectives apart from being Champion.
    • Marnie is also one of the rivals. She aims to be Champion to accomplish a certain goal.
  • In the Galar Pokemon League, players will be able to challenge Gyms and aim to be the Champion once again.
    • In the game's lore, there are a total of 18 Gyms that are classified into Major and Minor Leagues. However, there are only a total of 8 badges to collect. The gyms will vary in each version. The Gym Leaders are as follows:
      • Milo specializes on Grass types.
      • Nessa specializes on Water types.
      • Bea specializes on Fighting types, and is exclusive to Pokemon Sword.
      • Allister specializes on Ghost types, and is exclusive to Pokemon Shield.
    • During the Gym Challenge, each challenger wears a special uniform for the occasion. Players can choose the combination of three numbers for their jersey.
  • The game's antagonistic group is called Team Yell. They are Galar's troublemakers and Marnie's avid fans. They will do everything to make Marnie Champion.


  • The 3 new starter Pokemon are:
    • Grookey - Grass | Chimp | Overgrow
    • Sorbunny - Fire | Rabbit | Blaze
    • Sobble - Water | Water Lizard | Torrent
  • The box Legendaries are:
    • Zacian (Pokemon Sword) - "Its shining blade can cut through anything."
    • Zamazenta (Pokemon Shield) - "Its gleaming shield can turn back any attack."
  • The following are the other new Pokemon:
    • Gossifleur - Grass | Flowering | Cotton Down / Regenerator
    • Eldegoss - Grass | Cotton Bloom | Cotton Down / Regenerator | Evolves from Gossifleur
    • Wooloo - Normal | Sheep | Fluffy / Run Away
    • Corviknight - Flying/Steel | Raven | Pressure / Unnerve / Mirror Armor (H)
    • Drednaw - Water/Rock | Bite | Strong Jaw / Shell Armor
    • Alcremie - Fairy | Cream | Sweet Veil | Has more than 28 forms called "Flavors"
    • Yamper - Electric | Puppy | Ball Fetch
    • Rolycoly - Rock | Coal | Steam Engine / Heatproof
    • Duraludon - Steel/Dragon | Alloy | Light Metal / Heavy Metal
    • Obstagoon - Dark/Normal | Blocking | Reckless / Guts | Evolves from Galarian Linoone
    • Morpeko - Electric/Dark | Two-Sided | Hunger Switch
    • Cramorant - Flying/Water | Gulp | Gulp Missile
    • Polteageist - Ghost | Black Tea | Weak Armor
    • Sirfetch'd - Fighting | Wild Duck | Steadfast | Evolves from Farfetch'd, Pokemon Sword exclusive
    • Impidimp - Dark/Fairy | ??? | ???
  • There are a few unidentified and unconfirmed Pokemon found in trailers:
    • A squirrel/chipmunk seen in the shirt of one of the audiences in the Stadium
    • An unknown Pokemon sent out by Chairman Rose during the opening ceremony
    • An unknown Pokemon next to the man in the Pokemon Center's cafe
    • A fish being spit by Cramorant
    • Silhouettes/Statues of unknown creatures by the docks near Nessa's Gym
    • A Pokemon that looks like Mr. Mime with a cane.
    • A Pokemon that looks like a runestone.
  • Galar has its own regional variants:
    • Galarian Weezing - Poison/Fairy | Poison Gas | Levitate / Neutralizing Gas
    • Galarian Zigzagoon - Dark/Normal | Tiny Raccoon | Pickup / Gluttony
    • Galarian Linoone - Dark/Normal | Rushing | Pickup / Gluttony | Evolves from Galarian Zigzagoon
    • Galarian Ponyta - Psychic | Unique Horn | Pastel Veil / Run Away | Pokemon Shield exclusive
  • The National Dex and Mega Evolutions are not in the game. However, the feature is said to return in the future.
  • To see the list of Pokemon possibly included in the Galar Pokedex, click HERE.
  • To see a list of version-exclusives, click HERE.
  • To see a list of new Moves introduced, click HERE.
  • To see a list of new Abilities, click HERE.


  • The game's graphics are more visually impressive than any of the previous mainline games.
  • The Rotom Phone is a special gadget inhabited by a Rotom. Apart from the Pokedex, it has a lot of other uses. For example, it can be attached to the bicycle to increase speed on land, or help traverse water.
    • The Pokedex has a minimap that shows which Pokemon are available in each area.
  • The Dynamax Phenomenon is a new mechanic that is an integral part of Pokemon battles in the Galar region.
    • Dynamaxing allows a Pokemon to grow into a giant as well as receive power boosts in battle.
    • Only Trainers who possess a Dynamax Band are able to Dynamax their Pokemon.
    • You can only Dynamax your Pokemon once per battle. It can only last up to three turns.
    • Dynamax can only be used in specific locations, such as the Pokemon Gyms.
    • All the moves of a Dynamax Pokemon will turn into special Max Moves.
      • Max Moves are determined by what kind and types of moves a Pokemon knows.
      • Max Moves also have secondary effects such as stat increases.
    • Dynamax Power shrugs off moves that causes flinching.
    • Each Pokemon has a specific Dynamax Level. However it's meaning is currently unclear.
  • Gigantamax is a new feature which boosts power upon Dynamaxing and changes a Pokemon's form.
    • Only specific Pokemon can Gigantamax, and these Pokemon are only found exclusively in Max Raid Battles.
    • Each Gigantamax Pokemon have their own unique G-Move.
    • Some known Pokemon than can Gigantamax are Drednaw, Corviknight, Alcremie, Pikachu, Eevee, Meowth, Butterfree & Charizard.
      • Gigantamax Pikachu can be received by having Play Records on your Nintendo Switch system from Let's Go, Pikachu.
      • Gigantamax Eevee can be received by having Play Records on your Nintendo Switch system from Let's Go, Eevee.
      • Gigantamax Meowth is a special early purchase bonus, and is available through Mystery Gift from November 15, 2019 until January 15, 2020.
    • Before starting a raid battle, the game indicates whether you're fighting a normal or a Gigantamax Pokemon. Gigantamax Pokemon has a yellow glow behind its sprite's silhouette.
  • Max Raid Battles are a completely new battle format where players can team up with three other Trainers in order to take on a wild Dynamax Pokemon found in Pokemon Dens.
    • If no other players are available, support Trainers will automatically be added to your team.
    • Players can only use one Pokemon from your party or your box.
    • Max Raid battles only last 10 turns.
    • Trainers who may use Dynamax changes each turn but only one Trainer in the team can Dynamax their Pokemon and only once per battle.
    • Wild Dynamax Pokemon will remain in their giant form for the entire battle.
      • It may use multiple moves in a single turn.
      • It may neutralize the Abilities of each player’s Pokemon or completely reset stat changes before attacking.
      • It may put up a barrier that prevents damage. Each attack reduces at least one part of the gauge.
    • Wild Dynamax Pokemon can only be caught once it's defeated.
      • Each player will be able to throw one Pokeball in an attempt to catch the Dynamax Pokemon.
      • Only one Trainer needs to catch the Max Raid Pokemon for everyone to obtain it.
      • Victories in Max Raid Battles can also reward players with items.
    • Pokemon encountered in Max Raids will also vary on the location and weather within the Wild Area.
      • Some Pokemon are exclusive to Max Raid Battles.
    • Hidden Abilities of Pokemon can be obtained through Max Raid Battles.
    • To see the current Max Raid events, click HERE.
  • Similar to Let's Go, wild Pokemon can be seen and encountered on the overworld. There are generally three methods to encounter Wild Pokemon:
    • By approaching roaming Pokemon on the overworld.
    • By approaching the [!] icon that will pop up in patches of tall grass.
    • By simply running around the tall grass.
  • The sneaking feature from Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire returns.
  • Poke Jobs is a new feature where you can send your Pokemon to do job requests from corporations or universities.
    • You can check available Poke Jobs at the Rotomi in Pokemon Centers.
    • You can also directly send Pokemon from your Boxes.
    • Pokemon will earn EXP as a reward, but how much it gains is based on how long they work and their types.
  • Rotomi is an upgraded version of the PC found in Pokemon Centers.
    • Aside from accessing Boxes, it has many other features such as Poke Jobs and the Loto-ID.
    • Pokemon Boxes can be accessed anywhere, except in mission areas such as Gyms.
  • Trainer Customization returns with more clothing, hairstyle and makeup options. Items for sale will vary per boutique.
  • Players are given League Cards that provide detailed information about the Trainer.
    • You can use the Card Maker function of Rotomi to fully customize your card such as changing the background, frame, facial expression, pose, etc.
    • League Cards can be traded with other players, and are displayed during Link Battles.
    • In-game characters such as Leon and the Gym Leaders will also give you their autographed League Cards.
    • League Cards received from others are stored in your album.
  • Pokemon Camp, similar to Pokemon Amie and Pokemon Refresh, is a feature that allows you to interact and play with your Pokemon to increase their friendship.
    • In Camp, players can cook Curry and eat them with your Pokemon. Curries will vary based on the ingredients used.
      • Curry ingredients can be found, bought or given/received. Recipes can be found, bought, gifted or self-discovered through experimentation.
    • You can join camps of other players or have them visit yours.
    • Camps can have up to 4 players.
  • The EXP Share is enabled by default without use of an item. It cannot be turned off.
  • There are new methods introducced to allow players easily create competitively-viable Pokemon:
    • Mints can be used to change the stat-growth pattern of a Pokemon. There is a mint for each nature.
    • Vitamins can now be used until a Pokemon's base points is maxed out.
    • Exp. Candies can be used to raise a Pokemon's experience by a set amount. For example, Exp. Candy XL gives 30,000 Exp.
    • Pokemon of the same species can now pass Egg moves onto each other in the Day Care without breeding.
  • Autosaving has been introduced. It can be turned off.
  • The Nickname Rater, Move Deleter, and Move Relearner is now offered by a single NPC in Pokemon Centers. It does not require Heart Scales.
    • You can now give nicknames to traded Pokemon that didn't have one, but it can only be done once.
  • There is no voice-acting.
  • Z-Moves are not in the game.
  • HMs do not return.
  • To see a list of new items introduced, click HERE.


  • The Y-Comm, the successor to Gen 6's Player Search System (PSS), is a new feature that allows interaction with other players both locally and globally.
    • It can be used to organize trades and battles, including Max Raids.
    • It also shows a news/status feed from other players, which may also pop up as stamps when the player is on the field.
    • You can meet other players on the Wild Area if you are connected through the Y-Comm. Other players may give you items.
    • It can be accessed at any time by pressing Y.

  • One of Y-Comm's features is the Surprise Trade. Simply select a Pokemon from your Boxes and the game will find a trading partner for you, which could either be local or global.
  • Items received through Mystery Gift will be added straight into your bag. Clothing items will be available straight away at any Boutique to wear. Any BP is added when you check your League Card. Pokemon are automatically sent to your Box.
  • The Battle Stadium, the successor to the Battle Spot, is where players can connect online and battle against Trainers from around the world. The following are the battle modes available in the Battle Stadium:
    • Ranked Battles is similar to Rating Battles of previous games however, Ranks are now tier-based.
      • Each rank in Ranked Battles belongs to a specific tier: Beginner, Poke Ball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball and Master Ball Tier.
      • You can only face trainers within the same tier.
      • Points earned are based on the battle results.
      • You rank increases as you earn points.
      • You can earn items if you meet certain criteria, such as battling multiple times in a row.
      • You can check rankings using the Pokemon HOME smartphone app.
    • Casual battles are basically unranked battles. Unlike Ranked Battles, this mode allows Legendary and Mythical Pokemon.
      • Ranked and Casual Battles both run Single and Double Battle formats.
    • Online Competitions have two categories:
      • Official Competitions are special battles with its own rules and regulations. Some official competitions may offer a chance to be part of the World Championships.
      • Friendly Competitions are battles hosted by players. The host decides the regulations.
    • Rental Teams is a returning feature that allows players to borrow or create their own Battle Teams to share publicly online. Rental Teams can be used on Ranked Battles.
    • To see the current Online Competitions, click HERE.

  • Pokemon HOME is a new cloud-based Pokemon storage system introduced for the Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android devices.
    • Pokemon from Pokemon Bank, Pokemon GO, Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee, and Pokemon Sword/Shield can be transferred and stored into HOME.
    • However, Pokemon stored in HOME and only Pokemon found within the Galar Pokedex can be transferred back to Pokemon Sword/Shield.
    • One of its features allow trainers to trade with each other locally and globally.
    • Pokemon HOME will launch early 2020.
  • The Poke Ball Plus, a peripheral introduced in Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee, is compatible with these games.
    • You can transfer one of your Pokemon into it and play with it outside the game.
    • However, it cannot be used as a controller.
    • You can transfer Mew into the game only if you connect a new Poke Ball Plus.
  • Pokemon Global Link will not support these games.
    • Functionality such as checking rankings, distribution regulations, and the event calendar will be available in the Pokemon HOME app instead.
    • Also, since there is no more need to Game Sync, joining online competitions will be done directly within the game, through the Battle Stadium.

*This list will only include bonuses within the US.
    • A new model of Nintendo Switch dedicated to handheld play has been announced. Nintendo Switch Lite will launch worldwide on September 20, 2019. It has a suggested retail price of 19,980 ¥ in Japan and $199.99 in America.
      • It has a smaller 5.5" screen, slightly better battery life and weighs less.
      • Since it is dedicated to handheld play, it has built-in controllers and will not connect to a TV. You can, however, connect JoyCons wirelessly.
    • A special "Zacian & Zemazenta Edition" of Nintendo Switch Lite has been announced. It comes in gray and features cyan and magenta buttons. It also features Zacian and Zamazenta. This version launches November 01, 2019 in Japan and November 08, 2019 in NA/EU.

    • If you purchase the double pack, you will receive two codes that will reward you with special items known as Dynamax Crystals. These can only be used on the giant Pokemon Den found in the Wild Area.
    • These crystals will enable you to face Dynamax Larvitar and Dynamax Jangmo-o in special Max Raid Battles. You’ll be able to attempt these Max Raid Battles as many times as it takes to win or until midnight on the day that the Dynamax Crystal was used.
      • Larvitar is Shield-exclusive while Jangmo-o is Sword-exclusive. But you’ll be able to catch them in either version by using these Dynamax Crystals.
    • You can only use the code for each Dynamax Crystal in one game and save data. You can’t receive the rewards more than once.

    • From Nov 15, 2019 – Jan 15, 2020, players of the downloadable version can receive 12 Quick Balls. Code is only valid through Nov 30, 2020.
    • Two codes for 12 Quick Balls each will be given to those who purchased the download-card version of the double pack.
    • You can only use the code for each set of Quick Balls in one game and save data. You can’t receive the rewards more than once.
    • Purchasing both games separately with a pair of Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers will not grant the special bonuses included with a purchase of the double pack.

    • Pre-ordering the games at Pokemon Centers will come with Plush Keychains of the starters while supplies last.

    • If you purchase the Double Pack from Amazon before November 14th, you'll get a serial code for a Gold Stud Backpack, a trainer customization accessory in the game. The download codes will be sent starting November 15, 2019

    • Pre-ordering and purchasing the Double Pack at GameStop comes with a double-sided wall banner of the Galar Region.

  • For details on purchase, pre-order bonuses and other related merchandise in Japan, click here to visit the official Japanese Pokemon Sword/Shield website.
  • For details on other global events, click here.

Other Sources:
- http://www.japanesenintendo.com/post/174619482784
- http://www.siliconera.com/2018/06/0...itch-rpg-will-something-longtime-fans-waited/
- http://www.nintendolife.com/news/20...ms_pokemon_on_switch_will_be_generation_eight
- Pokemon Press Conference 2019
- Nintendo Direct E3 2019 Presentation
- Nintendo Direct September 2019

- Game Informer's November Cover
- Hands-On Preview Impressions (see links on next post under October 18 & 25, 2019)
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POKEMON SWORD/SHIELD Pre-release Information News Timeline

The following is a list of information revealed during the pre-release period of the games:
  • May 29, 2018 - [Pokemon 2018 Press Conference]
    • Generation 8 announced
  • February 27, 2019 - [Pokemon Direct]
    • Pokemon Sword & Shield officially revealed
    • Main Characters, Galar Region, Wild Pokemon and Trainer battles
    • Grookey, Scorbunny, Sobble
  • May 20, 2019
    • Trainer customization confirmed
  • May 29, 2019 - [Pokemon 2019 Press Conference]
    • Pokemon HOME announced; connectivity with SwSh
  • June 05, 2019 - [Pokemon Direct]
    • Zacian, Zamazenta, Gossifleur, Eldegoss, Wooloo, Corviknight, Drednaw
    • Leon, Hop, Prof. Magnolia, Sonia, Milo
    • Dynamax, Max Raid Battles, Wild Area, Rotom Phone
    • Boxarts revealed, release date announced
  • June 11, 2019 - [Nintendo E3 2019 Presentation, Treehouse & Show Floor Demo]
    • Yamper*, Impidimp*
    • Nessa
    • Y-Comm, Poke Ball Plus compatibility
  • July 08, 2019
    • Alcremie, Rolycoly, Duraludon
    • Chairman Rose, Oleana, Bea, Allister
    • Gigantamax, Version-exclusive Pokemon & Gym Leaders, Pre-order/Online Purchase bonuses
  • July 10, 2019 - [Nintendo Switch Lite Announcement]
    • Special Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian & Zemazenta Edition
  • August 07, 2019
    • Galarian Forms (Weezing, Zigzagoon, Linoone), Obstagoon, Morpeko
    • Bede, Marnie, Team Yell
    • Poke Jobs, Rotomi
  • August 16, 2019 - [Pokemon VGC 2019]
    • New Abilities (Neutralizing Gas, Mirror Armor [H]), Held Items (Room Service, Eject Pack), Move (Breaking Swipe)
    • Battle Stadium, Dynamax Power, Max Moves Secondary Effects
  • August 20, 2019 - [Gamescom 2019]
    • Short town footage (Train Station, Pokemon Center, Prof. Magnolia's Lab, Shops)
  • September 05, 2019 - [Nintendo Direct]
    • Polteageist, Cramorant
    • Pokemon Camp, Curry, More Trainer Customization info, League Cards, Surprise Trade
  • September 18, 2019
    • Sirfetch'd
  • October 01, 2019 - [Game Informer November Cover]
    • Autosave options, HM's not returning, EXP Share enabled by default, Changeable Pokemon Parameters, In-game lore (18 Gyms; Major & Minor Leagues)
  • October 04, 2019 - [Glimwood Tangle Livestream]
    • Galarian Ponyta*
  • October 14, 2019
    • Digital download file size (10.3 GB)
  • October 16, 2019
    • Gigantamax Pikachu, Eevee, Meowth, Butterfree & Charizard
  • October 18, 2019 - [NA/EU Preview Hands-On Impressions]
  • October 25, 2019 - [Japanese Preview Hands-On Impressions]
  • October 30, 2019
    • Pre-loading available in Japan, Korea, Europe and North America
  • November 01, 2019
    • Leaked
  • November 06, 2019
    • Mints, Exp. Candy, Vitamins limit removed, Pass Egg Moves without breeding, Nickname unnicknamed traded Pokemon, Access PC Box anywhere
    • First Online Competition, Max Raid Events (G-Butterfree, Drednaw [SW], Corviknight [SH])
  • Novemebr 11, 2019
    • Two unnamed Pokemon shown in trailer
    • Datamined
  • November 14, 2019
  • November 15, 2019
    • Pokemon Sword/Shield released

*This list will not include news dates that only reiterates known information.
*Yamper and Impidimp were initially shown on the E3 demo. Yamper was officially introduced July 08, 2019.
*Galarian Ponyta was teased during the Glimwood Tangle livestream, but officially introduced October 09, 2019.
*All dates are based on Japanese Standard Time (JST).
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Release Date: June 17, 2020 (Isle of Armor DLC) / October 22, 2020 (The Crown Tundra DLC)
Price: $29.99 USD (Pre-purchase available)

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  • The Isle of Armor (Part 1) & The Crown Tundra (Part 2) are two new DLC packs coming to Pokemon Sword & Shield.
  • These expansions will contain new Pokemon, new characters and new areas to explore.
  • These are paid DLC.
  • Your existing save data can be used.
  • These new areas can be accessed after reaching the Wild Area.

  • The Isle of Armor, located off the shores of Galar, will be the setting of the first DLC pack. This island will have beaches, bogs, forests, caves and dunes.
    • A dojo can be found on the Isle of Armor. It is run by Mustard, Leon's mentor and a former champion.
    • Located in the Isle of Armor are the Tower of Two Fists: the Tower of Darkness and the Tower of Water. The tower you take on will determine the form of Urshifu your Kubfu evolves into.
    • The island's theme is Growth.
  • The Crown Tundra will be the setting of the the second DLC pack. This island will have snowy mountainscapes.
    • Players will be mentored by Peony, who is on an adventure with his daughter to find the truth behind the tales of Legendary Pokemon in the area.
    • This area's theme is Exploration.
  • Two new rivals will appear on the Isle of Armor. They both dream to become Gym Leaders:
    • Klara is a Poison-type user and is exclusive to Pokemon Sword.
    • Avery is a Psychic-type user and is exclusive to Pokemon Shield.

  • New Legendaries have been introduced:
    • Kubfu - Fighting | Wushu | Inner Focus | Evolves into Urshifu
    • Urshifu (Its forms are not version-dependent)
      • Single-Strike Style - Fighting/Dark | Wushu | Unseen Fist | Conquer the Tower of Darkness
      • Rapid-Strike Style - Fighting/Water | Wushu | Unseen Fist | Conquer the Tower of Water
    • Calyrex - Psychic/Grass | King | Unnerve
    • Zarude - Dark/Grass | Rogue Monkey | Leaf Guard
    • Regieleki - Electric | Electron | Transistor
    • Regidrago - Dragon | Dragon Orb | Dragon's Maw
  • New Gigantamax Forms have also been introduced for these Pokemon:
    • Rillaboom - G-Max Drum Solo
    • Cinderace - G-Max Fireball
    • Intelleon - G-Max Hydrosnipe
    • Urshifu - G-Max One Blow (Single-Strike Form) / G-Max Rapid Flow (Rapid Strike Form)
    • Venusaur - G-Max Vine Lash
    • Blastoise - G-Max Cannonade
    • Melmetal - G-Max Meltdown
  • More regional variants have been discovered:
    • Galarian Slowpoke - Psychic | Dopey | Gluttony / Own Tempo
    • Galarian Slowbro - Poison/Psychic | Hermit Crab | Quick Draw (Evolution item found at the Isle of Armor)
    • Galarian Slowking - Poison/Psychic | Hexpert | Curious Medicine (Evolution item found at The Crown Tundra)
    • Galarian Articuno - Psychic/Flying | Cruel | Competitive
    • Galarian Zapdos - Fighting/Flying | Strong Legs | Defiant
    • Galarian Moltres - Dark/Flying | Malevolent | Berserk
  • These will also include 200+ returning Pokemon (including Legendaries) not found in the Galar region.
    • Whether you bought the Expansion Pass or not, there will be a FREE content update to Pokemon Sword & Shield which adds the data for these old Pokemon. This allows players to transfer and trade these Pokemon freely between games and Pokemon HOME.
    • To see a list of returning Pokemon, go HERE.

  • Isle of Armor Features
    • Obtain an Exp. Charm, an item that increases earned Exp. Points.
    • The dojo on the Isle of Armor has a unique recycling device called the Cram-o-matic. If you feed it four items, it will combine them and give you a new item in exchange such as Poke Balls, PP Ups, or even rare items.
    • New Tutor Moves will also be available. The moves can be learn in exchange of Armorite Ore, a substance that you can find through Max Raid Battles and other means.
      • Burning Jealousy - Fire-type
      • Grassy Slide - Grass-type
    • Gather rare ingredients and create a special dish called Max Soup. If a Pokemon with Dynamax potential drinks it, it will be capable of Gigantamaxing.
    • A new way to battle has been introduced. Restricted Sparring limits the types of Pokemon you can use and forces players to battle under set conditions.
  • Crown Tundra Features
    • Go on a Dynamax Adventure, where you can join up with 3 other players to investigate the Dynamax Raid dens and battle legendaries.
      • However, you use rental Pokemon instead of your own.
      • You have to face off aggainst 3 Dynamax Pokemon before you battle the Legendary Pokemon.
      • Lost HP and PP from battles carry over. But you can find characters and berries on the paths to recover.
      • You get guaranteed capture of the Legendary Pokemon, but you can only capture one.
    • Once you progress far enough, you’ll be able to participate in the Galarian Star Tournament held in Wyndon City, where you can team up and do a double battle against various characters from the main story.
    • All past legendary Pokemon are obtainable, however some will be version-exclusive. Ultra Beasts and Mythical Pokemon are excluded.
    • A new item, Ability Patch, allows Pokemon to change into its Hidden Ability.
  • More expanded/returning features have been mentioned such as:
    • Apricorns, which can be turned into Poke Balls
    • More customization options such as Marnie and Chairman Rose's outfits
      • Players who pre-purchase the DLC before August 31, 2020 will be able to receive Leon's cap and tights as a bonus once it's out
    • New looks for the Rotom Bike
    • More League Card design options
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EXPANSION PASS Information News Timeline
The following is a list of information revealed for the Expansion Pass:

  • January 09, 2020 - [Pokemon Direct]
    • Isle of Armor & The Crown Tundra DLC announced
    • New areas, new characters, new Pokemon, concept art
  • January 29, 2020
    • Pokemon HOME details
  • February 12, 2020 - [CoroCoro]
    • Silhouette of a new Mythical Pokemon
  • February 27, 2020 - [Pokemon Day]
    • New mythical Pokemon -- Zarude
  • March 26, 2020 - [Nintendo Direct Mini]
    • Tower of Two Fists, Starter G-Max Moves
    • More League Card design options, Leon's outfit as pre-purchase bonus
  • June 02, 2020
    • Regieleki, Regidrago, Galarian Slowbro, Galarian Legendary Birds
    • Peony
    • Urshifu, Venusaur, Blastoise G-Max Moves
    • Cram-o-matic, Max Soup, Galarian Star Tournament
    • Isle of Armor Expansion Pass release date
  • June 17, 2020
    • Isle of Armor Expansion Pass released
  • September 29, 2020
    • The Crown Tundra Expansion Pass release date
    • Pokemon GO & Pokemon HOME connectivity
    • Galarian Slowking, Gigantamax Melmetal
    • Ability Patch
    • Pokemon Sword/Shield + Expansion Pass Bundle
  • October 18, 2020 - [Pokenchi]
    • Dynamax Adventure details
  • October 22, 2020
    • The Crown Tundra Expansion Pass released

*This list will not include news dates that only reiterates known information.
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Release Date: February 12, 2020
eShop Price (US):

... Basic Plan -- Free
... Premium Plan -- $2.99 (1 month) | $4.99 (3 months) | $15.99 (1 year)

// Official Site: https://home.pokemon.com/en-us/

  • It is a cloud service for Nintendo Switch and mobile phones that basically acts as a storage for all your Pokemon.
  • By linking the same Nintendo Account to both the Nintendo Switch and mobile version of this app, you’ll be able to access the same storage.
  • You don't need Nintendo Switch Online to access HOME features on the Nintendo Switch.
  • You don’t need a Nintendo Account to run the mobile version. You can connect it to your account at any time.
  • However, without a Nintendo Account connected, you will not be able to:
    • share data with the Nintendo Switch version,
    • transfer from Pokemon Bank using the Nintendo Network ID method (Premium Subscriptions only),
    • check Nintendo Switch Battle Data or,
    • transfer your Pokemon HOME data to another phone.
  • The mobile version allows you see the 3D Models, rotate them and so forth.
  • Pokemon HOME is run by Grand Oak, who wants to make a Pokedex filled with every single Pokemon.


  • Pokemon HOME is compatible with Pokemon Sword/Shield, Let's Go, Pikachu/Eevee, and Pokemon Bank.
  • Pokemon from Let's Go CAN be moved to Sword/Shield, BUT cannot be transferred back into Let's Go.
  • Pokemon moved from Bank into HOME cannot be transferred back.
  • Eggs cannot be deposited into Pokemon HOME.
  • Pokemon transferred from Let's Go, Pikachu/Eevee will only gain their data (such as abilities) when transferred into Sword & Shield.
  • There are two ways to connect to Pokemon Bank:
    • Using the same Nintendo Network ID
      • Connect Pokemon HOME using the Nintendo Network ID that is also connected to your Nintendo Account.
      • This also allows you to transfer ALL Pokemon from Bank to HOME at once.
    • Using a Code/Password
      • Input the password issued in Pokemon HOME into Pokemon Bank.
      • This allows you to transfer Pokemon box by box.

TRADING POKEMON (mobile-only)
There are four ways to trade using Pokemon HOME:
  • Wonder Box
    • Pokemon placed in the Wonder Box will be traded with random people globally, even when you're not using Pokemon HOME.
  • GTS (Global Trade Station)
    • This allows you to specify which Pokemon you want to trade and/or receive. A trade will happen when a match occurs.
    • You can also request Pokemon you haven't registered in HOME's National Pokedex.
    • The GTS also allows you to check from where the Pokemon originates: Pokemon Bank, Let's Go, or Sword/Shield.
  • Room Trade
    • This lets you create a room and trade randomly among users who join. Each room can hold up to 20 people.
  • Friend Trade
    • This allows you to trade with other users who you’ve become friends with in HOME. You can add friends using the Add Friend feature.
  • National Pokedex
    • Pokemon you transfer, which include Mega Evolutions and Gigantamax Forms, will be automatically registered to the National Pokedex. You’ll also be able to red Pokedex entries from various different games in one place.
    • In the mobile version, aside from Pokedex entries, you’ll also be able to check each its abilities and moveset.
    • The National Dex is separated by Pokemon region. You can look at all Pokemon at once, or filter it by region (Kanto, Johto, etc.)
  • Research Tasks
    • In the Switch version, Grand Oak will give you tasks to help you fill your Pokedex. These tasks will require you to deposit specific Pokemon from specific games into HOME.
    • For Galar Research Tasks, only Pokemon that are caught from Pokemon Sword/Shield are allowed. For Kanto Research Tasks, only Pokemon from Let's Go, Pikachu/Eevee are allowed.
  • Mystery Gift (mobile-only)
    • With this feature, you can receive Mystery Gifts for Pokemon Sword/Shield as well as gifts specifically just for Pokemon HOME. Pokemon received in Pokemon HOME can be directly deposited in this app.
    • You can also get some gifts such as codes, which you can use and retrieve in Sword/Shield.
  • Judge Function
    • This allows your to check the IVs of your Pokemon.
  • Your Room
    • In your room, you’ll be able to see all sorts of information about events or the games you’ve connected to Pokemon HOME. You’ll also be able to edit your profile using stickers. You can obtain stickers when you meet certain conditions or perform certain tasks in Pokemon HOME known as Challenges.
  • Battle Data (mobile-only)
    • You can check out how Ranked Battles and various Online Competitions in Pokemon Sword/Shield are going, as well as the rankings of the Pokemon being used in them. You’ll also be able to see the battle records of each Trainer as well as information about what moves are popular among the Pokemon in the competitions.
  • News (mobile-only)
    • You’ll be able to receive news about Pokemon being distributed as gifts and information about Online Competitions for Pokemon Sword/Shield.
  • Pokemon HOME Points (Switch-only)
    • You earn points as you deposit more Pokémon. In the Switch version, you’ll be able to exchange your points for BP (Battle Points) to be used in core Pokemon series games.
Pokemon HOME can be used for free but with very limited features. Some features are exclusive to the Premium Plan.

// BASIC Subscription - Free

  • Cannot transfer from Pokemon Bank.
  • Can do trades.
  • Has National Dex.
  • Free Box (can only store 30 Pokemon).
  • Can only put 3 Pokemon in Wonder Box.
  • Can only offer 1 Pokemon in GTS.
  • Can only Participate in a Room Trade.
  • No IV Judge Function.

// PREMIUM Subscription - $2.99 (1 month) | $4.99 (3 months) | $15.99 (1 year)

  • Can transfer from Pokemon Bank.
  • Can do trades.
  • Has National Dex.
  • Premium Boxes (can store up to 6,000 Pokemon).
  • Can put 10 Pokemon in Wonder Box.
  • Can offer 3 Pokemon in GTS.
  • Can Participate and Host a Room Trade.
  • Has IV Judge Function.

/// Note that, if your Premium Plan lapses and you have space in the Free Box, you will not be able to move Pokemon from Premium Boxes until you have renewed your subscription.
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