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Sword or Shield - which version are you getting?

Discussion in 'Pokémon Sword & Shield Discussion' started by NovaBrunswick, Aug 21, 2019.


Which version will you be getting?

Poll closed Dec 21, 2019.
  1. Sword

    42 vote(s)
  2. Shield

    54 vote(s)
  3. Both

    47 vote(s)
  4. I'll wait for the third version to come out

    10 vote(s)
  1. NovaBrunswick

    NovaBrunswick Canada Connoisseur

    With less than three months to go before Sword/Shield's release, which version will you be getting?

    I don't have a Switch right now, but I'm participating in a giveaway for one, so if I do get it, I'll get Sword. It's kind of been a tradition of mine to get the first version, except in Gen 2 when I chose Silver instead of Gold.
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  2. derekrandall

    derekrandall Well-Known Member

    I was going to go sword - but Allister, Larvitar and Goomy have swayed me to shield :)
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  3. Ignition

    Ignition “Go get ‘em, tiger!”

    I usually get the red/darker game so I’m getting Shield. I do like Zamazenta more than Zacian but I prefer Bea to Allister.
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  4. Satoshi & Touko

    Satoshi & Touko Glimwood Tangle is Literal Dreamland

    I'm going for Shield because way too many people, including my companion player, want Sword.

    Also, that said, if Sword players on here massively outnumber Shield players like I think they will, it will be easier to get version-exclusives to fill my own Pokedex via Trade Forum help. Furthermore, I can be an easy outlet for those having difficulty finding Shield players to do their own version-exclusive trades with.
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  5. AgentKallus

    AgentKallus Whovian

    I don't really mind which I get, more info on which new pokemon are exclusive could sway me to one side or the other.
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  6. wolf jani

    wolf jani The 6th member to reach 20 000 posts

    I'm getting Shield because I prefer Zamazenta over Zacian.
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  7. Auraninja

    Auraninja Try to understand.

    At the moment, Sword, but I may be swayed otherwise.

    Besides, I'm buyiung both versions and letting my friend play the other version.
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  8. WhiteBlair

    WhiteBlair ベストチャンピオン。

    Both versions.

    And, I'm excited because both protagonists' designs are so appealing to customize. I'm just hoping golden backpacks are also obtainable for Double Pack orders.
  9. Mewizard

    Mewizard Well-Known Member

    I'm getting Shield.
    I never understood the appeal to buy both versions, The difference are usually so minimal that I couldn't bring myself to spend $60 for them but to each their own.
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  10. dss_live

    dss_live Water and Fairy-type master

    Both version at this point in time. If further info comes out that i dislike ofcourse i'll change that :) but so far, so good.

    For me it used to be to get the version exclusives and trade evolutions (incase of later games with GTS) , since i never had anyone around who also played pokemon. Over time it grew into more of a collection thing.
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  11. wolf jani

    wolf jani The 6th member to reach 20 000 posts

    I would get both if I could afford 2. Mainly for the reason that I won't lose my first playtrough team if I ever want to replay the game.
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  12. clbgolden12

    clbgolden12 Alolan (and soon to be Galarian) trainer

    For now, I’m going with Sword. Shields are only cool when they come in round shapes so you can throw them around like Captain America. : P

    But my decision could change depending on the new version exclusives (which I hope they’ll reveal soon).
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  13. sketchersmeargle

    sketchersmeargle Well-Known Member

    I'm currently Sword and my girlfriend is currently Shield.

    I do prefer the version exclusives in Sword at the moment, but it could change.
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  14. Sceptrigon

    Sceptrigon Armored Guardian

    I was on the fence about getting the game, but now I’m more accepting of the lack of Pokémon/megas and want to go back to my original desires of using a rabbit starter and exploring a UK based region. Since I really like the idea of a version being based on defense, I’m sticking with Shield.

    The flame-like design of Zamazenta’s shield mane is not cool enough for you??? :p
  15. Revolver Furious Dragon

    Revolver Furious Dragon Well-Known Member

    Both. But as to which one I get first it's to early to say. Im leaning more towards sword at the moment if you can get dieno early-ish since it's the one revealed version exclusive line I've never raised and I always like to use new Pokémon when I play a new game.

    But that could change depending on what else gets revealed and if I really want something shield exclusive on my team I will get that
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  16. Mewizard

    Mewizard Well-Known Member

    That makes sense I guess considering pokemon doesn't have multiple save files which seems very strange for a game in 2019. I usually only do one playtrough so I never thought of that.
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  17. WhiteBlair

    WhiteBlair ベストチャンピオン。

    Unlike 3DS series, you don't need the second pair to start anew. If you create a new profile in your Switch, the new profile allows you to create a new save file with only one copy. So, you can have Pokémon Sword and have multiple save files.

    Those who buy the second versions Switch-onwards, is mostly for collecting, trading between own units or version-exclusives.
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  18. Mewizard

    Mewizard Well-Known Member

    Thats good to know! Thank you.
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  19. janejane6178

    janejane6178 XY over SM (ew) ANYDAY!!!! <3 (Anything actually)

    Omg I can have multiple file save ???????? Finally!!!!!
  20. Sceptile Leaf Blade

    Sceptile Leaf Blade Nighttime Guardian

    Neither for now. I'm waiting for games after Sword and Shield and seeing if they might have a more complete pokédex. I also don't feel pressured to buy early at all, the games won't be fully supported until Home is out anyway, and we still have no idea how Home will interact with multiple accounts on the same Switch. There's just too much unknown about the mechanics and costs right now for me to pay hundreds of euros for what is essentially only a story playthrough.
    To an extent. You need separate Nintendo Switch Online subscriptions for each save file, otherwise you can't go online. And we don't even know if it is actually Home compatible to do so.
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