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Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass announced


Nov 21, 2014

The Pokemon Company, Nintendo, and developer Game Freak have announced the Pokemon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokemon Shield Expansion Pass, which consists of two expansions due out in June and this fall, respectively. Some of the Pokemon and characters that appear will differ between versions. Each Expansion Pass will cost $29.99.

Here is an overview of each expansion, via today’s Pokemon Direct broadcast:
Part 1: The Isle of Armor

  • Theme: Growth
  • Release Date: June 2020
The next destination in your adventure is a giant island off the shores of the Galar reegion known as the Isle of Armor. This island is full of beautiful natures. You’ll find beaches, bogs, forests, caves, and dunes. And of course, you’ll find Pokemon that you couldn’t previously find in Galar dwelling there, too.

There’s a dojo for Pokemon battles on this island. And you’ll take up an apprenticeship under the Pokemon trainer who runs it. Mustard will become your mentor. He is also the mentor of champion Leon, who you probably know quite well. In fact, Mustard has occupied the seat of champion himself in the past.

You’ll also encounter new rivals among your fellow apprentice. When playing with the Pokemon Sword Expansion Pass, you’ll be training with Klara, who is a Poison-type user. When playing with the Pokemon Shield Expansion Pass, you’ll be training with Avery, who is a Psychic-type user. They’re both training hard so they can someday have a gym and stadium to call their home.

Next, we’d like to introduce the legendary Pokemon that will be central to the story. Kubfu is a Fighting-type Pokemon that strives to become stronger with single-minded dedication. As you progress through your training, Mustard will entrust you with this Pokemon. Once you complete your training together with Kubfu, it will be able to evolve into Urshifu.

Urshifu is a Pokemon with two distinct styles. There is Single-Strike style, a Fighting- and Dark-type style that delivers a single strike at blinding speed. There’s also Rapid-Strike Style, a Fighting- and Water-type style that focuses on unleashing a torrent of rapid strikes.

What’s more, it’s been revealed that Urshifu has a Gigantamax form. Each style has a different appearance, as well as a different G-Max move. You’ll be able to evolve your Kubfu into an Urshifu in one of these two styles, Single-Strike Style or Rapid-Strike Style, during your adventure.

Urshifu is a powerful Pokemon with a brand-new ability. And it also has a new move for each of its new styles. Once you’ve completed your training, bring it with you for some online battles or official competitions.

We also want to talk about Rillaboom, Cinderace, and Inteleon, the final evolutions of the first three Pokemon you team up with in the Gallar region. During your adventure in the Isle of Armor, these special partners on your team will be able to Gigantamax. You can look forward to seeing their new forms and new G-Max moves.

And as you can see here, there is even more in the works to make sure your journey is as smooth and fun as possible:

  • Tutor Moves – Including all-new moves.
  • Apricorns – Can be made into Poke Balls.
  • Exp. Charm – Earn more Exp. Points for your team.
There are new fashion items, and you’ll even be able to obtain new looks for your bike.

Part 2: The Crown Tundra

  • Theme: Exploration
  • Release Date: Fall 2020
This expansion is set in the snow-swept realm of The Crown Tundra. Take a look for yourself at the beautiful scenery of this shining, silvery landscape.

As it turns out, the Isle of Armor isn’t the only uncharted area waiting for you all in the Galar region. In this frigid area, with its towering winter mountains, people live in small communities that support and rely on each other.

Much like on The Isle of Armor, you’ll be able to find Pokemon that didn’t appear in the Galar region before. Fitting right in with this area’s theme of exploration, there will be plenty for you to uncover. You might find a strange temple where you least expect it, or maybe spy a mysterious giant tree growing in a place it doesn’t seem to belong.

A certain person will appoint you as the leader of their exploration team in The Crown Tundra. You can gear up for adventure and then head out to explore blizzard-swept fields, and even deep inside Pokemon dens that you could only previously get a glimpse of during Max Raid battles.

Next, we’d like to introduce Calyrex, the legendary Pokemon you’ll discover during your adventure. Legends say this Psychi- and Grass-type Pokemon once ruled over a part of Galar that included The Crown Tundra. It’s characterized by its graceful, regal movements. Get ready to experience a never-before-told story about the mysteries of Calyrex.

The Crown Tundra will have a new form of co-op play as well. This will allow you and friends to enter and explore Pokemon Dens that exist underground in The Crown Tundra. Deep inside the dens, you may see legendary Pokemon from past games Dynamaxing before your eyes. You’ll be able to meet and make allies with all kinds of legendary Pokemon during your adventures in The Crown Tundra, including ones you’ll be able to catch through this co-op play.

It also appears that some brand-new legendary Pokemon are also waiting to be found somewhere in this land. And combined with The Isle of Armor, dozens of new clothing items will be added. Plus there will be new battles waiting for you to challenge once you complete your entire game, including The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra.

We can’t go into the details of everything, but we’re working on planning and developing new ways to enjoy Pokemon even as we speak. The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra areas themselves are actually two key examples of the things we’re working on. Both areas are in fact seamless maps much like the Wild Area you can already experience in the Galar region, where players can move around freely and control the camera. Of course, you’ll be able to connect with other trainers and play with them, too. There will be Pokemon Dens as well, and you’ll be able to engage in Max Raid battles against Pokemon that haven’t previously appeared in the Galar region. There’s more to see and do in The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra than there was even in the Wild Area.

Future Free Updates

We’ll be releasing free updates for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield that will coincide with the releases of The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra. These updates will allow people who don’t have the Pokemon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokemon Shield Expansion Pass to obtain the Pokemon that appear on The Isle of Armor and in The Crown Tundra through other means such as trading.

Players will also be able to bring over Pokemon from the game into the cloud service Pokemon Home as long as the Pokemon appear in the Pokemon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokemon Shield Expansion Pass.

Today’s Free Update

There will be a software update going live available later today. Once you’ve received the update, head to Wedgehurst Station. In Pokemon Sword, you’ll run into Klara, while in Pokemon Shield, you’ll run into Avery. You’ll also encounter a Galarian Slowpoke that’s wandered in from The Isle of Armor. You can try to catch it and add it to your team. Galarian Slowpoke and evolve into Galarian Slowbro if you use an item that can be found on The Isle of Armor, or into Galarian Slowking if you use an item that can be found in The Crown Tundra.

Pokemon Home

Pokemon Home is planned to release in February 2020. More information will be released before then, so please stay tuned.
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Jan 30, 2019
So in the end, people can only trade from Home if they get the expansion pass.

Gigantagreed indeed.


Gold Member
Nov 3, 2018
Read again. In order to tranfer from Home you will need the expansion. Unless Mista copied wrong.
I'm not sure where you're reading that, this is the spot where Pokemon Home is mentioned:
Players will also be able to bring over Pokemon from the game into the cloud service Pokemon Home as long as the Pokemon appear in the Pokemon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokemon Shield Expansion Pass.

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Mar 9, 2012
I've been enjoying my time with Sword. Honestly I feel my cup runneth over with the pokemon you can catch in that game alone. I don't feel like I have the time to try to catch'um all or get into the deeper competitive systems, so I'm enjoying my casual mode romp and catching whatever I feel like. This looks like fun. I think all of us expected this. Pokemon is a money printer.


Feb 28, 2015
Haven't been keeping up with the news, but is this GF's way of responding to the backlash of no national dex?
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Aug 17, 2019
So this is where all the highly detailed pokemon went that had to be remade for the Switch version because the 3Ds Versions/models were to bad graphically.

Oh no wait......

Thank god I didn't buy this shit and won't buy it unless GOTY.

Fuck DLC crap.

Pokemon as DLC lol. Because in a world where pokemon exist, trainers have to pay a fee to catch them I guess?

"Gotta buy'em all" Pokéscam!
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Oct 24, 2017
This is the chance for the Pokemon fanbase to say NO to future DLC.


Oct 24, 2017
I dont see how this is worse than their previous model of releasing the same game with updated content a year down the line for the full price.

So what are you saying? That Pokemon fans missed their chance to say NO to DLC?
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Golden Boy
Jun 2, 2013
So what are you saying? That Pokemon fans missed their chance to say NO to DLC?
Fans can surely say no to the DLC model. (Not that they will, but hypothetically they can). I just don't see the previous model as a desirable option to return to.
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Oct 24, 2017
Fans can surely say no to the DLC model. (Not that they will, but hypothetically they can). I just don't see the previous model as a desirable option to return to.

It isn't DLC or the previous model, it can be neither.
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Dec 6, 2013
I guess it's better than having new content locked to a full priced third version of the game that's 90% the same game they already released.
Guess I won't play this though as I'll probably just borrow Sword from a friend once he is done with it and I'm definitely not paying $90 for a pokemon game that looks like an HD port of a game from 2 console gens ago.

They went from charging $40 dollars for this content to $90 for up res'd 3DS Games

Bravo, Milk em

And don't forget that since they don't do sales or discount that's $90 for several years.

A year and a half from now $90 will get you:

Cyberpunk 2077 + FF7 Remake + Ori and the Will of the Wisps + Doom Eternal + The Last of Us part 2


Pokemon Sword/Shield + DLC
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Ryu Kaiba

Sep 12, 2018
And yet its not worse than the previous practice of having the game sold to you twice in a matter of a year.
except it'll cost $90 + dollars for the same amount of content once this is all over with.


Unconfirmed Member
Jesus fucking Christ those new designs are horrible! Chavs rise up?


I thought they weren't gonna add more Pokemon that they omitted from previous gens on this new game? Can I transfer my Volcarona/Garchomp without buying the expansion dlc FROM MY 3DS then?


Aug 15, 2018
So they still aren't putting all the pokemon back? They said 200+ right?

I will say I find the new regis and bird trio interesting though.


Jan 24, 2015
I don't see why Pokemon need to have two version as well, but here we are.

I swear I mistake this with Rockruff.
I dont think i miss pokemon anymore now.
I actually think i want it to fucking die

Xaero Gravity

May 12, 2013
Canada Eh
You're asking for an explanation of how Nintendo business work. How that hell I would know why Nintendo don't release a GOTY edition of BOTW?
Not once did I ask why. I said they didn't release a GOTY/Complete edition of BOTW so I'm not expecting them to start with Pokemon. Are you drunk or something? XD