Pokémon Sword and Shield

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Pokémon Sword
ポケットモンスター ソード
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Pokémon Sword's boxart, featuring Zacian in its Crowned Sword form
Pokémon Shield
ポケットモンスター シールド
Shield EN boxart.png
Pokémon Shield's boxart, featuring Zamazenta in its Crowned Shield form
Basic info
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Category: RPG
Players: 1-2, 4 players simultaneous
Connectivity: Wireless, Nintendo Switch Online
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo/The Pokémon Company
Part of: Generation VIII core series
GSRR: 6+
Release dates
Japan: November 15, 2019
North America: November 15, 2019
Australia: November 15, 2019
Europe: November 15, 2019
South Korea: November 15, 2019
Hong Kong: November 15, 2019
Taiwan: November 15, 2019
Japanese: Pokémon.co.jp
English: Official site
Nintendo.com (Sword)
Nintendo.com (Shield)
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Pokémon Sword Japanese boxart
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Pokémon Shield Japanese boxart

Pokémon Sword (Japanese: ポケットモンスター ソード Pocket Monsters Sword) and Pokémon Shield (Japanese: ポケットモンスター シールド Pocket Monsters Shield) are the primary paired versions of Generation VIII. The games were released on the Nintendo Switch worldwide on November 15, 2019 for both retail sale and download. All copies of the game are playable in nine languages: Japanese, English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

During E3 2017, Tsunekazu Ishihara announced that the next core series titles would be available on the Nintendo Switch, but they were not prepared to release any more information at the time. On May 30, 2018, The Pokémon Company gave a press conference and announced that the new core games would have more traditional gameplay, as opposed to that found in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.

The games were formally announced on Pokémon Day, February 27, 2019 at 11 pm JST during a worldwide announcement through Nintendo Direct hosted by Tsunekazu Ishihara, Junichi Masuda, and Shigeru Ohmori. An official trailer was shown, giving information on the region and the starter Pokémon players can choose from.

The Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass was revealed during a Pokémon Direct on January 9, 2020; it adds two new areas to the game, The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra.


Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.

The player is a young child who lives with their mother in the town of Postwick in the Galar region. One day, the player's friend Hop invites them to meet his big brother Leon, the Champion of the Galar League, so that they both can receive a starter Pokémon from him. After receiving their starters, the player and Hop follow a runaway Wooloo into the Slumbering Weald. Inside the foggy forest, they encounter a mysterious Pokémon that is completely unaffected by moves. They are soon rescued by Leon, and then they set out to receive an endorsement from him so that they can participate in Galar's Gym Challenge. After some convincing by Professor Magnolia, Leon agrees to give both the player and Hop an endorsement. Just then, two Wishing Stars fall out of the sky, and Professor Magnolia converts them into Dynamax Bands for the player and Hop, allowing them to Dynamax their Pokémon. The player and Hop then travel together to Motostoke to attend the Gym Challenge's opening ceremony, where they meet Rose, the president of Macro Cosmos and the chairman of the Galar Pokémon League, as well as a band of hooligans known as Team Yell.

After the opening ceremony, the player sets out to collect the eight Badges required to compete in the Champion Cup tournament from Gym Leaders across the region. Along the way, Professor Magnolia's granddaughter and assistant Sonia tells them about Galar's history and a mysterious event known as the Darkest Day. The player ends up uncovering pieces of the Darkest Day's history during their journey, much to Sonia's pleasure. Eventually, the player manages to successfully collect the eight Badges and travels to Wyndon, where the Champion Cup is held. They win their way through the Champion Cup semifinals, where they defeat Hop and end his dream of surpassing his brother. After confronting Macro Cosmos's vice-president Oleana at Rose Tower, the player participates in the Champion Cup finals and wins their way through it, earning themselves the right to challenge Leon.

However, just before the player and Leon's battle can begin, Rose makes a public announcement, revealing that he's going to bring about the second Darkest Day to save Galar from an energy crisis a thousand years in the future. To stop Rose's plans, the player and Hop travel to the Slumbering Weald again to seek help from the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta, one of whom had been the mysterious Pokémon they saw at the start of their journey. They find and take along a Rusted Sword and a Rusted Shield from the heart of the forest and go to confront Rose in Hammerlocke, where it is revealed that the Darkest Day is the result of Rose awakening a Legendary Pokémon known as Eternatus. After defeating Rose, the player and Hop go to face Eternatus at the top of the Hammerlocke Stadium, where Leon unsuccessfully tries to catch it, forcing the player to battle it. Once Eternatus seems to have been defeated, however, it suddenly transforms into its even more powerful Eternamax form. However, thanks to the sword and the shield they found, the player and Hop are able to summon Zacian and Zamazenta to their aid, and together, they defeat Eternatus in a Max Raid Battle, allowing the player to catch it and thus end the crisis. Three days later, the player finally takes on Leon in a battle at Wyndon Stadium and defeats him, ending his career as the undefeated Champion and making the player the new Champion of Galar.

During the post-game, the player and Hop travel to the heart of Slumbering Weald to return the Rusted Sword and the Rusted Shield, only to be confronted by the rich brothers Sordward and Shielbert, who try to steal the artifacts. Although the player manages to defeat one of the brothers and recover one of the stolen items, the two still manage to get away with the other one. The player and Hop are then forced to travel around Galar to stop the Dynamax Pokémon the brothers have let loose at the Gym Stadiums. They finally confront them again at Hammerlocke Stadium, where they reveal their plan being to reinstate the Galarian monarchy and denigrate Zacian and Zamazenta. Using the artifact they stole, the brothers lure in one of the Legendary Pokémon and drive it berserk, forcing the player to battle it. After it has been defeated, the other Legendary Pokémon appears as well, which the player battles and catches. During the battle, Hop follows the first Legendary to the heart of Slumbering Weald, where he successfully calms it down. Deeming Hop worthy of its trust, the Legendary Pokémon then willingly joins his party. The player and Hop then battle for one last time, after which Hop declares that his new dream is to become a Pokémon Professor, and Sordward and Shielbert briefly reappear to apologise for their actions.

The Isle of Armor

Main article: The Isle of Armor

The player travels to the Isle of Armor off the coast of Galar and becomes an apprentice in the local Master Dojo, a battle facility run by former Champion Mustard. They also develop a new rivalry with a Gym Leader-in-training and fellow apprentice named KlaraSw/AverySh.

The Crown Tundra

Main article: The Crown Tundra

The player travels to the Crown Tundra in southern Galar, where they meet Peony, an enthusiastic former Steel-type Gym Leader, and take his daughter Peonia's place in his explorations of solving the legends lurking around the Tundra.


A wild new adventure with Pokémon!

You can battle to be the best!

Carve a path to the future!Sw / Protect the world from disaster!Sh

Band together in new co-op battles!


The games mix some of the changes introduced in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! with the more traditional gameplay last seen in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Wild Pokémon now appear on the overworld, known as "symbol encounters", similar to the Let's Go games, as well as random encounters shaking in tall grass.

Known as the Gym Challenge, Gyms that the player must battle with the goal of becoming the Champion return to the games, after being replaced by trials in Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon. The challenge culminates in the annual Champion Cup tournament where the player may challenge the Champion.

Wild Area

Main article: Wild Area

The Wild Area is a vast, open area that connects several towns in the Galar region. It is home to a wide variety of wild Pokémon.

Dynamax and Gigantamax

Main article: Dynamax and Gigantamax

Dynamax is a new type of transformation that allows any Pokémon from the Galar region to power up and become larger using the Dynamax Band. After Dynamaxing, a Pokémon can use a Max Move.

Gigantamax is a special phenomenon that also changes the appearance of a few individuals of certain species of Pokémon. Like Dynamaxing, the Pokémon is increased in power and becomes bigger. A Gigantamax Pokémon can use a G-Max Move.

Max Raid Battles

Main article: Max Raid Battle

Max Raid Battles are a new cooperative feature that allows up to four players to challenge a Dynamax Pokémon together over local wireless or Nintendo Switch Online.

Rotom Phone

Main article: Rotom Phone

Replacing the Rotom Pokédex of the Generation VII games, the Rotom Phone acts not only as a Pokédex but also has additional features, such as the Town Map. It also acts as the main interface for the game's menu.


Main article: Y-Comm

The Y-Comm serves as an interface to connect with other players over local wireless or on the internet through Nintendo Switch Online. Players can trade (either a Link Trade or Surprise Trade), battle, swap League Cards, and join Max Raid Battles.

Battle Stadium

Main article: Battle Stadium

Replacing the Battle Spot from the Generation VI and VII games, the Battle Stadium allows players to participate in battles over the internet through Nintendo Switch Online. Players can participate in Ranked Battles, Casual Battles, and Official Competitions as well as host or join Friendly Competitions.


Main article: Rotomi

Rotomi replaces the PCs in previous games and has several features including allowing players to send their Pokémon on Poké Jobs, design their League Card, and draw for the Loto-ID.

Pokémon Camp

Main article: Pokémon Camp

Pokémon Camp allows players can go camping and interact with their Pokémon, cook curry, and visit other player's camps.

Gym Challenge

Trainers must receive an endorsement in order to participate in the Gym Challenge. Those who defeat the eight Gym Leaders and collect the eight Badges can participate in the annual Champion Cup for a chance to challenge the current Champion of Galar. The Gym Leaders are Milo (Grass), Nessa (Water), Kabu (Fire), Bea (Fighting)Sw/Allister (Ghost)Sh, Opal (Fairy), Gordie (Rock)Sw/Melony (Ice)Sh, Piers (Dark), and Raihan (Dragon).

During the game, Opal and Piers retire from their positions as Gym Leaders and are succeeded by Bede and Marnie, respectively. During The Crown Tundra, Klara (Poison)Sw/Avery (Psychic)Sh is revealed to have become minor division Gym Leader.

Champion Cup

Unlike previous games, there is no Elite Four in the Galar region. Their place is instead taken by the Champion Cup, a tournament where Trainers compete for the right to challenge the current Champion. In the semifinals, Gym Challengers compete against each other, and the winner proceeds to the finals, where they join a tournament otherwise completely occupied by the Gym Leaders. The winner of the finals is granted the right to challenge the Champion.


See Category:Generation VIII Pokémon

Game-exclusive Pokémon

Main Game

083   Farfetch'd
Galarian Form
273   Seedot Grass
274   Nuzleaf Grass Dark
275   Shiftry Grass Dark
303   Mawile Steel Fairy
338   Solrock Rock Psychic
550   Basculin
554   Darumaka
Galarian Form
555   Darmanitan
Galarian Form
559   Scraggy Dark Fighting
560   Scrafty Dark Fighting
574   Gothita Psychic
575   Gothorita Psychic
576   Gothitelle Psychic
627   Rufflet Normal Flying
628   Braviary Normal Flying
633   Deino Dark Dragon
634   Zweilous Dark Dragon
635   Hydreigon Dark Dragon
684   Swirlix Fairy
685   Slurpuff Fairy
766   Passimian Fighting
776   Turtonator Fire Dragon
782   Jangmo-o Dragon
783   Hakamo-o Dragon Fighting
784   Kommo-o Dragon Fighting
841   Flapple Grass Dragon
865   Sirfetch'd Fighting
874   Stonjourner Rock
888   Zacian Fairy
077   Ponyta
Galarian Form
078   Rapidash
Galarian Form
Psychic Fairy
222   Corsola
Galarian Form
246   Larvitar Rock Ground
247   Pupitar Rock Ground
248   Tyranitar Rock Dark
270   Lotad Water Grass
271   Lombre Water Grass
272   Ludicolo Water Grass
302   Sableye Dark Ghost
337   Lunatone Rock Psychic
453   Croagunk Poison Fighting
454   Toxicroak Poison Fighting
550   Basculin
577   Solosis Psychic
578   Duosion Psychic
579   Reuniclus Psychic
629   Vullaby Dark Flying
630   Mandibuzz Dark Flying
682   Spritzee Fairy
683   Aromatisse Fairy
704   Goomy Dragon
705   Sliggoo Dragon
706   Goodra Dragon
765   Oranguru Normal Psychic
780   Drampa Normal Dragon
842   Appletun Grass Dragon
864   Cursola Ghost
875   Eiscue Ice
889   Zamazenta Fighting

The Isle of Armor

127   Pinsir Bug
692   Clauncher Water
693   Clawitzer Water
214   Heracross Bug Fighting
690   Skrelp Poison Water
691   Dragalge Poison Dragon

The Crown Tundra

138   Omanyte Rock Water
139   Omastar Rock Water
250   Ho-Oh Fire Flying
371   Bagon Dragon
372   Shelgon Dragon
373   Salamence Dragon Flying
381   Latios Dragon Psychic
383   Groudon Ground
483   Dialga Steel Dragon
641   Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
643   Reshiram Dragon Fire
716   Xerneas Fairy
791   Solgaleo Psychic Steel
140   Kabuto Rock Water
141   Kabutops Rock Water
249   Lugia Psychic Flying
380   Latias Dragon Psychic
382   Kyogre Water
443   Gible Dragon Ground
444   Gabite Dragon Ground
445   Garchomp Dragon Ground
484   Palkia Water Dragon
642   Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
Electric Flying
644   Zekrom Dragon Electric
717   Yveltal Dark Flying
792   Lunala Psychic Ghost

  • 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 in Circhester where the player can trade a Vanillish to obtain ThrohSw or SawkSh.
  • Wild Escavalier is exclusive to Pokémon Sword, while wild Accelgor is exclusive to Pokémon Shield. However, Karrablast and Shelmet can be evolved in both games. Additionally, both evolved forms can be caught on the Isle of Armor in both games.
  • Cosmoem evolve into Solgaleo in Pokémon Sword, and Lunala in Pokémon Shield.
  • With the exception of Zacian and Zamazenta, all of these Pokémon can be obtained in either version by joining other players' Max Raid Battles via the Y-Comm or Max Lair.

Game-exclusive Gigantamax Pokémon

068   Machamp
839   Coalossal
Rock Fire
841   Flapple
Grass Dragon
094   Gengar
Ghost Poison
131   Lapras
Water Ice
842   Appletun
Grass Dragon
  • During normal gameplay, Gigantamax Machamp are exclusive to Sword, and Gigantamax Gengar to Shield. However, they have been made available by Wild Area News. Additionally, if the player has purchased the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass or the Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, they can obtain any Gigantamax Pokémon by feeding their Pokémon Max Soup, regardless of which version they are playing.


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. Users of HOME can transfer Pokémon freely between other Sword and Shield savefiles on the console, even if the files belong to different profiles. Through the mobile version of HOME, players can trade those Pokémon through the GTS, not natively featured in Sword and Shield, and the Wonder Box, a feature similar to Sword and Shield's Surprise Trade and the Wonder Trade of previous games.

Only Pokémon in the Galar Pokédex and a select few "foreign" Pokémon can be transferred to Pokémon Sword and Shield. Two patches were released with each iteration of the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass which increased the number of Pokémon that can exist in Pokémon Sword and Shield, regardless of whether or not the player purchased the Expansion Pass.

Supported Pokémon

All Pokémon in the Galar Pokédex, Isle of Armor Pokédex, and Crown Tundra Pokédex (including all regional forms) can be transferred to Pokémon Sword and Shield.

In addition to Pokémon in the Galar, Isle of Armor, and Crown Tundra Pokédexes, the following select Pokémon can also be transferred to Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Ndex MS Pokémon Type
#150   Mewtwo Psychic
#151   Mew Psychic
#243   Raikou Electric
#244   Entei Fire
#245   Suicune Water
#249   Lugia Psychic Flying
#250   Ho-Oh Fire Flying
#251   Celebi Psychic Grass
#252   Treecko Grass
#253   Grovyle Grass
#254   Sceptile Grass
#255   Torchic Fire
#256   Combusken Fire Fighting
#257   Blaziken Fire Fighting
#258   Mudkip Water
#259   Marshtomp Water Ground
#260   Swampert Water Ground
#380   Latias Dragon Psychic
#381   Latios Dragon Psychic
#382   Kyogre Water
#383   Groudon Ground
#384   Rayquaza Dragon Flying
#385   Jirachi Steel Psychic
#480   Uxie Psychic
#481   Mesprit Psychic
#482   Azelf Psychic
#483   Dialga Steel Dragon
#484   Palkia Water Dragon
#485   Heatran Fire Steel
#486   Regigigas Normal
#487   Giratina Ghost Dragon
#487   Giratina Ghost Dragon
#488   Cresselia Psychic
#494   Victini Psychic Fire
#641   Tornadus Flying
#641   Tornadus Flying
#642   Thundurus Electric Flying
#642   Thundurus Electric Flying
#643   Reshiram Dragon Fire
#644   Zekrom Dragon Electric
#645   Landorus Ground Flying
#645   Landorus Ground Flying
#646   Kyurem Dragon Ice
#646   Kyurem Dragon Ice
#646   Kyurem Dragon Ice
#647   Keldeo Water Fighting
#649   Genesect Bug Steel
#716   Xerneas Fairy
#717   Yveltal Dark Flying
#718   Zygarde Dragon Ground
#718   Zygarde Dragon Ground
#718   Zygarde Dragon Ground
#719   Diancie Rock Fairy
#721   Volcanion Fire Water
#722   Rowlet Grass Flying
#723   Dartrix Grass Flying
#724   Decidueye Grass Ghost
#725   Litten Fire
#726   Torracat Fire
#727   Incineroar Fire Dark
#728   Popplio Water
#729   Brionne Water
#730   Primarina Water Fairy
#785   Tapu Koko Electric Fairy
#786   Tapu Lele Psychic Fairy
#787   Tapu Bulu Grass Fairy
#788   Tapu Fini Water Fairy
#789   Cosmog Psychic
#790   Cosmoem Psychic
#791   Solgaleo Psychic Steel
#792   Lunala Psychic Ghost
#793   Nihilego Rock Poison
#794   Buzzwole Bug Fighting
#795   Pheromosa Bug Fighting
#796   Xurkitree Electric
#797   Celesteela Steel Flying
#798   Kartana Grass Steel
#799   Guzzlord Dark Dragon
#800   Necrozma Psychic
#800   Necrozma Psychic Steel
#800   Necrozma Psychic Ghost
#801   Magearna Steel Fairy
#802   Marshadow Fighting Ghost
#803   Poipole Poison
#804   Naganadel Poison Dragon
#805   Stakataka Rock Steel
#806   Blacephalon Fire Ghost
#807   Zeraora Electric
#808   Meltan Steel
#809   Melmetal Steel

Unusable moves

Main article: List of moves by availability (Generation VIII)

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, many moves are no longer usable. Pokémon do not normally learn these moves in the game, and if a Pokémon does know one of these moves (e.g. due to being transferred from Pokémon HOME), it will not be able to use it. If the move is forgotten, Jack will not be able to teach it again, even if it is a special move that the Pokémon normally would be able to relearn.

In lieu of their usual descriptions, most of these moves instead have the following generic description: "This move can't be used. It's recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can't be remembered." The unusable moves that do not have this description are usually moves that cannot be legitimately known by any Pokémon that exists in Pokémon Sword and Shield, typically being signature moves or moves which only a small group of Pokémon can know.

Unusable moves
Move Type Generic
Assist Normal
Baddy Bad Dark
Barrage Normal
Barrier Psychic
Beak Blast Flying
Bestow Normal
Bide Normal
Bone Club Ground
Bouncy Bubble Water
Bubble Water
Buzzy Buzz Electric
Camouflage Normal
Captivate Normal
Chatter Flying
Chip Away Normal
Clamp Water
Comet Punch Normal
Constrict Normal
Dark Void Dark
Dizzy Punch Normal
Double Slap Normal
Dragon Rage Dragon
Egg Bomb Normal
Embargo Dark
Feint Attack Dark
Flame Burst Fire
Flash Normal
Floaty Fall Flying
Foresight Normal
Freezy Frost Ice
Frustration Normal
Glitzy Glow Psychic
Grass Whistle Grass
Heal Block Psychic
Heal Order Bug
Heart Stamp Psychic
Heart Swap Psychic *
Hidden Power Normal
Hyper Fang Normal
Hyperspace Fury Dark
Hyperspace Hole Psychic
Ice Ball Ice
Ice Hammer Ice
Ion Deluge Electric
Judgment Normal
Jump Kick Fighting
Karate Chop Fighting
Light of Ruin Fairy
Lucky Chant Normal
Magnet Bomb Steel
Magnitude Ground
Me First Normal
Meditate Psychic
Miracle Eye Psychic
Mirror Move Flying
Mirror Shot Steel
Mud Bomb Ground
Mud Sport Ground
Natural Gift Normal
Needle Arm Grass
Nightmare Ghost
Odor Sleuth Normal
Ominous Wind Ghost
Pika Papow Electric
Powder Bug
Psycho Boost Psychic *
Psywave Psychic
Punishment Dark
Pursuit Dark
Rage Normal
Razor Wind Normal
Refresh Normal
Relic Song Normal
Return Normal
Revelation Dance Normal
Rock Climb Normal
Rolling Kick Fighting
Rototiller Ground
Sappy Seed Grass
Secret Power Normal
Seed Flare Grass
Sharpen Normal
Signal Beam Bug
Silver Wind Bug
Sizzly Slide Fire
Sketch Normal
Sky Drop Flying
Sky Uppercut Fighting
Smelling Salts Normal
Snatch Dark
Sonic Boom Normal
Sparkly Swirl Fairy
Spider Web Bug
Spike Cannon Normal
Splishy Splash Water
Spotlight Normal
Steamroller Bug
Synchronoise Psychic
Tail Glow Bug *
Telekinesis Psychic
Toxic Thread Poison
Trump Card Normal
Twineedle Bug
Veevee Volley Normal
Wake-Up Slap Fighting
Water Sport Water
Wring Out Normal
Zippy Zap Electric
  • In addition, all Z-Moves are also unusable in these games.
  • In version 1.2.0, which was released alongside The Isle of Armor, several previously unusable moves were made usable again. These were mostly signature moves of Pokémon that were added in that update. Further moves were made usable in version 1.3.0, coinciding with The Crown Tundra.
Formerly unusable moves
Move Type Enabled in
Aeroblast Flying 1.3.0
Bonemerang Ground 1.2.0
Conversion Normal 1.2.0
Conversion 2 Normal 1.2.0
Core Enforcer Dragon 1.3.0
Crush Grip Normal 1.3.0
Diamond Storm Rock 1.3.0
Dragon Ascent Flying 1.3.0
Dragon Hammer Dragon 1.2.0
Fiery Dance Fire 1.2.0
Fleur Cannon Fairy 1.2.0
Floral Healing Fairy 1.2.0
Geomancy Fairy 1.3.0
Head Charge Normal 1.2.0
Kinesis Psychic 1.2.0
Land's Wrath Ground 1.3.0
Lovely Kiss Normal 1.3.0
Lunar Dance Psychic 1.3.0
Luster Purge Psychic 1.3.0
Magma Storm Fire 1.3.0
Milk Drink Normal 1.2.0
Mind Blown Fire 1.3.0
Mist Ball Psychic 1.3.0
Nature's Madness Fairy 1.3.0
Oblivion Wing Flying 1.3.0
Origin Pulse Water 1.3.0
Precipice Blades Ground 1.3.0
Roar of Time Dragon 1.3.0
Sacred Fire Fire 1.3.0
Searing Shot Fire 1.3.0
Shadow Bone Ghost 1.2.0
Shadow Force Ghost 1.3.0
Shore Up Ground 1.2.0
Spacial Rend Dragon 1.3.0
Steam Eruption Water 1.3.0
Techno Blast Normal 1.3.0
Thousand Arrows Ground 1.3.0
Thousand Waves Ground 1.3.0
V-create Fire 1.3.0


The games received positive reviews among release, but lower than most other core series releases. Gaming magazine Famitsu gave them a score of 38 out of 40.[1] IGN rated the games a 9.3/10,[2] praising the simple battling system and Dynamaxing, but criticizing the basic graphics and lack of a full Pokédex. Both Pokémon Sword and Shield hold a rating of 80% on Metacritic,[3][4] with a much lower user score of 4.6/10.


The games sold 6 million units in their launch weekend.[5] In the fiscal year of their release, they sold 17.37 million units.[6] As of September 30, 2021, Pokémon Sword and Shield have sold 22.64 million copies worldwide.[7]

Japanese sales

Pokémon Sword and Shield sold 894,123 individual units on their first week on the Japanese market, being 534,306 from Pokémon Sword and 359,817 from Pokémon Shield, with a sell-through of 84.96% and 90.26% respectively.[8] By January 3, 2021, the end of their 60th week, they had sold 3,094,075 copies, being 1,851,319 from Pokémon Sword and 1,242,756 from Pokémon Shield.[9]

Pokémon Sword and Shield Dual Pack sold 329,525 units on its first week, with a sell-through of 73.46%.[8] By January 3, 2021, the end of its 60th week, it had sold 545,200 copies.[9] Combining all releases, the games sold 4,184,475 units, being 2,396,519 from Pokémon Sword and 1,787,956 from Pokémon Shield.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Week Week ending Ranking Units sold Total units sold
1 November 17, 2019 1st 894,123 894,123
7 December 29, 2019 1st - 2,170,364
60 January 3, 2021 - - 3,094,075

Pokémon Sword and Shield Dual Pack

Week Week ending Ranking Units sold Total units sold
1 November 17, 2019 2nd 329,525 329,525
7 December 29, 2019 - - 492,789
60 January 3, 2021 - - 545,200


Main article: Staff of Pokémon Sword and Shield


The game's music was primarily composed by Gō Ichinose and Minako Adachi.[10] Additional music was composed by Keita Okamoto and Toby Fox, the latter only composing one track.[11]

Version history

Version[12][13] Release date Official note More information
1.0.0 November 15, 2019 N/A Initial release
1.1.0[14] January 9, 2020
  • Added a feature to jump to the eShop
  • Added a bonus for Expansion Pass purchasers
  • Additional Pokémon will be added
  • Fixed various issues to improve gameplay
1.1.1[15] March 17, 2020
  • Fixed several issues to improve gameplay experience.
  • Patched an exploit that allowed players to send maliciously altered Pokémon via Surprise Trade, causing the game to crash whenever victims tried to access online services via Y-Comm.
  • Fairy Lock crash glitch is fixed.
1.2.0[16] June 16, 2020
  • Part 1, The Isle of Armor, has been released as downloadable content
  • Additional Pokémon now appear
    • Even without purchasing an Expansion Pass, customers can use network connections to play and have additional Pokémon appear.
  • Link Codes are now 8-digits long
  • Battle regulation marks
    • Pokémon carried over from other regions via Pokémon HOME can now participate in online competitions and ranked battles. A battle regulation mark can be replaced on the Pokémon at the Battle Tower in order to participate in online competitions and ranked battles.
    • Please check game news for more information.
  • Addressed issue with online battles
    • We've fixed an issue with online battles where the battle results could be arbitrarily invalidated.
  • Additional updated content
    • In addition, various issues were addressed to create a more enjoyable gaming experience.
1.2.1[17] July 7, 2020
  • A bug in regards to the number of digits for password settings has been fixed.
    • In regards to the passwords that can be set for Y-Comm and Max Raid Battles, we fixed the bug where players could be matched with others whose passwords were not coinciding.
  • Other updated content
    • We fixed several other issues to improve game play experience.
1.3.0[18] October 22, 2020
  • Expansion Pass Part 2, The Crown Tundra, has been released as downloadable content
    • Customers who have purchased the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass or Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass can now explore The Crown Tundra
  • Additional Pokémon now appear
    • Even if you have not purchased the expansion pass, you can find additional Pokémon through online gameplay.
  • Other updates
    • Fixed a number of issues so that gameplay is more enjoyable.
1.3.1[19] December 21, 2020
  • Fixed some issues for a better gameplay experience.
1.3.2[20] May 11, 2021
  • Fixed the issue where some Pokémon icons were not properly displaying during online or local wireless battles.
  • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

Beta elements

Main article: Pokémon Sword and Shield beta



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In other languages

Language Title
  Japanese ポケットモンスター ソード・シールド
Chinese Cantonese 寶可夢 劍/盾
Mandarin 寶可夢 劍/盾
宝可梦 剑/盾
  French Pokémon Épée et Bouclier
  German Pokémon Schwert und Schild
  Italian Pokémon Spada e Scudo
  Korean 포켓몬스터 소드・실드
  Spanish Pokémon Espada y Escudo


  1. Famitsu review scores - 12/4/19 - Nintendo Everything
  2. Pokémon Sword and Shield Review - IGN
  3. Pokémon Sword for Switch Reviews - Metacritic
  4. Pokémon Shield for Switch Reviews - Metacritic
  5. Pokémon Sword and Shield sell 6 million copies in launch weekend - CNET
  6. Fiscal Year Ended March 2020 - Financial Results Explanatory Material - Nintendo Co., Ltd.
  7. Top Selling Title Sales Units - Nintendo Switch Software
  8. 8.0 8.1 Media Create Sales: CY 2019 (2018 Dec 31 - 2019 Dec 29) Sales | ResetEra
  9. 9.0 9.1 Media Create Sales: CY 2020 (2019 Dec 30 - 2021 Jan 03) Sales | ResetEra
  10. We Interview Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori about Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield | Pokemon.com
  11. A Special Letter and Song from Undertale Game Creator Toby Fox | Pokemon.com
  12. Nintendo Support: How to Update Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
  13. How to Update Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield | Nintendo Switch | Support | Nintendo
  14. 『ポケットモンスター ソード・シールド』更新データ(Ver.1.1.0)配信のお知らせ|ポケットモンスターオフィシャルサイト
  15. 『ポケットモンスター ソード・シールド』更新データ(Ver.1.1.1)配信のお知らせ|ポケットモンスターオフィシャルサイト
  16. 『ポケットモンスター ソード・シールド』更新データ(Ver.1.2.0)配信のお知らせ|ポケットモンスターオフィシャルサイト
  17. 『ポケットモンスター ソード・シールド』更新データ(Ver.1.2.1)配信のお知らせ|ポケットモンスターオフィシャルサイト
  18. 『ポケモン ソード・シールド』更新データ(Ver.1.3.0)配信のお知らせ|ポケットモンスターオフィシャルサイト
  19. 『ポケモン ソード・シールド』更新データ(Ver.1.3.1)配信のお知らせ|ポケットモンスターオフィシャルサイト
  20. 『ポケモン ソード・シールド』更新データ(Ver.1.3.2)配信のお知らせ|ポケットモンスターオフィシャルサイト

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Generation III: Ruby & SapphireFireRed & LeafGreenEmerald
Generation IV: Diamond & PearlPlatinumHeartGold & SoulSilver
Generation V: Black & WhiteBlack 2 & White 2
Generation VI: X & YOmega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII: Sun & MoonUltra Sun & Ultra Moon
Let's Go, Pikachu! & Let's Go, Eevee!‎
Generation VIII: Sword & Shield (Expansion Pass)
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