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Pokémon Sword
ポケットモンスター ソード
Pokémon Sword logo.png
Pokémon Sword's logo
Pokémon Shield
ポケットモンスター シールド
Pokémon Shield logo.png
Pokémon Shield's logo
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Basic info
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Category: RPG
Players: N/A
Connectivity: N/A
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo/The Pokémon Company
Part of: Generation VIII core series
Ratings
CERO: N/A
ESRB: N/A
ACB: N/A
OFLC: N/A
PEGI: N/A
GRAC: N/A
GSRR: N/A
Release dates
Japan: Winter 2019
North America: Late 2019
Australia: Late 2019
Europe: Late 2019
South Korea: Winter 2019
Hong Kong: Winter 2019
Taiwan: Winter 2019
Websites
Japanese: Pokémon.co.jp
English: Official site
Pokémon.com
Nintendo.com (Sword)
Nintendo.com (Shield)
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Pokémon Sword Japanese logo
Pokémon Shield logo JP.png
Pokémon Shield Japanese logo

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 will be released on the Nintendo Switch.

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 be arriving the second half of 2019; they also said that they 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. A global release date of late 2019 was also repeated, as revealed earlier. All copies of the game are playable in nine languages: Japanese, English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

Contents

Region

The Galar region

Pokémon Sword and Shield take place in the Galar region. This region has many diverse environments for the player to explore alongside the cities and towns dotted throughout the land; these include plains, forests, snowy mountains and caves. Connecting some of the larger cities appears to be some sort of train system in the map's north. Unlike Alola, these games will return to having Gyms that the player must battle with the goal of becoming the Champion.

Features

The games ignore some of the changes introduced in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, returning to the more traditional gameplay last seen in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Wild Pokémon are now encountered as random encounters (rather than being visible in the overworld like in Pokémon Let's Go) and the player can battle them (rather than only catch them).

Gyms will return to the games, after being replaced by trials in Pokémon Sun and Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Starter Pokémon

Trailers

Teaser

By Pokemon
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In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png 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
France Flag.png French Pokémon Épée et Bouclier
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon Schwert und Schild
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokémon Spada e Scudo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 포켓몬스터소드・실드
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pokémon Espada y Escudo


Generation I: Red & GreenBlue (JP)Red & BlueYellow
Generation II: Gold & SilverCrystal
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
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