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This article lists the unused content of the Generation VIII games Pokémon Sword and Shield.



Mega Evolution, Primal Reversion, Bond Phenomenon, and Ultra Burst remain in the code of Sword and Shield. However, those Pokémon can't transform into those forms in the final release.

#   Pokémon Type
0003   Venusaur
Mega Venusaur
Grass Poison
0006   Charizard
Mega Charizard X
Fire Dragon
0006   Charizard
Mega Charizard Y
Fire Flying
0009   Blastoise
Mega Blastoise
0065   Alakazam
Mega Alakazam
0080   Slowbro
Mega Slowbro
Water Psychic
0094   Gengar
Mega Gengar
Ghost Poison
0115   Kangaskhan
Mega Kangaskhan
0127   Pinsir
Mega Pinsir
Bug Flying
0130   Gyarados
Mega Gyarados
Water Dark
0142   Aerodactyl
Mega Aerodactyl
Rock Flying
0150   Mewtwo
Mega Mewtwo X
Psychic Fighting
0150   Mewtwo
Mega Charizard X
0208   Steelix
Mega Steelix
Steel Ground
0212   Scizor
Mega Scizor
Bug Steel
0214   Heracross
Mega Heracross
Bug Fighting
0248   Tyranitar
Mega Tyranitar
Rock Dark
0254   Sceptile
Mega Sceptile
Grass Dragon
0257   Blaziken
Mega Blaziken
Fire Fighting
0260   Swampert
Mega Swampert
Water Ground
0282   Gardevoir
Mega Gardevoir
Psychic Fairy
0302   Sableye
Mega Sableye
Dark Ghost
0303   Mawile
Mega Mawile
Steel Fairy
0306   Aggron
Mega Aggron
0310   Manectric
Mega Manectric
0319   Sharpedo
Mega Sharpedo
Water Dark
0334   Altaria
Mega Altaria
Dragon Fairy
0359   Absol
Mega Absol
0362   Glalie
Mega Glalie
0373   Salamence
Mega Salamence
Dragon Flying
0376   Metagross
Mega Metagross
Steel Psychic
0380   Latias
Mega Latias
Dragon Psychic
0381   Latios
Mega Latios
Dragon Psychic
0382   Kyogre
Primal Kyogre
0383   Groudon
Primal Groudon
Ground Fire
0384   Rayquaza
Mega Rayquaza
Dragon Flying
0428   Lopunny
Mega Lopunny
Normal Fighting
0445   Garchomp
Mega Garchomp
Dragon Ground
0448   Lucario
Mega Lucario
Fighting Steel
0460   Abomasnow
Mega Abomasnow
Grass Ice
0475   Gallade
Mega Gallade
Psychic Fighting
0531   Audino
Mega Audino
Normal Fairy
0658   Greninja
Battle Bond/Ash-Greninja
Water Dark
0719   Diancie
Mega Diancie
Rock Fairy
0800   Necrozma
Ultra Necrozma
Psychic Dragon

Eternamax Eternatus

Eternamax Eternatus exists as an alternate form of Eternatus in the game's data; however, it cannot be obtained in-game and has never been distributed. Outside of its battle, it can only be seen during the move animation for Eternabeam. Its base stats are higher than that of a normal Eternatus and it has a base experience yield of 1125.

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
315 - 362 620 - 714
108 - 183 211 - 361
229 - 332 454 - 658
117 - 194 229 - 383
229 - 332 454 - 658
121 - 200 238 - 394
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Shiny Pokémon

For the sake of consistency, all Pokémon have a Shiny form but some of them cannot be obtained as they have been locked out of being Shiny outside of the possibility of Shiny variants being distributed via events. As Zarude and Zarude Dada form were only distributed via events, it is currently impossible to have their Shiny forms. Melmetal can be obtained Shiny, but cannot consume Max Soup, so Shiny Melmetal cannot Gigantamax.

The first partner Pokémon the player obtains at the start of the game are also Shiny-locked, but their Shiny forms can be obtained via breeding. The Galarian forms of the legendary birds and the legendary heroes are also not available Shiny in-game, but their Shiny forms have been distributed through events.

All Pikachu in a cap are programmed to not be Shiny, but due to a glitch present in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the Partner Cap Pikachu transferred from these games can be Shiny.

#   Pokémon Type
0025   Pikachu
All Pikachu in a cap forms
0647   Keldeo
Water Fighting
0721   Volcanion
Fire Water
0789   Cosmog
0790   Cosmoem
0801   Magearna
Steel Fairy
0802   Marshadow
Fighting Ghost
0809   Melmetal
0890   Eternatus
Poison Dragon
0891   Kubfu
0892   Urshifu
Single Strike Style
Fighting Dark
0892   Urshifu
Rapid Strike Style
Fighting Water
0893   Zarude
Dark Grass
0896   Glastrier
0897   Spectrier
0898   Calyrex
Psychic Grass

Unused Max Raid Battle stats

All Pokémon that can Dynamax have Max Raid battle stats with some of the stat fields being blank, meaning those Dynamaxed Pokémon are most likely not meant to be encountered in any Max Raid Battle encounter.


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

Various moves, as well as Z-Moves, have been removed from Sword and Shield; they all have the same description of, "This move can't be used. It's recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can't be remembered." Attempting to use a Pokémon in battle that only knows unusable moves will always result in the Pokémon using Struggle instead and acting as if it has no moves available to select.


Main article: List of unobtainable items → Wishing Chip

The Wishing Chip is not normally available as an item. However, it is present in the internal data of the games. The same applies to the Key Stone, Mega Stones, colored orbs, Z-Crystals, and the Band Autograph.


As several Pokémon are not available in Pokémon Sword and Shield, their Abilities have been dummied out and are not able to be used in-game.

# Name Effect Pokémon
184 Aerilate Normal-type moves become Flying-type moves. The power of those moves is boosted a little. Mega Pinsir, Mega Salamence
123 Bad Dreams Reduces the HP of sleeping opposing Pokémon. Darkrai
210 Battle Bond Defeating an opposing Pokémon strengthens the Pokémon's bond with its Trainer, and it becomes Ash-Greninja. Water Shuriken gets more powerful. Ash-Greninja
016 Color Change The Pokémon's type becomes the type of the move used on it. Kecleon
213 Comatose It's always drowsing and will never wake up. It can attack without waking up. Komala
216 Dancer When another Pokémon uses a dance move, it can use a dance move following it regardless of its Speed. Oricorio
219 Dazzling Surprises the opposing Pokémon, making it unable to attack using priority moves. Bruxish
191 Delta Stream The Pokémon changes the weather to eliminate all of the Flying type's weaknesses. Mega Rayquaza
190 Desolate Land The Pokémon changes the weather to nullify Water-type attacks. Primal Groudon
059 Forecast The Pokémon transforms with the weather to change its type to Water, Fire, or Ice. Castform
206 Galvanize Normal-type moves become Electric-type moves. The power of those moves is boosted a little. Alolan Geodude, Graveler, and Golem
179 Grass Pelt Boosts the Pokémon's Defense stat on Grassy Terrain. Skiddo, Gogoat
040 Magma Armor The Pokémon is covered with hot magma, which prevents the Pokémon from becoming frozen. Slugma, Magcargo, and Camerupt
121 Multitype Changes the Pokémon's type to match the Plate or Z-Crystal it holds. Arceus
233 Neuroforce Powers up moves that are super effective. Ultra Necrozma
096 Normalize All the Pokémon's moves become Normal type. The power of those moves is boosted a little. Skitty, Delcatty
185 Parental Bond Parent and child each attacks. Mega Kangaskhan
090 Poison Heal Restores HP if the Pokémon is poisoned instead of losing HP. Shroomish, Breloom, and Gliscor
223 Power of Alchemy The Pokémon copies the Ability of a defeated ally. Alolan Grimer, Muk
189 Primordial Sea The Pokémon changes the weather to nullify Fire-type attacks. Primal Kyogre
168 Protean Changes the Pokémon's type to the type of the move it's about to use. Froakie, Frogadier, Greninja, and Kecleon
074 Pure Power Using its pure power, the Pokémon doubles its Attack stat. Meditite, Medicham
197 Shields Down When its HP becomes half or less, the Pokémon's shell breaks and it becomes aggressive. Minior
137 Toxic Boost Powers up physical attacks when the Pokémon is poisoned. Zangoose

Pokédex entries

Several Pokémon had Pokédex entries for Pokémon Sword and Shield that were not used in-game until the releases of The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra DLC expansions were released respectively, making all unused Pokédex entries used.

Beta versions of Pokémon games
Generation I
Red and GreenYellow
Generation II
Gold and Silver (Spaceworld '97 demo) • Crystal
Generation III
Ruby and SapphireFireRed and LeafGreenEmeraldColosseumXD
Generation IV
Diamond and PearlPlatinumHeartGold and SoulSilver
Generation V
Black and WhiteBlack 2 and White 2
Generation VI
X and YOmega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII
Sun and MoonUltra Sun and Ultra Moon
Generation VIII
Sword and Shield
Pokémon Picross

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