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Sword and Shield redirects here. For the TCG expansion, see Sword & Shield (TCG). For the Pokémon Adventures chapter, see Sword & Shield chapter (Adventures).
Pokémon Sword
ポケットモンスター ソード
Sword EN boxart.png
Pokémon Sword's boxart, featuring Zacian
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
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)
Sword JP boxart.png
Pokémon Sword Japanese boxart
Shield JP boxart.png
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 post-game areas to the game, The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra.


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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 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.


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 and 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. 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.


See Category:Generation VIII Pokémon

Game-exclusive Pokémon

083 083G Farfetch'd
Galarian Form
273 273 Seedot Grass
274 274 Nuzleaf Grass Dark
275 275 Shiftry Grass Dark
303 303 Mawile Steel Fairy
338 338 Solrock Rock Psychic
550 550 Basculin
554 554G Darumaka
Galarian Form
555 555G Darmanitan
Galarian Form
559 559 Scraggy Dark Fighting
560 560 Scrafty Dark Fighting
574 574 Gothita Psychic
575 575 Gothorita Psychic
576 576 Gothitelle Psychic
627 627 Rufflet Normal Flying
628 628 Braviary Normal Flying
633 633 Deino Dark Dragon
634 634 Zweilous Dark Dragon
635 635 Hydreigon Dark Dragon
684 684 Swirlix Fairy
685 685 Slurpuff Fairy
766 766 Passimian Fighting
776 776 Turtonator Fire Dragon
782 782 Jangmo-o Dragon
783 783 Hakamo-o Dragon Fighting
784 784 Kommo-o Dragon Fighting
839 839Gi Coalossal
Rock Fire
841 841 Flapple Grass Dragon
841 841Gi Flapple
Grass Dragon
865 865 Sirfetch'd Fighting
874 874 Stonjourner Rock
888 888 Zacian Fairy
077 077G Ponyta
Galarian Form
078 078G Rapidash
Galarian Form
Psychic Fairy
131 131Gi Lapras
Water Ice
222 222G Corsola
Galarian Form
246 246 Larvitar Rock Ground
247 247 Pupitar Rock Ground
248 248 Tyranitar Rock Dark
270 270 Lotad Water Grass
271 271 Lombre Water Grass
272 272 Ludicolo Water Grass
302 302 Sableye Dark Ghost
337 337 Lunatone Rock Psychic
453 453 Croagunk Poison Fighting
454 454 Toxicroak Poison Fighting
550 550B Basculin
577 577 Solosis Psychic
578 578 Duosion Psychic
579 579 Reuniclus Psychic
629 629 Vullaby Dark Flying
630 630 Mandibuzz Dark Flying
682 682 Spritzee Fairy
683 683 Aromatisse Fairy
704 704 Goomy Dragon
705 705 Sliggoo Dragon
706 706 Goodra Dragon
765 765 Oranguru Normal Psychic
780 780 Drampa Normal Dragon
842 842 Appletun Grass Dragon
842 842Gi Appletun
Grass Dragon
864 864 Cursola Ghost
875 875 Eiscue Ice
889 889 Zamazenta Fighting
  • 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 on Circhester where the player can trade a Vanillish to obtain ThrohSw/SawkSh.
  • Cosmoem that are imported into the games via Pokémon HOME evolve into Solgaleo in Pokémon Sword, and Lunala in Pokémon Shield.
  • During normal gameplay, Gigantamax Machamp are exclusive to Sword, and Gigantamax Gengar to Shield. However, they have been made available by Wild Area News.
  • 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.


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. The Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass will increase the number of Pokémon that can exist in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Supported Pokémon

All Pokémon in the Galar Pokédex (including all regional variants except regular Slowpoke) can be transferred to Pokémon Sword and Shield.

In addition to Pokémon in the regional Pokédex, the following select Pokémon can also be transferred to Pokémon Sword and Shield. Despite Galarian Slowpoke being transferable to Pokémon Sword and Shield, regular Slowpoke and its evolved forms are not.

Gdex Ndex MS Pokémon Type
  #001 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur Grass Poison
  #002 Ivysaur Ivysaur Grass Poison
  #003 Venusaur Venusaur Grass Poison
  #007 Squirtle Squirtle Water
  #008 Wartortle Wartortle Water
  #009 Blastoise Blastoise Water
  #079 Slowpoke Slowpoke Psychic
  #150 Mewtwo Mewtwo Psychic
  #151 Mew Mew Psychic
  #251 Celebi Celebi Psychic Grass
  #385 Jirachi Jirachi Steel Psychic
  #638 Cobalion Cobalion Steel Fighting
  #639 Terrakion Terrakion Rock Fighting
  #640 Virizion Virizion Grass Fighting
  #643 Reshiram Reshiram Dragon Fire
  #644 Zekrom Zekrom Dragon Electric
  #646 Kyurem Kyurem Dragon Ice
  #646 Kyurem Kyurem Dragon Ice
  #646 Kyurem Kyurem Dragon Ice
  #647 Keldeo Keldeo Water Fighting
  #647 Keldeo Keldeo Water Fighting
  #722 Rowlet Rowlet Grass Flying
  #723 Dartrix Dartrix Grass Flying
  #724 Decidueye Decidueye Grass Ghost
  #725 Litten Litten Fire
  #726 Torracat Torracat Fire
  #727 Incineroar Incineroar Fire Dark
  #728 Popplio Popplio Water
  #729 Brionne Brionne Water
  #730 Primarina Primarina Water Fairy
  #789 Cosmog Cosmog Psychic
  #790 Cosmoem Cosmoem Psychic
  #791 Solgaleo Solgaleo Psychic Steel
  #792 Lunala Lunala Psychic Ghost
  #800 Necrozma Necrozma Psychic
  #800 Necrozma Necrozma Psychic Steel
  #800 Necrozma Necrozma Psychic Ghost
  #802 Marshadow Marshadow Fighting Ghost
  #807 Zeraora Zeraora Electric
  #808 Meltan Meltan Steel
  #809 Melmetal Melmetal Steel

Unusable moves

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

In 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, the Move Reminder 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, the placeholder text for these moves is as follows: "This move can't be used. It's recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can't be remembered."

Unusable moves
Move Type
Assist Normal
Baddy Bad Dark
Barrage Normal
Barrier Psychic
Bestow Normal
Bide Normal
Bone Club Ground
Bouncy Bubble Water
Bubble Water
Buzzy Buzz Electric
Camouflage Normal
Captivate Normal
Chip Away Normal
Clamp Water
Comet Punch Normal
Constrict Normal
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
Hidden Power Normal
Ice Ball Ice
Ion Deluge Electric
Jump Kick Fighting
Karate Chop Fighting
Kinesis Psychic
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
Psywave Psychic
Punishment Dark
Pursuit Dark
Rage Normal
Razor Wind Normal
Refresh Normal
Return Normal
Rock Climb Normal
Rolling Kick Fighting
Rototiller Ground
Sappy Seed Grass
Secret Power Normal
Sharpen Normal
Signal Beam Bug
Silver Wind Bug
Sizzly Slide Fire
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
Telekinesis Psychic
Trump Card Normal
Twineedle Bug
Wake-Up Slap Fighting
Water Sport Water
Wring Out Normal
Zippy Zap Electric

In addition, all Z-Moves and the Partner Power moves Pika Papow and Veevee Volley are also unusable in these games.


Pokémon Sword and Shield 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.

They are the lowest-rated first paired games in a generation from aggregate critic scores.[3]


The games sold 6 million units in their launch weekend.[4] As of March 31, 2020, Pokémon Sword and Shield have sold 17.37 million copies worldwide.[5]


Main article: Staff of Pokémon Sword and Shield


The game's music was primarily composed by Gō Ichinose and Minako Adachi.[6] Additional music was composed by Keita Okamoto and Toby Fox, the latter of which only composing one track.[7]

Version history

Version Release date Official changelog More information
1.0.0 November 15, 2019 N/A Initial release
1.1.0 January 9, 2020
  • Added a feature to jump to Nintendo eShop
  • Added a bonus for Expansion Pass purchasers
  • Additional Pokémon will be added
  • Fixed various issues to improve gameplay
1.1.1 March 18, 2020 Fixed various issues to improve gameplay



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  • These are the first core series games to not feature:
  • These are the first core series games to feature:
    • An Expansion Pack.
    • Version-exclusive rivals.
    • Version-exclusive Gym Badges.
    • A Dark-type Gym.

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


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