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Revision as of 02:00, 5 September 2019

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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
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Pokémon Shield's boxart, featuring Zamazenta
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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
Ratings
CERO: A
ESRB: E
ACB: PG
OFLC: PG
PEGI: 7
GRAC: ALL
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
Websites
Japanese: Pokémon.co.jp
English: Official site
Pokémon.com
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 will be 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.

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).

Known as the Gym Challenge, Gyms that the player must battle with the goal of becoming the Champion will 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.

Dynamax and Gigantamax

Main article: Dynamax
Main article: 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.

Pokémon

See Category:Generation VIII Pokémon

Game-exclusive Pokémon

Sword
633 633 Deino Dark Dragon
634 634 Zweilous Dark Dragon
635 635 Hydreigon Dark Dragon
782 782 Jangmo-o Dragon
783 783 Hakamo-o Dragon Fighting
784 784 Kommo-o Dragon Fighting
Shield
246 246 Larvitar Rock Ground
247 247 Pupitar Rock Ground
248 248 Tyranitar Rock Dark
704 704 Goomy Dragon
705 705 Sliggoo Dragon
706 706 Goodra Dragon

Compatibility

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. However, it was noted in the Nintendo Treehouse Presentation during E3 2019 that not all Pokémon from the previous generations will be available to these games, and even being unable to be transferred in from Pokémon HOME.

Music

The game's music was primarily composed by Gō Ichinose and Minako Adachi.[1]

Gallery

Pokémon

Gigantamax Pokémon

Characters

Gym Leaders

Logos

Miscellaneous

Trailers

Teaser

By Pokemon
This video is not available on Bulbapedia; instead, you can watch the video on YouTube here.

First trailer

By Pokemon
This video is not available on Bulbapedia; instead, you can watch the video on YouTube here.

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

References


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
Pokémon game templates


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