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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
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.


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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 mixes 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 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. 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.


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, battle, swap League Cards, and conduct a Surprise Trade.

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 and design their League Card.

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

068 068Gi Machamp
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
094 094Gi Gengar
Ghost Poison
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.


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, only Pokémon in the Galar regional Pokédex can be transferred to Pokémon Sword and Shield.


Pokémon Sword and Shield received positive reviews among release. IGN rated the games a 9.3/10,[1] praising the simple battling system and Dynamaxing, but criticizing the basic graphics and lack of a full Pokédex.


The games sold 6 million units in their launch weekend.[2]


Main article: Staff of Pokémon Sword and Shield


The game's music was primarily composed by Gō Ichinose and Minako Adachi.[3] Additional music was composed by Keita Okamoto and Toby Fox, the latter of which only composed one track.[4]



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First trailer

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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 (Expansion Pass)
Brilliant Diamond & Shining PearlLegends: Arceus
Generation IX: Scarlet & Violet
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