Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass

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Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass
ポケットモンスター ソード エキスパンションパス
Sword EP EN boxart.png
Pokémon Sword + Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass's boxart, featuring Zacian in its Crowned Sword form, Urshifu, and Calyrex
Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass
ポケットモンスター シールド エキスパンションパス
Shield EP EN boxart.png
Pokémon Shield + Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass's boxart, featuring Zamazenta in its Crowned Shield form, Urshifu, and Calyrex
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
Release dates
Japan: January 10, 2020
November 6, 2020*
North America: January 9, 2020
November 6, 2020*
Australia: January 10, 2020
November 6, 2020*
Europe: January 9, 2020
November 6, 2020*
South Korea: January 10, 2020
August 20, 2020*
November 6, 2020*
Hong Kong: January 10, 2020
November 6, 2020*
Taiwan: January 10, 2020
November 6, 2020*
Japanese: Official site
English: Official site
Japanese boxart
Sword EP JP boxart.png
Pokémon Sword + Expansion Pass Japanese boxart
Shield EP JP boxart.png
Pokémon Shield + Expansion Pass Japanese boxart

The Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass (Japanese: ポケットモンスター ソード エキスパンションパス Pocket Monsters Sword Expansion Pass) and the Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass (Japanese: ポケットモンスター シールド エキスパンションパス Pocket Monsters Shield Expansion Pass) are paid downloadable content for the Generation VIII core series games Pokémon Sword and Shield. It was announced on January 9, 2020 during a Pokémon Direct, and was made available for purchase later that day. The physical bundle pack was announced on September 29, 2020 during the official Pokémon stream on YouTube, and was made available for purchase starting on November 6, 2020.


Unlike previous upper version titles such as Pokémon Crystal and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, which were separate games set in the same region as the primary paired versions of the generation, the Expansion Pass allows players to continue using their existing save data from Pokémon Sword and Shield to access the added content.

The player can visit the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra at any time after reaching the Wild Area for the first time. Pokémon found in the wild and those owned by other Trainers in the expansions will generally have higher levels once the player has started the Darkest Day or captured Eternatus.

As a special purchase bonus, the player will receive serial codes for the Pikachu Uniform Set and the Eevee Uniform Set.


The Isle of Armor

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Main article: The Isle of Armor

In The Isle of Armor, players travel to the titular Isle of Armor, located east of mainland Galar. There they meet Mustard, a former Galar League Champion and Leon's mentor, and a new rival; Klara in Pokémon Sword or Avery in Pokémon Shield. The expansion features the new Legendary Pokémon Kubfu, who evolves into one of two forms of Urshifu, depending on which tower is cleared in the Tower of Two Fists. It was released on June 17, 2020.

The Crown Tundra

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Main article: The Crown Tundra

In The Crown Tundra, players travel to the titular Crown Tundra, located south of mainland Galar. There they meet Peony and his daughter Peonia. This expansion features many new and returning Legendary Pokémon, including the game mascot Calyrex. It was released on October 23, 2020 (October 22 for some time zones).




In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese エキスパンションパス
Chinese Cantonese 擴充票 Kwokchūng Piu
Mandarin 擴充票 Kuòchōng Piào *
扩展票 Kuòzhǎn Piào *
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Uitbreidingspas
France Flag.png French Pass d'extension
Germany Flag.png German Erweiterungspass
Italy Flag.png Italian Pass di espansione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 익스팬션 패스
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Expansão
Expansion Pass
Russia Flag.png Russian Сезонный абонемент Sezonnyy abonement
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pase de expansión

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