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


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 not yet been distributed. Outside the battle with it, 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. The Starter Pokémon the player obtains are also shiny locked but their shiny forms can be obtained via breeding. 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 its Gigantamax form cannot be Shiny.

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
025O 025O Pikachu Electric
025H 025H Pikachu Electric
025S 025S Pikachu Electric
025U 025U Pikachu Electric
025K 025K Pikachu Electric
025A 025A Pikachu Electric
025W 025W Pikachu Electric
144 144G Articuno
Galarian Form
Psychic Flying
145 145G Zapdos
Galarian Form
Fighting Flying
146 146G Moltres
Galarian Form
Dark Flying
647 647 Keldeo
Ordinary Form
Water Fighting
647 647R Keldeo
Resolute Form
Water Fighting
721 721 Volcanion Fire Water
789 789 Cosmog Psychic
790 790 Cosmoem Psychic
801 801 Magearna Steel Fairy
801O 801O Magearna Steel Fairy
802 802 Marshadow Fighting Ghost
809 809Gi Melmetal
888 888 Zacian Fairy
888C 888C Zacian Fairy Steel
889 889 Zamazenta Fighting
889C 889C Zamazenta Fighting Steel
890 890 Eternatus Poison Dragon
891 891 Kubfu Fighting
892 892 Urshifu Fighting Dark
892 892 Urshifu Fighting Water
893 893 Zarude Dark Grass
896 896 Glastrier Ice
897 897 Spectrier Ghost
898 898 Calyrex Psychic Grass
898I 898I Calyrex Psychic Ice
898S 898S Calyrex Psychic Ghost

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 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 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 but they could not be 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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