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ソッド Swod
VS model from Sword and Shield
Gender Male
Eye color Blue
Hair color Light Gray
Hometown Unknown
Region Galar
Relatives Shielbert (younger brother)
Trainer class Pokémon Trainer
Generation VIII
Games Sword and Shield
Game animation cameos The Gathering of Stars

Sordward (Japanese: ソッド Swod) is a character introduced in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Together with his brother, Shielbert, the duo act as antagonists in the game's post-game story.

In the games

After the player becomes Champion, they and Hop return to the Slumbering Weald, believing to have been called there by something. After a battle, the two, prompted by Sonia, attempt to return the Rusted Sword and Rusted Shield they borrowed to fight Eternatus to the grave site, but they are stopped by Sordward and his brother, Shielbert, who steal the weapons. The brothers declare the items to belong to them, claiming to be descendants of the first kings of Galar, and denounce Sonia's Book, which unveils the kings of legend as the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta, as a lie. The player battles and defeats SordwardSw/ShielbertSh in battle and reclaims their SwordSw/ShieldSh, but Hop is defeated by the other brother. The duo make their escape, causing a frustrated Hop to pursue them.

The player later finds Sordward and Shielbert in Turffield Stadium, where they reveal they were the people behind the Gym's incident with the rampaging Dynamax Tsareena that the player, Hop, Milo, and Piers battled. They announce their intent to do the same thing at other Stadiums, and that they will reveal the "true nature" of Zacian and Zamazenta. The player, Hop, and Piers work together with Nessa and Kabu to defend their respective stadiums, after which the player is called by Sonia, who says that the brothers have arrived at her laboratory in Wedgehurst, demanding more Wishing Stars to force Pokémon to Dynamax with. This time, the player and Hop team up and face the duo in a Multi Battle, emerging victorious. After the battle, Sonia's new assistant is revealed to have been a supporter of the royal brothers, who was planted there to spy on Sonia and secure the Wishing Stars the lab had in storage. Sordward, Shielbert, and Sonia's assistant make their escape while Sonia is stunned by the sudden betrayal.

After helping the other Stadiums, Sonia is able to break into the Energy Plant where Sordward, Shielbert, and their allies are waiting to lure the Legendary Pokémon. The player and their friends are stopped by SordwardSw/ShielbertSh while their brother is dealing with ZamazentaSw/ZacianSh. Claiming that their status as royalty and celebrities has been called into question by Sonia's findings, SordwardSw/ShielbertSh reveal they plan to tarnish the names of Legendary Pokémon by overloading them with the same Galar particles they used to force the Stadium Pokémon to Dynamax, causing them to go berserk. The player battles SordwardSw/ShielbertSh again while Hop and Piers deal with his entourage, but after being defeated, they hear a roar, and the brother declares they have already won.

At the Tower Summit, the player finds ShielbertSw/SordwardSh with Sonia's former assistant, who were able to successfully summon ZamazentaSw/ZacianSh using the Rusted ShieldSw/SwordSh. ShielbertSw/SordwardSh tells ZamazentaSw/ZacianSh to begin their rampage, but when the Legendary Pokémon tries to attack the brother instead, he panics. After the player, Hop, and ZacianSw/ZamazentaSh calm the other Legendary Pokémon down, Hop takes back the ShieldSw/SwordSh and chases after the fleeing Legendary, while ZacianSw/ZamazentaSh turns its attention to the brothers. SordwardSw/ShielbertSh steps in to defend his brother, begging it to spare them, and, after looking to the player, they relent. After the player captures ZacianSw/ZamazentaSh in a formal battle, ShielbertSw/SordwardSh compliments the player, and the brothers swear to atone, turning themselves in to the custody of Piers. The player next sees Sordward and Shielbert accompanied by Piers and Leon, who compliment the player and Hop on their last battle in the Slumbering Weald. The brothers formally apologize for their conduct and declare that they have abandoned their claim to the throne, saying that the only person truly noble enough for it would be the player themselves.

After the player has completed the events of The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra, it is revealed that Sordward and Shielbert assisted in sponsoring the Galarian Star Tournament as their way of atoning for the crimes committed in the postgame. The brothers additionally participate in the tournament, where they can be faced as opponents or individually chosen by the player as a teammate.


Single Battles against Sordward occur exclusively in Pokémon Sword. In Pokémon Shield, Shielbert takes his place in these battles.

First battle (Sword only)

Second battle (Multi Battle with Hop)

Third battle (Sword only)

Galarian Star Tournament

Sordward uses these three Pokémon as both a partner and potential opponent in the Galarian Star Tournament.



GST Sordward icon.png
Icon from the
Galarian Star Tournament menu

In the anime

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

Sordward appeared in The Gathering of Stars, where he was seen spectating the opening ceremony of the Galarian Star Tournament along with his younger brother Shielbert.

In the TCG

Sordward and Shielbert in the TCG
Main article: Sordward and Shielbert (Battle Styles 135)

Sordward and Shielbert was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Sword & Shield Series (the Japanese Sword & Shield Era). It was first released in the Japanese S-P Promotional cards and the English Battle Styles expansion, with artwork by Hideki Ishikawa. It allows the player to choose a Trainer card from the discard pile then either put it into their hand or draw three cards at the choice of the opponent.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ソッド Swod From ソード sword
English Sordward From sword and the male name Edward
German Schwerthold From Schwert (sword)
Spanish Tizonio From tizona (brand, poetic term for sword)
French Jean-Fleuret From fleuret (foil)
Italian Brandobaldo From brando (brand, poetic term for sword)
Brazillian Portuguese Espadarnaldo From Espada (sword) and the male name Arnaldo
Korean 소도 Sodo Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 索德 Suǒdé Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 索德 Sokdāk

Non-player characters in the core series games
Galar Professor MagnoliaMumHopBedeMarnieSoniaLeon
SordwardShielbertMustardKlaraAveryHoneyHydePeonyPeoniaBall Guy
Team YellMacro CosmosDanGym LeadersMorimotoCara LissJackWatt Traders

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