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- This article is about the expansion for Pokémon Sword and Shield. For the location in the Galar region, see Isle of Armor.
The Isle of Armor (Japanese: 鎧の孤島 The Solitary Island of Armor) is the first expansion in the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass. Featuring the Isle of Armor, the theme of the expansion is "growth". It was released on June 17, 2020.
It is followed by The Crown Tundra.
After obtaining the Armor Pass, the player can board a train at the Wedgehurst Station, from which they transfer to a Flying Taxi that takes them to the Isle of Armor. Upon arriving at the island, the player encounters a man who is supposed to start as a student at the local dojo, but is nervous because of the strange person waiting for him. As the person, KlaraSw/AverySh, enters the station, the man is scared, and they mistake the player as the new student. Puzzled by the player's denial about being a new student, they challenge them to a battle. After being defeated, the rival decides to ask the player to leave to avoid endangering their own career at the dojo. As the player arrives at the Master Dojo, they catch the rival lying to the dojo's matron, Honey, about the player leaving, and is welcomed by Honey as a new student at the dojo.
At the dojo, the player meets the dojo's leader and Honey's husband, Mustard, who challenges the player to a quick battle. Once the player has won the battle, Mustard declares that the dojo is at max capacity and initiates the "three trials", the winner of which will be given the "secret armor" of the Master Dojo. The first trial is revealed to be chasing after and defeating three fast Slowpoke across the Soothing Wetlands after they steal the rival's Dojo Uniform. After the player defeats all three Slowpoke alone, Mustard lets everyone who at least managed to catch up to the Slowpoke a pass, granting most of the students access to the second trial. The second trial involves finding Max Mushrooms for the dojo's secret recipe, the Max Soup, which allows certain Pokémon to Gigantamax. Upon finding Max Mushrooms in the Warm-Up Tunnel, their rival challenges them to a battle over them. After winning, the player is able to collect the mushrooms and return to the dojo, where they and their rival are revealed to be the only ones who were able to pass the trial. The last trial is a Dynamax battle between the player and the rival at the dojo's Battle Court. The player emerges victorious, despite the rival trying to resort to cheating to win, granting the player the "secret armor" of the Master Dojo: the Legendary Pokémon Kubfu.
After the player has obtained Kubfu, Mustard tasks the player with raising its friendship. While the player may use any method, Mustard recommends that the player take Kubfu to visit various spots around the island. During this time only, Master Dojo Students will be present at Brawlers' Cave, Challenge Road, Loop Lagoon, and Potbottom Desert and will offer the player and Kubfu a view of the scenery. Visiting all four guarantees that Kubfu's friendship will be sufficiently high. Once they've become the best of friends, Mustard tells the player to choose one of the Towers of Two Fists, the Tower of Waters or the Tower of Darkness, and challenge it with Kubfu. Regardless of which tower the player chooses, Mustard will be waiting at the top floor, ready to challenge them with his own Kubfu. After defeating Mustard, the player can let Kubfu examine a special scroll that allows it to evolve into Urshifu.
Once the player has evolved Kubfu, become Champion, and stopped Sordward and Shielbert, Hop shows up at the dojo as part of his research as Sonia's assistant. Mustard tells the player that Urshifu hates the taste of Max Soup, so, in order for it to unlock its Gigantamax potential, a special ingredient is needed to make it drink the Max Soup. He doesn't reveal what this ingredient is, though, and lets the player and Hop figure it out on their own. After failing to find a proper ingredient out of Lilligant and Applin nectars, Hop figures that the ingredient must be honey. He and the player travel to Honeycalm Island, where the player gets thrusted into a Max Raid Battle against a Dynamax Vespiquen. After defeating it, the player will obtain a comb of Max Honey, which is the missing ingredient.
Upon the player's return to the dojo with the news of finding the key to unlocking Urshifu's Gigantamax potential, Mustard informs them that he wants to battle them in a no-holds-barred battle, where he uses his full power. In the battle, Mustard uses his own Gigantamax Urshifu. After being defeated, Mustard declares that he has nothing more to teach them, ending The Isle of Armor plotline.
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The characters Mustard and KlaraSw/AverySh appear, as well as Mustard's wife Honey and their son Hyde. The parents of the Digging Duo, Digging Pa and Digging Ma, also make an appearance.
A patch was released in conjunction with the launch of The Isle of Armor. Players can access these new and returning Pokémon even if they have not purchased the Expansion Pass with the help of trading and Pokémon HOME. Pokémon found in the wild and those owned by other Trainers in The Isle of Armor will change their levels depending on whether the player has completed the Champion Cup.
New Pokémon and forms
The Legendary Pokémon Kubfu and Urshifu and its signature Ability, Unseen Fist, debut in The Isle of Armor. The patch associated with The Isle of Armor also introduced the Mythical Pokémon, Zarude.
Galarian Slowpoke can be evolved into Galarian Slowbro using the Galarica Cuff, an item found in the Isle of Armor. Galarian Slowbro can have Quick Draw, a new Ability.
Urshifu (Single Strike Style)
Urshifu (Rapid Strike Style)
- Main article: List of Pokémon by Isle of Armor Pokédex number
A total of 102 old Pokémon were made available in Pokémon Sword and Shield alongside the release of The Isle of Armor. These include:
New Gigantamax forms were introduced. This includes Venusaur, Blastoise, Rillaboom, Cinderace, and Inteleon. Both forms of the new Legendary Pokémon Urshifu also have their own Gigantamax form.
Additionally, this expansion allows the player to feed Pokémon traveling with them Max Soup, giving them the ability to Gigantamax, but only Pokémon with known Gigantamax forms at the time of The Isle of Armor's release. In addition, the player needs a comb of Max Honey to add to the soup to give their Urshifu a Gigantamax Factor, and vice-versa.
(Single Strike Style)
(Rapid Strike Style)
18 of the new moves, one for each type, are available as Move Tutor moves in the Master Dojo. The other 4 moves are signature moves of the new Pokémon.
Certain old moves were added back to Sword and Shield alongside the release of The Isle of Armor.
Apricorns are now obtainable. Apricorns can be put in the Cram-o-matic to randomly produce Poké Balls.
The new Exp. Charm Key Item increases the Exp. Points earned by the player's party. Another new Key Item, the Mark Charm, increases the chance of finding wild Pokémon with marks.
Galarica Twigs can be collected from under trees. An NPC at Workout Sea can combine eight to create a Galarica Cuff, which can be used to evolve Galarian Slowpoke.
The player can wear training clothes. New fashion items are also available. The Rotom Bike can also be customized further than before by adding different colors and trails depending on which color bike you choose to have. The color and trail can be changed by a lady outside of the Master Dojo.
- Main article: Cram-o-matic
In Mustard's room at the Master Dojo, the player can find the Cram-o-matic, a machine resembling a Cramorant, made by Mustard's son Hyde, which can be fed four items that are fused into a new item. It can be used at any time once the player has given Hyde 500 Watts. Hyde can also share item recipes in exchange for further Watts.
- Main article: Restricted Sparring
Restricted Sparring is a special battle feature in which participants are limited in the types of Pokémon they can use and are forced to battle under set conditions. This feature is unlocked by finishing The Isle of Armor plotline.
Diglett side quest
- Main article: Fields of Honor → Diglett Trainer
A side quest on the Isle of Armor involves searching for 150 Alolan Diglett scattered across the island. Their Trainer, a Hiker at the Fields of Honor, will give the player various Pokémon as thank-you gifts as they find certain amounts of the missing Diglett.
In other languages
|| 鎧之孤島 Hói-jī Gūdóu
|| 鎧之孤島 / 铠之孤岛 Kǎi-zhī Gūdǎo
|| L'île solitaire de l'Armure
|| Die Insel der Rüstung
|| L'isola solitaria dell'armatura
|| 갑옷의 외딴섬 Gabosui Oettanseom
|| Бронированный Остров Bronirovannyy Ostrov*|
Остров доспехов Ostrov dospekhov*
|| La isla de la armadura
|| เกาะโดดเดี่ยวแห่งเกราะ Kodotdiao-haeng Kro