'Pokémon Sword and Shield' DLC: List of Confirmed Returning Pokémon

The lack of a National Dex in Pokémon Sword and Shield has been a topic of debate since last June, but the upcoming Expansion Pass will bring a lot more Pokémon from past generations into the Galar region.

Both the Isle of Armor in June and Crown Tundra in the fall will collectively introduce more than 200 older-generation Pokémon to Sword and Shield.

It should be noted that players don't have to pay for the Expansion Pass to gain access to these returning Pokémon either. Game Freak confirmed that an update will be pushed out when Isle of Armor is released, allowing trainers to obtain these Pokémon via trade or by transferring using Pokémon Home.

While the number of returning Pokémon is currently unknown, various sources like the official Pokémon Sword and Shield site have confirmed a number of these older Pokémon that trainers will have access to in June and later in the fall.

Here's the latest list of returning Pokémon coming in the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass separated by parts.

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The Isle of Armor portion of the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass brings back some old favorites of the Water variety. It also features some key Pokémon from prior generations that had a big impact on the competitive scene, including the Talonflame and Volcarona lines.

Fan favorites like the Psyduck and Zorua lines will also return in June. Here's a rundown of the confirmed returning Pokémon in the Isle of Armor. This list will be updated with more names as they're confirmed leading up to release.

  • Psyduck
  • Golduck
  • Magnemite
  • Magneton
  • Magnezone
  • Happiny
  • Chansey
  • Blissey
  • Hosea
  • Seadra
  • Kingdra
  • Azurill
  • Marill
  • Azumarill
  • Zorua
  • Zoroark
  • Larvesta
  • Volcarona
  • Fletchling
  • Fletchinder
  • Talonflame
  • Dedenne
  • Rockruff
  • Lycanroc


As for the Crown Tundra, the Legendary Pokémon of past generations are back. Just about every rare Legendary will be available in Sword and Shield when this portion of the Expansion Pass is released in the fall.

On the non-Legendary front, popular Pokémon like the Zubat, Nido and Electabuzz lines return. But Metagross and Garchomp, two pseudo-legendary Pokémon, will have trainers happy to see some of the most powerful Pokémon in Sword and Shield.

Here's a full list of returning Pokémon coming to Crown Tundra. This list will be updated with more confirmations as we receive them.

  • Nidoran (female)
  • Nidorina
  • Nidoqueen
  • Nidoran (male)
  • Nidorino
  • Nidoking
  • Zubat
  • Golbat
  • Crobat
  • Elekid
  • Electabuzz
  • Electivire
  • Smoochum
  • Jynx
  • Spheal
  • Sealeo
  • Walrein
  • Beldum
  • Metang
  • Metagross
  • Gible
  • Gabite
  • Garchomp
  • Cryogonal
  • Amaura
  • Aurorus

Legendary Pokémon

  • Articuno
  • Moltres
  • Zapdos
  • Entei
  • Suicune
  • Raikou
  • Ho-Oh
  • Lugia
  • Regirock
  • Regice
  • Registeel
  • Groudon
  • Kyogre
  • Latias
  • Latios
  • Rayquaza
  • Uxie
  • Azelf
  • Mesprit
  • Dialga
  • Palkia
  • Heatran
  • Giratina
  • Cresselia
  • Tornadus
  • Thunderus
  • Landorus
  • Xerneas
  • Yveltal
  • Zygarde
  • Tapu Koko
  • Tapu Lele
  • Tapu Bulu
  • Tapu Fini

Pokémon Sword and Shield is available now. Isle of Armor will release in June and Crown Tundra will release in fall 2020.

What do you think of the returning Pokémon with the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass? Which Pokémon do you hope return that have yet to be revealed? Let us know in the comments section.

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