'Pokémon Sword and Shield' Version Exclusives: Gym Leaders and Pokémon Change

Among the latest information dropped for Pokémon Sword and Shield was the reveal of some version exclusive features, including which Pokémon can and can't be caught in the Gen 8 games.

While there is still a lot we don't know about Pokémon Sword and Shield, these bits of information give fans a better picture as to the differences between the Galar region titles.

Here's everything we know about the version exclusives in Pokémon Sword and Shield so far. Note, this list will continually be updated as more information is revealed.

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For the first time in a Pokémon game, the Gym Leaders will change based on the version you select. While Black and White had the final Gym Leader be between Drayden and Iris, they had the same team. This really is the first time trainers will have a different trainer and team of Pokémon to contend with.

During the July 8 information dump, it was revealed at least one pair of Gym Leaders will be version exclusive. The Fighting-type Gym Leader, Bea can be challenged in Pokémon Sword while the Ghost-type Gym Leader Allister will appear in Pokémon Shield.

Both of their gyms can be found in the desert area of the Galar region and only one of their Pokémon were shown in the trailer. Allister will have a Mimikyu while Bea's Pokémon wasn't shown. Perhaps it'll be a Pokémon that is new to the Galar region and hasn't been revealed yet.

Allister and Bea join Nessa - the Water-type Gym Leader - and Milo - the Grass-type Gym Leader - as members of the Galar Pokémon League.


According to the official Pokémon Sword and Shield website, there are four evolutionary lines that are version exclusives - as of July 8.

While these Pokémon won't be catchable in these games, they can still be traded from the other version or transferred using the Pokémon Home app. The Pokémon Company also revealed that if players purchase the double pack, they'll be able to get either Larvitar or Jangmo-o through Max Raid Battles.

With the reveal that these lines are version exclusives, it could mean that the other Pokémon seen in trailers are not.

Here are the version exclusive Pokémon found in both Sword and Shield:

Pokémon Sword

  • Deino
  • Zweilous
  • Hydreigon
  • Jangmo-o
  • Hakamo-o
  • Kommo-o

Pokémon Shield

  • Larvitar
  • Pupitar
  • Tyranitar
  • Goomy
  • Sliggoo
  • Goodra

Pokémon Sword and Shield will release November 15.

Which version are you going to pick up? Do you think there will be more version exclusive Pokémon and features? Let us know in the comments section below.