'Pokémon Sword and Shield' DLC Brings New Pokémon, Gigantamax Forms and Much More

The biggest part of the January Pokémon Direct was the reveal of DLC for Sword and Shield, bringing new Pokémon, Gigantamax forms and much more.

Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass will be split into two parts, the first is called The Isle of Armor, which is set to release in June, with the second, Crown Tundra, releasing in fall 2020.

Similar to how GameFreak releases a third or updated version of a region - like how Ultra Sun and Moon were to Sun and Moon - Sword and Shield will receive DLC that expands the region.

The Sword and Shield Expansion Pass will cost $29.99 and will be available to pre-purchase soon.

Here's what we know about each part of the Expansion Pass.

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Once this first part of the DLC is released in June, trainers will be able to explore a new part of Galar filled with beaches and forests. The theme of the Isle of Armor is Growth, and you'll become an apprentice to Mustard, a former champion who also mentored Leon. He runs the Pokémon Dojo and you'll work under him.

Trainers will also run into new characters and trainers based on the version they are playing. If you're playing Pokémon Sword you'll meet Klara a Poison-type trainer. If you're playing Shield, you'll meet Avery a Psychic-type trainer. They want to have their own Stadiums one day.

Mustard will also entrust you with a brand-new Pokémon named Kubfu. This Fighting-type has a split evolution depending on the style you want it to learn. Urshifu is the evolved form of Kubfu and has two distinct fighting styles.

Single Strike makes Urshifu a Fighting and Dark-type, while Rapid Strike makes it a Fighting and Water-type Pokémon. Urshifu also has two distinct Gigantamax forms based on the fighting style.

There are also new Gigantamax forms to discover, including Venusaur, Blastoise and ones for the three Galarain Starters: Rillaboom, Cinderace and Intelleon.

There will be new styles and clothes to pick up, and trainers will be able to customize their Rotom Bikes. Game Freak is also working on bringing Move Tutors, Apricorns and an Experience Charm to the games.

And, of course, new Pokémon from old regions are coming to Galar with these expansion passes. Some Pokémon that were shown briefly were Lycanroc, Talonflame and more.


Releasing in the fall, the theme of the Crown Tundra is exploration. You'll be chosen as the leader of an exploration team where you'll find new Pokémon from older regions as well as new Legendaries.

Pokémon like Garchomp, Aurorus and Sealeo were shown, as well as a brand-new Legendary Pokémon called Calyrex, a Psychic and Grass-type that was said to rule over the Galar region in the past. The Crown Tundra will explore this story.

A new co-op mode will be added, allowing players to explore dens together. This is where you'll encounter Legendary Pokémon from past regions. It seems as if every Legendary from the past games will be available.

There are also teases of new Regis and a new bird trio that look similar to Zapdos, Articuno and Moltres. It's possible they are regional forms.

New Battle Challenges will be added, with more information coming soon.

Pokémon Sword and Shield are available now for Nintendo Switch.

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