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Pokémon Sword and Shield DLC, Kubfu, Gigantamax, and more in Nintendo Direct Mini

Pokémon Sword and Shield expansion pass
Pokémon Sword and Shield expansion pass (Image credit: Nintendo)

What you need to know

  • Today's Nintendo Direct Mini included more details about the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield DLC.
  • The Legendary Kubfu and its evolution Urshifu were shown in more detail.
  • Gigantamax moves for the Sword and Shield starters were also revealed.

Today, March 26, 2020, Nintendo dropped a Nintendo Direct Mini with thirty minutes of new information for Switch players, and, of course, that included news about the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield DLC. Coming in June, the first Pokémon Sword and Shield expansion pass, The Isle of Armor will be available and with it, players will be able to partner up with the Legendary Pokémon, Kubfu.

Pokémon Kubfu (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

Kubfu is a Fighting type Pokémon who will train one-on-one with you in one of two towers to evolve into Urshifu. If you choose to train in the Tower of Darkness, your Kubfu can evolve into a Fighting and Dark type known as Single Strike Style Urshifu. This forme of Urshifu never holds back, throwing its full rage into every fight. The Tower of Water, however, will result in a Fighting and Water type Rapid Strike Style Urshifu. Rapid Strike Urshifu is a calm and collected master who carefully observes its opponents while dodging attacks to formulate a winning strategy. Both can Gigantimax but players can only choose one!

The Direct Mini also included more footage of the Gigantamax forms of Pokémon Sword and Shield's starters: Rillaboom, Cinderace, and Inteleon. As a reward for adventuring on the Isle of Armor, your partner Pokémon will be able to Gigantamax. For Rillaboom, this means the new move: G-Max Drum Solo. For Cinderace, this means the new move: G-Max Fireball. And for Inteleon, this means the new move: G-Max Hydrosnipe. The best part about these amazing new moves? They ignore their opponenent's ability!

As if that wasn't enough, the Nintendo Direct Mini also included a sneak peak at new player outfit items, and hairstyles, as well as league card backgrounds, effects, and frames. Players who purchase the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion pass by August 31 will also receive player outfit items based on the previous Galar Champion, Leon! Also, beginning today, Max Raid Battles for Pokémon Sword will have an increased chance of Gigantamax Copperajah and Gigantamax Duraludon. Max Raid Battles for Pokémon Shield will have an increased chance of encountering Gigantamax Garbodor and Gigantamx Charizard.

Are you as excited as we are for the Isle of Armor DLC? Have you decided which version of Urshifu you'll be training for? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check out our Complete Pokédex, as well as our many Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield guides so you too can become a Pokémon Master!

Casian Holly has been writing about gaming at iMore since 2019, but their real passion is Pokémon. From the games to the anime, cards and toys, they eat, sleep, and breathe all things Pokémon. You can check out their many Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sword and Shield guides and coverage here on iMore.