In January 2020, Game Freak announced an Expansion Pass for Pokémon Sword and Shield that includes a mix of 200 familiar and new Pokémon. We've combed through the video, other Game Freak announcements, and studied data mines, to scrounge up a list of all Pokémon we know that will be included in this expansion. The Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass adds plenty to one of the best Nintendo Switch games, and there's a lot to unpack. We'll add to this list regularly until Game Freak releases an official list. Check back to keep updated!
Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass: Isle of Armor Expansion
Many Pokémon from previous generations that weren't in the core Gen 8 game are returning with the Expansion Pass. If one of your favorites didn't feature in the Galar Pokédex, you might just be able to capture it in the Isle of Armor.
New Pokémon and Galarian variants
- Galarian Slowpoke
- Galarian Slowbro
New Gigantamax forms
Certain Pokémon can be taught how to Gigantamax after consuming Max Soup.
- Gigantamax Rillaboom
- Gigantamax Cinderace
- Gigantamax Inteleon
- Gigantamax Blastoise
- Gigantamax Venusaur
- Gigantamax Urshifu Single Strike Style
- Gigantamax Urshifu Rapid Strike Style
Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass: Crown Tundra Expansion
Many Pokémon from previous generations that weren't in the core Gen 8 game are returning with the Expansion Pass. If one of your favorites didn't feature in the Galar Pokédex, you might just be able to capture it in the Crown Tundra. While the full list of Pokémon isn't confirmed, a data leak emerged earlier this year that lines up with the Pokémon we've seen in trailers and official materials. For now, we're going to include all Pokémon from the data leak, but note that some of them might not actually appear in the Crown Tundra and that a few more Pokémon might sneak in. Legendary and mythical Pokémon, as well as Ultra Beasts, are listed separately below.
Many legendaries from the previous games will be catchable in the Frozen Tundra's special dens. Here are all the legendaries, mythical Pokémon, and Ultra Beasts that appear in the game's data leak.
- Tapu Koko
- Tapu Lele
- Tapu Bulu
- Tapu Fini
New Pokémon and Galarian variants
While we have seen images for several new Galarian variants, we don't know many of their official names. For this reason, we've placed an asterisk next to any Pokémon that have an unconfirmed name.
- Galarian Articuno
- Galarian Zapdos
- Galarian Moltres
- Galarian Slowking
So many Pokémon!
With 200 Pokémon coming with the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, trainers are going to have fun collecting all of the creatures that weren't available in the main Sword and Shield game. Be sure to check back as we'll be updating this list as we learn more information. Remember to purchase the right version of the Expansion Pass to match your game.
Explore the Galar region
Travel around the UK-inspired Galar region, capturing new and returning Pokémon. Can you complete the Pokédex and become the ultimate trainer? Make sure to buy the expansion pass specific to your version of the game.
Become the Pokémon Champion
Can you defeat all eight gyms and take on the Champion? There are plenty of new Pokémon to catch along with returning ones. Make sure to buy the expansion pass specific to your version of the game.
The full package
You can grab both Sword and Shield to experience both versions of the game. Don't forget to grab the Expansion Pass and add more to your trainer journey.
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