Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion PassSource: The Pokémon Company

Pokémon Sword and Shield are the best-selling Pokémon RPGs of all time. Given this duo's phenomenal success, it's not too surprising that Game Freak is working on DLC to expand every player's enjoyment of the games even further. Players will get to explore new locations and come across new Pokémon that weren't in Gen 8's main story. We can't wait to play! Here's everything you need to know about Pokémon Sword and Shield's Expansion Pass.

Steel spirit

Pokémon Sword

A whole new region to explore

Travel around the Galar region competing against rivals, battling gym leaders, and encountering a smattering of new and old Pokémon. There are plenty of new game elements to explore.

Iron defense

Pokémon Shield

Discover new Pokémon in Galar

As you travel around the UK-inspired Galar region, you'll come across new and familiar Pokémon. See if you have what it takes to become the Champion and capture the new legendary Pokémon.

How much does it cost?

Players will need to pay $30 to access this Expansion Pass. Just make sure you buy the right Expansion Pass for your version of the game. For example someone with Sword needs to purchase the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass, while a person with Shield needs to buy the Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass.

What's in the DLC?

The Expansion Pass gives you two new locations to explore: The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra. Between these two new locations, you'll find 200 Pokémon, new legendaries, new rivals, and more challenges to overcome. These locations will be similar to the Galar region's Wild Area in that they will be seamless maps where you can control the camera, see other trainers, and discover new Pokémon dens with other players from around the world.

Save big with VPN deals from ExpressVPN, PureVPN, Surfshark & more

As before, all online elements are only accessible via a Nintendo Switch Online membership.

Will new Pokémon be in the Expansion Pass?

Kubfu Pokemon Sword and ShieldSource: The Pokémon Company

Yes, at the beginning of The Isle of Armor, players will receive a new Fighting-type Pokémon called Kubfu. There are also new legendary Pokémon to discover. In addition to that, players will encounter familiar Pokémon that weren't in the Galar region's main storyline like Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Galarian Slowpoke, and many more. As with all Pokémon games, the Pokémon you encounter in the Expansion Pass will be different depending on whether you're playing Sword or Shield.

Will there be Gigantamax Pokémon in the DLC?

Many of the Pokémon you encounter in the Expansion Pass will have Gigantamax forms for you to discover. In fact, your starter Pokémon will gain the ability to Gigantamax once you've entered the new DLC locations.

There will also be plenty of new Pokémon dens for you to discover, so you'll be able to join in Max Raid Battles to fight and capture Gigantamax Pokémon.

What happens in The Isle of Armor?

Expansion Pass Pokemon Sword and ShieldSource: The Pokémon Company

In the Pokémon Direct, The Isle of Armor was described as a place of growth. It's a gorgeous location filled with beaches, caves, and forests. Here players will meet former Champion Leon's mentor, Mustard, and become his apprentice. You'll train to beat other trainers in the island's dojo and will meet a new rival to compete against.

What happens in The Crown Tundra?

Expansion Pass Pokemon Sword and ShieldSource: The Pokémon Company

The Pokémon company stated that this section of the expansion focuses on exploration. This is a frozen land filled with mountains, ice, and snow. You're appointed as the leader of an exploration team to journey through The Crown Tundra. Players will find a new kind of underground Pokémon dens where players can participate in co-op battles to take down and capture legendary Pokémon from past games. What's more, new legendary Pokémon can be found in The Crown Tundra.

Who are the new rivals?

Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass rivalsSource: The Pokémon Company

Within The Isle of Armor, the rival you encounter will be different depending on if you're playing Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield. In Sword, your rival will be Klara, a Poison-type trainer, whereas Shield players will have Avery, a Psychic-type trainer as their rival.

Will there be new character customization options?

Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion PassSource: The Pokémon Company

Yes, players will find more bags, clothes, and accessories for their trainers to wear. There will also be additional hair colors, hairstyles, and Rotom bike options.

When does the DLC release?

The Expansion Pass releases in two parts. The first part is known as The Isle of Armor and releases in June 2020, while the second part is known as The Crown Tundra and releases sometime in Fall 2020. This DLC is currently available for pre-order at the Nintendo eShop for $30.

Steel spirit

Pokémon Sword

A whole new region to explore

Travel around the Galar region competing against rivals, battling gym leaders, and encountering a smattering of new and old Pokémon. There are plenty of new game elements to explore.

Iron defense

Pokémon Shield

Discover new Pokémon in Galar

As you travel around the UK-inspired Galar region, you'll come across new and familiar Pokémon. See if you have what it takes to become the Champion and capture the new legendary Pokémon.

Get More Switch

Nintendo Switch

We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.