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Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass: How to make it so a Pokémon doesn't follow you

Pokemon Sword Shield Expansion Pass No Shadow
Pokemon Sword Shield Expansion Pass No Shadow (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Sword Shield Expansion Pass No Shadow

Pokemon Sword Shield Expansion Pass No Shadow (Image credit: iMore)

I was ecstatic when I first learned that the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass allows you to have the first Pokémon in your party follow you around in the overworld. After unlocking this feature, I spent the next several hours swapping out Pokémon and watching my favorites run around behind me. However, I later realized that having Pokémon shadowing you isn't always pleasant. You see, I love taking screenshots, and more often than not, the Pokémon following me would get in the way of my shots. Fortunately, there's a way to make it so your Pokémon go back in their Poké Ball and don't follow you around. Here's how to do it.

How to unlock Pokémon following

Pokemon Sword Shield Expansion Pass No Shadow

Pokemon Sword Shield Expansion Pass No Shadow (Image credit: iMore)

To unlock the ability for a Pokémon to follow you around in the overworld, you need to complete all three of Dojo Master Mustard's trials. Once the trials have been completed, the first Pokémon in your party will automatically show up behind you whenever you're in the Wild Area of the Isle of Armor.

How to make it so Pokémon don't follow you

If, for any reason, you don't like having a Pokémon trailing behind you while you're on the Isle of Armor, then all you have to do is turn this feature off. To do that, simply go to the dojo kitchen and talk to the child dressed up like a Pikachu (he'll be found in the lower-left corner).

He'll ask you, "Do you like taking your Pokémon for a stroll?" If you answer "No," he'll put your Pokémon back in its Poké Ball. If you want to switch back to having your Pokémon follow you, talk to this child again and instead answer, "Yes."

Lose your shadow

Now that you know how to put your Pokémon back in its Poké Ball, you can run around the Isle of Armor without having to worry about your shadow Pokémon getting in the way of screenshots. If you want to bring them out of their Poké Ball again, simply run to the dojo and talk to the child dressed as a Pikachu.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.