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Pokémon Sword and Shield: How to access the Expansion Pass

Pokemon Sword Shield Isle Armor Access
Pokemon Sword Shield Isle Armor Access (Image credit: Nintendo)

So, you've already purchased your copy of the Pokémon Sword and Shield DLC and you're ready to head off to the Isle of Armor, but you don't know how to get there? Never fear! We here at iMore have the answers.

What is the Isle of Armor?

The Isle of Armor is the first DLC expansion to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. This DLC allows you to travel to an all new area, with even more Wild Area, an additional story, and tons of new Pokémon. While Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield have plenty to do after you've beat the main storyline, this DLC can break up the monotony of trying to breed Shiny Pokémon and fighting all those Max Raid Battles. And for those of us who've already completed our Pokédex, we can now collect 100 more Pokémon.

What do I need to do to travel to the Isle of Armor?

Pokemon Sword Shield Isle Armor Access (Image credit: Nintendo)

Once you've purchased your DLC Expansion Pass and your game has finished updating, you're probably ready to head off to the Isle of Armor. Probably. See, if you've already beat the game, you'll have no problem getting there. If you haven't beat the game yet, you might still be able to travel to the Isle of Armor as long as you've made enough progress. You'll need to be able to travel to Wedgehurst Station, and you'll need to have access to the Wild Area. Once you've met these conditions, you'll be allowed to make the trip to the new DLC area.

However, as soon as you do get to the Isle of Armor, you'll be challenged by one of your new rivals: Avery if you're playing Pokémon Shield or Klara if you're playing Pokémon Sword. They only bring two Pokémon to battle, but their Pokémon are pretty strong! If you can't beat level ~60 Pokémon, you should make a little more progress in the game before traveling to the Isle of Armor.

How do I get to the Isle of Armor?

Once you have access to the Wild Area and Wedgehurst Station, and you're sure you can take on Avery or Klara, follow these easy steps to get to the Isle of Armor:

  1. Press X to open your main menu.

Pokemon Sword Shield Isle Armor Access (Image credit: Nintendo)
  1. Using the left joystick or the D-pad, move to Town Map.

Pokemon Sword Shield Isle Armor Access (Image credit: Nintendo)
  1. Press A to open the map.
  2. Using the left joystick or the D-pad, move to Wedgehurst.

Pokemon Sword Shield Isle Armor Access (Image credit: Nintendo)
  1. Press A to select Wedgehurst.
  2. Press A to call a Flying Taxi.

Pokemon Sword Shield Isle Armor Access (Image credit: Nintendo)
  1. Walk or ride your bike to the Wedgehurst Station.

Pokemon Sword Shield Isle Armor Access (Image credit: Nintendo)
  1. Press A to talk to the attendant next to the turnstile.

Pokemon Sword Shield Isle Armor Access (Image credit: Nintendo)
  1. Press A to confirm.
  2. Watch as your map expands to include the Isle of Armor!

Pokemon Sword Shield Isle Armor (Image credit: Nintendo)

Once you've expanded your map, you will be able to fly back and forth to the Isle of Armor from anywhere you can access the Flying Taxi. Once inside the station, you'll also be approached by a Pokémon expert ready to upgrade your Pokédex, so you can collect info on 100 new Pokémon! You'll still need to face Klara or Avery to proceed so make sure you have a strong team of Pokémon for that battle.

Questions?

Do you have any questions about traveling to the Isle of Armor? Want to show off your latest catch? Drop us a comment below, and be sure to check out our Complete Pokédex as well as our many Pokémon Sword and Shield guides so you can be the very best like no one ever was!

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.

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  • We pre purchased the expansion pack back in April and my kid was so excited it released early but when he goes to the Attendant, the message says he has no pass. Does this mean he didn't complete enough of the game or that Wild section? I called Nintendo Support and the csr was of no help.