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  1. There are other great discoveries on the development side! Pokémon Cente will offer nickname change (first and last name judgment)”, “Move Reminder”, “Move Deleter” also confirmed by Famitsu.
  2. They also state that this does not require Heart Scales.

  3. In a first for the series, Pokémon Sword and Shield will feature some version-exclusive Gym Leaders.

    In Pokémon Sword, players will challenge Bea, a Fighting-type expert. However, the same Gym in Shield will be led by Allister, a Ghost-type trainer.


Sword-exclusive Pokemon

  • Deino
  • Zweilous
  • Hydreigon
  • Jangmo-o
  • Hakamo-o
  • Kommo-o
  • Farfetch'd
  • Sirfetch'd


Shield-exclusive Pokemon

  • Larvitar
  • Pupitar
  • Tyranitar
  • Goomy
  • Sliggoo
  • Goodra
  • Galarian Ponyta


Like previous Pokemon games, Sword and Shield are each represented by a different Legendary Pokemon. The cover of Sword is adorned by Zacian, which wields a sword in its maw and moves about gracefully, while Shield's cover is graced by Zamazenta, which boasts an armor-like mane. Not many details about the two Legendaries have been revealed as of yet, and they may not necessarily be exclusive to their own versions. However, it's safe to assume each Legendary will at least play a bigger story role in the game it represents.

Galar Ponyta
Sirfetch'd
Bea - Sword

Bea - Sword

Allister - Shield

Allister - Shield

Galar Map Artwork
Pokémon Sword

Pokémon Sword Box Artwork

ポケットモンスター ソード

Pokémon Shield

Pokémon Shield Box Artwork

ポケットモンスター シールド

Sword Logo

Sword Logo

Sword Logo

JP Sword Logo

Shield Logo

Shield Logo

Shield Logo

JP Shield Logo

Pokémon Sword 

(ポケットモンスター ソード)

Pokémon Shield

(ポケットモンスター シールド) 

During E3 2017, Tsunekazu Ishihara announced that the next core series titles would be available on the Nintendo Switch, but they were not prepared to release any more information at the time. On May 30, 2018, The Pokémon Company gave a press conference and announced that the new core games would have more traditional gameplay, as opposed to that found in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.


  • Japanese release date (Friday) November 15th, 2019.
  • North American release date (Friday) November 15th, 2019.
  • Australia release date (Friday) November 15th, 2019.
  • South Korean release date (Friday) November 15th, 2019.
  • Chinese release date (Friday) November 15th, 2019.
  • European release date (Friday) November 15th, 2019.



Sword and Shield take place in the Galar region, a large, narrow expanse of land and one of many regions in the Pokémon world. Shigeru Ohmori described it as more modern setting. The region itself and its many landmarks are inspired by Great Britain, such as the Houses of Parliament and the Cerne Abbas Giant. The region begins with sprawling countryside towns featuring cottages and Victorian architecture. An Industrial Revolution-like city with steampunk-style elements populates the center of the region. Many of the region's towns and cities feature Pokémon Gyms stylized like football stadiums. Snow-covered mountains encompass much of the northern areas of the region. Encompassing a large portion of the region is the Wild Area, an open world area with numerous Pokémon. Weather across the Wild Area changes regularly. Much like Pokémon Sun and Moon, Pokémon previously introduced in older games, such as Weezing, gain variant Galarian Forms with new typings and appearances. Additionally some, such as Linoone, even gain regional evolutions.


Development of Sword and Shield began immediately following the development of Pokémon Sun and Moon in 2016. This started with an initial concept phase that lasted for approximately a year before the games moved into full production.


The idea of strength and striving to be the greatest and strongest was one of the core themes that Game Freak used in designing the game. This is expressed through the Switch's status as the most powerful console to run a Pokémon game, features such as Dynamaxing, and references to British Folklore.


  • Unlike other core Pokémon titles, not all existing Pokémon species will appear and be usable in Sword and Shield. Producer Junichi Masuda addressed this as a potential issue in a 2018 interview with GameSpot, at which point he said that "it does get complicated when you talk about the details and we're still figuring it out, but we do have plans to find ways to let players use their Pokémon in the next game."


  • North American boxart, featuring the legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta.

JP Preorder Goodsmile Figurine Bonus

JP Preorder Goodsmile Figurine Bonus

Western Preorder Figurine Bonus

Western Preorder Figurine Bonus

JP Sword and Shield Galar Preorder Art Book

JP Sword and Shield Galar Preorder Art Book

Golden Steelbook

Golden Steelbook

Galar Map Artwork

Pokémon Direct Trailer - 27/02/2019

Pokémon Nintendo Commercial Trailer - 08/11/2019

Pokémon Sword and Shield Anime Database

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Pokémon Sword and Shield Anime Artwork

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Pocket Monsters Anime Poster Artwork

Ash with Pikachu

Ash with Pikachu

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Trainer Gou Settei Sheet

Trainer Gou

Trainer Gou

Galar Starters

Galar Starters

Scorbunny

Scorbunny

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