Expand Your Gen 8 Adventure with the Newly Revealed Expansion Pass for Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield

January 9, 2020 6:02 pm Published by 2 Comments

The world of Pokémon will never be the same again.

When it comes to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, the fanbase was always divided. There was those who hated the idea of the games and the direction they went in, those who hated the lack of a National Dex and there were those who enjoyed the games, but was left wanting for more.

If you count yourself among the later, more is certainly on its way as an Expansion Pass has been revealed, which adds two new DLC areas for the game, more Pokémon to catch, new Gigantamax forms to encounter, including those for the final evos of the Gen 8 starters, there are Galarian forms of Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres and a whole lot more.

A summary of the reveals can be seen below, accompanied by a video:

Next, you’ll soon have even more places to visit and Pokémon to discover in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield with the upcoming Expansion Pass. Previously, GAME FREAK has developed additional, separate titles set in the same region as earlier games, such as they did with Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, and Pokémon Platinum Version. But with the Expansion Pass, you can set out on new adventures in the familiar Galar region using your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield save data and Pokémon teams.

The Expansion Pass will comprise two expansions: The Isle of Armor, planned for release in early summer 2020, and The Crown Tundra, planned for release in fall 2020. If you purchase the Expansion Pass, you’ll have access to both of these expansions.

The Isle of Armor is a beautiful locale with varied habitats, such as beaches, forests, and caves. You’ll meet a new mentor named Mustard, a former Champion himself. Plus, you can discover the Legendary Pokémon Kubfu, a Fighting-type Pokémon that can evolve into the powerful Urshifu.

The Crown Tundra is a wintry area just waiting to be explored. You can travel the frigid fields and encounter amazing Pokémon in Pokémon Dens. Plus, you’ll discover the Legendary Pokémon Calyrex, a graceful Pokémon that was once said to rule over parts of Galar.

Additionally, when the Expansion Pass launches, look forward to free updates for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield that will let even Trainers who don’t get the Expansion Pass to obtain its Pokémon through other means, such as trading.

Finally, for Trainers already exploring in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, head out and take on Max Raid Battles in the Wild Area to encounter more Gigantamax Pokémon, including Lapras, Coalossal, Flapple, and Appletun! Plus, a game update going live today will let you find Galarian Slowpoke, who’s wandered in from the Isle of Armor. It can evolve into Galarian Slowbro with an item found only on the Isle of Armor—or into Galarian Slowking with an item found exclusively in the Crown Tundra.


Additional information regarding the DLC packs can be found here:

THE ISLE OF ARMOR (Scheduled for release by the end of June 2020)




In The Isle of Armor expansion, you’ll head to The Isle of Armor, the stage of your new adventure in the Galar region. The Isle of Armor is a giant island full of environments not seen in Galar before—you’ll find wave-swept beaches, forests, bogs, caves, and sand dunes!

There are also plenty of Pokémon that make this island their home, living freely amid the lush natural surroundings.,There’s even a dojo here that specializes in some very particular training styles! You and your Pokémon will take up an apprenticeship under the master of this dojo and train hard to become even stronger.


THE CROWN TUNDRA (Scheduled for release during the fall of 2020)






The Crown Tundra expansion is set in the snow-swept realm of The Crown Tundra. See for yourself the beautiful scenery of this shining, silvery landscape! In this frigid area, with its jagged winter mountains, people live in small communities where they support and rely on one another.

A certain person will appoint you as the leader of their exploration team in The Crown Tundra. You’ll then be tasked with investigating the reaches of this frozen land. And remember the Pokémon Dens that you’ve only been able to glimpse during Max Raid Battles? Well, now you’ll be able to explore their full depths!



Source: pokemon.com

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This post was written by Jack Longman


  • Personally, I think this was one of the obvious routes Pokemon would go. The other is them remaining stubborn and sticking to individual releases of games (but in order to survive that rarely-trodden road these days, they’d have to be FINISHED with all their development in each game – not release pokemon/ideas in their next installments… such as Pokemon Z’s content obviously going into Sun & Moon [Z-Moves, Zygardes other forms]).
    With how slow the Pokemon company is in releasing content (if they release on time, they have to cut content – this is not a new problem, this has been the case since >>>Gen 1<<< (though it skipped Gen 2, and mostly 3), DLC and expansions were the best remedy to their problem.

    So, frankly, I'm not only all-for these expansions – I *want* them to explore downloadable content even FURTHER (no gacha or nickel-and-diming please). With pokemon clones getting better and better as the years go on, it's the only way they'll stay ahead of the rest: quantity WITH quality.

  • Gen 8, not 9.

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