New Pokemon Sword/Shield Expansion Pass Announced

On January 9th, 2020, Nintendo announced a few new things in the works regarding their Pokemon franchise during their first Nintendo Direct of the new year. A remake of 2006 Blue and Red Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, will be releasing on March 6th, 2020 for $79.99 US. It is available to pre-purchase here on the Nintendo Switch along with a free demo. Game Freak also gave us the release date for the new the new cloud-based service app Pokemon Home; February 2020. With this app, you’ll be able to transfer your Pokemon from Pokemon Go, Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee/Pikachu, and Pokemon Bank to your copy of Pokemon Sword/Shield, as long as they already exist in that version.

What really caught my attention during this Nintendo Direct was the announcement of Pokemon Sword/Shield Expansion Pass. Rather than release entirely new games with some extra content like they did for Pokemon Sun/Moon (Ultra), these passes will cost $29.99 and can be added to your existing save file. The passes are releasing in two parts: Isle of Armor in June 2020 and The Crown of Tundra in Fall 2020. The Expansion Pass will include 2 new areas, over 100 new clothing items, new and old Pokemon, and more! Even if you don’t have the Expansion Pass, you’ll be able to get those new Pokemon from those that do via Link Trades.

About The Isle of Armor

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.

  • A NEW AREA, THE ISLE OF ARMOR
  • NEW POKÉMON
  • CLOTHING ITEMS
  • HANDY FEATURES, ITEMS, AND MORE

New Avatar Look

In The Isle of Armor, you’ll be ready to face any challenge thanks to your new training wear. It’s a special outfit that’s sure to get you ready in both body and mind for your upcoming training!

New Characters

Mustard will appear in The Isle of Armor and will be responsible for your training. He’s a legendary Trainer who held the seat of Champion for an astounding 18 years, back before Dynamaxing was incorporated into the battles of the Pokémon League. His record has yet to be beaten! In fact, Champion Leon himself trained under Mustard, and Mustard was the first one to recognize Leon’s latent talent!

There are two new rivals that can appear in The Isle of Armor. They’re skilled Trainers of Poison-type Pokémon and Psychic-type Pokémon, respectively, and they’re training hard so that they can someday set up a Gym and stadium for their own type!,You’ll face a different rival depending on which game you’re playing.

New Legendary Pokemon

On The Isle of Armor you’ll encounter new Fighting-type Pokemon Kubfu which will evolve into Urshifu and has the two following forms: Single Strike Style (Fighting/Dark) and Rapid Strike Style (Fighting/Water). Both forms have different Gigantamax forms as well!

New Gigantamax Forms with 8th Gen Starters

The Isle of Armor expansion will introduce new Gigantamax forms for Rillaboom, Cinderace, and Inteleon, although the details on how have yet to be revealed. I’m loving the designs of these new forms which look so very epic.

New Regional Forms and Familiar Pokemon

Each version of the game and has brought forward over 200 Pokemon from past games. Below is a list of Pokemon seen in the Nintendo Direct for The Isle of Armor.

  • Galarian Slowpoke
  • Galarian Slowbro
  • Galarian Slowking
  • Volcarona
  • Horsea
  • Seadra
  • Kingdra
  • Dedenne
  • Lycanroc (Day, Night and Dusk form)
  • Bulbasaur
  • Ivysaur
  • Venusaur (Gigantamax)
  • Squirtle
  • Wartortle
  • Blastoise (Gigantamax)

About The Crown Tundra

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!

  • A NEW AREA, THE CROWN TUNDRA
  • NEW POKÉMON
  • NEW CO-OP PLAY FEATURE
  • CLOTHING ITEMS AND MORE

New Avatar Look

Don this exploration gear in The Crown Tundra to prepare yourself for researching the many intriguing destinations the tundra holds. You might find a strange temple where you least expect it or a mysterious giant tree growing in a place it doesn’t seem to belong. Be prepared for unexpected discoveries!

New Legendary Pokemon

On The Crown Tundra, you’ll find Physic/Grass-type Pokemon Calyrex. It has extremely high intelligence, and it’s said to see every past, present, and future event.

New Regional Forms and Familiar Pokemon

Below is a list of Pokemon that can be found on The Crown Tundra, as well as an additional list the includes all legendary Pokemon that can be found via the new co-op feature. You and your friends will be able to enter and explore Pokemon Dens where you’ll have a chance to encounter those Legendaries.

  • Regice
  • Regirock
  • Registeel
  • Galarian Slowpoke
  • Galarian Slowbro
  • Galarian Slowking
  • Amaura
  • Auroras
  • Nidoran (Male)
  • Nidorino
  • Nidoking
  • Spheal
  • Sealeo
  • Walrein
  • Gible
  • Gabite
  • Garchomp

More Legendary Pokemon

From what I could see, most, if not all, Legendary Pokemon from previous games can be found together with other players. Furthermore, Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos get new looks with their new Galarian forms.

  • Galarian Articuno
  • Galarian Moltres
  • Galarian Zapdos
  • Calyrex
  • Mewtwo
  • Lugia
  • Ho-oh
  • Entei
  • Suicune
  • Raikou
  • Groudon
  • Kyogre
  • Rayquaza
  • Uxie
  • Mesprit
  • Azelf 
  • Dialga
  • Palkia
  • Tornadus
  • Thundurus
  • Landorus
  • Zekrom
  • Reshiram
  • Xerneas
  • Yveltal
  • Zygarde
  • Tapu Koko
  • Tapu Lele
  • Tapu Bulu
  • Tapu Fini
  • Solgaleo
  • Lunala
  • Latias
  • Latios
  • Cresselia

What Can You Do Today?

Get the new update on your Switch for your copy of Pokemon Sword/Shield. Then, go check out Wedgehurst Station and meet a new character, who depends on which version of the game you have. You’ll get a little taste of the story for the Expansion Pass and can add a new Galarian Slowpoke to your Pokedex! Galarian Slowpoke can later evolve into Galarian Slowbro if you use an item that can be found on The Isle of Armor. It can also evolve into Galarian Slowking if you use an item that can be found in The Crown Tundra.

Starting today you will also have an increased chance of running into Gigantamax:

  • Coalossol (Sword)
  • Lapras (Shield)
  • Flapple (Sword)
  • Appletun (Shield)

Finally, if you pre-purchase the Expansion Pass of your specific game version via the Nintendo eShop (in-game), you’ll be able to receive a Pikachu Uniform and an Eevee Uniform as a special purchase bonus.

I’ll definitely be diving back into my copy of Pokemon Shield for that new Galarian Slowpoke at the very least! Will you be purchasing the new Expansion Pass? Let me know in the comments below!

Co-owner of Mojoverse, formally a Canadian retail store selling video game, anime and sci-fi related merchandise, now a website for news and reviews regarding my favorite video games. Aside from my passion for gaming, I also love my partner Mo, my 2 cats, pizza and unicorns.

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  1. I love pokemon! It’ll be great to see lot more of the area too!

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