Like all Pokémon games, there are a number of differences between Pokémon Sword and Shield, including a number of exclusive Pokémon.
Having Pokémon that only appear in one version of a mainline Pokémon game encourages trainers to trade and battle with their friends (and buy both versions of the game...). You'll also be able to battle different gym leaders depending on whether you're playing Pokémon Sword or Shield.
This page is currently in-progress as we're still waiting for all the version differences to be revealed.
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Pokémon Exclusive to Pokémon Shield
Below you'll find a list of the Pokémon that have are currently confirmed to be exclusive to Pokémon Shield, including the Galarian form of Ponyta:
|#78||Galar Rapidash||Psychic / Fairy|
|#246||Larvitar||Rock / Ground|
|#247||Pupitar||Rock / Ground|
|#248||Tyranitar||Rock / Ground|
|#270||Lotad||Water / Grass|
|#271||Lombre||Water / Grass|
|#272||Ludicolo||Water / Grass|
|#302||Sableye||Dark / Ghost|
|#337||Lunatone||Rock / Psychic|
|#453||Croagunk||Poison / Fighting|
|#454||Toxicroak||Poison / Fighting|
|#629||Vullaby||Dark / Flying|
|#630||Mandibuzz||Dark / Flying|
|#765||Oranguru||Normal / Psychic|
|#780||Drampa||Normal / Dragon|
|#842||Appletun||Grass / Dragon||Coming soon!|
|#876||Indeedee (Female Form)||Psychic / Normal|
Pokémon Exclusive to Pokémon Sword
Below you'll find a list of the Pokémon that have are currently confirmed to be exclusive to Pokémon Sword, such as Sirfetch'd:
|#83||Galar Farfetch'd||Normal / Flying|
|#274||Nuzleaf||Grass / Dark|
|#275||Shiftry||Grass / Dark|
|#303||Mawile||Steel / Fairy|
|#338||Solrock||Rock / Psychic|
|#559||Scraggy||Dark / Fighting|
|#560||Scrafty||Dark / Fighting|
|#627||Rufflet||Normal / Flying|
|#628||Braviary||Normal / Flying|
|#633||Deino||Dark / Dragon|
|#634||Zweilous||Dark / Dragon|
|#635||Hydreigon||Dark / Dragon|
|#776||Turtonator||Fire / Dragon|
|#783||Hakamo-o||Dragon / Fighting|
|#784||Kommo-o||Dragon / Fighting|
|#841||Flapple||Grass / Dragon|
|#876||Indeedee (Male Form)||Psychic / Normal|
For more like this, our complete Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough, explainer on the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, and Pokémon Sword and Shield tips are the places to start. Otherwise, we cover everything from the Wild Area and Pokémon Camp to strong-looking Pokémon and autosaving. After discovering the starters Sobble, Scorbunny and Grookey, we have a guide to the Turffield treasure riddle solution, and Ballonlea quiz answers and solutions, lists of all TM locations and TRs, new Gen 8 Pokémon, the Sword and Shield Pokédex, Sword and Shield version differences, all Galarian forms and the Sword and Shield Legendaries. We also have an evolution guide, including details on evolving Applin, Farfetch’d, Milcery, Sinistea, Toxel and Yamask.
What else is exclusive in Pokémon Sword and Shield?
Continuing the tradition started by Pokémon Gold and Silver, Pokémon Sword and Shield each have an exclusive legendary Pokémon.
These Pokémon are displayed on the game's box art - Zacian for Pokémon Sword and Zamazenta for Pokémon Shield.
With its sword firmly clutched within its mouth, Zacian is described as having attacks 'so graceful that its movements captivate opponents. Holding what appears to be a sword in its mouth, Zacain's shining blade can cut through anything.'
Zamazenta, whose shield has been incorporated into its full body, is described as having 'majestic movements and what appears to be a shield covering its body, Zamazenta can turn back any attack and overwhelm any opponents that dare face it.'
Just like the exclusive Pokémon, Zacain and Zamazenta will be tradable between Pokémon Sword and Shield allowing you to add their entry to your Pokédex.
Like in Pokémon Black and White, you'll also be able to fight different gym leaders depending on which version, Sword or Shield, you're playing.
In Pokémon Sword, you'll be able to challenge Bea, who specialises in fighting-type Pokémon, while in Pokémon Shield, you'll find yourself battling the spooky Allister, leader of the ghost-type gym.
Whether there are more exclusive gym leaders is yet to be seen, so check back with this guide regularly!
The sixth Pokémon Gym in Circhester will also differ depending on which version of the game you're playing.
In Pokémon Sword, you'll be battling Gordie and his rock-type Pokémon. Meanwhile, in Pokémon Shield, you'll be challenging Melony and her team of ice-type Pokémon.