Pokémon Sword and Shield version differences, including version exclusive Pokémon

Our in-progress guide on the differences between Pokémon Sword and Shield explained, including exclusive Pokémon and Gym Leaders.

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.

On this page:

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:

No. PokémonTypeNone
#77 Pontya Psychic
Pokemon_Galarian_Ponyta
#78 Rapidash Psychic / Fairy
Pokemon_Rapidash
#246 Larvitar Rock / Ground
Pokemon_Larvitar
#247 Pupitar Rock / Ground
Pokemon_Pupitar
#248 Tyranitar Rock / Ground
Pokemon_Tyranitar
#704 Goomy Dragon
Pokemon_Goomy
#705 Sliggo Dragon
Pokemon_Sliggo
#706 Goodra Dragon
Pokemon_Goodra
TBC Zamazenta TBC
Pokemon_Zamazenta

More be confirmed soon...

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:

No. PokémonTypeNone
#83Farfetch'dNormal / Flying
Pokemon_Farfetch_d
TBCSirfetch'dFighting
Pokemon_Sirfetchd
#633DeinoDark / Dragon
Pokemon_Go_Deino
#634 ZweilousDark / Dragon
Pokemon_Go_Zweilous
#635HydreigonDark / Dragon
Pokemon_Go_Hydreigon
#782Jangmo-oDragon
Pokemon_Jangmo_o
#783Hakamo-oDragon / Fighting
Pokemon_Hakamo_o
#784Kommo-oDragon / Fighting
Pokemon_Kommo_o
TBC ZacianTBC
Pokemon_Zacian

More to be confirmed soon...


Sword and Shield finally here! Our in-progress Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough and Pokémon Sword and Shield tips can help with the main adventure, and along the way you'll encounter a few new features - from the Wild Area and Pokémon Camp to strong-looking Pokémon, a ??? Pokémon and autosaving. After discovering the starters Sobble, Scorbunny and Grookey, and the big, open Wild Area, we have lists of new Gen 8 Pokémon, Sword and Shield Pokédex, version differences, Galarian forms and Sword and Shield Legendaries. Elsewhere, there a number of bonuses to unlock - including Sword and Shield Pikachu and Eevee Let's Go reward, Mew in Sword and Shield, a pre-order tracksuit, free gift Meowth and Double Pack Larvitar and Jangmo-o Dynamax Crystals.


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.

Pokemon_Zacian
Pokemon_Zamazenta
You'll find Zacain in Pokémon Sword and zamazenta in 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.

Pokemon_Gym_Leader_Allister
Pokemon_Gym_Leader_Bea
Battle Allister in Pokémon Shield and Bea in Pokémon Sword.

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!

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