Pokémon Sword and Shield version differences, including version exclusive Pokémon in DLC

Our 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.

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Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield - Overview trailer

Pokémon Exclusive to Pokémon Shield, including DLC exclusives

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:

Thank you to Centro Pokémon LEAKS from Twitter for the help with this information!

No. PokémonType
#77 Galar Pontya Psychic
Pokemon_Galarian_Ponyta
#78 Galar Rapidash Psychic / Fairy
Pokemon__Galarian_Rapidash
#140 Kabuto
Crown Tundra DLC
Rock / Water
Pokemon_Kabuto
#141 Kabutops
Crown Tundra DLC
Rock / Water
Pokemon_Kabutops
#214 Heracross
Isle of Armor DLC
Bug / Fighting
Pokemon_Heracross
#222 Galar Corsola Ghost
Pokemon_Galarian_Corsola
#246 Larvitar Rock / Ground
Pokemon_Larvitar
#247 Pupitar Rock / Ground
Pokemon_Pupitar
#248 Tyranitar Rock / Ground
Pokemon_Tyranitar
#249 Lugia
Crown Tundra DLC
Psychic / Flying
Pokemon_Lugia
#270 Lotad Water / Grass
Pokemon_Lotad
#271 Lombre Water / Grass
Pokemon_Lombre
#272 Ludicolo Water / Grass
Pokemon_Ludicolo
#302 Sableye Dark / Ghost
Pokemon_Sableye
#337 Lunatone Rock / Psychic
Pokemon_Lunatone
#380 Latias
Crown Tundra DLC
Dragon / Psychic
Pokemon_Latias
#382 Kyogre
Crown Tundra DLC
Water
Pokemon_Kyogre
#443 Gible
Crown Tundra DLC
Dragon / Ground
Pokemon_Gible
#444 Gabite
Crown Tundra DLC
Dragon / Ground
Pokemon_Gabite
#445 Garchomp
Crown Tundra DLC
Dragon / Ground
Pokemon_Garchomp
#453 Croagunk Poison / Fighting
Pokemon_Croagunk
#454 Toxicroak Poison / Fighting
Pokemon_Toxicroak
#484 Palkia
Crown Tundra DLC
Water / Dragon
Pokemon_Palkia
#550 Blue-Striped Basculin Water
Pokemon_Blue_Basculin
#538 Throh Fighting
Pokemon_Go_Throh
#577 Solosis Psychic
Pokemon_Go_Solosis
#578 Duosion Psychic
Pokemon_Go_Duosion
#579 Reuniclus Psychic
Pokemon_Go_Reuniclus
#629 Vullaby Dark / Flying
Pokemon_Go_Vullaby
#630 Mandibuzz Dark / Flying
Pokemon_Go_Mandibuzz
#642 Thundurus
Crown Tundra DLC
Electric / Flying
Pokemon_Thundurus
#644 Zekrom
Crown Tundra DLC
Dragon / Electric
Pokemon_Zekrom
#682 Spritzee Fairy
Pokemon_Spritzee
#683 Aromatisse Fairy
Pokemon_Aromatisse
#690 Skrelp
Isle of Armor DLC
Poison / Water
Pokemon_Skrelp
#691 Dragalge
Isle of Armor DLC
Poison / Dragon
Pokemon_Dragalge
#704 Goomy Dragon
Pokemon_Goomy
#705 Sliggo Dragon
Pokemon_Sliggo
#706 Goodra Dragon
Pokemon_Goodra
#717 Yveltal
Crown Tundra DLC
Dark / Flying
Pokemon_Yveltal
#765 Oranguru Normal / Psychic
Pokemon_Oranguru
#780 Drampa Normal / Dragon
Pokemon_Drampa
#792 Lunala
Crown Tundra DLC
Psychic / Dragon
Pokemon_Lunala
#842 Appletun Grass / Dragon
Pokemon__Appletun
#864 Cursola Ghost
Pokemon_Cursola
#875 Eiscue Ice
Pokemon_Eiscue
#876 Indeedee (Female Form) Psychic / Normal
Pokemon__Indeedee_Female
#889 Zamazenta Fighting (Steel)
Pokemon_Zamazenta

Pokémon Exclusive to Pokémon Sword, including DLC exclusives

Below you'll find a list of the Pokémon that have are currently confirmed to be exclusive to Pokémon Sword, such as Sirfetch'd:

Thank you to Centro Pokémon LEAKS from Twitter for the help with this information!

No. PokémonType
#83Galar Farfetch'dNormal / Flying
Pokemon_Farfetch_d
#127PinsirBug
Pokemon_Pinsir
#138Omanyte
Crown Tundra DLC
Rock / Water
Pokemon_Omanyte
#139Omastar
Crown Tundra DLC
Rock / Water
Pokemon_Omastar
#250Ho-Oh
Crown Tundra DLC
Fire / Flying
Pokemon_Ho_Oh
#273SeedotGrass
Pokemon_Seedot
#274NuzleafGrass / Dark
Pokemon_Nuzleaf
#275ShiftryGrass / Dark
Pokemon_Shiftry
#303MawileSteel / Fairy
Pokemon_Mawile
#338SolrockRock / Psychic
Pokemon_Solrock
#371Bagon
Crown Tundra DLC
Dragon
Pokemon_Bagon
#372Shelgon
Crown Tundra DLC
Dragon
Pokemon_Shelgon
#373Salamence
Crown Tundra DLC
Dragon / Flying
Pokemon_Salamence
#381Latios
Crown Tundra DLC
Dragon / Flying
Pokemon_Latios
#383Groudon
Crown Tundra DLC
Ground
Pokemon_Groudon
#483Dialga
Crown Tundra DLC
Steel / Dragon
Pokemon_Dialga
#539SawkFighting
Pokemon_Go_Sawk
#550Red-Striped BasculinWater
Pokemon_Go_Basculin
#554Galar DarumakaIce
Pokemon_Galarian_Darumaka
#555Galar DarmanitanIce
Pokemon_Galarian_Darmanitan
#559ScraggyDark / Fighting
Pokemon_Go_Scraggy
#560ScraftyDark / Fighting
Pokemon_Go_Scrafty
#574GothitaPsychic
Pokemon_Go_Gothita
#575GothoritaPsychic
Pokemon_Go_Gothorita
#576GothitellePsychic
Pokemon_Go_Gothitelle
#627RuffletNormal / Flying
#628BraviaryNormal / Flying
Pokemon_Go_Braviary
#633DeinoDark / Dragon
Pokemon_Go_Deino
#634 ZweilousDark / Dragon
Pokemon_Go_Zweilous
#635HydreigonDark / Dragon
Pokemon_Go_Hydreigon
#641Tornadus
Crown Tundra DLC
Flying
Pokemon_Tornadus
#643Reshiram
Crown Tundra DLC
Dragon / Fire
Pokemon_Reshiram
#684SwirlixFairy
Pokemon_Swirlix
#685SlurpuffFairy
Pokemon_Slurpuff
#692Clauncher
Isle of Armor DLC
Water
Pokemon_Clauncher
#693Clawitzer
Isle of Armor DLC
Water
Pokemon_Clawitzer
#716Xerneas
Crown Tundra DLC
Fairy
Pokemon_Xerneas
#766PassimianFighting
Pokemon_Passimian
#776TurtonatorFire / Dragon
Pokemon_Turtonator
#782Jangmo-oDragon
Pokemon_Jangmo_o
#783Hakamo-oDragon / Fighting
Pokemon_Hakamo_o
#784Kommo-oDragon / Fighting
Pokemon_Kommo_o
#791Solgaleo
Crown Tundra DLC
Psychic / Steel
Pokemon_Solgaleo
#865Sirfetch'dFighting
Pokemon_Sirfetchd
#841FlappleGrass / Dragon
Pokemon__Flapple
#874StonjournerRock
Pokemon_Stonjourner
#876Indeedee (Male Form)Psychic / Normal
Pokemon__Indeedee_Male
#888ZacianFairy (Steel)
Pokemon_Zacian

With it finally in the wild, here's how to start the Crown Tundra DLC and our full Pokémon Crown Tundra walkthrough. Plus, here's how to catch Calyrex, Glastrier and Spectrier, the Regieleki and Regidrago puzzle solution and Regirock, Regice, Registeel locations, details on how to catch Legendary Birds Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres in the Crown Tundra, the Ultra Beasts and Necrozma adventure, Dynamax Adventures, including the legendries you can catch on these adventures, and the new Crown Tundra Pokédex and returning Pokémon explained. For Isle of Armor players, here's how to find the Slowpoke, where to find Max Mushroom locations, and how to get Kubfu, become best friends and evolve it, plus all Diglett locations too! For the base game, here's info on the ability to transfer Pokémon to Pokémon Home, the Wild Area, lists of all TM locations and TRs, all Galarian forms and finally our main Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough for the whole game.


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!

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.

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