Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass guide - new features, locations and returning Pokémon explained

Everything we know about the upcoming DLC for Pokémon Sword and Shield.

The Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass has been announced and it will contain two adventures - The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra.

Each part of this expansion pass will not only take you on a whole new Pokémon adventure, but it will also introduce you to new Pokémon and see the return of over 200 Pokémon from previous generations.

Here you'll be able to find everything we currently know about the expansion pass, including features, locations and lists of new and returning Pokémon.

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Everything we know about the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass

The Pokémon Sword and Shield expansion pass consists of two different adventures, entitled The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra.

The Isle of Armor expansion will be released in June 2020 and includes:

  • Access to the Isle of Armor - a new Wild Area styled area with a variety of environments, including beaches, dunes, caves, bogs and forests
  • Over 100 returning Pokémon, including new regional variants, such as Galarian Slowpoke
  • New Legendary Pokémon, Kubfu, and it's evolution Urshifua new storyline where you train under the Pokémon dojo master, Mustard
  • A new rival character depending on your version:
    • Klara, the poison-type specialist, in Pokémon Sword
    • Avery, a psychic-type trainer, in Pokémon Shield
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Klara and Avery - your new rivals.
  • Restricted Sparring - a new form of battling, where you're limited to a certain number of Pokémon types and have to battle under a specific under of conditions
  • An Exp. Charm, which will help you train your Pokémon
  • New hairstyles and clothes for your trainer
  • Apricorn that can be made into Poké Balls
  • New move tutors
  • Gigantamax forms for Rillaboom, Cinderace and Inteleon
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The Crown Tundra expansion will be released sometime in Fall 2020 and will include:

  • Access to the Crown Tundra a dangerous, yet beautiful, winterous landscape
  • Over 100 returning Pokémon, including new regional variants and legendary Pokémon from previous generations
  • The legendary Pokémon Calyrex, which is a psychic and grass-type Pokémon
  • A new storyline where you're recruited by a 'certain someone' to explore the uncharted landscape of the Crown Tundra
  • New co-op mode where you delve into the depths of the Pokémon Dens that riddle the Galar region and discover legendary Pokémon from a previous generation
  • New hairstyles and clothes for your trainer

Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass cost and how each version works explained

The Pokémon Sword and Shield expansion pass will cost Ł26.99 / $29.99.

This cost will include both expansion passes - The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra.

It doesn't matter whether you've got Pokémon Sword or Shield - you'll be able to play both of expansions.

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What you do need to do, however, is buy the expansion version that is compatible with the game, Sword or Shield, that you originally brought.

This is because, just like with previous Pokémon games, each expansion will have a set of Pokémon which are exclusive to the version, be it Sword or Shield, that they're compatible with.

If you buy the wrong expansion version, then you won't be able to play it! So be careful when you purchase the expansions.

Currently, there are two pre-order bonuses to entice you into buying the Pokémon Sword and Shield expansion pass - a Pikachu Uniform and an Eevee Uniform.

Returning and new Pokémon in the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass explained

The expansion pass will give you the opportunity to add both new and old Pokémon to your Galar Pokédex.

If you decide that you don't want to buy the expansion pass, you'll still be able to add these returning Pokémon to your Pokédex.

On the release days of both The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra, a free update will be released for both Pokémon Sword and Shield. This update will allow all players to receive both the new and returning Pokémon including in the expansion pass through methods such as trading and Max Raid Battles.

You'll also be able to bring Pokémon across using Pokémon Home, which is going to be released before the expansion passes in February 2020.

New Pokémon in the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass

Both The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra introduce a new legendary Pokémon.

In The Isle of Armor, you'll be given the legendary fighting-type Pokémon, Kubfu, by Mustard. Eventually Kubfu will evolve into Urshifu.

Depending on how you train Urshifu, it can evolve into two different styles - Single Strike Style or Rapid Strike Style.

Single Strike Style Urshifu is a more offensive Pokémon, which is a fighting and dark-type. Meanwhile, the fighting and water-type Rapid Strike Style Urshifu is targeted towards the more defensive player.

In The Crown Tundra, you'll encounter Calyrex. This legendary psychic and grass-type Pokémon once ruled over the Galar region.

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Kubfu, Urshifu and Calyrex - the new legendary Pokémon.

Returning Pokémon in the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass

Across both expansions over 200 Pokémon from previous generation will be added to Pokémon Sword and Shield.

This includes new regional Pokémon, such as Galarian Slowpoke, which you can currently catch in the free pre-expansion pass event at Wedgehurst Station.

We don't know the full list of returning Pokémon at the moment, but, thanks to the expansion pass trailer and dedicated website, we know what some of these Pokémon are.

In the below lists we've also included the pre and post-evolutions for these Pokémon. Even though they haven't been directly confirmed, you can't have a Crobat without a Zubat or Golbat.

In The Isle Armor, we'll see the return of:

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  • Magnemite
  • Magneton
  • Magnezone (Directly confirmed)
  • Horsea
  • Seadra
  • Kingdra (Directly confirmed)
  • Happiny
  • Chansey (Directly confirmed)
  • Blissey
  • Azurill (Directly confirmed)
  • Marill
  • Azumarill
  • Zorua (Directly confirmed)
  • Zoroark
  • Larvesta
  • Dedenne (Directly confirmed)
  • Volcarona (Directly confirmed)
  • Rockruff
  • Lycanroc (Directly confirmed)

In Fall 2020, with the release of The Crown Tundra, we'll see the return of:

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  • Nidoran ♂
  • Nidorino (Directly confirmed)
  • Nidoking
  • Zubat
  • Golbat
  • Crobat (Directly confirmed)
  • Elekid (Directly confirmed)
  • Electabuzz
  • Electivire
  • Spheal
  • Sealeo (Directly confirmed)
  • Walrein
  • Beldum (Directly confirmed)
  • Metang
  • Metagross
  • Gible
  • Gabite
  • Garchomp (Directly confirmed)
  • Cryogonal (Directly confirmed)
  • Amaura
  • Aurorus (Directly confirmed)

The new co-op mode introduced in The Crown Tundra will also see the return of many Legendary Pokémon from across all the previous generations. There is yet to be any direct confirmation, however, of which Legendary Pokémon will be returning.

There are also some Pokémon that we know are returning, thanks to the trailer, but we don't know exactly which part of the expansion pass they'll be introduced with. These Pokémon are:

  • Bulbasaur
  • Ivysaur
  • Venusaur (Directly confirmed)
  • Squirtle
  • Wartortle
  • Blastoise (Directly confirmed)
  • Regirock
  • Regice
  • Registeel

Both Venusaur and Blastoise will also have Gigantamax forms. It does appear that these two Pokémon will appear in the Isle of Armor, while the Titan trio will appear in The Crown Tundra.

Everything we know about The Isle of Armor expansion location for Pokémon Sword and Shield

The Isle of Armor expansion sees you travelling to the titular Isle of Armor, where you become an apprentice of Mustard, the owner of the island's Pokémon dojo. Amongst his other apprentices, you'll find yourself a new rival.

In Pokémon Sword, your new rival will be Klara, a poison-type specialist. The psychic-type trainer, Avery, will be your new rival in Pokémon Shield.

During your stay on the island, Mustard will entrust you with the legendary fighting-type Pokémon, Kubfu, which will evolve into Urshifu.

The Isle of Armor has its specific Pokédex as well that will encourage you to explore the new environment exclusive to the island, including beaches, dunes, forests, caves and bogs. Throughout these new areas you'll be able to find Pokémon Dens for Max Raid Battles and a host of new Pokémon, including new regional forms, that you can't find on mainland Galar.

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This expansion will also introduce a selection of new tutor moves for you to learn, new clothes, new hairstyles, an Exp. Charm to help you train your Pokémon and apricorns that can be made into Poké Balls, which were previously seen in the Gen 2 Pokémon games.

You'll also be able to try out Restricted Sparring, a new form of battling, in The Isle of Armor. In this mode, you'll be limited to a certain number of Pokémon types and have to battle under a number of set conditions.

Finally, The Isle of Armor expansion will also introduce Gigantamax forms for the final evolutions of each of the Galar starter Pokémon - Rillaboom, Cinderace and Inteleon.


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.


Everything we know about The Crown Tundra expansion location for Pokémon Sword and Shield

In The Crown Tundra expansion, you'll be travelling to the dangerous, yet beautiful, Crown Tundra. In this frozen kingdom, a 'certain someone' (I think it's Professor Oak) will recruit you for their exploration team.

You and your Pokémon team will be tasked with exploring the mostly uncharted mountains, venturing out from the small communities that are dotted about the landscape. During your travels you might discover a temple, a giant tree or maybe even the legendary Pokémon Calyrex.

Like with the previous expansion, The Crown Tundra will have its own Pokédex for you to complete and Pokémon from previous generation, which can't be found in the rest of the Galar region. There will also be new regional forms and a range of new Pokémon Dens for Max Raid Battles.

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This expansion also introduces a new co-op mode, which will send and your fellow trainers into the depths of the Pokémon Dens that riddle the Galar region. Down in the dark you might find yourself facing a legendary Pokémon from a previous generation.

There are also some new legendary Pokémon hiding in The Crown Tundra.

Finally, The Crown Tundra will also introduce a range of new clothing and hairstyles for you to customise your trainer with.

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