Pokémon Sword and Shield - How to start the Isle of Armor DLC

How to visit the Isle of Armor in Sword and Shield. 

The Isle of Armor DLC from Pokémon Sword and Shield has finally arrived!

In this DLC you can catch a host of returning Pokémon, raise the new legendary Pokémon, Kubfu, and even join a Pokémon Dojo.

Before your adventure can begin, however, you need to ensure that you can start the Isle of Armor DLC by reaching a specific place in the storyline for Pokémon Sword and Shield.

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How to start the Isle of Armor DLC in Pokémon Sword and Shield

If you want to visit the Isle of Armor in Pokémon Sword and Shield, then you need to have visited the Wild Area in the main storyline for the games at least once.

This first occurs roughly two hours into the game after you've visited Professor Magnolia and departed from Wedgehurst station. You don't even need to have a Gym Badge to visit the Wild Area!

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If you're having trouble reaching the Wild Area or just want to know what to do, then visit the guides below, which cover the events of both games up to when you first reach the Wild Area:

Travelling to the Isle of Armour in Pokémon Sword and Shield explained

Once you've unlocked the ability to visit the Isle of Armor (or if you've already done so), you'll automatically receive an Armor Pass. This pass will allow you to travel to the Isle of Armor and can be found in the Key Items pocket.

Pass in hand, travel to Wedgehurst train station and there you'll find a new station attendant, dressed in green, standing next to the ticket booth.

Talk to him and he'll allow you to use your Armor Pass to travel to the Isle of Armor.

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Talk to this man to begin your journey on the Isle of Armor.

Once you reach the Isle of Armor, a researcher will upgrade your Pokédex, so that it contains the Isle of Armour Pokédex.


It's time to start the Isle of Armor DLC and our Pokémon Isle of Armor walkthrough. Plus, here's how to find the Slowpoke, where to find Max Mushroom locations, and how to get Kubfu, become best friends and evolve it! We've also got pages on how to catch the returning Pokémon from past generations, and all Diglett locations too! Elsewhere, 2020 has seen a few new announcements - such as Mythical Zarude, the ability to transfer Pokémon to Pokémon Home, news of the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass and the release of Gigantamax Toxtricity. Elsewhere, our Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough gives an overview of the game. Otherwise, we cover everything from the Wild Area, starters Sobble, Scorbunny and Grookey, lists of all TM locations and TRs, all Galarian forms and the Legendaries Zacian and Zamazenta.


Now that your Pokédex has been updated, it's time to begin your new adventure on the Isle of Armor!

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