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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!

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.

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.


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.


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

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