Pokémon Shield

A new generation of Pokémon comes to the Nintendo Switch system.

Publisher : Nintendo

Release Date : Out Now

Players : 1 to 8

Availability : In-store / Downloadable

Mild violence, online interactivity

Pokémon Shield

Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass

The wild adventure continues with the Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass!

Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass

A new and wild Pokémon adventure!

A whole new Pokémon RPG adventure awaits in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield on Nintendo Switch!

Get ready to experience Galar, an expansive region with diverse environments, from a peaceful countryside and contemporary cities to a thick forest and snow-covered mountains. The people and Pokémon who live here work together closely to develop the industries within it.

Begin your journey by choosing a partner Pokémon, catch, train and trade Pokémon to form a team, and take on the Gym Challenge to ultimately become Champion of the region!

Scorbunny and Pokémon Trainer
Polteageist Pokémon Battle
Pokémon Yamper
Pokémon Wooloo

Meet its inhabitants

Throughout your travels in Galar, you’ll encounter all kinds of people and Pokémon. From brand new Pokémon to familiar ones and everything in between, an immersive world bustling with life awaits. And hey, why not stand out from the Galarian crowd and customise your look with a flashy getup and hairdo?

So much to discover!

The Galar region is home to all-new features and modes, such as larger and more powerful Pokémon with the Dynamax and Gigantamax phenomena, a vast Wild Area to explore, multiplayer Max Raid Battles and more. You can even play and cook with your Pokémon with Pokémon Camp!

Galar region map

For all the latest details, head on over to the official Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield website.


Pokémon HOME

Move, trade and gather your Pokémon all in one place with Pokémon HOME, a cloud service for Nintendo Switch and compatible mobile devices!

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Pokémon from Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

The wild adventure continues!


Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass


Pokémon Shield + Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass


The Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass is only compatible with Pokémon Shield for Nintendo Switch.

Out Now!

Physical bundle pack


A physical bundle pack consisting of Pokémon Shield + Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass – all on a single game card – is out now and will be available while stocks last. It's the perfect opportunity for new Trainers who haven't started their adventure and experience everything the Galar region has to offer!

As a special purchase bonus, you'll receive 100 Poké Balls, as well as codes for the Pikachu Uniform and Eevee Uniform.

Your adventure continues with the Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass**, containing new stories to experience, new Pokémon to encounter, and new Wild Areas to explore. You’ll even meet new and returning Legendary Pokémon along the way! The Expansion Pass contains two expansions***, releasing in June 17th 2020 and October 23rd 2020 respectively.

Two expansions included!

The Isle of Armor Landscape Screenshot
The Isle of Armor

Out Now!

Get ready to venture through a giant island off the shores of the Galar region, the Isle of Armor! Filled with beautiful nature, you’ll find beaches, bogs, forests, caves and dunes.

Legendary Pokémon Kubfu

Take up an apprenticeship under the former Galar Champion, Mustard, who’s also the mentor of Champion Leon! Meet new rivals, hone your skills and master new fighting styles with the Legendary Pokémon: Kubfu.

You’ll also be able to Gigantamax the final Evolution of the partner Pokémon you chose to start your journey with. Look forward to discovering Rillaboom, Cinderace or Inteleon in their new form, and a new G-Max Move to boot!

The Crown Tundra Landscape Screenshot
The Crown Tundra

Out Now!

Lead an expedition in the snow-swept realm of the Crown Tundra and unravel the mystery of the Legendary Pokémon Calyrex who once ruled over it.

Legendary Pokémon Calyrex

Through a new form of co-op play****, your voyage will even allow you to explore deep within Pokémon Dens, which you could only previously get a glimpse of during Max Raid Battles. You may even see Legendary Pokémon from past games Dynamaxing before your eyes, and you’ll be able to catch them!

The Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass awaits you!

Gigantamax Rillaboom
Gigantamax Cinderace
Gigantamax Inteleon

Experience new stories and unravel the mysteries of each area

Explore new Wild Areas – with lots to see and do

Encounter over 200 new and familiar Pokémon species

Style-up with dozens of new clothing and customisation options

The Isle of Armor
The Isle of Armor
The Crown Tundra
The Crown Tundra

Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass


Your first partner

Your adventure in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield begins when you choose one of three new Pokémon as your partner!

Pokémon Grookey


is a Grass-type Chimp Pokémon that is full of boundless curiosity.

Pokémon Scorbunny


is a Fire-type Rabbit Pokémon that is always running about.

Pokémon Sobble


is a somewhat timid Water-type Water Lizard Pokémon that shoots out attacks as it hides itself in water.

New Pokémon to discover, catch and train!

Many different species of Pokémon call the Galar region home. Much is unknown about the biology of these Pokémon, so researchers are working diligently to discover more information. Here are just some of the new Pokémon you’ll encounter.

There are several differences between Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, such as the species of Pokémon that appear and different Gym Leaders to challenge.

Pokémon Gossifleur


Pokémon Eldegoss


Pokémon Wooloo


Pokémon Corviknight


Pokémon Drednaw


Pokémon Alcremie


Pokémon Yamper


Pokémon Rolycoly


Pokémon Duraludon


Pokémon Obstagoon


Pokémon Morpeko


Pokémon Cramorant


Pokémon Polteageist


Pokémon Sirfetch'd


exclusive to Pokémon Sword

Pokémon HOME

Do more with your Pokémon in Pokémon HOME, a cloud service for Nintendo Switch and compatible mobile devices!

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Galarian forms!

Certain Pokémon have adapted to the unique environment of one specific region and look different than the same species might look when found in another region.

These different appearances are known as the regional forms of those Pokémon, and it seems their behaviour also differs from that of their previously discovered forms. The Galar region has its own regional forms of Pokémon, known as Galarian forms!

Pokémon Weezing, Galarian Form


Galarian Form

Pokémon Zigzagoon, Galarian Form


Galarian Form

Pokémon Linoone, Galarian Form


Galarian Form

Pokémon Ponyta, Galarian Form


Galarian Form, exclusive to Pokémon Shield

Legendary Pokémon

The Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta are shrouded in mystery and are unknown even to those who live in the Galar region.

Legendary Pokémon Zacian


attacks so gracefully that its movements can even captivate its opponents. It holds what appears to be a sword in its mouth.

Legendary Pokémon Zamazenta


regal and majestic movements overwhelm any opponents that dare face it. Its body is covered in what seems to be a shield.

Friendly – and not so friendly – faces

As a resident of the Galar region, you’ll embark on an adventure to become the Champion and meet many people along the way



Leon is the current Champion of the Galar region and has never been defeated in an official Pokémon battle. His personality, together with his peerless skill, has made him extremely popular. He truly deserves the title of “the greatest Trainer in all of Galar”.



Hop is Leon’s younger brother and will become one of your rivals. He and you are neighbours, and you’ll begin your journeys on the same day. He aims to become Champion, just like his older brother did.

Professor Magnolia

Professor Magnolia

Professor Magnolia is the pre-eminent Pokémon Professor of the Galar region. Her main focus of research has been the Dynamax phenomenon. She shares her home with Sonia and has given her a certain research task...



Bede is one of your rivals who is skilled at Pokémon battles and has the pride to match! While he clearly is aiming to become Champion, he seems to have other objectives as well...



Marnie is one of your rivals who has a competitive side. Together with her partner Morpeko, she aims to become the Champion of the Galar region in order to accomplish a certain goal.

Team Yell

Team Yell

Team Yell is a group of troublemakers who seem to appear wherever the Gym Challenge takes you and who attempt to get in your way at every opportunity.

Style your profile!

Put on your favourite clothes, get a new hairdo, and set out on your adventure in style! On your travels, you’ll come across boutiques and hair salons where you can buy new clothes or change your hairstyle to freshen things up.

There are plenty of different clothing items, hairstyles, and even make-up options, so try out different combinations and show the entire Galar region your favourite look!

The Dynamax phenomenon

Dynamax is a phenomenon unique to specific locations in the Galar region, where Pokémon can take on gigantic appearances during battle, and it’s an integral part of Pokémon battles in the region.

Dynamax Pikachu Screenshot
Dynamax Larvitar Screenshot
Dynamax Alcremie Screenshot

Pokémon from the Galar region are able to Dynamax, and when they do, they become tremendously strong and receive a boost to their power. All the moves of a Dynamax Pokémon will turn into special Max Moves. Max Moves pack a punch, but that’s not all! Some of them can even trigger powerful additional effects!

Gigantamaxing changes the game!

While Dynamaxing seems to be a phenomenon common to the Pokémon from Galar, it’s been discovered that there’s a special phenomenon known as Gigantamaxing, too! Only certain species of Pokémon can Gigantamax – and even among such species, only rare specimens will be able to Gigantamax.

Gigantamax Alcremie Screenshot
Gigantamax Drednaw Screenshot
Gigantamax Corviknight Screenshot

Gigantamax Pokémon become bigger, and just like normal Dynamaxing, Gigantamaxing boosts the power of the Pokémon. It also allows each Gigantamax Pokémon to use a unique move known as a G-Max Move! Each G-Max Move is particular to a specific species of Gigantamax Pokémon, and regular Dynamax Pokémon can’t use G-Max Moves at all!

Explore the Wild Area

Wild Area
Wild Area
Wild Area
Wild Area

The Wild Area is a vast expanse of land in the Galar region with untamed wilderness. It is full of nature and connects several different towns and cities. You’ll find a greater variety of Pokémon living in the Wild Area than anywhere else in the Galar region, and you can even connect with other players here online* or via local wireless**! There are lots of different ways to do so, including:

Joining a Max Raid Battle

Max Raid Battle

Max Raid Battles are a new battle format that takes place in the Wild Area, in which you’ll team up with up to three other players online or via local wireless to take on a wild Dynamax Pokémon. Players will then get a chance to catch the wild Dynamax Pokémon if they manage to defeat it – but it won’t go down easily.

Camping with your Pokémon

Enjoy a Pokémon Camp almost anywhere anytime you’re exploring in the Galar region! If you ever feel like spending some time with the Pokémon in your party or cooking up a nice meal with them, then there’s no need to hesitate – in many cases, you can just set up camp right then and there!

Pokémon Camp

When camping with up to three other players, you can let your Pokémon play with their Pokémon, or cook up a big pot of curry and enjoy it together!

The Battle Stadium

In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, you can connect to the internet and battle against players from all over the world in the Battle Stadium. Features like Rental Teams and Online Competitions also allow for different ways to connect to other players.

Battle Stadium
Battle Stadium
Battle Stadium
Battle Stadium
Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass

Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass

The wild adventure continues with the Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass!


A physical bundle pack containing Pokémon Shield + Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass is out now (available while stocks last)!

Digital version

You can purchase a digital version of Pokémon Shield from Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, or via the official Nintendo website.

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Pokémon Shield

$4.00 AUD / NZD in Gold Points

Receive $4.00 AUD / NZD worth of Gold Points with your download that you can use as a discount on your next Nintendo eShop purchase.

My Nintendo Gold Points

Available with Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers

If you’re a Nintendo Switch Online member, there’s an exclusive offer available to you: the Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers programme!

Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers

It allows you to buy two Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers for just $134.95 AUD / $148.45 NZD. Each voucher can be redeemed for a download version of any game from the programme’s catalogue, so you get two games together – such as Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield – at a reduced price!

Legendary Pokémon Zacian

Version exclusives

There are several differences between Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, such as the species of Pokémon that appear and different Gym Leaders to challenge.

Packaged versions

Pokémon Sword

Pokémon Sword

Pokémon Shield

Pokémon Shield

Pokémon Sword + Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass & Pokémon Shield + Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass**

Starting Friday, 6 November, you’ll be able to purchase a bundle pack consisting of the Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield base game as well as that game’s corresponding Expansion Pass.

This bundle pack contains the same game content you would receive by purchasing either Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield (physical or downloadable version) and the corresponding Expansion Pass separately. All included software comes preloaded on a single game card.

Pokémon Sword + Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass
Pokémon Shield + Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass

Compatible with Poké Ball Plus

You can use certain functions of the Poké Ball Plus accessory (sold separately), allowing you to take a Pokémon out for a stroll through the real world with you! If you spend some quality time with a favourite Pokémon of yours, then something good might happen!

Poké Ball Plus
Poké Ball Plus

It also contains a very special bonus – the Mythical Pokémon Mew!***

Pokémon Shield