Pokemon Sword and Shield are receiving Expansion Passes this year, as revealed during today's Pokémon Direct. They're set to deliver a massive amount of new content for players, including new Pokemon, areas to explore, and even new forms for Sword and Shield's original starter Pokemon.
Using the same save data they used for their original Pokemon Sword and Shield games, players can jump right into the Expansion Pass when it launches. That means both the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra will also be available to explore nearly anywhere during the main games if players want to venture there whether they've just started out or want to treat the expansions as totally separate new game content.
Both new expansion areas will include new Pokemon not seen in the original game, new places to see, and people to meet. The Isle of Armor will include bogs, caves, beaches, sand dunes, and even a dojo where you can interact with intriguing training styles as well as Pokemon who utilize them. A newly-discovered Pokemon called Kubfu will be found here, which focuses on fighting. It'll evolve into Urshifu, which has two forms: a Single Stike or Rapid Strike Style, both of which sound like formidable opponents for any Pokemon that dare crosses it. Both types of Urshifu also have Gigantamax forms.
The Crowd Tundra is more of a snowy landscape with wintry mountains and people who huddle together in smaller communities. As far as new Pokemon go, players will find the Psychic/Grass Pokemon Calyrex in this expansion. It's a gracious, dignified monster with high intelligence and is said to be able to see every past, present, and future event – a legendary, to be sure.
There's more than new Pokemon to see, though. The Isle of Armor expansion will introduce new Gigantamax versions of the starter Pokemon from Sword and Shield. Rillaboom, Cinderace, and Inteleon will have a shot at growing to humongous levels and taking on their opponents. They'll look much different than their original forms as well, so you can look forward to seeing Rillaboom having merged with an entire forest of drums, Cinderace featuring a massive ball of fire, and Inteleon growing a huge, lengthy tail.
There will be new regional forms of Pokemon to explore as well, as players will find scattered throughout Galar. A new Galarian Slowpoke can be found, introduced from the new DLC, and it can continue to evolve into Galarian Slowbro or Galarian Slowking, depending on the type of item used to aid in its evolution, with one found in the Crown Tundra.
Both expansions will be going back to the past as well, with a series of Pokemon that didn't originally appear in the games that haven't been announced yet confirmed to be returning. They'll be added in a parade of free updates to the game that will be scheduled for the same day as the Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra expansions release. We can look forward to Pokemon like Venusaur and Blastoise in our future at long last.
Of course, the fun doesn't stop at new Pokemon and new areas to head out into. The expansions will also feature over 100 new clothing items as well as useful consumables that will help them along the way, like the new Exp. Charm that can assist when leveling up Pokemon. There will also be Pokemon Dens found around the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra, which will allow players to participate in Max Raid Battles, just like the Wild Area.
Player characters won't be left out of the fun. They'll get a new special training uniform to rock in The Isle of Armor, and new exploration gear for The Crown Tundra, befitting for both situations. They'll want to look their best, especially as a new dojo master named Mustard will be responsible for training them in the Isle of Armor. Two new rivals will challenge players along the way as well: Klara and Avery. Klara is a Poison-type trainer, while Avery works with Psychic-types.
The Isle of Armor will be released by the end of June 2020, and the Crown Tundra will debut by fall 2020. They can be purchased as part of the Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, which includes both additions, for $29.99. It's available to pre-order now via the Nintendo Switch eShop. If you do so, you'll get a Pikachu or Eevee Uniform by way of a special code after purchasing the pass.