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Like most modern games and Pokémon titles before them, Pokémon Sword and Shield are offering up incentives in order to get fans to pre-order them before they are officially released on November 15. The pre-order bonuses vary widely between retailers this time around, so it’s worth checking out which bonus is worth the most to you personally.

Sword & Shield pre-order guide

We’ve broken down what kind of bonus is available where. That includes offers of in-store credit, DLC for the games and also physical goods.

Extra in-store credit

These two programs both require membership in the store’s respective programs, so be aware of that before pre-ordering.

In-game DLC

Pokémon Sword & Shield double pack pre-order bonus gold-studded backpack
  • Amazon is distributing special gold-studded leather case costume DLC for your in-game trainers to wear when you pre-order the Sword & Shield Double Pack from them.
  • Nintendo eShop gives 12 Quickballs when pre-ordered from the digital marketplace.

When purchased anywhere, the Sword & Shield Double Pack includes codes for Larvitar and Jangmo-o Dynamax Crystals. You’ll be able to encounter the two Pokémon earlier than normal.

Physical Goods

  • The Pokémon Center Online is offering plush key chain clips of Grookey, Scorbunny or Sobble with pre-orders. Buying a single game gets you one random key chain, while pre-ordering the Double Pack will get you all three.
  • Nintendo Official UK Store is offering SteelBook game cases for pre-orders, with the Double Pack getting a special gold edition and figurine. Other retailers such as ShopTo and GAME may also have the SteelBooks available.
  • Japanese Pokémon Centers are offering a figure with the pre-order of Sword or Shield
  • Gamestop is offering a double-sided wall banner with pre-orders of the Sword & Shield Double Pack. On one side is the legendary pokémon for both versions, and on the other is a view of the Galar Region.

As someone from the USA, I can say I am quite jealous of fellow trainers from across the pond; the gold steelbook looks great! Are you planning on pre-ordering? Let us know down in the comments below! For more discussions, head to Discord!

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Alec E

I'm from Minnesota, and have been a huge fan of Pokemon since Pokemon Blue came out in the USA. Other than Pokemon, I love videogames and tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons.