Pokémon Sword & Shield Expansion Pass Information

We are now less than an hour away from the latest information drop on the Pokémon Sword & Shield Expansion Pass! As soon as the trailer and information is released our readers can expect to find it here! The Isle of Armor will be released June 17.

New information revealed


  • Galarian Slowbro revealed with Psychic/Poison typing, the new ability Quick Draw and its exclusive move Side Arm Smash. This hits the opponent with physical or special damage depending on which will cause more damage and poisons them
  • Gigantamax Venusaur can use G-Max Encouragement when in its Gigantamax form
  • Gigantamax Blastoise can use G-Max Bombardment
  • Unseen Fist is Urshifu’s ability and allows it to bypass the effect of Protect on opponents if it is a move that makes direct contact. Wicked Blow is Single-Style Strike Urshifu’s signature move and allows it to always land a single critical hit, ignoring the target’s stat changes. Surging Strikes always land critical hits in a 3-hit combo
  • Regieleki, the Electron Pokemon, is the new Electric-type Regi. It has the signature move Thunder Cage which deals damage to the opposing Pokémon and then traps it in a cage that damages it for 4 to 5 turns, preventing it from switching out of battle or fleeing
  • Regidrago is the new Dragon-type Regi. It is known as the Dragon Orb Pokémon and has the signature move Dragon Energy, that deals more damage the higher the user’s HP is
  • Galarian Articuno is Psychic/Flying-type with Competitive as its ability
  • Galarian Zapdos has the Defiant ability with a Fighting/Flying typing
  • Galarian Moltres is a Dark/Flying-type with the Berserk ability

Isle of Armor

  • A special robotic Cramorant known as Cram-o-matic can be used to combine other items into new ones, examples given are Poké Balls and PP Ups
  • Burning Jealousy is a new Fire-type move that damages all opponents on the field, but can also burn any that have had their stats increased during the same turn
  • Grassy Slide is a Grass-type move that is boosted when used in Grassy Terrain
  • Max Soup can give the chance to Dynamax only Pokemon to gain the ability to Gigantamax
  • Restricted Sparring is a new battle style that limits which types of Pokémon you can use and restricts battle conditions

Crown Tundra

  • Dynamax Adventures allow up to four players to explode dens that Dynamax Pokemon live within. Once the Dynamax Pokémon has been found it can be battled and if you win there is a chance to capture it, while losing will kick you out of the den
  • Galarian Star Tournament will allow players to battle alongside other NPC trainers (Gym Leaders, etc) in Wyndon City
  • Peony is the trainer players will meet in the Crown Tundra, as he tries to fine the truth behind the tales of legendary Pokémon
  • Hidden Ability Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble are now all available in Pokémon HOME, if you transfer one or more Pokémon from Sword & Shield to the Nintendo Switch version of HOME.

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  1. Comes out on the 17th? I was fully prepared to having to wait until the very end of the month. Nice.

    Also, Scyther is there, I am happy.

  2. So I’m on mobile so I cannot do the whole official bios for the new stuff but I want to share is
    -Regieleki has a fire spin move Thunder Cage
    -Regidrago has a move called Dragon Energy which does more damage if the user’s HP is high
    -G Articuno Freezing Glare May freeze
    -G Zapdos Thunderous Kick lowers Defense
    -G Moltres Fiery Wrath which may Flinch

  3. Features
    The Cram-o-matic
    The dojo on the Isle of Armor houses a unique take on recycling in the form of a device called the Cram-o-matic. If you feed it four items, it will combine them and give you a new item in exchange. You can receive any of a variety of items, including Poké Balls, PP Ups, and more. Some combinations might produce rare items!

    New tutor moves
    Completely new tutor moves will also be available on the Isle of Armor. You can have your Pokémon learn these moves in exchange for Armorite Ore, a substance that you can find on the Isle of Armor through Max Raid Battles and other means.

    Burning Jealousy
    Burning Jealousy is a new Fire-type move that can be taught starting with this expansion. When it hits, it deals damage to all opposing Pokémon and burns all opposing Pokémon that have had their stats boosted during the turn.

    Grassy Glide
    Grassy Glide is a new Grass-type move that can be taught starting with this expansion. This move has high priority when used on Grassy Terrain!

    Max Soup
    Max Soup is a special dish made from rare ingredients you can gather on the Isle of Armor. If a Pokémon with great hidden potential drinks Max Soup, it will become a special Pokémon capable of Gigantamaxing.

    Get ready to take part in the Galarian Star Tournament!
    Once you progress far enough in your adventure in the Crown Tundra, you’ll be able to participate in the Galarian Star Tournament, held in the city of Wyndon! In this tournament, you’ll battle with various Trainers you met in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield—but not just as opponents! You’ll also pick a teammate and tackle the tournament together!

  4. Grassy Glide was made to give Rillaboom an edge, a Priority move on Grassy Terrain combined with it’s HA. Awesome.

  5. “Folklore tells that the Legendary Pokémon Regigigas tried to create a Pokémon from crystallized dragon energy but ran out of crystals and was only able to complete the head. ”

    LMAO Even in universe Regigigas is a lazy bum.

  6. It seems that the reason behind these Galarian legends are based off Migratory behaviors and influenced by the unique environment and energy of the Galar region

    Whilst Regieleki and Regidrago are results of Regigigas attempting to create new golems but had incomplete materials and the people of ancient civilizations sealed away these incomplete Pokémon out of fear of their power

    Unseen Fist is a new Ability introduced with this expansion and one that only Single Strike Style Urshifu and Rapid Strike Style Urshifu have.

    This Ability lets the Pokémon deal damage when it attacks with moves that make direct contact, even if the target defends itself by using moves like Protect.

    Welcome to UBERs.

      An Urshifu that has followed the path of darkness can unleash this single, severe blow. This move always results in a critical hit, allowing Urshifu to attack while ignoring the target’s stat changes.

      An Urshifu that has followed the path of water can unleash this flowing three-hit combo. This move always results in critical hits, allowing Urshifu to attack while ignoring the target’s stat changes.

      So, both get moves that always crit and can bypass ANY protect moves. UBERS, straigth to UBERs. Specially Water form, 3 hit criticals? Goddamn.

  8. Don’t know how many noticed this too, but at the end of the trailer we actually can see a few of the leaked moves being used.
    Magmar uses Burning Jealousy, Something using Steel Roller and Galarian Weezing using Misty Explosion. Potentialy Kingdra using Scale shot (altho it could be just Dragon Pulse), a new Bug type move (That could just be Bug Buzz, I am not sure) and Aggron is about to shoot a beam that might be Meteorbeam.

  9. Was kinda of hoping galarian Slowbro had no shelder attach I always wanted to see what an evolution would look like with out one

  10. I have a interesting theory about Galarian Slowking being either a Psychic/Dark Poison/Dark or even Poison/Ghost

    Now Slowking’s reknowned intelligence is solely because of Shellder’s venom seeping into its brain causing a chemical reaction that triggers intelligence and great power

    Now we know that G Slowpoke (Or Glowpoke as I like to call them) has a diet consisting of Galarica seeds which their spicy essence has built up in their bodies and brain over the years

    Now my theory is that Glowking is now so much smarter but much more aggressive and sinister because a combination of Galar Shellder being much more aggressive and hostile than their Kantonan brethren and the unique properties of the Galarica seed spicy mixing in with the hardy Shellder venom

  11. Hmmm…I like it

    All the information revealed is great. Pokemon needs to do more of these mid generation updates.

  12. I wish this looked exciting to me. Doesn’t look worth paying money for, sorry. Where’s the content? Post game areas should be already included in the game and all this looks like is some extra story. Given how much you actually need to pay to get the full Sword and Shield experience ($240) this is sad. They cant do a battle frontier with paid dlc? Jesus.

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  14. I think the main reason by making Glaraian Slowbro Poison/Psychic rather than Psychic/Poison type that’s G.Slowking will not end being psychic type I think it will be Poison/Ghost type coz now Shellder filled Slowpoke head with poison that ends him to die.

  15. My big issue with Glowbro is the purple bit of Shellder sticking out the bottom of the spiral shell, this is just a nerdy nitpicking observation but it bugs me

  16. >In the main game, before Leon gives you the Starters, they are introduced through a silly cutscene involving all of them.
    >In Isle of Armor, before Mustard gives you Kubfu, it is introduced by a silly cutscene involving it.
    >In the Crown Tundra, the Galarian birds have a cutscene involving all of them, that might be their introduction.

    Holy crap! The Galarian birds are the Crown Tundra Starters!

  17. Fifteen days until the DLC I already have plenty of games on my plate….
    I’m currently playing
    -Pokemon Y
    -Bug Fables
    -Animal Crossing NH
    -Smash at least 15-20 fights a day
    -Spirit Tracks

    Going to play
    -Ultra Moon
    -Paper Mario OK
    -Isle of Armor

    What games are you folks invested in and are potentially playing in the future

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