All Pokémon games released in pairs have minor differences between them, and Pokémon Sword & Shield are no different.
Version Exclusive Pokémon
Each game is home to Pokémon species not found in the other. To collect all the Pokémon in Galar, you’ll need to trade with friends or buy both versions.
Pokémon Sword Exclusives
- Deino (plus its evolutions Zweilous and Hydreigon)
- Jangmo-o (plus its evolutions Hakamo-o and Kommo-o)
Pokémon Shield Exclusives
- Larvitar (plus its evolutions Pupitar and Tyranitar)
- Goomy (plus its evolutions Sliggoo and Goodra)
Exclusive Legendary Pokémon
While still unconfirmed, it is likely that Zacian will be exclusive to Pokémon Sword, while Zamazenta will be exclusive to Pokémon Shield.
Version Exclusive Characters
Pokémon Sword Characters
- Bea is a Fighting-type Gym Leader exclusive to Pokémon Sword
Pokémon Shield Characters
- Allister is a Ghost-type Gym Leader exclusive to Pokémon Shield