Sword & Shield: Version Differences

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

Gym Leader Bea
  • Bea is a Fighting-type Gym Leader exclusive to Pokémon Sword

Pokémon Shield Characters

Gym Leader Allister
  • Allister is a Ghost-type Gym Leader exclusive to Pokémon Shield