- Number of Players
- Single Player
- Release Date
- 15th Nov 2019
- 15th Nov 2019
- E3 2017, E3 2018, E3 2019, Mainline
- Official Site
- Addons / DLC
- Pokémon Sword and Shield - The Isle Of Armor (Switch eShop)
- Pokémon Sword and Shield - The Crown Tundra (Switch eShop)
If there’s one thing everyone knows about Pokémon Sword and Shield is that they have been talked about. They have been talked about a lot. Whether it’s the controversy surrounding the omission of individual Pokémon or a tree that looks a bit too low-res for people’s tastes, chatter about these games has been incessant...
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Pokémon Sword & Shield is now finally complete with the release of The Crown Tundra, the second part of the DLC pass to go alongside The Isle of Armor. But how does it stack up compared to its great – if inconsistent – main game? Well, we'll tell you, because we’re nice like that. We have to be honest, our first...
Fits the base game to a TT
Whenever a series attempts DLC for the first time, you’re sure to find a select few individuals pining for the olden days when you got a whole game in a single package – conveniently forgetting the fact that Street Fighter II had no less than seven different iterations – but if a game sells well and there’s enough...
Pokémon Sword and Shield Guides
Where does Pokémon Scarlet & Violet rank?
REMEMBER: This list is ranked according to the Nintendo Life User Ratings of each title. If you disagree with the order below and haven't yet rated your favourites, simply scroll through and click on the User Rating 'star' for each game to leave your own score out of ten and influence the order. Enjoy!...
All the current Pokémon Sword and Shield Mystery Gift codes
If you've played through the main game in Pokémon Sword and Shield, one character you should remember is the Ball Guy who appears at every stadium in the game and gives you unique Poké Balls every time you see him. Well, last year he began giving out codes on social media for Mystery...
Tidings of comfort and Joy-Con
‘Tis the season of enforced family gatherings, far too much of every food imaginable, and TV schedules filled with unnecessary modern remakes of old favourites. It’s also the perfect opportunity to stuff a controller in granddad’s hands and demonstrate the joys of gaming with those who might normally avoid it,...
Super effective attacks in Pokémon GO and Pokémon Sword and Shield
Since the very beginning the Pokémon series has depended on a delicate Rock-Paper-Scissors-style balance to its Pokémon battles. Type effectiveness is a key part of building an effective team in Pokémon GO or Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, or Pokémon Sword and...
Update: Last weekend to get all eight of Ash's Pikachu
Update: As a quick reminder, this is your last weekend to enter all of the Ash's Pikachu codes below into Pokémon Sword and Shield. The codes remain valid until 30th November. To celebrate The Crown Tundra, the second piece of DLC for Pokémon Sword and Shield, players can now get their hands...
All the additions coming in The Isle Of Armor and Crown Tundra expansions
The Expansion Passes for Pokémon Sword and Shield bring DLC content and new features to Game Freak's latest entry in the mainline Pokémon series. The two parts of the Expansion Pass feature a brand-new area each - The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra - and both will bring...
Gain rewards and unlock the mythical Pokémon Mew in Pokémon Sword and Shield
First released alongside Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go Eevee!, the Poké Ball Plus offered a unique way to play that game one-handed. Designed to resemble the Poké Balls used to catch Pocket Monsters, it's a cute little co
How to use Pokémon HOME with Pokémon Scarlet & Violet and more
Pokémon HOME, the companion app to the Pokémon series which enables you to store and transfer your Pokémon to and from the app, is available to download on Switch and mobile devices and interfaces This guide to using Pokémon HOME will explain the basics for transferring your...
Eggs, Shiny Charm, Masuda Method and more
If you're looking for more to do after beating the main game in Pokémon Sword and Shield, or if you're just fed up of seeing your friends brag about their latest Shiny Pokémon capture, you might want to get in on that Shiny catching action all for yourself. In this guide, we'll be covering everything you...
Who's the best?
Pokémon Sword and Shield has been out for several months now and many of you are probably intimately acquainted with Gen 8 already. For those of you on the cusp of starting your adventure through the Galar region, though, you'll soon be faced with a question that every Pokémon trainer encounters at the beginning of a new...
There are brilliant Pokémon and Brilliant Pokémon - we explain the latter
As you've been wandering around the Galar region in Pokémon Sword and Shield, you'll probably have seen certain Pokémon with a glowing yellow 'aura' hanging around in the tall grass. What do those yellow glowing Pokémon signify? Well, settle down and relax as we lay it...
Come get Snom
Pokémon have always had various ways of evolving into new beasties, and Pokémon Sword and Shield are no different. One of these curious contenders is the unassuming Snom, which can be found primarily on the northern half of Route 8 - known as Steamdrift Way. Just keep an eye out for one wandering around in the grassy patches, and...
About The Game
Get ready to discover Galar, an expansive region with diverse environments, from a peaceful countryside and contemporary cities to a thick forest and snow-covered mountains. The people and Pokémon who live here work together closely to develop the industries within it.
Throughout your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to visit various Gyms in your quest to become the Champion! You won’t be alone though, as Galar is home to newly discovered Pokémon that you can choose to be your very first partner!