New Downloadable Content Heading to Pokémon 'Sword' and 'Shield' Expansion Pass

Over 200 previously unavailable pokémon will also be added to a new area.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield will provide players with new DLC in the form of a two-part expansion pass called The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra, developer Game Freak announced during today’s Nintendo Direct. Both parts are expected to arrive in June 2020 and Fall 2020, respectively, with two different versions of the expansion for both Sword and Shield individually.

Although Game Freak originally released expanded versions of each new region with titles like Pokémon Crystal, Platinum, and Ultra Moon, this new content will allow players to continue their journey with their current save data. The first expansion, Isle of Armor, will introduce Mustard, a new mentor alongside a new fighting-type Pokémon called Kubfu. A new training dojo will also be accessible and Gigantamax forms for your starters will be introduced.

Meanwhile, The Crown Tundra will have an emphasis on exploration, introducing a new co-op mode, new areas to explore, characters, Legendaries, and other Pokémon. Furthermore, each area will appear in-game as “seamless maps,” similar to the title’s existing Wild Area, albeit bigger and with 200 previously unavailable Pokémon present.

Game Freak also stated it will continue to release free updates, including one that will allow link trades and Pokémon Home integration, which will be available next month. In a free update today, a new Galarian Slowpoke will be available to catch outside Wedgehurst Station after speaking with your new expansion pass rivals Klara (Sword) or Avery (Shield).

Expansion passes are available for pre-purchase for $29.99 USD later on today from Nintendo’s eShop.

In other gaming news, Razer launched a Switch-like mobile gaming pad for Android and iOS smartphones.

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