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Every known Pokemon being added to Sword and Shield DLC expansions

Published: 16/Jan/2020 13:25 Updated: 16/Jan/2020 13:32

by Paul Cot


As part of the Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass announcement, Game Freak revealed that a lot of previously excluded Pokemon are being added to the game. Which Pokemon do we know are returning, though?

During the Pokemon Direct, Shigeru Ohmori shared that 200 species would be returning across the two DLCs. “On The Isle of Armor and in The Crown Tundra, you’ll see some familiar Pokemon that didn’t appear in the Galar region before,” the Game Freak director said. “There will be more than 200 Pokemon species that appear in these areas and you can add to your team.”

The first of those 200 will come in Pokemon Sword and Shield’s first DLC, The Isle of Armor and the rest in the second one, The Crown Tundra. Is it unknown how many of the 200 will come in each expansion pack, though.

Returning Pokemon Isle of Armor Crown Tundra
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Returning Pokemon will be released between The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra DLCs…

Which of the 200 Pokemon do we know?

While the 200 have yet to be announced, several of these Pokemon have been seen in the trailer and through earlier datamines. Here’s a list of all the known Pokemon and where their eventual addition to the game was revealed.

Officially announced

Some have also been revealed in an official capacity through the official Pokemon Sword and Shield website. Which expansion pack they’ll be released was also confirmed:

Isle of Armor

  • Slowbro
  • Magnemite, Magneton, Magnezone
  • Happiny, Chansey, Blissey
  • Horsea, Seadra, Kingdra
  • Azurill, Marill, Azumarill
  • Zorua, Zoroark
  • Larvesta, Volcarona
  • Dedenne
  • Rockruff, Lycanroc

Crown Tundra

  • Nidoran, Nidorino, Nidoking
  • Zubat, Golbat, Crobat
  • Slowking
  • Elekid, Electabuzz, Electivire
  • Spheal, Sealeo, Walrein
  • Beldum, Metang, Metagross
  • Gible, Gabite, Garchomp
  • Cryogonal
  • Amaura, Aurorus

So, super officially we have 42 of the 200 revealed.

Returning Legendary Pokemon Sword Shield
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There’s a lot of legendary Pokemon returning to Sword and Shield…

Legendary species returning

Aside from the National Pokedex fiasco, one of the more shocking parts of the Pokemon Sword and Shield reveal was the distinct lack of legendary Pokemon. The only legends in the game were actually from Gen 8 itself.

This seemed a strange decision from Game Freak but given the news of the expansion pass, the decision to initially omit them makes more sense now. Here is the list of returning legends. You can check out the full list of returning legendary Pokemon broken down by generation, too. It has also been confirmed that Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres will be returning with Galarian forms.

  • Articuno
  • Zapados
  • Moltres
  • Mewtwo
  • Raikou
  • Entei
  • Suicune
  • Lugia
  • Ho-Oh
  • Regirock
  • Regice
  • Registeel
  • Latias
  • Latios
  • Kyogre
  • Groudon
  • Rayquaza
  • Uxie
  • Mesprit
  • Azelf
  • Dialga
  • Palkia
  • Heatran
  • Giratina
  • Cresselia
  • Tornadus
  • Thundurus
  • Landorus
  • Reshiram
  • Zekrom
  • Kyurem
  • Xerneas
  • Yveltal
  • Zygarde
  • Tapu Koko
  • Tapu Lele
  • Tapu Bulu
  • Tapu Fini
  • Cosmog, Cosmoem
  • Solgaleo, Lunala
  • Necrozma

Datamine confirms additional returning Pokemon

Finally, a datamine revealed 435 Pokemon within the Sword and Shield code. This is 35 more than the Galar region Pokedex.

While there is some overlap with the Pokemon above, it is interesting to see the 35 nonetheless. It as follows:

  • Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur
  • Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise
  • Mewtwo
  • Mew
  • Celebi
  • Jirachi
  • Cobalion
  • Terrakion
  • Virizion
  • Reshiram
  • Zekrom
  • Kyurem
  • Keldeo
  • Rowlet, Dartrix, Decidueye
  • Litten, Torracat, Incineroar
  • Popplio, Brionne, Primarina
  • Cosmog, Cosmoem
  • Solgaleo, Lunala
  • Necrozma
  • Marshadow
  • Zeraora
  • Meltan, Melmetal

That’s a lot of Pokemon to look forward to – maybe Game Freak planned this National Pokedex controversy all along!

There’s more to come though, as that is only 109 of the slated 200. We’ll be sure to hear more nearer the time of the Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass release.


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.