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Pokemon • Nov 08, 2019

Pokemon Sword and Shield differences leaked - version exclusives

Pokemon Sword and Shield differences leaked - version exclusives

A leak has revealed all the differences between Pokemon Sword and Shield, so if you're still deciding which to buy then this may help you decide.

As with all mainline games in the series, there are two versions to choose from, and Pokemon Sword and Shield is no different. Pokemon exclusive to each version is historically the main difference between games, but there have been other differences as well, such as slight variations in the story and even the time in-game.

The only differences in Sword and Shield, at least according to the leak, are Pokemon exclusives and gym leaders. The tables below list the exact differences between the games.

Pokemon Company
Galarian Ponyta and Sirfetch'd have been received well, but which will you choose?

Pokemon exclusives

There are an array of Pokemon exclusives in each of Sword and Shield which include 'mons from previous generations, the new Galarian forms and even the legendary species from the Galar region itself.

Pokemon Sword Pokemon Shield
Deino, Zweilous, Hydreigon Pupitar, Larvitar, Tyranitar
Jangmo-o, Hakamo-o, Kommo-o Goomy, Sliggoo, Goodra
Turtonator Drampa
Mawile Sableye
Gothita, Gothorita, Gothitelle Solosis, Duosion, Reuniclus
Rufflet, Braviary Vullaby, Mandibuzz
Passimian Oranguru
Solrock Lunatone
Galarian Darumaka, Darmanitan Galarian Ponyta, Rapidash
Farfecth'd, Sirfetch'd Galarian Corsola and Cursola
Flapple Appletun
Zacian normal and legend Zamazenta normal and legend

Gym leader exclusives

One gym leader exclusive had already been confirmed for each game but, according to the leak, there are actually three exclusives for each of Sword and Shield. This means there will be a total of 11 gym leaders in Gen 8.

Pokemon Sword Pokemon Shield
Bea (Fighting) Allister (Ghost)
Donnie (Dark) Niklas (Ice)
Opal (Fairy) Sopp (Poison)
Pokemon Company
Bea and Allister are confirmed exclusives for Sword and Shield respectively...

While there aren't massive differences between the versions, there are more exclusives to each game than there was maybe first anticipated.

The likes of Galarian Ponyta are already causing quite a stir among some fans, so this could be one of the more key species that tips some trainers to the Shield side.

In terms of the other Pokemon, there doesn't look to be any real advantage for either version. Naturally the Pokemon Company wants the versions split as evenly as possible, so the fact we can't distinguish any advantage between the two is a good sign.

To reiterate, these differences come from a yet to be confirmed leak, so you should use the official differences between Pokemon Sword and Shield for the moment.

Hopefully this will help you choose if you're still undecided between the two, though.

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