Pokemon Sword & Shield Isle of Armor: release date, gameplay, map, leaks, more

Published: 1/Jun/2020 14:22 Updated: 3/Jun/2020 11:27

by David Purcell


Pokemon Sword and Shield players will soon be able to stray away from the original Galar Region map and explore the Isle of Armor, with a whole load of Pokemon returning. Here’s what we know about the release date, Expansion Pass details, gameplay, and more – including details of upcoming information. 

The Nintendo Switch game was a huge success following its November 2019 launch, with millions of players jumping into the action and ticking off species on the revamped Pokedex system. However, for those who often liked to set themselves the challenge of completing the National Dex, they might have been disheartened to know some old favorites were unavailable to catch.

Well, if they didn’t think they’d ever seen them appear in the new region, they were proven wrong when Game Freak revealed the DLC Expansion Pass that’s coming soon – with a number of old faces included, in Galarian forms.

Pokemon Isle of Armor release date

Tower in Pokemon's Isle of Armor
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The Pokemon Isle of Armor Expansion Pass is coming soon.

Nintendo has revealed a number of details about the Isle of Armor Expansion Pass, and while it took them a while to narrow it down to a specific release date, we now know it’s coming on  June 17, 2020.

There had been speculation that the downloadable content package might be delayed due to the ongoing global situation, although it appears to have been unaffected. We, just like many fans out here, were delighted to see them announce it during a new trailer on June 2. 

Pokemon Isle of Armor DLC gameplay and Legendary Pokemon

The most recent look we were given, in terms of Isle of Armor gameplay, heavily featured the new Legendary Pokemon, Kubfu. The trailer below was revealed by Nintendo during their Direct Mini presser on March 26, showing off two towers that will be located on the new island.

The island you choose will determine the traits, abilities, and moves that your Kubfu will take on once it evolves into Urshifu. For more details on gameplay, here are six things we now know about it. Locations include the following:

  • Dojo
  • Tower of Darkness
  • Tower of Waters

Pokemon Isle of Armor map

We don’t have to stop at gameplay, either, as developers have also given us a sneak peek at what the island will look like once we arrive there. During one trailer, for just a second, we were able to scope out one frame that shows us exactly how things are going to be.

As seen in the following screengrab, there are a few beaches scattered around, and it’s not actually very big. Players will be hoping that it feels as vast as the Wild Area, though, which is somehow deceivingly big – despite not covering much land.

Pokemon Isle of Armor map
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The Isle of Armor map isn’t going to be huge. We know that much.

All Pokemon confirmed for Isle of Armor

As noted, a number of familiar faces will be back on the scene for those who have bought the Expansion Pass.

From the trailers and information we’ve been given so far, here are the confirmed additions we know about – excluding GMAX forms.

  • Blissey
  • Marill
  • Azumraill
  • Azurill
  • Happiny
  • Zorua
  • Zoroark
  • Larvesta
  • Volcarona
  • Fletchling
  • Fletchinder
  • Talonflame
  • Dedenne
  • Rockruff
  • Lycanroc (Midday, Midnight, and Dusk forms)
  • Kubfu
  • Urshifu
  • Slowpoke
  • Slowbro
  • Galarian Slowbro
  • Slowking
  • Slowbro
  • Horsea
  • Seadra
  • Kingdra
  • Psyduck
  • Golduck
  • Magnemite
  • Magneton
  • Magnezone
  • Chansey
  • Poliwag
  • Poliwhirl
  • Poliwrath
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A number of new forms have been confirmed as well, including Blastoise, Venasaur, and more.
  • Exeggcute
  • Exeggutor
  • Tangela
  • Tangrowth
  • Kangaskhan
  • Staryu
  • Starmie
  • Scyther
  • Scizor
  • Tauros
  • Skamory
  • Whismur
  • Loudred
  • Exploud
  • Absol
  • Shinx
  • Luxio
  • Luxray
  • Sandile
  • Krokorok
  • Krookodile
  • Emolga
  • Mienfoo
  • Shao
  • Skrelp
  • Dragalge
  • Druddigon
  • Bouffalant

Pokemon Isle of Armor new features and items

The Cram-o-matic is coming soon, alongside more new features!

There’s also a new Cram-o-matic machine being added to the game, seen above. Here’s how it works.

Aside from that, according to Bulbapedia, the Isle of Armor Expansion Pass will mark the introduction of a brand new item, called the Exp. Charm.

This will increase the Exp. points of the whole party, which should very much be useful for trainers that constantly jump into battles – even after completing the game. This is likely to be a passive item, similar to a Shiny Charm, in a way that it passively increases Exp. for the whole party as you go along.

Pokemon Sword & Shield Isle of Armor leaks

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New moves will be added to Pokemon Sword and Shield soon, according to leaks.

Aside from that, a reported leak has revealed a number of potential new moves that will be added to Pokemon Sword and Shield as part of the DLC package.

There are 21, to be exact, and the entire list can be found below.

Pokemon Sword and Shield leaked moves

  • Expanding Force
  • Steel Roller
  • Scale Shot
  • Meteor Beam
  • Shell Side Arm
  • Misty Explosion
  • Grassy Glide
  • Rising Voltage
  • Terrain Pulse
  • Skitter Smack
  • Burning Jealousy
  • Lash Out
  • Poltergeist
  • Corrosive Gas
  • Coaching
  • Flip Turn
  • Triple Axel
  • Dual Wingbeat
  • Scorching Sands
  • Jungle Healing
  • Wicked Blow
  • Surging Strikes

So, there we have it! That’s everything we know about the Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass for the Isle of Armor. If we get any more information on the DLC release date, official news, leaks, and more we’ll be the first to let you know. Until then, follow us on Twitter @PokemonSwordNS.


How to use Pokemon Go’s new custom tags feature

Published: 3/Dec/2020 11:40 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 11:42

by Daniel Megarry


Pokemon Go has introduced a fan-demanded custom tagging feature that allows trainers to organize their Pokemon collection in any way they want.

The primary function of custom tagging is to allow players to sort their Pokemon in specific ways, making them easier to browse. Players have always been able to ‘favorite’ their best creatures, but custom tags add a whole new world of possibilities.

Players will be able to create up to 100 tags with the colors Blue, Green, Purple, Yellow, Red, Orange, Grey, and Black.

There’s also the ability to check a Pokemon’s tag from their status screen, and click through to see all other Pokemon carrying that tag.

Pokemon GO Kanto event promotion showing Gen 1 starter monsters.
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Pokemon Go fans can now use custom tags to organize their Pokemon

It’s certainly a useful feature, and we can see it coming in handy as more species continue to be added to the game – especially with Gen 6 arriving alongside December’s Kalos Celebration Event.

How to use Pokemon Go’s custom tagging feature

It’s relatively simple to use the custom tagging feature, but we’ve got step-by-step instructions below:

  1. Load up the Pokemon Go app.
  2. Click the PokeBall at the bottom of the screen to open the menu.
  3. Select the ‘Pokemon’ option and choose the Pokemon you’d like to tag.
  4. Select the menu button at the bottom right-hand corner, and choose the ’Tag’ option.
  5. Select ‘Add new tag’ and then enter a tag name (16 characters max) and choose a color code.
  6. Now you can add all the Pokemon you want to that tag!
Pokemon custom tagging guide
Adding custom tags is easy once you know how to do it

Quite a few players have complained that the ‘Tag’ option has bumped up the ‘Appraise’ option on the menu. “I keep clicking on it when trying to appraise my Pokémon [and it’s] super frustrating,” wrote one Reddit user.

Hopefully, this is something that gets addressed by Niantic soon. Either that or players will have to readjust their muscle memory.

What custom tags should you use?

This one’s entirely up to you. You could create tags for your favorite and least favorite creatures, or bunch all of your Event Pokemon together. Fans over on Reddit have already come up with some of their own helpful uses for the feature.

Reddit user TheMarBear detailed their custom tags: Trades, which “is going to be helpful when it comes to mass trading”; December CD, for Pokemon that are “lined up to evolve for the upcoming community days”; and Ultra League and Great League, containing “good PvP stat Pokemon” for league battles.

You can follow the latest Pokemon Go updates, event details, and new generation additions over on our Pokemon Go page.