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Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

Release Date: November 15, 2019.

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Get Started on a New Adventure

Explore Intriguing New Lands

About Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

A new generation of Pokémon is coming to Nintendo Switch.    

Become a Pokémon trainer and embark on a new journey in the new Galar region. Choose from one of three new partner Pokémon: Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble. In this all new adventure, you’ll encounter new and familiar Pokémon as you catch, battle, and trade Pokémon while exploring new areas and uncovering an all-new story. Get ready for the next Pokémon adventure in the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield each have exclusive legendary Pokémon. Pokémon Sword features Zacian, a wolf that carries a deadly sword in its mouth. In Pokémon Shield, the legendary Pokémon is Zamazenta, a wolf with a golden shield for a head. Catching and training these legendary Pokémon will require all of your skill.

Explore a whole new region.

There are many sights to see, from countryside villages to snow-covered peaks to contemporary cities. As you trek across this diverse region, you'll encounter wild Pokémon to catch and rival trainers eager to battle. So choose one of three new partner Pokémon, strategically form a Pokémon team, bond with them throughout your journey, and face the odds together.

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Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Game Differences

Nintendo Switch welcomes a new generation of Pokémon in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. These two games, exclusive to the Nintendo Switch console, explore the Galar region, a previously undiscovered land. Because these games are sold separately, you may be wondering which game to get. While the gameplay and setting in each game is similar, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield have critical differences.

The primary contrast is the exclusive Pokémon characters found in each, most notably one legendary Pokémon per game. Zacian, a winged beast that carries a sword in its mouth, is unique to Pokémon Sword. Zamazenta, a creature with a shield for a head, is exclusive to Pokémon Shield. Plus, there are many more exclusive Pokémon characters in each game. If you buy just one title, the only way to acquire exclusive Pokémon from the other game is to trade with fellow players.

Online and Digital Download Gameplay of Pokémon Sword and Shield

Pokémon Sword and Shield are available in both physical and digital form. There are many advantages to digital downloads. For highly anticipated titles, you can pre-order the game and get a code to upload the game without leaving your home. And you don’t have to worry about losing a digital download, either. Each of these new Pokémon games requires 9.5GB of memory. If you prefer Nintendo Switch game downloads to physical copies, microSD cards can expand your console’s memory.

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