Pokemon Sword and Shield to receive two expansions in 2020

During today’s Nintendo’s Special Pokemon Direct, the company announced that Pokemon Sword and Shield would be receiving two expansions in 2020.

Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion announcement

The first of the two expansions is called The Isle of Armor, which features a large island full of Pokemon that were found in the Galar region. As well as a new storyline that will focus on a new legendary Pokemon Kubfu, a fighting-type. Who can evolve into Urshifu, with two distinct styles. There’s also a Pokemon dojo where players will be able to become apprentices, while partners will depend on which version of the game you own. This expansion will be available this June 2020.


The second expansion is called The Crown Tundra and as the name suggests, this will take place in a snowy environment. Exploration is the focus of this expansion and players will be able to explore this area and encounter up to new and previous Pokemon from the past games. This expansion is slated to be released in Fall 2020.

The expansions will include more than 200 legacy Pokémon, which will also be available to those who don’t end up purchasing the DLC via other means such as trading with players who have them. You’ll be able to purchase the expansion pass for $29.99, or individually.

Urshifu Pokemon Sword and Shield



The Crown Tundra Pokemon Sword and Shield

Both of these expansions will allow players to discover up to 200 unique Pokemon from previous games. Yes, the cut Pokemon from the previous games are being added in, at a cost. Take it how you may, but I know some fans are going to be happy about those missing Pokemon coming back.

In addition to this news, Nintendo and Gamefreak also announced Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX. A remake of the Game Boy Advance/DS Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team titles. A demo will be made available on the Nintendo eShop shortly.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX

Also announced is the release date for Pokemon Home, an evolution of the Pokemon Bank. Originally announced in 2019, the service is finally prepping to launch.


This service will allow players to transfer Pokemon to Pokemon Sword and Shield. You will also be able to the service to transfer a selective number of Pokemon from Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee and Pokemon Go to Sword and Shield. More details regarding Pokemon Home will be released prior to the launch of Pokemon Home in February 2020.

You can watch the entire Pokemon Direct below if you missed it.

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Keith Mitchell
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Keith Mitchell is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Outerhaven. A grizzled IT professional during the day, but a passionate lover of video games after his 9-5 grind. Loves playing the Dark Souls series and has been gaming since he was 6 years old. Yes, I am a black gaming journalist.

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