The Pokémon Company and Game Freak have revealed their plans for the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass.
Priced at £26.99 ($29.99), the Expansion Pass will deliver the Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra content to their respective games.
The expansions will each add “a new area to explore, newly discoverable Pokémon, clothing items, handy features, and more.”
You will be able to use your existing save data, and, for those setting out on their adventure in the Galar region, this new content can be accessed “at almost any point in the main games.”
Those that purchase the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass or Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass will receive a code that can be redeemed to unlock a Pikachu Uniform and an Eevee Uniform as a special bonus that can be worn in-game.
“The Galar region in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield was inspired by the United Kingdom,” explains Game Freak game director Shigeru Ohmori.
“In the Expansion Pass, players will visit two brand new areas, the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra. The Isle of Armor is a location inspired by the Isle of Man, an island situated just off the coast of the United Kingdom, and the Crown Tundra is a snowy landscape inspired by Scotland.”
The Isle of Armor
Available: June 2020
In this expansion, Trainers will head to the Isle of Armor, the stage of a new adventure in the Galar region. The Isle of Armor is a giant island full of environments not seen in Galar before. There, players will find wave-swept beaches, forests, bogs, caves, and sand dunes.
There are also plenty of Pokémon that make this island their home, living freely amid the lush natural surroundings. There’s even a dojo here that specializes in some very particular training styles. Trainers and their Pokémon will take up an apprenticeship under the master of this dojo and train hard to become even stronger.
The Crown Tundra
Available: Autumn 2020
This expansion is set in the snow-swept realm of the Crown Tundra. The Crown Tundra features a beautiful shining, silvery landscape. In this frigid area, with its jagged winter mountains, people live in small communities where they support and rely on one another.
A certain person will appoint the player as the leader of their exploration team in the Crown Tundra, where Trainers will be tasked with investigating the reaches of this frozen land. Here, Trainers will be able to explore the full depth of Pokémon Dens, which they’ve so far only been able to glimpse in Max Raid Battles.
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are now available exclusively for Nintendo Switch worldwide.