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access_time October 25, 2019 at 9:00 AM in Features by Daniel Ladiano

Here’s What’s Different Between Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

It’s less than a month until the anticipated release of Pokémon Sword and Shield. The series has released at least two versions since its inception more than two decades ago. Such is the same with the 8th generation, but which version should you buy? Here’s what we know is different Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield so far.

The most obvious difference between the two versions are the Pokémon themselves. Having one version of the game means that some creatures will only be available in the other. Naturally the cover Pokémon Zacien and Zamazenta are going to be exclusive to Sword and Shield respectively.

So far the other confirmed Sword exclusives are Farfetch’d, Sirfetch’d, Gothita, Gothorita, Gothitelle, Deino, Zweilous, Hydreigon, Turtonator, Jangmo-o, Hakmo-o and Kommo-o. Farfetch’d had an evolution rumored for years since the prototype of Gen 2 resurfaced, so it’s nice to see it become a reality.

Pokémon Shield players, on the other hand, will get the psychic Galarian form of Ponyta as an exclusive. It’s safe to speculate that its evolution Rapidash might have a unique typing as well. Other Pokémon are Larvitar, Pupitar, Tyranitar, Solosis, Duosion, Reuniclus, Vullaby, Mandibuzz, Goomy, Sligoo, Goodra and Drampa.

The other major difference between the two are different gym leaders. Since the Galar region is famous for its battles, there are plenty of gyms to defeat. In Pokémon Sword you’ll face against the Fighting gym leader Bea and in Shield the Ghost gym leader Allister. Those are the only ones we know so far, but it’s possible that there are others to be revealed.

There are still a lot of mysteries within Pokémon Sword and Shield that we don’t know about yet. With its new Dynamax/Gigantamax mechanic, camping, wild area and more, the 8th generation looks to be another ambitious entry in the franchise. Look forward to catch them all on November 15th. We’ll keep this article updated as we obtain new information. Feel free to check out our E3 preview for the games too.


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