Nintendo and Pokémon Company Releases New Information on Sword and Shield Expansion Passes

Today Nintendo and the Pokémon Company released a video and website update giving further details on the upcoming expansion pass for Pokémon Sword Version, and Pokémon Shield Version.

The Ilse of Armor will take the player on an adventure through new environments never before seen in the Galar region. These environments are full of Pokémon that were previously unavailable in the base Sword and Shield games.

The story sees the player travel to a dojo where they and their partner with the the new Pokémon, Kubfu, will train under the guidance of Mustard, the master of the dojo.

New Adventure Features in Ilse of Armor


Inside the dojo on the Ilse of Armor there is a machine that players can use to recycle items. If the player feeds it four items, they will be combined into a variety of new items, some item combinations have the possibility of getting rare items in return.
Tutor Moves

A new Move Tutor on Isle of Armor. This tutor will teach the player’s Pokémon brand new moves in exhange for Armorite Ore, a substance that can be found on the Isle of Armor through Max Raid Battles and other means.

Burning Jealousy is a new Fire-type move that can be taught starting with these expansions. When it hits, it deals damage to all opposing Pokémon and burns all opposing Pokémon that have had their stats boosted during the turn.

Grassy Glide is a new Grass-type move that can be taught starting with these expansions. This move has high priority when used on Grassy Terrain.

Max Soup
Max Soup is a special dish made from rare ingredients you can gather on the Isle of Armor. If a Pokémon with great hidden potential drinks Max Soup, it will become a special Pokémon capable of Gigantamaxing.
Some Pokémon that Trainers are already traveling with may also gain the ability to Gigantamax.

Crown Tundra Details

In the Crown Tundra the player is recruited by the explorer Peony to lead an expedition into the frozen mountainous new environment where there are ancient temples holding secrets related to Certain Pokémon. The player will also explore the depths of the mysterious dens where dynamax and gigantamax Pokémon can be found, and discover more legendary Pokémon previously unseen in the Galar region.

These expansions will being new Galarian forms and Gigantamax forms, as well as a few brand new Pokémon.

New Pokémon in Ilse of Armor

Galarian Slowbro
Category: Hermit Crab Pokémon
Type: Poison/Psychic
Height: 5ʹ3″
Weight: 155.4 lbs.
Ability: Quick Draw

Gigantamax Venusaur
Type: Grass/Poison
Height: 78ʹ9″+
Weight: ????.? lbs.
Ability: Overgrow

Gigantamax Blastoise
Type: Water
Height: 82ʹ+
Weight: ????.? lbs.
Ability: Torrent

New Pokémon in Crown Tundra

The Crown Tundra will also introduce some new Pokémon along with new Galerian forms of Pokémon.

Category: Electron Pokémon
Type: Electric
Height: 3ʹ11″
Weight: 319.7 lbs.
Ability: Transistor

Regieleki absorbs electrons to live. Regieleki’s signature Electric-type special move, Thunder Cage, fires furious bolts of electricity from its lower half, trapping opponents directly below it in a cage of lightning. Thunder Cage doesn’t only deal damage to opponents when it lands—the electrified cage will also cause damage every turn for four to five turns and prevent opponents from fleeing or being swapped out.

Category: Dragon Orb Pokémon
Type: Dragon
Height: 6ʹ11″
Weight: 440.9 lbs.
Ability: Dragon’s Maw

Regidrago’s body is composed of crystallized dragon energy. With Regidrago’s signature move, Dragon Energy, the Pokémon assumes a shape similar to a dragon’s head, then fires intense dragon energy from its mouth. The more HP the user has remaining, the higher the move’s power.

Galarian Articuno
Category: Cruel Pokémon  
Type: Psychic/Flying
Height: 5ʹ7″
Weight: 112.2 lbs.
Ability: Competitive

Galarian Articuno’s signature move, Freezing Glare, is a Psychic-type special move in which the Pokémon attacks by firing psychic power from both eyes. This move may also leave the target frozen.

Galarian Zapdos
Category: Strong Legs Pokémon  
Type: Fighting/Flying
Height: 5ʹ3″
Weight: 128.3 lbs.
Ability: Defiant

Galarian Zapdos’s signature move, Thunderous Kick, is a Fighting-type physical move that overwhelms the target with lightning-like movement before delivering a kick. This also lowers the target’s Defense stat.

Galarian Moltres
Category: Malevolent Pokémon  
Type: Dark/Flying
Height: 6ʹ7″
Weight: 145.5 lbs.
Ability: Berserk 

Galarian Moltres’s signature move, Fiery Wrath, is a Dark-type special move in which the Pokémon transforms its wrath into a fire-like aura to attack. It may also make opposing Pokémon flinch.

More features in Crown Tundra

Trainers can team up with three other players to go on a Dynamax Adventure, where they will be able to venture into Pokémon Dens and even encounter Dynamax Pokémon. If Trainers do encounter a Dynamax Pokémon during their exploration, they’ll need to work together in a Max Raid Battle. Trainers will get a chance to catch the Dynamax Pokémon for their team if they triumph in the battle, but they’ll be kicked out of the den should they lose.

Once Trainers progress far enough in their adventure in the Crown Tundra, they’ll be able to participate in the Galarian Star Tournament, held in the city of Wyndon. In this tournament, Trainers will battle with various characters they met in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield—but not just as opponents. They can also pick a teammate and tackle the tournament together.

The Isle of Armor expansion will release on June 17th and the Crown Tundra expansion is scheduled to release in the fall of 2020.

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