Pokémon Sword and Shield: what changes, which are the exclusive Pokémon and which are missing by version. Here’s what to choose.
Pokémon Sword and Shield Pokémon have arrived and the differences between the two new games in the Nintendo Switch series are not lacking, thanks to the usual double edition, with exclusive Pokémon, which vary depending on the copy purchased, and what other small change. Which version to choose, in view of the release scheduled for November 15th?
After tasting the potential with Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, the new Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield introduce a new generation of creatures, the eighth, for Nintendo Switch (which officially becomes the new home of the series). As usual, the most difficult choice is for coaches who will have to choose which edition to buy to start their journey in the Galar region.
What changes between Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield? Here are all the differences.
Sword and Shield Pokémon: what changes and which to choose
As tradition dictates, the differences between Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield start from the legendary cover.
Who will choose to buy the first one will have Zacian, which represents the sword of the title as we can admire from the narrow blade between its jaws, while the second is Zamazenta, vermilion red and dark blue able to repel any attack thanks to its shield hair ( which takes up the title).
The two mascots will be obtainable only by playing the reference version, it is not clear if it will be possible to obtain the opposite Pokémon in the course of history or of post game side missions.
Among the other differences revealed, we have some gym leaders who should vary depending on the chosen copy: for the time being Fabia (specialized in the Lotta type) was revealed for Pokémon Spada and Onion (specialized in the Spectrum type) for the Scudo version.
Sword and Excuse Pokémon: Exclusive Pokémon and Pokédex
The complete Pokédex of Sword and Shield is no longer a mystery and some creatures have already been revealed combined with other details.
We know that there will not be all the monsters, since the National Pokédex has been removed but only those selected for Galar’s Pokèdex: the choice was accompanied by not a few controversies, Game Freak justified the decision by attributing everything to the important graphic improvements included in the inside the game engine.
These are the exclusive Pokémon depending on the chosen copy:
- Farfetch’d of Galar
- Ponyta of Galar
- Galar Rapidash
In Sword and Shield there will be regional variants, such as Galar’s Weezing, and some of these will be real exclusives of one or the other title. For Spada we will have the official evolution of Farfetch’d, Sirfetch’d (of type Fight / Flying) while the Ponyta of Galar will be present only in Scudo (with the Rapidash evolution from the new aspect still not revealed, of type Psycho/Folletto ).
Even the Gigamax forms, a novelty that allows a Pokémon to evolve at a new and temporary stage, will have exclusives. For example, Pikachu and Eevee Gigamax will only be available if there is a Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu or Eevee rescue in your Nintendo Switch, which will provide the corresponding mascot with the new shape.
Pokémon Sword and Shield: editions, contents and differences
Pokèmon Sword and Pokémon Shield, in addition to the double version from the list price of 59.99 dollars, will arrive in different editions: we have the exclusive bundle with Nintendo Switch Lite (at the price of 229 dollars , with different colors but which does not include the game), the Dual Pack Limited (which contains both versions and an exclusive golden steelbook for the price of 99.99 dollars) and the digital version (which could be subject to bonus preorder on the Nintendo Shop).
For those who pre-order some unpublished contents are available: from GameStop you can get an exclusive outfit with cap and orange suit for your character, while on Amazon and other electronics stores you will get a code to download the gold suitcase/bag to show off inside the game. To you the choice.