The Pokémon Direct livestream presentation announced on Thursday that the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Nintendo Switch role-playing games are getting two expansions. Expansion passes will give players access to “The Isle of Armor” expansion in June and “The Crown Tundra” expansion in fall.
The expansion will feature new story content, characters, Pokémon (including version exclusives and Legendaries), Gigantamax forms of existing Pokémon, and gyms. Additionally, free updates will launch simultaneously with the two expansions that will allow players who do not purchase an expansion pass to obtain the new Pokémon in the release.
The Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games shipped worldwide for the Switch on November 15. The games sold more than 6 million copies in their first week to break the records for highest first-week sales of a Switch game and the fastest Switch game to reach 6 million units sold.
The starter Pokémon in the games’ new Galar region are Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble. New Legendary Pokémon include Zacian and Zamazenta. Several Pokémon got new Gigantamax forms, including Pikachu, Meowth, Eevee, Charizard, Butterfree, Drednaw, Corviknight, and Alcremie. New features include Dynamax and Max Raid Battles, Gigantamax forms, Poké Jobs, the Battle Stadium, Surprise Trades, and Pokémon Camp.