During today’s Pokémon Direct, Game Freak unveiled tons of new content for Sword and Shield. The twin games are getting a massive expansion pass that adds two new regions packed with new things to do. There’s the Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra, and both will soon be available to pre-purchase at $30. The former will launch in June, while the latter will launch in the fall. When they finally release, you’ll be able to catch over 200 new and returning Pokémon that weren’t available in Galar before, including new Legendaries!
The new and returning Pokémon added with this expansion pass include new Legendaries, old Legendaries (some with new forms), new Gigantamax forms, and much, much more. Here’s a breakdown of some of what you can expect.
New Legendaries and Gigantamax forms
All three of the fully-evolved starters, Rillaboom, Cinderace, and Intelleon, will receive new Gigantamax forms. Meanwhile, Slowpoke is set to receive a Galarian form, and it appears it will have a new evolution as well.
The expansion pass includes a new Legendary for each new region. The Isle of Armor will introduce Kubfu and its Fighting/Dark evolution, Urshifu. The latter can fight in Single Strike Style or Rapid Strike Style. Urshifu can also Gigantamax for even more power. The new Legendary of The Crown Tundra is the Psychic/Grass-type Calyrex. This ancient Pokémon once ruled the Galar Region, and it’s said to see every past, present, and future event.
Returning Pokémon and something new?
The Direct also teased returning Pokémon of the Legendary variety. Throughout the trailer, nearly every Legendary and Mythical creature made a cameo at one point or another. Game Freak also teased brand new Legendaries, including a trio of birds that look suspiciously similar to Zapdos, Moltres, and Articuno.