Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass DLC Pokémon Isle of Armor trials Pokémon Sun and Moon

After gaining access to a half-hour gameplay preview, IGN revealed new details about the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass. Earlier, we learned that players can jump right into the DLC, as opponents’ levels will scale to match theirs. In addition, IGN revealed that The Isle of Armor will feature trials akin to those in Pokémon Sun and Moon.

Upon entering the Master Dojo, players will encounter Mustard, Leon’s previous mentor and a former Champion of the Galar League. Mustard tells the player about three trials, which all dojo apprentices must complete to obtain the sacred armor. One such trial requires the player to collect Max Mushrooms, which can then be used to make Max Soup. Trainers can feed Max Soup to Pokémon with “great hidden potential,” allowing them to Gigantamax.

The Isle of Armor trials hearken back to the island challenge players embarked upon in the Alola region. Throughout the Gen 7 Pokémon games, trainers participated in different trials, rather than merely taking on Gym Leaders. These trials included battling strong Totem Pokémon, finding hidden items, and completing various kinds of quizzes. It is interesting to see a variant of these kinds of challenges returning in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Isle of Armor dojo trials and more

In addition to dojo trials, there is much new content coming to Sword and Shield in The Isle of Armor. As in the games’ existing Wild Areas, players can encounter wild Pokémon as they walk around the overworld. These Pokémon will also interact with their environments in new ways, such as hanging on tree branches.

More than 100 Pokémon previously cut from the series will return when the upcoming Expansion Pass launches. Interestingly, Elvin Gee of the Pokémon Company noted that Isle of Armor began development before Sword and Shield released. As a result, the decision to bring back these Pokémon was likely not a direct response to fans’ #BringBackTheNationalDex movement.

Among other types of content, IGN also confirmed that the DLC will feature different kinds of bikes. There are at least two different bikes, which are distinguished by the differing trails they leave behind them. Interested fans can learn more about this bike customization when The Isle of Armor launches in just two days.

What are your thoughts about the trials in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Isle of Armor Expansion Pass? Are you excited to set out on another new adventure in the Galar region? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or on our social media!


Dylan Tate
Dylan Tate is a student in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, including Smash Bros., Splatoon, ARMS, and Pokémon. Dylan also writes esports news articles for Daily Esports.

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