A new generation of Pokémon is coming to the Nintendo Switch system. Begin your adventure as a Pokémon Trainer by choosing one of three new partner Pokémon: Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble. Then embark on a journey in the new Galar region, where you’ll challenge the troublemakers of Team Yell, while unraveling the mystery behind the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta! Explore the Wild Area, a vast expanse of land where the player can freely control the camera. Team up with three other players locally* or online** in the new multiplayer co-op Max Raid Battles in which players will face off against gigantic and super-strong Pokémon known as Dynamax Pokémon.
If you purchase the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Double Pack SteelBook Edition, then you can receive two codes that will reward you with special items known as Dynamax Crystals***!
By using the Dynamax Crystals received via these codes, you’ll be able to face Dynamax Larvitar and Dynamax Jangmo-o in special Max Raid Battles. These Pokémon normally can’t be encountered until later in the game!
Max Raid Battles are battles in which you can recruit up to three players via local communication or the internet to face down powerful Dynamax Pokémon! Every participant will get a chance to catch the Pokémon if you triumph in the battle! Additionally, with Dynamax Crystals, you’ll be able to attempt these Max Raid Battles as many times as it takes to win or until midnight on the day that the Dynamax Crystal was used, whichever comes first.***
*Additional games and systems required; sold separately. **Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch-online ***You’ll need to reach the Wild Area in the game in order to use a Dynamax Crystal. (This occurs after about two hours of gameplay, though individual gameplay time may vary.) Each Dynamax Crystal expires at midnight on the day it is used and can only be used once in either the Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
Accolades: IGN - “"...a complete joy to play."” – 9.3/10 GameSpot - “a consistent delight” – 9/10 Newsweek - “The music and atmosphere of the Galar region makes it one of my all-time favorites…" – 9/10 Game Informer - "an outstanding new installment" – 8.75/10 EGM - “...among the best games the series has ever offered." – 4/5
A wonderful addition to the Pokemon lineup! The graphics, the new Pokémon and the ability to play on a big screen all make it a must-have for any fan. The steel book Target exclusive is also gorgeous and a nice treat!
Highly recommend. Target did a good job getting this awesome exclusive pack and it's still in stock online and at stores. The game is excellent. A real step up for the series and the music is one of the best soundtracks on the Switch. Great for all ages.
Don't listen to people when they complain about the game and its lack of a national dex by giving it low ratings. This game has been nothing but fantastic so far and I'm only a few hours in, I haven't been this excited for a Pokemon game since Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. Great gameplay and sounds, the music is nicely done, easy for new players. The graphics are alright! Some wonky looking things but ultimately they look great! Cut scenes are also great to look at with minimal lag! The raids have been exciting and offer a new gameplay mechanic that you can do with friends! I highly recommend.
Target has made an irritating situation for consumers with how they have sold this item. Preordering this item has shown me the flaws of the target model of selling exclusives for the same price of non-exclusives and buying it online. It can easily be overlooked on which item you are actually purchasing because of the picture that is advertised on the website is the same for both the exclusive and non-exclusive.
Pokémon Sword and Shield are a charmingly well-crafted experience for the Pokémon series on Nintendo switch. The 8th generation in the series offers many new and unique Pokémon to encounter, catch, battle and more.