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