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.
As a special bonus for purchasing the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Double Pack, you’ll receive two codes (one per game) that will each reward you a special item known as a Dynamax Crystal*. 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.*
Early Purchase incentive: Get a special Gigantamax Meowth as an early purchase bonus! If you purchase Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield before January 15th, 2020, you can receive a special Gigantamax Meowth!*** Unlike others found in the Galar region, this Meowth can Gigantamax to take on an imposing, elongated appearance capable of using a mighty G-Max Move! This special Meowth cannot evolve. You can receive this special Meowth by selecting the Get via Internet option in Mystery Gift. Don’t forget to claim this Cat Scratch Pokémon before January 15th, 2020!
*Each Dynamax Crystal can only be used in the Wild Area and expires at midnight on the day it is used. Each code can only be used once in either the Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
**Additional games, systems and a Nintendo Switch Online membership required; sold separately. Nintendo Switch Online membership and Nintendo Account required for online play. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch-online
*** An internet connection is required to receive the special Meowth.
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