Welcome to Galar
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield introduces the region of Galar, an expansive land with contemporary cities, rolling countryside, forest and mountains. Here, people and Pokémon work together to develop industries in the region. Players can visit Gyms throughout Galar in their quest to be the Champion.
Choose your partner… Choose a new Pokémon to be your first partner in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Grookey, a Grass-type Chimp Pokémon, is mischievous and curious, while Scorbunny, a Fire-type Rabbit Pokémon, is bursting with energy. Or pick Sobble, a Water-type Water Lizard Pokémon who shoots out stealth attacks from the water.
The Wild Area The world of Galar features a Wild Area where trainers can find the greatest variety of Pokémon. In this vast, untamed expanse of land players can control the camera to explore and search for Pokémon and items—and you can team up with 3 other Trainers to battle and capture wild Dynamax Pokémon. Dynamax sees Pokémon take on gigantic appearances during battle, with all their moves turning into special Max Moves.
Legendary Pokémon Mystery shrouds the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta. These Pokémon are unknown even to those who live in the Galar region…
- New entries in the main series of Pokémon RPGs
- Set off on an adventure in the newly discovered Galar region
- Explore idyllic countryside, contemporary cities, thick forest and craggy mountains
- Visit Gyms in the Galar region in your quest to become Champion
- Meet newly discovered partner Pokémon: Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble
- Search for never-before-seen Pokémon in the Wild Area
- Team up to take on wild Dynamax Pokémon in Max Raid Battles
- In specific locations, Dynamax sees Pokémon take on gigantic appearances in battle
A new and wild Pokémon adventure!
Get ready to experience Galar, an expansive region with diverse environments, from a peaceful countryside and contemporary cities to a thick forest and snow-covered mountains. The people and Pokémon who live here work together closely to develop the industries within it.
Begin your journey by choosing a partner Pokémon, catch, train and trade Pokémon to form a team, and take on the Gym Challenge to ultimately become Champion of the region!
Meet its inhabitants
Throughout your travels in Galar, you’ll encounter all kinds of people and Pokémon. From brand new Pokémon to familiar ones and everything in between, an immersive world bustling with life awaits. And hey, why not stand out from the Galarian crowd and customise your look with a flashy getup and hairdo?
So much to discover!
The Galar region is home to all-new features and modes, such as larger and more powerful Pokémon with the Dynamax and Gigantamax phenomena, a vast Wild Area to explore, multiplayer Max Raid Battles and more. You can even play and cook with your Pokémon with Pokémon Camp!
- Release date: 9 January 2020
- Digital Download Size: 12GB Additional storage may be needed on your console for installation or software updates.
- Category: RPG
- Players: 1 – 8
- Play mode: Handheld mode, Tabletop mode, TV mode
- Developer: GAME FREAK
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Languages: German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese
Supported Play Modes
Software compatibility and play experience may differ on Nintendo Switch Lite. Additional accessories may be required (sold separately). See support for details.