It’s been about five months since Game Freak and Nintendo announced Pokemon Sword & Shield’s expansion pass, which would be bringing two DLC expansions with new areas, story content, and additional Pokemon to capture, battle, and trade. Today, it was announced that the first of these two add-ons, “Isle of Armor” is coming real soon, like, two weeks from now soon.
Isle of Armor will launch on June 17, and it will be bringing a handful of new Pokemon and Galar variants, along with giving players access to some old favorites who weren’t available in the base game. The main star of the DLC is Kubfu, a fighting-type Pokemon who evolves into Urshifu, whose form and stats depend on which version of the game you have.
Along with Kubfu, Isle of Armor is bringing new additions to some established Pokemon, like Gigantamax versions of all three Sword & Shield starters, Venusaur and Blastoise, as well as just bringing several Pokemon back from old games that weren’t transferable or capturable in Sword & Shield proper. The new trailer for both DLCs shows several returning monsters, as well as shows off new Galarian forms for the legendary birds Moltres, Zapdos, and Articuno.
This is the first time several of these new Pokemon have been seen in motion, as they were revealed through concept art in the reveal trailer from back in January.
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The second expansion, “The Crown Tundra,” is still in a nebulous “fall 2020” window, but we do see a fair bit of it in this trailer, as well. Where Kubfu was the headliner of Isle of Armor, Calyrex, a Psychic and Grass-type Pokemon, takes center stage in this DLC. But this is also where you’ll be able to capture the Galarian legendary birds, as well as two new Pokemon in the “Regi” family, including Regieleki, an electric-type, and Regidrago, a dragon-type.
These two expansions are essentially taking up the slot of the typical third entry the Pokemon series usually puts out, and is cheaper in the long run, as the expansion pass costs $30, as opposed to the $60 it would cost to buy a brand new game.
While it’s unclear how many of the “missing” Pokemon will be returning in Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra, it might be enough to satiate folks who have been angry about the removal of the National Dex, which allowed players to transfer over all their old Pokemon into new games. While the DLC is bringing a lot of these old Pokemon back, you don’t have to buy the DLC to transfer available Pokemon over once these expansions are out. So even if you’re not feeling up to spending that money, you can still use Pokemon Home to bring over anyone who’s been added to the game.