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GameXplain held a live stream a short while ago to show off the new Isle of Armor DLC for Pokemon Sword/Shield. The full recording, which contains a ton of footage, can be found below.

The Isle of Armor is now out for Pokemon Sword/Shield as part of the Expansion Pass. The Crown Tundra will follow this fall.

Reports emerged earlier this week that Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield would feature level scaling in The Isle of Armor. It would allow for players to experience the DLC no matter whether they just started the games or complete them long ago. By scaling, the level of your Pokemon would more closely match the level of creatures you battle in the DLC.

Unfortunately, level scaling doesn’t appear to be in place after all. This has been confirmed by initial datamining led by Twitter user Sciresm as well as player reports.

The Isle of Armor DLC has launched for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, and we’re starting to learn new things about it.

Interestingly, the first Pokemon in your party can actually follow you across the various new environments. This will happen after reaching a certain point.

Here’s a look:

Coinciding with today’s launch of The Isle of Armor for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, the Switch games have been updated. Version 1.2.0 is live worldwide.

Aside from adding in the new DLC, additional Pokemon can now appear, Link Codes are now 8-digits long, and more.

Below are the full patch notes:

As part of The Isle of Armor DLC for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, a bunch of returning creatures have been added to the games. Dataminers have already uncovered the full lineup of Pokemon that have been brought back from prior titles.

SciresM has shared the list, which we have below. For those keeping track, we have a separate list of Pokemon that are still unavailable in Pokemon Sword/Shield as well.

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield have officially kicked off the new Expansion Pass. The Isle of Armor, the first part of the DLC, has launched today.

Here’s a trailer:

The Isle of Armor will be followed by The Crown Tundra this fall.

The Pokemon Company has announced Pokemon Presents, a new presentation that will offer up the latest news about the Pokemon Sword/Shield Expansion Pass and more.

It will go live tomorrow, June 17, at the following times:

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield will have level scaling for its DLC expansions The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have confirmed.

IGN received the news straight from Nintendo product marketing specialist Demetrius Boggs. During a preview of The Isle of Armor, the site saw that the first trainer battles were around level 60, which was the same as the highest level Pokemon in the trainer’s party. That means new players as well as those that have played extensively can both enjoy the experience.

According to the latest issue of CoroCoro, a new distributed is planned for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. Those who purchase Isle of Armor and have Zarude in their party will be able to receive Ash’s Cap based on his Partner Cap from the new movie Coco. It’ll be offered by an attendant at the Taxi Station.

CoroCoro sadly doesn’t provide any additional information. That being said, an official announcement will full details should follow in the near future.


Nintendo has issued a new European commercial for the Expansion Pass in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. We have it below.

The Expansion Pass kicks off with The Isle of Armor next week. The Crown Tundra will follow this fall.