We're just days away from the launch of Pokémon Sword and Shield on Nintendo Switch, and all sorts of leaks are appearing all over the internet. We're talking starter evolutions, new Gigantamax forms, and pretty much the full Pokédex - if you want to know something, you can probably find it.
Innocently scrolling through your social media platform of choice can be a nightmare for those looking to avoid new content, so we'd recommend muting certain phrases if you're particularly concerned. Facebook and Instagram are tricky, but Twitter allows you to essentially block any words of your choosing - such as 'Sword and Shield' or 'Pokemon leaks', for example.
From here on out, Nintendo Life will remain a spoiler-free zone throughout the entire pre-release period, so if you're wanting to keep on top of your gaming news without having the new Pokémon titles ruined, feel free to remain glued to our homepage. We will, of course, still share anything officially released by The Pokémon Company and will have a full review of the games for you in due time.
If you've landed on this page in the hope of finding leaks, we're sorry to disappoint, but you can easily find everything with a little bit of searching online.
We do have leeks, though.
But...Didn’t you guys already share the leaked starters?
"If you've landed on this page in the hope of finding leaks, we're sorry to disappoint"
Outside of having an article about the leaked starter evolutions of course
Almost tempts me to squint my eyes to check if my favorites are in but avoid any new Pokés. 🧐🧐🧐
Didn't you guys already have an article dedicated to showing all the leaks a few days ago?
GameFAQs' Pokémon Sword board is discussing the leaks at great detail and depth right now.
And right now, the general sentiment about what the leaks reveal is pretty negative from what I can see, as far as the Pokémon themselves are concerned.
Bit late for that N-Life but okay.
Here's the link to the complete Pokedex:
Not going to embedded it so those who don't want to see don't have to.
If I wasn't disappointed in SWSH already, I would be sad about only 2x2x2x2x25 Pokemon.
Honestly I appreciate the thought, but I would love if you could go a step beyond and even avoid spoilerish titles and thumbnails even for the official revealed news (something you didn't do in some previous articles).
If you could treat all official reveals like you treated the leak of the other day... that would be perfect honestly; please give me the freedom to choose if and what I want to know about, be it a leak or an official source.
Wait, this implies that all of those designs are real.
In which case, what are they thinking?!
I looked at the complete Pokedex. I’m annoyed all over again. 😤
I can't find Sobble's and Grookey's evolutions
@ShikabaneHime13 I read the last part of the article and had a genuine chuckle thinking the same thing, lol.
Well, it was nice of them to close the barn door.
If you get out your binoculars you may still be able to see the horse.
What about the new Smash leaks?
@UmbreonsPapa Right? By posting the pictures of the leaked starter evolutions, NL has already broken their assurance to the readers to be “spoiler-free” unless they opt to remove the article (and we know they won’t because that got them a crap ton of clicks)
Many of your articles have spoilers right in the headlines (it would have been nice to find out about the Virtual Boo in Luigi's Mansion 3 on my own, for example) but it's nice to see you pretend to cater to just the Pokemon fans.
@Panopticon Trust me, that’s an empty promise on their part. If they’d really intended to be a “spoiler-free” zone, they wouldn’t have even posted about the starter leaks in the first place. Alas, they opted to get as many clicks as possible from the rabid fans eager to have more information prior to game launch
Actually glad for the leaks. Lets me know what I'm getting into.
@ShikabaneHime13 lol yup, my comment was sarcastic
@Panopticon Ah, my bad. Still early and I haven’t had my coffee yet >.<
All of the new Pokémon got leaked on Twitter. And I have to say, a lot of them have creative designs. They really use the British influence on this generation.
I've spoiled myself thanks to the link above.
Not too many surprises and not many new Pokémon (similar number to X&Y plus alternate forms). There were a few Galarian form surprises, but much too few of them (yet again).
At this point, I'm more excited about next year's Let's Go Gen II.
@Lalivero They probably aren't. It's not sounding good.
@RupeeClock: I think the reaction varies depending on the place. The new mons seem to be getting a good reception over at the spoiler sub on Reddit for the most part.
I'm scared these games are going to be worse than the last two generations.
I’m excited for this game
Any news on the... sigh... "extended" Pokédex? I heard it would be extended by two hundred in the postgame, and I want to know which further Pokémon could have made the cut.
@NIN10DOXD The only one I've confirmed up til now is an obvious one. The other ones, based on what we knew, I figured weren't coming, so you're probably right. :/
I've only taken a peak at -how many- pokés are s'posedly in the Galar dex and dk how many are in the National, so I guess there's a sliver of hope, but I ain't holding my breath. It's a shame too because there's onlyyy a select few I was definitely hoping made the cut.
Game Freak has been the worst culprit of Pokemon leaks. It has been mostly unavoidable because of themselves! A few more leaks won't hurt
Pokémon games are the only franchise out there where they may leak the whole game for me and I don't care about the leaks even after seeing it, it's one of those games where leaks doesn't really matter much.
However from the list I saw from the 9 Pokémon I like the most only Tyranitar made it to the game (btw that's not a spoiler, Larvitar is Shield only and I got Sword anyhow)
I would like some Leeks please
@Lalivero I'm the same. I just wanted numbers and I came away disappointed especially since some of the cuts don't even make since.
yeah go look at all the Pokemon then you will know basically 90% of the game Sword and Shield will not be drastically different from any other Pokemon game its the same story and objectives get Pokemon, collect badges and win the league game over boring
NintendoLife: shares leaks of starter evolutions
Also NintendoLife: “We don’t share leaks.”
@KBuckley27 It will be different because now we probably aren't even getting half the Pokémon.
@AlexSora89 The leaker said he can't find any post-game dex according to r/Pokémon.
@ShikabaneHime13 Yes but in a different article and that's like 0.5% of what's leaked in total so that's irrelevant
That's 2x too many species.
i might not even get this game because The sun and moons games burnt me out of Pokemon. I just didn't like sun and moon (Ultra) that much. The reason being is the story was basically the same on the ultra and the original version and when i played both i was like why am i playing this. Another thing is all the legendary's in the game and how almost all of them are pretty easy to get if you have the Ultra versions, and I didn't like it that much. The reason I didn't like catching the legendary's really easy or semy easy because in the originals it took you a while to get the legendary and even find them, But the nastalgia of the games is when you find that legendary for that game and you catch you are like man that was fun. In sun in moon it is totally different you catch one and its like cool now I have so many more to go. Sorry if you like the game and i'm being to harsh on sword and shield just because the previous Gen game didn't do it for me.
Why I liked Sun and Moon well there are new and exciting ultra beast and new alolan versions of older Pokemon and you can get all the starters from each gen. I like the professor he seems cooler than the rest of the professors, and I do like some of the characters like the main trainer you play as, gladion, Guzma, Lillie, and even Red and Blue since you get to battle them. One more thing I like the battle tree I thought that was a new addition to a Pokemon game, and i like the starter Pokemon. So if you read all this sorry I didn't like this game as much as the other ones, and sorry for not liking it if its your favorite game but it still had some fun moments in the game that had me play the game twice. Sword and shield to me doesn't look like great of a game to me, I mean the game in graphics looks pretty good but something doesn't appeal to me. Sorry I might still play the game to see if it changes my mind about getting it but right now its a maybe.
I personally think this is the first gen where every starter pokemon final evolution is absolutely terrible. Closely followed by gen 5 and then 6. I have to laugh, otherwise id cry.
Some of the leaked pokemon look good. Yet some, to me, dont feel like pokemon at all. I feel similar to some of the ultra beasts. cool designs, but not quite pokemon.
The starters look pretty cool in sword and shield the only thing is scorbunny looks like a stage 1 Pokemon and the other 2 look like a basic Pokemon. That really is the only thing bothering me about the starters.
Snape kills bulbasaur
You guys leaked Ash winning the Alola League with no way to avoid seeing it a couple of months ago.
What really bothers me about post-Yokai Pokemon design is the humanoid/themed Pokemon. Yokai Watch got away with this design philosophy because ghosts/spirits literally exist in isolation from the environment, but the design philosophy feels out of place in Pokemon because the franchise is built upon the principle that these are wild creatures existing in context to their natural environment.
We are now 9 for 9 with humanoid starters. And yes, Primarina is a mermaid pop idol, which is still a humanoid theme.
Pokemon appropriated this themed design philosophy to compete with Yokai Watch's explosive popularity, but the irony is that Yokai Watch has quickly faded in relevance, rendering the shift in design pointless.
To be fair, the article says "From here on out..." Not that they've been great about Pokemon spoilers recently for those who care. I don't, but it's a reasonable thing to care about.
This is awesome guys. Thank you! I'm not reading any other comments just in case some people are sharing spoilers accidentally or otherwise. So could I just make a huge request and ask that you also keep any any news out the headlines and thumbnail/header pictures until release day?
Am example of what I mean is this: a trailer is released for Galarian Caterpie ;just making this up) and you should put up a headline that only reads "new Galarian form revealed" rather than revealing what it is. Anyone who's interested is going to click and look, but those of us doing one last little media blackout for this week and a half could remain unspoiled.
But again, thank you guys for doing your best to avoid sharing the details of the leaks! It's great to have somewhere safe.
Oh god, this site...🤦🏼♂️
Are you really telling us with a straight face that you don't do leaks when you did a few days ago? Also is this Pokémon only? Cause you seem pretty spoiler trigger happy in general (including reviews). Shake my head.
Well, ain't that just great.
Isn't it lovely? Some real-life animals are represented no less than twice and yet Game Freak has made a "careful" selection of what to include.
For (spoilers, I guess?) two different, er, marine animals being represented by two different species of Pokémon, they could have added another one instead. Whatever, I suppose.
According to the leaker, there is no extension. Just the 400 + the mythical Pokemon add-ins later.
Really disappointed in the leaks I've seen. Probably the worst looking ones since Black & White. I just love how some fan arts look better than the actual final designs. GameFreak should hire some of those artists! Still getting the game because it's Pokémon, but maybe the anime will help in tolerating this generation.
@AlexSora89 Yeah some of the missing Pokémon would've fit the British theme perfectly, but instead we got fodder. Somebody said that the poll for the 100 most popular Pokémon didn't line up with the returning Pokémon at all.
@TDRsuperstar2 We could always buy pre-owned and hope they listen.
And given Game Freak's stupid aversion to DLC - paid DLC or otherwise - this can't be good news by any means.
And I mean, we're living in the same world where Contra: Whatever Corps is getting free, Splatoon-esque post launch DLC.
It's what happens when you print the National Dex on the wall, blindfold yourself and play darts.
I don't care. It's a Pokémon game so these leaks are useless.
Nintendolife's getting a lot of flack for this. I for one appreciate it. Everyone who clicked on the starter evo article knew what they were getting into and weren't spoiled by the thumbnail.
I went looking for the starters because for some reason pokemon company has been holding those back and I like to know which pokemon I want to start with. Going to be honest not a huge fan of the trio's final evolutions, but leaning towards grookey or sobble. I really dislike scorbunny which my inital lean after just starters were announced was scorbunny or sobble.
"We do have leeks, though."
@aznable Charizard is the last horcrux.
@TDRsuperstar2 at least you could trade any Pokémon from the older games to Black and White like Blaziken for example (I like Blaziken, there is no Blaziken in S&S)
I have already pre-order the game, but I hope the sacrifice of the National Dex was worth it otherwise this is my last main non remake Pokémon game (I know I will get the Diamond & Pearl remake, that was my other fave games gen)
@Rayquaza2510 Yes that's true and I completely agree, I sure do hope this sacrifice is worth it otherwise I'll be in the same boat. I'd personally love a heart gold/soul silver type remake for any of the regions. Pokémon that could follow you, great mainline story, fantastic post game where you can travel to the other regions... I'd rather them spend the time on a quality game than try and pump them out every 3 years.
I saw the leaks. Unfortunately I think I will wait and buy the games second hand.
@swagbag713 literally the only slight redeeming one out of gen 5 😅
Ive never cared about pokemon leaks, I always want to know what pokemon im gonna get going in.
Personally haven’t followed Pokémon since my Gameboy days. I have been tempted to jump back in but I’m not sure because they seem to have advanced drastically since then so there’s probably way too much new things going on.
That's for the heads up! goes to find leaks
I'm staying spoiler-free, so I'm avoiding everything.
I usually prefer to know what Pokémon are available before I play a Pokémon game so that I know which ones to go after.
I understand those that want to go in with no spoilers though.
I do try to stay away from story and overworld spoilers though.
you spoiler free people might want to reconsider, turns out we were all optimists.
Currently at the top of the "most read" list lmao
That said Sword and Shield aren’t what I was looking for, and will be the first gen I will ever be skipping, sadly.
Not pleased with the designs. Especially the third evo of the starters.
The official number of Pokémon included in the game is MUCH lower than expected. Too many Pokémon have been cut sadly
Exp share is now a forced feature. You can’t turn it off.
Their reasons for the dex cut seem to be dishonest excuses as they have all been debunked. There are Pokémon models from the Switch Let’s Go games that are done and ready to go, and yet they are STILL cut in Sword and Shield. And additionally all past Pokémon have been ported over along with their animations from the 3ds games. Very minimal work has been done in that regard. Yet the cut happened anyway.
It is clear that the dex cut was done deliberately and not because it was unmanageable to include them all.
Here's a spoiler-free spoiler:
Think Thanos but worse
i looked at all of them and youre a bunch of babies. Sun and Moon leaked no one cared. I look at all the leaks. guess what story for sun moon and sowrd and sheild have not been ruined for me. you can easily avoid it. If youre gonna get this upset over pokemon you have problems......I love what i saw especially ponyta evolution
@GetShulked no one cares if your not going to play it just dont hate something you havent played
@abbyhitter bye get off the internet
@Daldra anyone who thinks pokemon is something is mental. story sure! but pokemon BRING THEM
youre full of it nintendo life. you say youre safe with us but share starters. terrible journalism. fire alex for a day
Well I'm still excited to spend some time with some new Pokemon in a new region
@GAMER1984dude while sort of rude. I agree with this guy. If you want to avoid SWSH spoilers the only way is to stay off the internet
i like some of these new leaked pokemon, including the fossils. yeah, there are a few stupid designs, but the rest are great. especially the bugs. the starter final evos are garbage though.
and that new ghost type pokemon is really creepy. just looking at it gives me the creeps. im avoiding that thing in the wild.
My problem is that knowing everything made me lose interest in Gen 7 almost immediately. I knew all the evolutions, the regional variants, the whole ‘dex essentially. Plus the map, the bad guys, almost everything. There was no surprise. I’m trying hard to avoid this with gen 8 to give it a fighting chance.
@Lalivero There's a picture going around that shows what Pokemon have returned and which ones are out. You could probably find it on reddit easily enough and still avoid spoilers.
Without spoiling anything here, I think this is my favourite generation for new Pokemon now. At the very least its on par with gen 5. People who are aren't spoiling themselves are in for a ride when they get their copy.
Thank you guys for not leaking any thing. This is actually going to be the first Pokémon game where I’m going in somewhat blind. I saw just the official trailers and that’s it. Want most of the game to be a surprise, adds more value to it
The games had it coming, to be fair.
@AlexSora89 had it comming? The leaks or the unexcitement from some people?
@Gravitron not rude, its true, i dont sugarcoat things. some people dont like being told what they dont want to hear
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