All the current Pokémon Sword and Shield Mystery Gift codes
If you've played through the main game in Pokémon Sword and Shield, one character you should remember is the Ball Guy who appears at every stadium in the game and gives you unique Poké Balls every time you see him. Well, last year he began giving out codes on social media for Mystery...
Find out which attacks are super effective in Pokémon GO and Pokémon Sword and Shield
Since the very beginning the Pokémon series has depended on a delicate Rock-Paper-Scissors-style balance to its Pokémon battles. Type effectiveness is a key part of building an effective team in Pokémon GO or Pokémon Sword and Shield or any of the other...
All the additions coming in The Isle Of Armor and Crown Tundra expansions
The Expansion Passes for Pokémon Sword and Shield bring DLC content and new features to Game Freak's latest entry in the mainline Pokémon series. The two parts of the Expansion Pass feature a brand-new area each - The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra - and both will bring...
Gain rewards and unlock the mythical Pokémon Mew in Pokémon Sword and Shield
First released alongside Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go Eevee!, the Poké Ball Plus offered a unique way to play that game one-handed. Designed to resemble the Poké Balls used to catch Pocket Monsters, it's a cute
Who's the best?
Pokémon Sword and Shield has been out for several months now and many of you are probably intimately acquainted with Gen 8 already. For those of you on the cusp of starting your adventure through the Galar region, though, you'll soon be faced with a question that every Pokémon trainer encounters at the beginning of a new...
There are brilliant Pokémon and Brilliant Pokémon - we explain the latter
As you've been wandering around the Galar region in Pokémon Sword and Shield, you'll probably have seen certain Pokémon with a glowing yellow 'aura' hanging around in the tall grass. What do those yellow glowing Pokémon signify? Well, settle down and relax as we lay it...
Come get Snom
Pokémon have always had various ways of evolving into new beasties, and Pokémon Sword and Shield are no different. One of these curious contenders is the unassuming Snom, which can be found primarily on the northern half of Route 8 - known as Steamdrift Way. Just keep an eye out for one wandering around in the grassy patches, and...
Sword and Shield codes for Japanese moviegoers
We've already been introduced to the 'Rogue Monkey Pokémon' Zarude in the trailer for the upcoming Pokémon movie and it seems that Japanese movie fans who pre-book tickets for the Pokémon the Movie: Coco will be able to get their hands on the beast, in addition to an old favourite. The movie is set...
The full Gen 8 Galar Region Pokédex from Pokémon Sword and Shield
Pokémon Sword and Shield brought Gen 8 to Switch last November and to celebrate we created the sparkling Gen 8 Pokémon database below. It features the full Galar Pokédex, including the 81 new Gen 8 Pokémon and all returning Pokémon. Use the tool below to find out about the new...
You voted, we counted
At the end of last year we asked you to pick your favourite Fire-, Grass- and Water-type starter Pokémon from across the Pokémon series to discover y
It's the little things
Both Pokémon Sword and Shield feature a rich world full of things to see and do, and it's easy to miss little things as you wander around the Galar region catching Pokémon, seeing the sights and generally enjoying yourself in Sword and Shield. Below we've rounded up a few of the smaller Easter E
Get a taste of the upcoming expansion
As detailed in today's Pokémon Direct, there's an update coming today which will give Pokémon Sword and Shield players a sneaky preview of the announced expansions coming later in the year. Once you've downloaded the update (when it's available later today), you'll be able to head to Wedgehurst
Sword or Shield? Every exclusive Pokémon detailed
As with all main series PokÃ©mon games before them, PokÃ©mon Sword and Shield each have minor differences which you should know about before jumping in. You'll notice different PokÃ©mon and even Gym Leaders appearing in your game depending on the version you buy,...
Not what you might th-ink
Pokémon have always had various ways of evolving into new beasties, and Pokémon Sword and Shield are no different. One of these curious contenders is the adorable Clobbopus, who can be found primarily on Route 9, just west of Spikemuth. Whilst you can also catch its evolution
Nature, nature; high voltage
Pokémon have always had various ways of evolving into new beasties, and Pokémon Sword and Shield are no different. One of these curious contenders is the tiny and undeniably baby-like Toxel, who can be found most easily by speaking to the Breeder found inside the Pokémon Nursery on Route 5, as shown in the image...
KISS that Linoone goodbye
Pokémon have always had various ways of evolving into new beasties, and Pokémon Sword and Shield are no different. One of these curious contenders is the monochromatic Galarian Zigzagoon, which can be found all over the Wild Area, but you're better off looking on Routes 2 and
Town by town, route by route through Galar
Trying to find out where you can catch a specific Pokémon in Pokémon Sword and Shield? In this guide we highlights all the main locations, the towns with Gym leaders to defeat and where to catch certain Pokémon to complete your Galar Pokédex. Below you'll find the main towns and sub-areas. On the...
Pokémon have always had various ways of evolving into new beasties, and Pokémon Sword and Shield are no different. One of these curious contenders is the majestic Galarian Farfetch'd. You can find them primarily on Route 5, just east of the town of Turffield, but only in Poké
Maka the monster evolve
Pokémon have always had various ways of evolving into new beasties, and Pokémon Sword and Shield are no different. One of these curious contenders is the chilly little Galarian Darumaka, which can be found primarily on Route 8, just south of Circhester, and Route 10, just south
When it comes to this evolution, you can't russet
Pokémon have always had various ways of evolving into new beasties, and the ones featured in Pokémon Sword and Shield is no different. One of these curious contenders is the unassuming Applin, which can be found primarily on Route 5, just east of Turf
3 hours of behind-the-scenes tweaking on Wednesday or Thursday
The online part of Pokémon Sword and Shield will be temporarily interrupted this week on Wednesday or Thursday depending on your location, with planned maintenance and tweaking taking place. As spotted by Serebii.net, online features for the latest entry in the Pokémon series will be...
The real-world towns and cities we think inspired Pokémon Sword and Shield
All right, guv'nor? As you are almost certainly aware, the Galar region in Pokémon Sword and Shield is based on the United Kingdom. While the first four regions we encountered in the games - Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh - were all based on locations in Japan, Unova from...
More left-handed tea, vicar?
Pokémon have always had various ways of evolving into new beasties, and Pokémon Sword and Shield are no different. One of these curious contenders is the tiny and wonderful Sinistea, which can be found primarily in Glimwood Tangle, just south of the town of Ballonlea. Pokémon don't really like showing their faces in...
Don't -cery for Mil- Argentina
Pokémon have always had various ways of evolving into new beasties, and Pokémon Sword and Shield are no different. One of these curious contenders is the easily overlooked Milcery, which can be found primarily on Route 4, just south of the town of Turffield. You won't s
Pikachu, I choose you! Again!
You may have heard that any Pokémon Sword and Shield players that also have a Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu! or Let's Go Eevee! can claim a free Pikachu or Eevee depending on the save file they have on their Switch. This is indeed true! Anyone with a save file for either Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go...
Yamask-n't ask us how long we spent trying this
Pokémon have always had various ways of evolving into new beasties, and Pokémon Sword and Shield are no different. One of these curious contenders is the enigmatic Galarian Yamask, which can be found primarily on Route 6, just south of the town of Stow-on-Side. This little geezer is a bit of a...
Pokémon Sword and Shield 101
Generation 8 has begun! Whether you're an old hand when it comes to Pocket Monsters and Poké Balls or you're venturing into the wonderful world of Pokémon for the very first time, you probably have some questions about the new pair of games Pokémon Sword and Shield. We've put together this guide with answers to...
Pick from this pool
And we come to the final stop on our journey to find out the best multi-generational mix of starter Pokémon before we ultimately reveal your dream team of starters. We've previously asked your opinion for the best Fire- and Grass-type starter Pokémon from the eight generations that comprise the mainline
Best in grass
A wild PokéPoll appeared! Continuing our quest to find the ultimate cross-generational triumvirate of starter Pokémon, here we present the 8 Grass-type starters from every generation for your consideration. The Rock-Paper-Scissors choice of Fire-Grass-Water-types to kick off your adventure is a series tradition, but we're eager to...
Trouble starters, punkin' instigators
We're going to go out on a limb and guess that you've probably heard about the new Pokémon game coming out very soon. Yes, we're on the cusp of Gen VIII with the release of Pokémon Sword and Shield and very soon you'll be able to choose between Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble before embarking on a journey...
Pixélmon, I choose you!
Nintendo has posted a 30-second teaser for the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield that features a whole load of your favourite 'mon from previous generations. We could describe it in detail, but it's only 30 seconds - check it out above. Neat, huh? It's great fun to see all the retro pixel versions of Pokémon from multiple...
Pokémon HOME and Switch Online to pick up the slack
The Pokémon Company has released a statement informing players that Pokémon Global Link will not be supported by the upcoming Gen VIII Switch pair Pokémon Sword and Shield. Instead, it seems that the new service Pokémon HOME will be inheriting some of the functionality you'd expe
Hard Pokéscience using AI, language processing and bar charts
Update: It appears that we misinterpreted this data in our original story, specifically the ‘sentiment’ analysis. After reviewing the findings again, the zero value tweets that display “no emotion at all” appear to include the #BringBackNationalPokedex example itself, which we...