Pokémon Sword and Shield

Nintendo, Game Freak

Strong Man
OpenCritic Rating
80
Top Critic Average
68%
Critics Recommend
Based on 96 critic reviews
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Pokémon Sword and Shield

Rating Summary

Based on 96 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

68%

Critics Recommend

Based on 96 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchNov 15, 2019

Developer: Game Freak

Publisher: Nintendo

Genres: RPG, Turn-Based Strategy

A new generation of Pokemon is coming to the Nintendo Switch system. Become a Pokemon Trainer and embark on a new journey in the new Galar region! Choose from one of three new partner Pokemon: Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble. In this all new adventure, you'll encounter new and familiar Pokemon as you catch, battle, and trade Pokemon while exploring new areas and uncovering an all-new story. Get ready for the next Pokemon adventure in the Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield games. - A new generation of Pokemon is coming to the Nintendo Switch system. - Become a Pokemon Trainer and embark on a new journey in the new Galar region! - Choose from one of three new partner Pokemon: Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble. - In this all new adventure, you'll encounter new and familiar Pokemon as you catch, battle, and trade Pokemon while exploring new areas and uncovering an all-new story. - Get ready for the next Pokemon adventure in the Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield games.

Pokémon Sword and Shield Trailers

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Nintendo Switch – Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield – The Next Big Pokémon Adventure!

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Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield - A New Era of Pokémon Begins - Nintendo Switch

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Nintendo Switch My Way - Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield

Pokémon Sword and Shield Screenshots

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Pokémon Sword and Shield Reviews

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Eurogamer

No Recommendation / Blank
Eurogamer

Pok'mon Sword and Shield add some brilliant new creatures, but like their gargantuan Dynamax forms, the games feel like a hollow projection.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield are the best games in the series, streamlining its most tedious traditions without losing any of the charm.

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The furore over Dexit may be overblown but even without it this is an underwhelming and unambitious attempt to modernise Pokémon and expand its horizons.

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Gameplay tweaks and attention to detail make Pokemon Sword and Shield the most compelling Pokemon world to date.

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Recent News

Pokémon Sword and Shield have the best U.S. debut in franchise history

Pokémon Sword and Shield have the best U.S. debut in franchise history

Pokémon Sword and Shield had the best launch month ever for the franchise in the U.S. based on dollar sales, according industry-tracking firm The NPD Group.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield egg glitch hatches evolved monsters

Pokémon Sword and Shield egg glitch hatches evolved monsters

Let’s skip the growing up part

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Pokémon Sword and Shield fan beats final boss with only a Magikarp

Pokémon Sword and Shield fan beats final boss with only a Magikarp

You love to see it

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Get yourself a Gigantamax Snorlax in December

Get yourself a Gigantamax Snorlax in December

The Pokémon will appear in Max Raid Battles in early December

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Pokémon Global Link is going offline, get a free Munna before it goes

Pokémon Global Link is going offline, get a free Munna before it goes

You’ll still to be able to trade and battle, though

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Pokémon players finally realize the sentient lamp is not an OK camping companion

Pokémon players finally realize the sentient lamp is not an OK camping companion

We should’ve probably seen this coming, y’all

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The Pokémon Company is trying to sue Sword and Shield’s leakers

The Pokémon Company is trying to sue Sword and Shield’s leakers

The company thinks it’s pinpointed the first leaked image to go online

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Pokémon Sword and Shield’s raid exploit is ruining it for everyone

Pokémon Sword and Shield’s raid exploit is ruining it for everyone

It’s too easy

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Gengar’s mouth is a literal portal to hell in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Gengar’s mouth is a literal portal to hell in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Listen closely and you’ll hear your loved ones calling you in

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Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Clefable raids are making players rage

Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Clefable raids are making players rage

A single move turns into a headache

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