Pokemon Sword and Shield

Nintendo, Game Freak

Strong Man
OpenCritic Rating
80
Top Critic Average
76%
Critics Recommend
Based on 22 critic reviews
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Pokemon Sword and Shield

Rating Summary

Based on 22 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

76%

Critics Recommend

Based on 22 critic reviews
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Game 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.

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

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Eurogamer

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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

Pokemon Sword and Shield Has Proof Pokemon Are Our Friends, Not Just Servants

Pokemon Sword and Shield Has Proof Pokemon Are Our Friends, Not Just Servants

Are you worthy of being a Pokemon's friend? Probably not, but at least Sword and Shield lets you try.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Online Deep Dive: What it's Like to Battle, Trade, and Explore the Vibrant Wild Area

Pokemon Sword and Shield Online Deep Dive: What it's Like to Battle, Trade, and Explore the Vibrant Wild Area

The servers are on, and the players are trickling in. Here's what it's like to interact with them.

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Tips: 24 Things Pokemon Sword and Shield Doesn't Tell You - IGN

Tips: 24 Things Pokemon Sword and Shield Doesn't Tell You - IGN

Here at 24 tips you need to know before playing Pokemon Sword and Shield.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Walkthrough and Guide - IGN

Pokemon Sword and Shield Walkthrough and Guide - IGN

Our Pokemon Sword and Shield Walkthrough and Guide includes a full walkthrough, lists of all the new and old Pokemon (pokedex), gym strategies, curry recipes, item locations, and more.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield's Director Has a Pretty Simple Explanation for Why Exp. Share is Always On

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Director Has a Pretty Simple Explanation for Why Exp. Share is Always On

The new game's director explains why one feature is locked in the On position.

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You Should Look Closely at the Switch in Pokemon Sword and Shield’s First Room

You Should Look Closely at the Switch in Pokemon Sword and Shield’s First Room

Game Freak gives the Switch a unique salute in Sword and Shield.

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Pokemon's Level Limits Won't Stop You From Collecting Shiny Pokemon

Pokemon's Level Limits Won't Stop You From Collecting Shiny Pokemon

You'll encounter Pokemon you can't catch in the Wild Area, but don't fret about missing out on a shiny.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Axes the Global Trade System, but Fear Not, There's a Replacement

Pokemon Sword and Shield Axes the Global Trade System, but Fear Not, There's a Replacement

GTS is gone, but vendor trash Pokemon will still clog the digital realm.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Online and Local Gameplay Explained - IGN

Pokemon Sword and Shield Online and Local Gameplay Explained - IGN

Pokemon Sword and Shield's online and local gameplay is all done through the y-comm feature. Here's what that means for your adventure through Galar.

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How Long is Pokemon Sword and Shield? - IGN

How Long is Pokemon Sword and Shield? - IGN

Here is how long it took three different people to beat Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield.

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