Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Isle of Armor

Rating Summary

Based on 37 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

68

Top Critic Average

31%

Critics Recommend

Based on 37 critic reviews
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7 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2020

As Pokémon's first-ever DLC, The Isle of Armor is an entertaining but shallow return to the Galar region.

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No Recommendation / Blank
Jun 22, 2020

Pok'mon's first ever expansion offers sunny vibes and another, more open world, but is still lacking the substance to do much with it.

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6 / 10
Jun 23, 2020

Reasonably good value for money and a better open world environment than the original but with very little story or structure, Pokémon's first expansion feels disappointingly hollow.

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8 / 10
Jun 27, 2020

The Isle of Armor capitalizes on Pokemon Sword and Shield's strengths with an even better area to explore, though its story offering is modest.

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7 / 10.0
Jun 17, 2020

Surprise: Isle of Armor does not completely shake up the Pokemon formula. You're getting a very small narrative and another big interconnected Wild Area: that's pretty much the gist of it. With those expectations in check, you'll have a blast if you've been looking for an excuse to get back into the swing of chilling out with Sword and Shield.

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6 / 10
Jun 25, 2020

There are definitely some much-needed additions that come with the Isle of Armor, but it still feels as though it's the least amount of content possible. I love Pokémon, but this expansion has left me feeling a little bit cold on the whole thing. There's fun to be had, but unless you're committed to catching 'em all or grinding every Pokémon up to a competitive standard, it won't last very long.

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65 / 100
Jun 18, 2020

Isle of Armor is a small good step for Pokémon, but we can only recommend it to players who want to continue capturing and fighting.

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7.6 / 10.0
Jun 18, 2020

Despite not being the primary DLC for the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, The Isle of Armor has enough quality content to bring us back to the eighth generation. Even if its history is short and shallow.

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Jul 2, 2020

With all the added Pokemon that were previously missing and the fact it's just more Sword and Shield to enjoy, The Isle of Armor is definitely worth getting, but it's best not to have the highest of expectations going in regardless due to the major flaws that hold it back from being great.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jul 2, 2020

Isle of Armor won't convince naysayers to try Pokemon Sword and Shield for the first time, but offers fans some lovely new content and bags of charm.

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