Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Isle of Armor Reviews

Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Isle of Armor is ranked in the 31st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Liked-a-lot
Oct 28, 2020

Completionists will relish all Isle of Armor has to offer, with so many new Mon to add to your dex and lots to explore, as well as some new and unique powerups that further alter the way you play, it makes for an essential purchase. If you’re coming into this for story, though, you’re probably going to be pretty disappointed as it’s over before it even gets going and you’ll feel like Game Freak could have done a lot more with it.

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Geeks Under Grace
Karen Kennedy
9 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2020

Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Isle of Armor is a great welcoming add-on to the base game.

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4 / 100
Aug 6, 2020

As an experience, the Isle of Armor DLC feels insufficient and seems to be having many issues.

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Unscored
Jul 18, 2020

The first part of the Pokemon Shield and Sword's set of DLC takes you to paradise, but is it all that it's cracked up to be?

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Jul 15, 2020

Being able to now Gigantamax Pokemon that previously couldn’t, teach your Pokemon new moves and the ability to find rarer items in the wild area are just a few new quality of life improvements Game Freak deem are worthy enough for audiences to pay for.

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Rudy Lavaux
Top Critic
7 / 10
Jul 14, 2020

A slew of extra items and features making Pokémon breeding and training a bit better are also included, along with enough bonuses to warrant the existence of this DLC... but not much more than that.

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5.5 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2020

If you loved Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield, then this is a worthy addition. If you had any doubt, and aren’t fussed about catching Pokes and beating blokes, then this island should be deserted.

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5.5 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2020

The first Pokémon DLC expands the area and Pokédex, and will put us to the test with the equipment we have.

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6 / 10.0
Jul 4, 2020

The Isle of Armor is an expansion that does things right, but in the end it feels like an underwhelming experience. The main story leaves a lot to be desired and I can't help but think that some of its improvements should be on the base game.

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Jul 2, 2020

The Isle of Armor compellingly builds on top of Pokemon Sword and Shield's experience, even if the main story scenario is rather brief. The new areas are diverse and fun to explore, and they will enthrall anybody who thoroughly enjoyed the base game's Wild Area.

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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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7.5 / 10.0
Jul 2, 2020

The Isle of Armor changes a classic format to more open-world-ish, but it couldn't reach its full potential.

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Unscored
Jun 29, 2020

It’s streets ahead of the existing post-game, and thanks to the better realization of the Wild Area concept, I feel comfortable calling it an improvement on Sword and Shield’s biggest feature. It may not be a game changer, but the Isle of Armor still manages to be both an enjoyable slice of Pokémon and a satisfying taste of more to come.

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Jun 29, 2020

The Isle of Armor breathes new life into Pokémon Sword and Shield by giving players something they wanted from the start: access to more classic Pokémon from previous generations.

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6.5 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2020

Even though the Isle of Armor reintroduces 210 new Pokémon and provides a new and easier way to get certain items and upgrades, its story is too short and not entertaining to really prove itself worthy. However you are a big Pokémon fan and just want to capture more of them, this DLC will probably do the job for you.

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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 27, 2020

While the story is leagues over the original, its short length and lack of content feels sparse. I think the value of the DLC lies with having both expansion packs together, since Crown Tundra will feature the long awaited Legendary Raids. Isle of Armor is a nice addition for Pokémon Sword and Shield, but only the biggest Pokémaniacs will get the most out of the experience.

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GameMAG
Top Critic
5 / 10
Jun 27, 2020

A tiny boring plot, four new monsters for the series, and optimization of some game mechanics are clearly not enough for fans of the franchise, nor for ordinary players. The overall impression of the Expansion Pass, of course, can be formed only after the release of the final part - The Crown of Tundra. Now we can only say with complete confidence that The Isle of Armor is not worth the money.

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Jun 26, 2020

Every time I enter my profile on my Nintendo Switch, I get greeted by that message when my Pokémon Sword cartridge is inside. With that amount, Pokémon Sword is the third most played title in my library after Animal Crossing and Octopath Traveler.

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