Pokémon Sword & Shield

Pokémon progresses into its eighth generation with Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield on Nintendo Switch. Ishihara previously stated that Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee were intended to be played as home console games, with Sword & Shield as handheld games like previous main series installments.


Release date Late 2019 (Worldwide)
Platform Switch
Director Shigeru Ohmori
New Pokémon 3 confirmed so far
Pokemon Sword logo Pokemon Shield logo
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield logos


Pokémon Sword & Shield take place in the Galar region, which appears to be inspired by the United Kingdom.

The gameplay more closely resembles previous handheld games rather than 2018's Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee. Pokémon are not visible in the overworld; they appear randomly while walking in grass. Wild Pokémon can be battled as in all pre-LGPE games.

There are several large stadiums in the region, which could be gyms.

The Pokémon Sword & Shield starters: Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble

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The Galar region map (click to enlarge).