New Features Coming to Pokemon | Pokemon Sword and Shield

New Features

This page lists all of the new features coming to Pokemon Sword and Shield for the Nintendo Switch. Dynamax, Poke Jobs, and Pokemon Camp are just a few of the new features that have been confirmed for Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on to find out more!

New Features - Pokemon Sword and Shield


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Dynamax is a phenomenon that transforms certain Pokemon into enormous forms! Along with the size change, Dynamaxing gives pokemon boosted stats as well as powerful special moves. Read on to learn more!


Wild Area

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The Galar Region is huge and filled with areas of wondrous nature. Part of the fun of Sword and Shield comes from the amazing landscapes you will be able to experience in high definition. The Wild Area is both scenic, and home to countless Pokemon species. Read on to learn more about this feature.

Wild Area and Raid Strategy

Max Raid Battles

Ever wanted to team up with other trainers to fight a gigantic and powerful Pokemon? Max Raid Battles allow you to do just that. This feature will allow you to connect with both friends and other trainers to take on epic team battles.

Max Raid Battles


Much like Dynamaxing, Gigantamaxing is another phenomenon that allows certain pokemon to transform into monstrous proportions. Unlike Dynamaxing, Gigantamaxing is only available to select individual Pokemon, so they cannot all do it! Read on to find out more on what we know on this feature.


Poke Jobs

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People and Pokemon work together in the Galar region, which is why many corporations and universities ask for Pokemon's help when they are short of manpower. But how will you know which job is right for your Pokemon? And what rewards can you get for completing them? Read on to learn more about what Poke Jobs are for!

Poke Jobs

Surprise Trades

Blindly trade Pokemon with local trainers, or ones online! You never know what you're gonna get! Read on to learn more.

Surprise Trades

Pokemon Camp

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Camping together with your Pokemon is another way to increase your friendship levels and get to know eachother. Plus, curry fans will rejoice as they try and complete their... Curry Dex? Gotta cook 'em all!

Pokemon Camp

Changing Your Outfit


Explore the Galar Region in style! As you encounter across boutiques and hair salons, different clothing items and hairstyles will become available, so try out different combinations and go into each gym battle with a look that screams you.

How to Change Your Clothes and Appearance

Customizing Your League Card

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Gym Leaders and Challengers have their own League Card. Learn how to customize yours and make it unique!
How to Customize Your League Card

Battle Stadium

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Pokemon Sword and Shield introduces many new modes of playing online via the Battle Stadium. Increase your rank and aim for the top tier!

Battle Stadium

Changing Natures

For the first time in the series, it's possible to change a Pokemon's Nature. Learn more about the new Item that's perfect for a Pokemon with an unwanted Nature!

How to Change a Pokemon's Nature

Exp. Candy

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New brethren of the beloved Rare Candy, Exp. Candy will bestow a set amount of Exp. Points on the Pokemon it is used on.

How to Collect Exp. Candy Fast

Giving Nicknames to Traded Pokemon

Now, you can give a nickname to a Pokemon obtained in a trade... but only once!
Giving Nicknames to Traded Pokemon

Auto-save Feature

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Leave your traumatic memories of the Game Boy's batteries dying and losing hours of progress in the past... The game will now Auto-save your progress so you don't have to!

All About the Auto-save Feature

Differences Between the Versions

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Not sure which version to get? See the differences between Sword and Shield, including exclusive Pokemon and characters, and decide for yourself!
Differences Between the Versions

Related Links

Pokemon Related Links

How to Get All Gigantamax Pokemon
How to Evolve Every Pokemon List of Galarian Forms
Which Starter Pokemon Should You Choose? Type Effectiveness and Damage Output
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List of Egg Groups Guide to Egg Moves

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