This page explains the differences between the two versions, Pokemon Sword and Shield, including exclusive Pokemon, major character differences, and exclusive items as well as know which version is better.
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While the story and gameplay is largely the same in both versions of Pokemon Sword and Shield, there are certain differences between each game, such as the species of Pokemon that will appear, as well as the Gym Leaders.
Certain Pokemon appear exclusively in either Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield. This applies to both the base game, as well as the Expansion Pass DLC contents The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra.
For a full list of Version Exclusive Pokemon, look no further than our complete guide!
Not to be confused with Version Exclusive Pokemon, the following Pokemon can be obtained in either version, but they have a higher appearance rate depending on the version.
|Pokemon Appearing More in Sword||Pokemon Appearing More in Shield|
The following Gigantamax Pokemon may be obtained in both versions, but have a higher appearance rate depending on the version.
|Gigantamax Pokemon Appearing More in Sword||Gigantamax Pokemon Appearing More in Shield|
|Gigantamax Drednaw||Gigantamax Corviknight|
|Gigantamax Sandaconda||Gigantamax Centiskorch|
Learn more about Gigantamax Pokemon and how to catch them in our guide.
How to Obtain Rare Gigantamax Pokemon
Depending on your version, the gym leaders for the 4th and 6th gym will be different.
|Pokemon Sword||Pokemon Shield|
These rivals are training hard with the hopes of having their own Gym and Stadium.
|Pokemon Sword||Pokemon Shield|
Klara, the Poison-type user, will be available in the Pokemon Sword Expansion Pass.
Avery, the Psychic-type user, will be available in the Pokemon Shield Expansion Pass
|Items Exclusive in Sword||Items Exclusive in Shield|
|Rusted Sword||Rusted Shield|
|Tart Apple||Sweet Apple|
|Bob's Food Tin||Bach's Food Tin|
Specific items are also exclusive to a version.
The only way to get these items is to obtain them from the other counterpart version. Have a Pokemon hold the item and trade the Pokemon.
List of All Items and Effects
|Fossils Appearing More in Sword||Fossils Appearing More in Shield|
|Fossilized Dino||Fossilized Drake|
|Fossilized Bird||Fossilized Fish|
Fossil items are used to revive Fossil Pokemon.
You can obtain all Fossils, but each Fossil's appearance rate depends on your game version.
Learn more about Fossils and how to revive them in our guide!
Fossil Pokemon and How to Revive Them
Dracovish is a strong Pokemon that can be revived with Fossilized Fish and Fossilized Drake, both of which have a higher chance of appearing in Pokemon Shield. It is recommended to get this version if you want this Pokemon.
Although there are differences and recommendations, you can still enjoy the game and story whichever version you choose.
You can also have a friend get the other version, and complete the Dex through Trading!
|Max Raid Battles||Poke Jobs|
|Pokemon Camp||Surprise Trades|
|Changing Natures with Mints||Auto-save|
|Changing Your Uniform||Wild Area and
|Changing Nicknames of Traded Pokemon||Customizing Your
|Differences Between the Versions||Pokemon HOME|
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