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This is a list of unrepeatable one-time events, as well as irreversible choices you make for your character as you advance the story in the game Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Character Permanent Choices

Name, Gender, and Skin Color

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As you start the game, you will be asked to select a character from the lineup of photos.

You cannot change your name, gender, and skin color.

However, later on in the game, you will be able to change your hairstyle, hair color, eye color, and clothes through boutiques and salons.
How to Change Your Clothes and Appearance



When you first arrive in Wedgehurst, you can talk to a woman outside the Pokemon Center. By doing so, you can set your birthday.

Once it has been set, you cannot change it anymore.

You can celebrate on the day of your birthday by visiting any Pokemon Center.

Trainer ID No.

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You cannot change the Trainer ID No. that you will get. The only way to change this is by resetting the game until you get the number you want.

Uniform Number

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When you first register as a Gym Challenger, you will be asked to give a number which will be displayed on your uniform.

Once you set it, you cannot change it anymore.

One-time Obtainable Pokemon

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Your Starter Pokemon

One of the first choices you will make in the game is choosing your starter Pokemon. Once you choose your partner, you cannot get the other two Pokemon from the wild.

Which Starter Pokemon Should You Choose?

You Can Still Get All Three Starters

It is possible to get all three of the Galar starter Pokemon, and that is through breeding and trading!

See our guide on how to get all the starters.
How to Get All Starters

Legendary Pokemon


Depending on your game version, you will get Zacian or Zamazenta as the game's legendary Pokemon.

Additionally, like previous Pokemon games, once you have caught or defeated the Legendary Pokemon, you cannot encounter that Pokemon ever again. Be sure to save before battling the Pokemon, in case you accidentally knock it out!

Legendary Pokemon That Can Be Obtained

Zacian ImageZacian
Zamazenta ImageZamazenta
Eternatus ImageEternatus

Pokemon from NPCs

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There are NPCs in the game that you can trade Pokemon with.

If you want to get good IVs, save the game before exchanging your Pokemon until you get the Pokemon with the IVs you want.

Obtainable Pokemon in Sword and Shield
Toxel ImageToxel Yamask ImageYamask Meowth ImageMeowth Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime
Togepi ImageTogepi Cottonee ImageCottonee Charmander ImageCharmander Type: Null ImageType: Null
Obtainable Pokemon in Sword Obtainable Pokemon in Shield
Hatenna ImageHatenna Throh ImageThroh Impidimp ImageImpidimp Sawk ImageSawk

Receive Type: Null After the Champion Cup

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After finishing the story, you can receive Type: Null at the Battle Tower from the woman on the left.

If you want to get one with good IVs, you should save your game first before receiving the Pokemon since you can only get this once and you cannot breed Legendary Pokemon.

One-time Obtainable Poke Ball

Dream Ball ImageDream Ball

You can receive a Dream Ball from the Ball Guy at Wyndon.

Unlike other Poke Balls that you can obtain elsewhere, the Dream Ball cannot be won as a Hall of Fame prize, so use it wisely.

List of Poke Balls and Where to Get Them

Pokemon Sword and Shield Related Links

Beginner Tips and Guides

Getting a Good Start
Things to Know Before Starting Pokemon How to Adjust Screen Size
Galar Starters
Which Starter Pokemon Should You Choose? How to Get All 3 Starters
Changing Appearance
How to Change Your Appearance How to Change Your Uniform
Pokemon Battles
Type Effectiveness and Damage Output Fishing for Pokemon
How to Run Away -
Building the Best Team
How to Build the Best Team Train Pokemon Like a Pro
Catching Legendary Pokemon -
Your Pokemon
How to Stop Evolutions How to Release Pokemon
How to Get More PC Boxes -
Online Features
How to Add Friends How to Get and Use the Y-Comm
How to Battle and Trade with Friends -
Pokemon Camp
How to Pokemon Camp with Friends How to Get Toys
How to Make Best Curry -
Useful Information
How to Get Money (Poke Dollars) Fast Things to Do Every Day
Useful Characters and Their Locations List of Unrepeatable One-time Events
List of All Mystery Gift Codes -
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Differences Between Dynamax and Gigantamax Access Pokemon Boxes on the Road
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