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How to Get New Pokemon Without the Expansion Pass

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Here you can see how to get the new Pokemon from The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra in Pokemon Sword and Shield, without the DLC! If you're not sure you're going to buy the expansion pass but still want to get the new Pokemon, you've come to the right place.

How to Get New Pokemon from the Expansion Pass


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There are currently two known and confirmed ways to get your hands on new Pokemon added with the Expansion packs, Trading and using Pokemon HOME, and we have covered both of them for you here!

Trade Online or with Friends

Trade without DLC
According to the Pokemon Direct released January 9, 2020, all players will be able to trade the newly available Pokemon, regardless of whether they have the DLC expansion packs or not!

This is great news for those who want to try out new Pokemon before making that final decision on buying the expansion, but also potentially vital for players who don't want to lose out in Competitive battles.

How to Trade Locally and Online

Get lucky with Surprise Trade


You'd probably have to get lucky, but some kind trainers out there might send out some of the new Pokemon through Surprise Trade.

How to Surprise Trade Online

Aim for the Top with Link Trade

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Of course, if you're aiming for high IVs for Competitive, Hidden Abilities, you know, all the good stuff, you will want to remove the element of luck and go straight to Link Trading.

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Pokemon HOME

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Players are also able to move old Pokemon that were added with the expansion to their Sword and Shield game through Pokemon HOME.

Once you've sent over your Pokemon to Pokemon Sword and Shield, you won't be able to send them back to the original game, so keep this in mind before transferring!

Pokemon HOME News & Guide

List of New Pokemon

New and Old Pokemon Joining the Ranks


Both new and old Pokemon are available in The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra, so there'll be plenty of opportunities to fine-tune your team and get your hands on your favorite Pokemon - New and old alike!

For a full list of Pokemon available in the Base Game and each DLC, check out our guides below! Both will of course get updated as soon as more Pokemon are confirmed, so keep an eye out for all your Pokedex needs. Gotta catch trade 'em all!

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3 Anonymousabout 1 year

I got Pokémon go and home on mobile and got a shiny latios in sword no DLCs at all.

2 Anonymousalmost 4 years

getting Pokemon HOME is easy... if you have a mobile device, you can create and link your Nintendo account there. It will also be linked to your Pokemon HOME in Nintendo Switch, which you can install for free.


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