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Here you can see how to get the new Pokemon from Isle of Armor 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 Isle of Armor


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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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Also according to the January 9 Pokemon Direct, players will be able to move old Pokemon that were added with the expansion to their Sword and Shield game through Pokemon HOME.

Scheduled Update

In fact, there's a maintenance scheduled on the day of Isle of Armor's release, June 17, that will last from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (UTC).

Finding your way through Pokemon HOME can be a bit tricky, so prepare your Pokemon Boxes with our guide below!

HOME | Download and Transfer Pokemon

List of New Pokemon

New and Old Pokemon Joining the Ranks


Both new and old Pokemon have been confirmed for the Isle of Armor release, so there'll be plenty of opportunities to fine-tune your team and get your hands on your favorite Pokemon - New and old alike!

Completely New Pokemon

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For a full list of confirmed and implied or hinted Pokemon, 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!

All Isle of Armor Pokemon
Isle of Armor Pokedex List of DLC Pokemon

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2 Anonymous6 days

>>1 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.

1 Anonymous30 days

I have neither (friends or pokemon HOME) my only chance is surprise trades

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