Pokemon Sword and Shield grows bigger with Expansion Pass

The pass will include extra cosmetics, new areas to explore and, of course, more Pokemon to catch.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass

Time to catch even more Pokemon. 

Game Freak

Pokemon Sword and Shield arrived for the Nintendo Switch in November, but there's more to come. Developer Game Freak plans to release two expansions with more content and more Pokemon including some fan favorites that weren't included in the base game. 

The two planned expansions are called Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra, Game Freak said Thursday. Both are part of the Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass that will cost players $29.99. Along with new areas to explores, the pass will add more than 200 Pokemon to catch with new evolutions.

The first expansion, Isle of Armor, will be released in June and takes place on an island near the Galar region. Players will go on an adventure from the island's dojo under the tutelage of Mustard, a former Pokemon champion. There's also a new legendary Pokemon, Kubfu, as well as the return of some past favorites including Slowpoke that will be added to Pokemon Sword and Shield in an update Thursday. 

The Crown Tundra comes out fall 2020. Like the other expansion, it will have its own Pokemon and cosmetics but will also include a new co-op mode. In this mode, players will team up to explore Pokemon dens to find even more Pokemon new to the Galar region. 

In addition, a cloud storage app called Pokemon Home is coming in February. The mobile app will let players move their Pokemon from one game to another without the need of a Switch. 

The Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass is available for preorder in the Nintendo eShop.