Nintendo and The Pokemon Company just released the first set of DLC for Pokemon Sword and Shield in the form of The Isle of Armor expansion for Nintendo Switch. This arrives alongside the version 1.2.0 update for both Pokemon Sword and Shield. This update adds support for the DLC in addition to adding support for new Pokemon for those who don’t have the expansion pass. Watch the launch trailer for The Isle of Armor below:

Pokemon Sword and Shield version 1.2.0 update patch notes

  • Part 1, The Isle of Armor, has been released as downloadable content
    • Customers who have purchased an Expansion Pass can now enjoy adventures on the Isle of Armor.
    • You can learn more about the Isle of Armor here.
  • Additional Pokémon now appear
    • Even without purchasing an Expansion Pass, customers can use network connections to play and have additional Pokémon appear.
  • Link Codes are now 8-digits long
    • Link Codes used in the Y-Comm or set for Max Raid Battles are now 8 digits instead of 4.
  • Battle regulation marks
    • Pokémon carried over from other regions via Pokémon HOME can now participate in online competitions and ranked battles. A battle regulation mark can be replaced on the Pokémon at the Battle Tower in order to participate in online competitions and ranked battles.
    • Please check game news for more information.
  • Addressed issue with online battles
    • We’ve fixed an issue with online battles where the battle results could be arbitrarily invalidated.
  • Additional updated content
    • In addition, various issues were addressed to create a more enjoyable gaming experience.

Can The Isle of Armor be purchased separately?

The eShop listing for the Pokemon Sword Expansion Pass and the Pokemon Shield Expansion Pass mentions that the expansions will not be sold separately. You need to buy the pass that includes both The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra (set for later this year).

Pokemon Sword and Shield are now available on Nintendo Switch.

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