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Pokémon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor expansion will release June 17 - watch new trailer

The first expansion for Pokémon Sword and Shield titled Isle of Armor has been given an official release date in a new trailer.
Pokémon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor expansion will release June 17 - watch new trailer

Pokémon Sword and Shield’s first expansion Isle of Armor will release on Wednesday 17th June, a new trailer has confirmed. 

While many perhaps hoped the Pokémon Company would deliver a surprise release after promising an announcement today (Tuesday 2nd June), it seems we’ll have to wait a little bit longer for the first Sword and Shield expansion. 

A new trailer also highlights some of the new monsters coming in the expansion, including the first look at Galarian Slowbro with new ability Quick Draw.

Galarian Slowbro
Galarian Slowbro in Isle of Armor (Picture: YouTube)

Along with showcasing the new Gigantamax forms for Sword and Shield’s starters, new Galarian forms for the original legendary birds, Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres were also revealed for The Crown Tundra expansion.

You can check out each new Galarian legendary bird below.


Galarian Articuno - Psychic/Flying

Articuno Pokemon
Galarian Articuno (Picture: Pokemon)


Galarian Moltres - Dark/Flying

Moltres Pokemon
Galarian Moltres (Picture: Pokemon) 


Galarian Zapdos - Fighting/Flying

Zapdos Pokemon
Galarian Zapdos (Picture: Pokemon)

If that wasn’t enough, there was also Gigantamax versions of Blastoise and Venosaur shown, and two new Regi Pokémon whose Japanese names are Regidraco and Regieleci - a dragon type and electric type respectively. 

Gigantamax forms for Urshifu were also shown, essentially packing quite a bit into a small trailer. 

You can check out some of the new forms below.


Gigantamax Blastoise 

Blastoise Gigantamax
Blastoise has got a new shell (Picture: Pokemon)


Gigantamax Venosaur

Venosaur Gigantamax
Check out Venosaur in Gigantamax form (Picture: Pokemon)


After Isle of Armor, a second expansion is set to be released in the fall called The Crown Tundra promising more new Pokémon and a new area to explore. 

Pokémon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor releases on Wednesday 17th June on Nintendo Switch.