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Pokémon Sword Vs Shield: Which Version Has The Better Legendary Pokémon

With the release of Sword and Shield as the current generation of Pokemon games, fans are already wondering which one to pick to get the best legendary. The wolf inspired and lore filled creatures of this Pokémon game have very minor differences, especially design-wise, to add to this whole confusing situation.

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Usually, in a Pokémon game, the title legendaries have 2 very unique looks, however, in Sword and Shield their similar looks and stats make them close to the same Pokémon in all but type. To figure out which is the best, here are 5 reasons Zacian is the best and 5 reasons Zamazenta is the best.

Updated by Michael Connor Smith on May 26th, A Pokémon generation's legendaries are not only an important factor to sway players towards their preferred game and encourage trading with others, but they're also a contender for a ton of debate between Pokémon fans on which legendary is truly the better Pokémon.

This list was updated to give additional info on both of the legendary Pokémon from Sword & Shield, pertaining to their designs, origin, and competitive usage to determine which one comes out on top.

14 Sword: Better Signature Move

What you'll find with Zacian is its Signature Legendary move is a lot better than Zamazenta's.  One big benefit is the power is doubled if you're against a dynamaxed pokemon, which is a saving grace because of the very specific Pokémon in Pokémon Swordthat you can only catch in the dynamax dens. It can be your new go too for any dynamax fight. Shield's legendary signature move does have the same effect, however, it doesn't have the perfect storm of Zacian has where its ability increases his speed so it can go first on a dynamax Pokémon.

13 Shield: Better Defense

With Zamazenta you will get more defense no matter what. It isn't exactly tanky though with a base defense stat, a Snorlax will have a better defense stat. Its ability increases its defense at the start of battle and Zamazenta has plenty of moves that raise its defense more, like Iron defense.

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Zacian doesn't have any defense increasing moves so you get what you get with that base defense stat in Pokémon Sword. Of course, without Zamazenta's signature item, its defense will go down to which is still a high number but much less tanky than it should be overall being a literal shield.

12 Sword: Better Type

The Fairy/Steel type with Zacian is a great advantage over the Fighting/Steel of Zamazenta. Zamazenta has 3 weaknesses to worry about with Fire, Fighting, and Ground-type moves, while Zacian would only have to worry about two weaknesses Fire and Ground. Meaning Zacian's type neutralizes Fairy's weaknesses. This puts Zacian forward as a better Pokémon, battle wise. Zamazenta essentially has the same weaknesses as Lucario, while Zacian is a better Klefki.

11 Shield: Better Doubles Potential

While both of these Pokémon are banned in any competitive format besides ubers, Zamazenta has a few extra tools at its disposal to give it a slight edge when it comes to doubles. They have similar offensive potential, but Zamazenta brings a few more important defensive options to the table.

These two have extremely similar movesets, but Zamazenta has access to both Reflect and Light Screen, as well as an extra multi-targeting move in the form of Dazzling Gleam. It may not be the biggest difference in the world, but the Shield legendary seems more fitted for a doubles team.

10 Sword: Better Substitute User

Substitute is a deadly move that has been a staple in the competitive scene since its earliest days, and Zacian is able to completely destroy teams by using it. Substitute users are usually ones with high Speed and Attack, where Substitute will allow it to more safely out-speed opponents while throwing out damaging moves.

Since Zacian's Attack and Speed are both higher than Zamazenta's, it will end up getting a bit more mileage out of this move. While Zamazenta may be able to tank more hits before the Substitute runs out, Zacian still has a great Defense stat, making it the better choice overall.

9 Shield: Better Rival Fit

With Pokémon Shield, SPOILERS, your rival gets the opposite legendary from you at the post-game. Zacian looks better with Hop as a partner both move wise and color-wise. With Hop's upbeat attitude, it lends more to attacking and connecting more with Zacian, which would be odd to think who he connects with depends on the version of the game. But simply, it does provide more of a challenge during your last battle with him that way.

8 Sword: Better Ability

Zacian's ability strengthens its attack at the start of battle which is big considering its base attack is with it's signature item. Its base attack stat is among the higher range already, combine that with the amount of super physical attacks it knows and it's a Pokémon that can easily 1-hit KO many Pokémon.

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It was made for attacking which many Pokémon fans have grown accustomed to for their playing style. While it isn't the best attack stat you'll find, it is better than most. It's the equivalent of having a swords dance done for Zacian for free, which can delete the need for the move if you're an all-out attacker trainer who doesn't like stat-boosting.

7 Shield: Better Move Tutor User

Both of these legendary wolves can make use of the move tutor found within Motostoke, as he'll teach any Steel Pokémon apart from Dusk Mane Necrozma the move Steel Beam. This Special Attack has a base damage while the user takes some serious recoil damage from it.

While neither Pokémon have a particularly great Special Attack to warrant frequent usage of Steel Beam, Zamazenta would be a much better choice. Both of these Pokémon have an equal Special Attack stat, so it comes down to which one can take more hits after the recoil, and Zamazenta's higher defenses can make use of it.

6 Sword: Cooler Design Origin

Taking a look at the setting of the Galar region and the weapons that these two wield, it's safe to say that they're based on the tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, as Zacian represents the fabled sword Excalibur, and Zamazenta represents King Arthur's shield, Pridwen.

Zacian has a bit more to its design to give it the edge, however. Since the Pokédex refers to Zacian with feminine pronouns, we can attribute this to the Lady of the Lake in the tale of King Arthur, as she is the one to bestow Excalibur.

5 Shield: Better Normal Form

Zamazenta's no item form is essentially the same as Zacian but with a better, sleeker, and more angular look. Based on that look alone might make it a better legendary this generation, while Zacian looks quite plain without its sword item, Zamazenta looks much like it still has armor on it giving it styled, as well a better matching color palette. Zacian looks a bit too close to the legendary dogs of generation 2.

4 Sword: Stronger Regular Moves

While Zacian and Zamazenta learn many of the same things, Zacian learns a lot more of stronger moves naturally that most Pokemon players will be likely to use when all 5 PowerPoints for Zacian's special move run out.  Moves such as Solar Blade help increase the 1-hit KO ratio you can have with this pokemon and win more battles. You'll be slicing through Pokémon like butter with Zacian. Zacian's base attack stat with signature item is a huge attack that overpowers the defense number of Zamazenta's.

3 Shield: Better Pokedex Description

Zamazenta has the more interesting pokedex entry if you're interested in the lore of the pokemon to make your decision. SPOILERS AHEAD. Keep reading if you're interested as it has to do with the story of the game since the legendary and the story are both much more involved with each other in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

According to the Shield pokedex: "This Pokémon slept for aeons while in the form of a statue. It was asleep for so long, people forgot that it ever existed."

The other pokedex entry in Sword doesn't mention this at all about being encased in stone, which is a really interesting attribute. Imagine being asleep in ice for generations, then some smiley kid with a pokeball decides to keep you as his slave the moment you get out.

2 Sword: Better Item Form

Zacian does have the better item form of the two with heroic-looking doggo holding a sword in its teeth. Zamazentas isn't quite as interesting with its shield and gives that cartoonishly impossible feeling that nature would create a high powered, one of a kind, Pokémon that can absorb metal into a very specific shield design around its face. Not much of a  shield if it can't protect the most important part of your body, your face.  Add onto that Zamazanta's super move looks quite ridiculous and over the top because it turns into a giant shield and crashes down on the opponent Pokémon.

1 Shield: Better Shiny Color

Shielddoes have the better shiny colors of the two games, with pink, red, and white. Zacian simply looks paler and the colors match too much. If you're a shiny hunter, shiny Zamazenta is the better of the two as far as color, but as a Pokémon it is the weaker of the two.  The better of this generation goes to Sword as a fighting Pokémon, with Shield'sbeing the others basic form essentially.

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Pokémon Sword or Shield: version differences and exclusives explained

Pokémon Sword or Shield? It’s a tough decision. At least, it’s a tough decision if you’ve been thinking about jumping into the eighth generation of the Pokémon games. 

Offering a choice between two versions of the same game is a long-standing tradition for the Pokémon series. It started with Red and Green in Japan for the GameBoy in and it continues through to these latest releases on Nintendo Switch. Then and now, the overall game is pretty much the same regardless of which version you choose. But there are some differences and it’s definitely not a bad idea to know what they are before you commit to Pokémon Sword or Shield.

There are actually more version differences in Pokémon Sword and Shield than previous generations. There have always been version-exclusive Pokémon, maybe some version-exclusive locations, but Pokémon Sword and Shield take that even further with version-exclusive Gyms, characters and curry ingredients. These are things that it’s really worth looking into. 

To help you decide whether you want Pokémon Sword or Shield, then, we’ve detailed the differences between both versions of the latest Pokémon games, as well as both DLC releases below. 

Pokémon Sword or Shield: version-exclusive Pokémon

From the early days, the main difference between the Pokémon releases has been that one version will have Pokémon the other doesn’t and vice versa. The same is still true for Sword and Shield. 

For some players this won’t make an iota of difference, but if you have a favorite creature that the game just isn't worth playing without,it’s worth making sure they won't be exclusive to a particular version before you make that Pokémon Sword or Shield decision. It's always possible to find someone to trade with if you have missed out – and you can always buy both versions, if you want to – but that's a bit of a rigmarole and can be avoided if you want an easier life. 

Below are the version exclusive Pokémon for Sword and Shield, with their respective types. 

Pokémon Sword exclusives:

  • Deino (Dark/Dragon)
  • Hydreigon (Dark/Dragon)
  • Jangmo-o (Dragon)
  • Kommo-o (Dragon/Fighting)
  • Hakamo-o (Dragon/Fighting)
  • Farfetch'd (Normal/Flying)
  • Sirfetch'd (Fighting)
  • Zweilous (Dark/Dragon)
  • Gothita (Psychic)
  • Gothorita (Psychic)
  • Gothitelle (Psychic)
  • Turtonator (Fire/Dragon)
  • Seedot (Grass)
  • Nuzleaf (Grass/Dark)
  • Shiftry (Grass/Dark)
  • Mawile (Steel/Fairy)
  • Solrock (Rock/Psychic)
  • Basculin (Water)
  • Darumaka (Ice)
  • Darmanitan (Ice)
  • Scraggy (Dark/Fighting)
  • Scrafty (Dark/Fighting)
  • Rufflet (Normal/Flying)
  • Braviary (Normal/Flying)
  • Swirlix (Fairy)
  • Slurpuff (Fairy)
  • Passimian (Fighting)
  • Coalossal, Gigantamax Raid native to Sword but can be shared (Rock/Fire) 
  • Flapple, Gigantamax Raid native to Sword but can be shared (Grass/Dragon)
  • Stonjourner (Rock)
  • Indeedee, Male (Psychic/Normal)

Pokémon Shield exclusives:

  • Goomy (Dragon)
  • Sliggo (Dragon)
  • Goodra (Dragon)
  • Larvitar (Rock/Ground)
  • Pupitar (Rock/Ground)
  • Tyranitar (Rock/Ground)
  • Galarian Ponyta (Psychic)
  • Solosis (Psychic)
  • Duosion (Psychic)
  • Reuniclus (Psychic)
  • Drampa (Normal/Dragon)
  • Vullaby (Dark/Flying)
  • Mandibuzz (Dark/Flying)
  • Gengar, Gigantamax Raid native to Shield but can be shared (Ghost/Poison)
  • Lapras, Gigantamax Raid native to Shield but can be shared (Water/Ice)
  • Cursola (Ghost)
  • Lotad (Water/Grass)
  • Lombre (Water/Grass)
  • Ludicolo (Water/Grass)
  • Sableye (Dark/Ghost)
  • Lunatone (Rock/Psychic)
  • Croagunk (Poison/Fight)
  • Toxicroak (Poisin/Fight)
  • Basculin, Blue-stripe form (Water)
  • Spritzee (Fairy)
  • Aromatisse (Fairy)
  • Oranguru (Normal/Psychic)
  • Appletun Gigantamax Raid native to Shield but can be shared (Grass/Dragon)
  • Eiscue (Ice)
  • Indeedee, Female (Psychic/Normal)

Pokémon Sword or Shield: version-exclusive Gyms

Sword and Shield also have version-exclusive gyms so, depending on which version you pick, you will find yourself facing an exclusive Gym Leader with their own type-focus.

Pokémon Black and White had a similar scenario where, depending on which version you picked, you found yourself battling either Drayden or Iris. That said, both Drayden and Iris used Dragon-types, so you likely weren't having a hugely different experience. 

This time, though, the version-exclusive Gym Leaders are different people who also use different types.

Pokémon Sword's exclusive gyms are:

  • Bea, the Fighting-type leader
  • Gordie, the Rock-type leader

While in Pokémon Shield you'll be battling against:

  • Allister, the Ghost-type leader
  • Melony, the Ice-type leader

If facing off against any of these particular Pokémon types makes you break out in hives, then it could really help you in your decision whether to go for Pokémon Sword or Shield. If you hate them all then we don’t know what to say – go for the lesser of two evils?

Pokémon Sword or Shield: Legendary Pokémon

Another classic version difference is in the Legendary Pokémon that plays the biggest part in your Pokémon adventure. Traditionally, the Legendary Pokémon featured on the cover of the game is a Pokémon you’ll be able to catch in your version of the game and this remains true in Pokémon Sword and Shield. 

For Pokémon Sword, this is Zacian, a Pokémon carrying a sword in its mouth that can cut through opponents. For Pokémon Shield it’s Zamazenta, a defence-based Pokémon whose shield-like body can reflect attacks back on opponents.

The Pokémon Company is providing players an opportunity to get the Shiny version of the legendary they didn’t have access to in their original game as part of a temporary promotion starting October 22 and running through November Yes, that’s right. If you’ve got Pokémon Sword, you could get your hands on a Shiny Zamazenta while Pokémon Shield players can get Shiny Zacian. The Pokémon will be free and can be added to your game via a code that’s claimed in-game in the Mystery Gift menu. Where and when you can get that code depends on where you’re living. 

In North America, it’s an in-store GameStop offer. In the US, Zacian is available until 11 November while Zamazenta’s code can be obtained between November 12 and In Canada Zacian is only available until 4 November with Zamazenta available from November 5 to In the UK and Ireland, both Pokémon are available at the same time in GAME and GameStop stores respectively. 

Pokémon Sword or Shield: version-exclusive curry ingredients

These exclusives are more minor than the others but there are version-exclusive curry ingredients in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Fortunately, there's only two total. 

Those playing with Pokémon Sword get Bob's food tin to cook with, while those playing with Shield get Bach's food tin. Both can be bought from the ingredients sellers in the Rolling Hills and Hammerlocke sections of the Wild Area in your version of the game.

For those who want to experiment with the ingredient that's not in their version in order to expand their CurryDex, you can either trade Pokémon to get one holding that ingredient, or you can cook with a player who has the opposite version of the game as recipes you create while cooking with others will be added to your CurryDex. 

Pokémon Sword or Shield: Isle of Armor DLC differences

Pokémon Sword and Shield's first expansion, Isle of Armor, is out now and is available for both versions of the game. The Pokémon DLC brings with it a new mentor, dogo master Mustard, new Pokémon (including the return of some old favorites) and new rivals. 

But, while the Isle of Armor content for Pokémon Sword and Shield is pretty much the same, which version of the game you have will determine which rival you face-off against. 

Owners of Pokémon Sword will get Klara, a poison-type trainer, as their rival; while owners of Pokémon Shield will face-off against Avery, a psychic-type-trainer.

Pokémon Sword or Shield: Crown Tundra DLC differences

Pokémon Sword and Shield’s second expansion, The Crown Tundra, is out now and is available for both versions of the game. Larger than Isle of Armor, The Crown Tundra takes players to colder climes where they’ll be appointed as the leader of an exploration team tasked with investigating the far reaches of the land, including its underground Pokémon Dens. 

Like Isle of Armor, the content in The Crown Tundra is quite similar for Pokémon Sword and Shield. In terms of version exclusive Pokémon, Sword players will be able to catch Omanyte, Omastar, Bagon, Shelgon, Salamence.  Shield players on the other hand will be able to watch Kabuto, Kabutops, Gible, Gabite, Garchomp.

A more notable difference between the Sword and Shield versions are the Legendary Pokémon you’ll be able to encounter in the game’s new Dynamax Adventures. Sword has the legendaries Ho-Oh, Latios, Groudon, Dialga, Tornadus, Reshiram, Xerneas and Solgaleo, while Shield has Lugia, Latias, Kyogre, Palkia, Thundurus, Zekrom, Yveltal and Lunala.

This can be worked around, though, as you can simply join in the Dynamax Adventure of someone with the opposite version to you in order to try and catch that version’s exclusive Legendaries in a team Dynamax Adventure.

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All the differences between Pokemon Sword and Shield

Since Pokemon Red and Green launched in Japan in , a staple of the Pokemon video game series has been to release mainline games in pairs. Sword and Shield are no different but the most recent games took things a step further. 

Instead of just having different exclusive Pokemon, Sword and Shield have exclusive gym leaders, NPCs, and Dynamax versions of Pokemon. There’s a lot to go over when it comes to the different Pokemon Sword and Shield exclusives, but here’s everything you need to know.

Pokemon Sword and Shield exclusives

In the base versions of Pokemon Sword and Shield, there were 68 exclusive Pokemon with both versions having 34 exclusives that could only be obtained from the other game by connecting with another player to trade or Max Raid Battle. That number grew even further with both DLCs for Pokemon Sword and Shield, the Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra.

Here is the list of exclusive Pokemon, condensed into the highest form of their evolutionary lines:

There are a handful of notes when it comes to these exclusives.

With the Isle of Armor DLC, players can activate and deactivate Gigantamax forms of any applicable Pokemon in Mustard’s Dojo, making it so Sword players can catch and upgrade Gengar and Lapras and Shield players can do the same with Machamp and Coalossal. Players that don’t have the DLC will need to trade or join a raid hosted by a player of the opposite game.

In terms of hard exclusivity, Indeedee can be caught in either game but the genders are game-exclusive, with males appearing in Sword and females appearing in Shield. Players in both Pokemon Sword and Shield can catch Applin but evolves into Flapple with the Sword-exclusive Tart Apple or Appletun with the Shield-exclusive Sweet Apple, with the Gigantamax versions of those Pokemon appearing in their respective games. Finally, Basculin’s Pokedex entry can be filled in either game without trading but the red version is in Sword while the blue version is in Shield.

For the most part, Pokemon Sword and Shield’s exclusive Pokemon are evenly distributed based on their relative strength and archetype. For example, both have an exclusive one-stage dragon Pokemon, with Sword getting Turtonator and Shield getting Drampa. Both have two exclusive pseudo-legendaries with Kommo-o and Hydreigon going to Sword while Goodra and Tyranitar go to Shield. The list goes on like that, ensuring neither game has a serious advantage over the other.

Pokemon Sword and Shield have exclusive gym leaders, rivals

The differences between games within the same Pokemon generation can vary wildly. Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire had different enemy teams, Sun and Moon swapped the day and night cycles, and so on. Alongside having a particularly long list of version-exclusive Pokemon, Sword and Shield also introduce a number of version-exclusive NPCs. 

Pokemon Sword’s fourth gym leader is fighting-type trainer Bea and the sixth gym leader is rock-type Gordie. In Shield, Bea is replaced with ghost user Allister, and Gordie is replaced with ice-type Melony. 

This is expanded out further in the Isle of Armor DLC. Isle of Armor adds another rival to the player, with Sword players getting poison gym leader-in-training Klara while Shield players face psychic specialist Avery. Both have lineups built around Galarian Slowbro.

Different curry ingredients available in Pokemon Sword and Shield

The last big difference between Pokemon Sword and Shield revolves around the curry-making mini-game.

Pokemon Shield players can find Bach’s Food Tin, making Rich Curry. Pokemon Sword players can create Juicy Curry with Bob’s Food Tin. These items can be purchased from the ingredient sellers in the Wild Area passageway to Hammerlocke and in Rolling Fields.

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Pokemon Sword And Shield Exclusives And Differences Explained

Pokémon Sword and Shield differences: Which version should you buy?


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By Michael Andronico

All the exclusive Pokémon and features for Sword and Shield

Pokémon Sword and Shield are finally here, which begs the eternal question that comes with every Pokémon release: which version should you buy?

As with most mainline Pokémon games, Sword and Shield have the same game world, story and mechanics, but differ slightly in which Pokémon you can catch and which gym leaders you'll battle.

Here's a quick breakdown of the key Pokémon Sword and Shield differences.

Pokémon Sword exclusive Pokémon, Legendaries and Galarian forms

Here's a list of Pokémon exclusive to Pokémon Sword, including returning Pokémon, new Pokémon and special Galarian forms that put unique twists on classic characters. Pokémon Sword's Legendary Pokémon is Zacian, a large wolf-like monster that holds a sword in its mouth.

  • Zacian (Legendary)
  • Flapple
  • Indeedee (Male)
  • Stonejourner
  • Deino
  • Zweilous
  • Hydreigon
  • Jangmo-o
  • Hakamo-o
  • Kommo-o
  • Gothita
  • Gothitelle
  • Seedot
  • Nuzzleaf
  • Shiftry
  • Rufflet
  • Braviary
  • Swirlix
  • Slurpuff
  • Scraggy
  • Scrafty
  • Sawk
  • Basculin (Blue Stripe)
  • Mawile
  • Solrock
  • Passimian
  • Turtonator
  • Galarian Farfetch'd
  • Sirfetch'd
  • Galarian Darumaka
  • Galarian Darmanitan

Pokémon Shield exclusive Pokémon, Legendaries and Galarian forms

Pokémon Shield's Legendary Pokémon is Zamamenta, a similarly large wolf-like creature whose armor looks like one big shield. Other notable Shield exclusives include new Pokémon Appleton, Indeedee (Female) and Eiscue, as well as the Galarian versions of Ponyta and Cursola.

  • Zamamenta
  • Appleton
  • Indeedee (Female)
  • Eiscue
  • Larvitar
  • Pupitar
  • Tyranitar
  • Goomy
  • Sliggoo
  • Goodra
  • Solosis
  • Duosion
  • Reuniclus
  • Lotad
  • Lombre
  • Ludicolo
  • Vullaby
  • Mandibuzz
  • Spritzee
  • Aromatisse
  • Croagunk
  • Toxicroak
  • Throh
  • Basculin (Red Stripe)
  • Sableye
  • Lundatone
  • Oranguru
  • Drampa
  • Galarian Ponyta
  • Galarian Rapidash
  • Galarian Corsola
  • Cursola

Pokémon Sword and Shield gym leader differences

In addition to offering different Pokémon to catch, Sword and Shield also feature their own distinct gym leaders.

Pokémon Sword players will battle Fighting-type gym leader Bea and Rock-type gym leader Gordie, while Shield owners will fight Ghost-type gym leader Allister and Ice-type Gym leader Melony.

The rest of the game's gym leaders, including Milo and Nessa, can be encountered in both versions.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Wiki Guide

Pokemon Sword and Shields expansions, The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra, each come withe some exclusives for each version. Not all exclusives are known at this time, but they will be added as they're announced or discovered.

First up are new rivals. They're ultimate goals are to train hard so that they can eventually set up their own Gyms.

Pokemon Sword Exclusive Rival - Klara

Klara is a rival that appears with The Isle of Armor expansion. She specializes in Poison-type Pokemon and is training with other new character, Mustard, at his dojo.

"She’ll do just about anything to appear adorable and cute, as popularity is what she admires most of all. She goes about her days with a smile on her face, but hiding behind it is a calculating nature that she puts to very good use."

Pokemon Shield Exclusive Rival - Avery

Avery is a rival that appears with The Isle of Armor expansion. He specializes in Psychic-type Pokemon, as indicated by the Poke Balls that float around his top hat (and his uniform).

"He is gentlemanly and well-mannered but also very proud. And it seems that he’ll see you as a particularly formidable rival!"

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Pokemon Sword vs Shield: Which one should you buy?

Pokemon Sword and Shield are finally out after a long wait. The 8th Generation of games is the first new generation of Pokemon games to hit the Nintendo Switch. Although they have their flaws, the games are very well designed and bring in new elements to the Pokemon genre never seen before. Check out our full review for the game if you are still sceptical.

But a common dilemma rises: Which one should I buy? If you are buying both, you can look away now since you'll be getting the best of both worlds. But if you're still decided which one to buy, here are the version differences between Sword and Shield.

Version exclusives

As always, there are Pokemon that can only be found in one version of the game and you will need to trade in order to get them.

Pokemon Sword Exclusives:

  • Deino (Dark/Dragon)
  • Zweilous (Dark/Dragon)
  • Hydreigon (Dark/Dragon)
  • Jangmo-o (Dragon)
  • Kommo-o (Dragon/Fighting)
  • Hakamo-o (Dragon/Fighting)
  • Farfetch'd (Normal/Flying)
  • Sirfetch'd (Fighting)
  • Gothita (Psychic)
  • Gothorita (Psychic)
  • Gothitelle (Psychic)
  • Turtonator (Fire/Dragon)
  • Seedot (Grass)
  • Nuzleaf (Grass/Dark)
  • Shiftry (Grass/Dark)
  • Mawile (Steel/Fairy)
  • Solrock (Rock/Psychic)
  • Darumaka (Ice)
  • Darmanitan (Ice)
  • Scraggy (Dark/Fighting)
  • Scrafty (Dark/Fighting)
  • Rufflet (Normal/Flying)
  • Braviary (Normal/Flying)
  • Swirlix (Fairy)
  • Slurpuff (Fairy)
  • Passimian (Fighting)
  • Stonjourner (Rock)
  • Indeedee, Male (Psychic/Normal)

Pokemon Shield Exclusives:

  • Goomy (Dragon)
  • Sliggo (Dragon)
  • Goodra (Dragon)
  • Larvitar (Rock/Ground)
  • Pupitar (Rock/Ground)
  • Tyranitar (Rock/Ground)
  • Galarian Ponyta (Psychic)
  • Solosis (Psychic)
  • Duosion (Psychic)
  • Reuniclus (Psychic)
  • Drampa (Normal/Dragon)
  • Vullaby (Dark/Flying)
  • Mandibuzz (Dark/Flying)
  • Cursola (Ghost)
  • Lotad (Water/Grass)
  • Lombre (Water/Grass)
  • Ludicolo (Water/Grass)
  • Sableye (Dark/Ghost)
  • Lunatone (Rock/Psychic)
  • Croagunk (Poison/Fight)
  • Toxicroak (Poison/Fight)
  • Spritzee (Fairy)
  • Aromatisse (Fairy)
  • Oranguru (Normal/Psychic)
  • Eiscue (Ice)
  • Indeedee, Female (Psychic/Normal)


Sword and Shield are the first Pokemon games where there are Gym Leaders exclusive to each version. There are two Gyms in each game which are exclusive to the game.

Pokemon Sword:

Bea, the Fighting-type leader
Gordie, the Rock-type leader

Pokemon Shield:

Allister, the Ghost-type leader
Melony, the Ice-type leader

Exclusive Gigantamax Raids

Gigantamatrax raids

Dynamax Raids can be found all over in Wild Areas throughout Sword and Shield. However, there are some Pokemon that have a stronger form called "Gigantamax" and they will occasionally pop up instead of a Dynamax Pokemon.

There is an occurrence bonus for Gigantamax Pokemon till January Although some Gigantamax Pokemon are version exclusive, you can invite other players from different versions to join you in the Raid.

Pokemon Sword:

  • Coalossal (Rock/Fire), Gigantamax Raid, can be shared
  • Flapple (Grass/Dragon), Gigantamax Raid, can be shared
  • Drednaw (Water/Rock), Gigantamax Raid, not exclusive but more common, can be shared

Pokemon Shield:

  • Gengar (Ghost/Poison), Gigantamax Raid, can be shared
  • Lapras (Water/Ice), Gigantamax Raid, can be shared
  • Appletun (Grass/Dragon), Gigantamax Raid, can be shared
  • Corviknight (Flying/Steel), Gigantamax Raid, not exclusive but more common, can be shared

Legendary Pokemon

Left: Zacian - the mascot of Sword, Right:Zamazenta - the mascot of Shield

Other than the mascot Pokemon on the cover, there are no other real exclusive legendary Pokemon in Sword and Shield. Without spoiling too much, in both games you will have an encounter with both legendaries as they are an integral part of the story and the history of Galar.

Zacian is a Fairy-Type and with the Sword, it is a Fairy/Steel Type. Zamazenta is a Fighting-Type and with the Shield, it is a Fighting/Steel Type Pokemon. The Legendary choice is probably the least of your concerns when it comes to picking a version!

So what do you choose?

In short, it depends on what you want from the game. Both Pokemon Sword and Shield will provide you with the same experience as the same features have been added in the game. Your choice on what to choose will weigh on the version-exclusive Pokemon and the Gigantamax Raids you wish to play. The Gym and Legendary exclusives are a minor factor comparatively but it could play a part in your decision as well.

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There is no GTS in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Game Freak is pushing the new Pokemon Home feature but you can also interact with players online should you want to trade. You can also camp together, play Raid Battles together, Battle against each other and more.

You will need to pay for the Nintendo Online subscription for this feature but Pokemon Sword and Shield uses the online feature much better than previous Pokemon games. Now if only we could bring some of our old Pokemon to the game

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Pok�mon Sword and Shield version differences, including version exclusive Pok�mon in DLC

Like all Pokémon games, there are a number of differences between Pokémon Sword and Shield, including a number of exclusive Pokémon.

Having Pokémon that only appear in one version of a mainline Pokémon game encourages trainers to trade and battle with their friends (and buy both versions of the game). You'll also be able to battle different gym leaders depending on whether you're playing Pokémon Sword or Shield.

This page is currently in-progress as we're still waiting for all the version differences to be revealed.

On this page:

Pokémon Exclusive to Pokémon Shield, including DLC exclusives

Below you'll find a list of the Pokémon that have are currently confirmed to be exclusive to Pokémon Shield, including the Galarian form of Ponyta:

Thank you to Centro Pokémon LEAKS from Twitter for the help with this information!

Pokémon Exclusive to Pokémon Sword, including DLC exclusives

Below you'll find a list of the Pokémon that have are currently confirmed to be exclusive to Pokémon Sword, such as Sirfetch'd:

Thank you to Centro Pokémon LEAKS from Twitter for the help with this information!

With it finally in the wild, here's how to start the Crown Tundra DLC and our full Pokémon Crown Tundra walkthrough. Plus, here's how to catch Calyrex, Glastrier and Spectrier, the Regieleki and Regidrago puzzle solution and Regirock, Regice, Registeel locations, details on how to catch Legendary Birds Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres in the Crown Tundra, the Ultra Beasts and Necrozma adventure, Dynamax Adventures, including the legendries you can catch on these adventures, and the new Crown Tundra Pokédex and returning Pokémon explained. For Isle of Armor players, here's how to find the Slowpoke, where to find Max Mushroom locations, and how to get Kubfu, become best friends and evolve it, plus all Diglett locations too! For the base game, here's info on the ability to transfer Pokémon to Pokémon Home, the Wild Area, lists of all TM locations and TRs, all Galarian forms and finally our main Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough for the whole game.

What else is exclusive in Pokémon Sword and Shield?

Continuing the tradition started by Pokémon Gold and Silver, Pokémon Sword and Shield each have an exclusive legendary Pokémon.

These Pokémon are displayed on the game's box art - Zacian for Pokémon Sword and Zamazenta for Pokémon Shield.


With its sword firmly clutched within its mouth, Zacian is described as having attacks 'so graceful that its movements captivate opponents. Holding what appears to be a sword in its mouth, Zacain's shining blade can cut through anything.'

:: Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough and guide

Zamazenta, whose shield has been incorporated into its full body, is described as having 'majestic movements and what appears to be a shield covering its body, Zamazenta can turn back any attack and overwhelm any opponents that dare face it.'

Just like the exclusive Pokémon, Zacain and Zamazenta will be tradable between Pokémon Sword and Shield allowing you to add their entry to your Pokédex.

Like in Pokémon Black and White, you'll also be able to fight different gym leaders depending on which version, Sword or Shield, you're playing.


In Pokémon Sword, you'll be able to challenge Bea, who specialises in fighting-type Pokémon, while in Pokémon Shield, you'll find yourself battling the spooky Allister, leader of the ghost-type gym.

Whether there are more exclusive gym leaders is yet to be seen, so check back with this guide regularly!

The sixth Pokémon Gym in Circhester will also differ depending on which version of the game you're playing.

In Pokémon Sword, you'll be battling Gordie and his rock-type Pokémon. Meanwhile, in Pokémon Shield, you'll be challenging Melony and her team of ice-type Pokémon.

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