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Pokémon Sword and Shield expansion launching June 17

The Isle of Armor will include new Galarian Pokémon

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Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Pokémon Sword and Shield expansion The Isle of Armor will be released on June 17, The Pokémon Company announced Tuesday. The company said the second expansion, The Crown Tundra, will be released in fall 2020.

The Isle of Armor will take place in a new area of the Galar region, aptly called the Isle of Armor. It’s got a new storyline and gym for players to complete, but the update also brings newly discovered Galarian forms of Pokémon and fills out the Pokédex. Some of the new additions were shown off in a video posted to YouTube on Tuesday morning: Exeggutor, Tauros, and Poliwag, among plenty more.

Galarian forms were revealed for Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Slowbro. Blaistoise and Venusaur’s new Gigantamax forms — the super large battle forms — were shown, too. New Legendary Pokémon are also coming alongside the Galarian forms of Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres: Regieleki, an electric-type monster, and Regidrago, a Dragon Orb Pokémon. (All of these, though, look to be part of The Crown Tundra.)

Kubfu and Urshifu, though, are coming with The Isle of Armor. Urshifu has two forms — single strike and rapid strike, each with its own moves and G-Max moves. “A Single Strike Style Urshifu that has followed the path of darkness can unleash a single, severe blow — a signature move known as Wicked Blow,” The Pokémon Company said. “This move always results in a critical hit, allowing Urshifu to attack while ignoring the target’s stat changes. A Rapid Strike Style Urshifu that has followed the path of water can unleash a flowing three-hit combo—a signature move known as Surging Strikes. This move always results in critical hits, allowing Urshifu to attack while ignoring the target’s stat changes.”

Alongside the new Pokémon, there will be new features added in with The Isle of Armor. Here are the details, straight from the developer:

Cram-o-matic — The dojo on the Isle of Armor houses a unique take on recycling in the form of a device called the Cram-o-matic. If players feed it four items, it will combine them and give out a new item in exchange. Trainers can receive any of a variety of items, including Poké Balls, PP Ups, and more. Some combinations might even produce rare items.

Tutor Moves — Completely new tutor moves will also be available on the Isle of Armor. Trainers can have their Pokémon learn them in exchange for Armorite Ore, a substance that can be found on the Isle of Armor through Max Raid Battles and other means. Burning Jealousy is a new Fire-type move that can be taught starting with these expansions. When it hits, it deals damage to all opposing Pokémon and burns all opposing Pokémon that have had their stats boosted during the turn. Grassy Glide is a new Grass-type move that can be taught starting with these expansions. This move has high priority when used on Grassy Terrain.

Max Soup — Max Soup is a special dish made from rare ingredients you can gather on the Isle of Armor. If a Pokémon with great hidden potential drinks Max Soup, it will become a special Pokémon capable of Gigantamaxing.Some Pokémon that Trainers are already traveling with may also gain the ability to Gigantamax.

The Pokémon Company also outlined a new transfer bonus beginning in Pokémon Home on June 2. Trainers that transfer a Pokémon from Pokémon Sword and Shield to Pokémon Home on the Nintendo Switch, they’ll get a Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble with their Hidden Abilities. These will be sent as Mystery Gifts.

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