Remember – don’t buy the wrong Expansion Pass for Pokémon Sword & Shield

Tomorrow, the first installment of Expansion Pass will be released to Pokémon Sword and Shield, allowing players to head to The Isle of Armor to experience a new adventure, catch more Pokémon and use new game systems to create the best team of monsters possible. But – there is a small problem with the Passport: it is very easy to buy the wrong version. Let me explain.

Two Expansion Pass

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are two versions of the same generation of Pokémon. They take place in the same world and are the same adventure with the same characters. However, they have a variety of pokémon. These are called version exclusives. Expansion Pass works the same way but is not compatible with both versions of the game.

It means Pokémon Sword is not compatible with Expansion Pass too Pokémon Shield. And if you buy the mistake by mistake, you can’t get the money back, because Nintendo’s eShop does not make returns on digital purchases. Given that an Expansion Pass costs SEK 312 it can make you very upset. Nintendo has done a poor job of marketing the additions and above all in clarifying the differences.


However, there is an easy and safe way to buy the right Pass. All you have to do is start up your Pokémon game, enter the menu and select the buy icon in the bottom corner. Pressing it will take you directly to the eShopper and the correct version for your Pokémon game. Make your purchase and voilá – you are ready for your next adventure when it is released.

The Crown Tundra, which is part two of the Expansion Pass, will be released this fall.

You can read more about The Isle of Armor, released tomorrow, in our article here, or check out the many articles at Pokémons website.