Guide: All Returning Pokémon in Sword and Shield’s Expansion Pass

DLC ahoy! Nintendo has announced DLC for Pokémon in Sword and Shield in the form of the Expansion Pass. The DLC will release in two parts: the “Isle of Armor” in June and the “Crown Tundra” later on in the year. Along with a bunch of new Pokémon, Galarian Forms, and Gigantamax Forms, over 200 Pokémon from past generations (some of which are definitely old favorites!) will be returning in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Expansion Pass — over 100 in the “Isle of Armor” DLC and another 100+ in the “Crown Tundra” DLC. That’s a whole lot of expanded Galar Dex!

 

An example of some of the past Pokémon returning in the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass.

 

These old Pokémon will onlybe able to be caught in the new locations debuting in both DLC packs, but will also be made available *for free* to those who don’t own the DLC as part of a free update when each pack launches. That’s right: None of these returning Pokémon are locked behind a paywall. However, if you don’t own the Expansion Pass, you won’t be able to catch these returning Pokémon in the base game; you’ll only be able to get them as part of trades with players who have the DLC or by using the Pokémon Home cloud service and transferring them from past games. This is similar to how past Pokémon games handled Pokémon not in the regional Poké Dex. Although past Pokémon games had all existing Pokémon coded into the game, there were a significant portion of them that could not be caught in-game through normal means and would have to be traded or transferred over from other titles.

 

List of old Pokémon returning in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s DLC

 

Here’s a list of all the old Pokémon confirmed to be returning in the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass DLC so far, along with their National Poké Dex Number, Typing, what generation they hail from, and in what DLC pack they’ll be available (if known):

 

National Poké Dex NumberPokémon NameTypeGenerationDLC Pack
637VolcaronaBug/FireVThe Isle of Armor
230KingdraWater/DragonIIThe Isle of Armor
462MagnezoneElectric/SteelIVThe Isle of Armor
570ZoruaDarkVThe Isle of Armor
702DedenneElectric/FairyVIThe Isle of Armor
298AzurillNormal/FairyIIIThe Isle of Armor
113ChanseyNormalIThe Isle of Armor
374BeldumSteel/PsychicIIIThe Crown Tundra
033NidorinoPoisonIThe Crown Tundra
699AurorusRock/IceVIThe Crown Tundra
615CryogonalIceVThe Crown Tundra
445GarchompDragon/GroundIVThe Crown Tundra
169CrobatPoison/FlyingIIThe Crown Tundra
239ElekidElectricIIThe Crown Tundra
364SealeoIce/WaterIIIThe Crown Tundra
029Nidoran♀PoisonIUnknown
030NidorinaPoisonIUnknown
031NidoqueenPoison/GroundIUnknown
032Nidoran♂PoisonIThe Crown Tundra
034NidokingPoison/GroundIThe Crown Tundra
041ZubatPoison/FlyingIThe Crown Tundra
042GolbatPoison/FlyingIThe Crown Tundra
080SlowbroWater/PsychicIThe Isle of Armor
081MagnemiteElectric/SteelIThe Isle of Armor
082MagnetonElectric/SteelIThe Isle of Armor
116HorseaWaterIThe Isle of Armor
117SeadraWaterIThe Isle of Armor
125ElectabuzzElectricIThe Crown Tundra
144ArticunoIce/FlyingIUnknown
145ZapdosElectric/FlyingIUnknown
146MoltresFire/FlyingIUnknown
183MarillWater/FairyIIThe Isle of Armor
184AzumarillWater/FairyIIThe Isle of Armor
199SlowkingWater/PsychicIIThe Crown Tundra
242BlisseyNormalIIThe Isle of Armor
243RaikouElectricIIUnknown
244EnteiFireIIUnknown
245SuicuneWaterIIUnknown
249LugiaPsychic/FlyingIIUnknown
250Ho-OhFire/FlyingIIUnknown
363SphealIce/WaterIIIThe Crown Tundra
365WalreinIce/WaterIIIThe Crown Tundra
375MetangSteel/PsychicIIIThe Crown Tundra
376MetagrossSteel/PsychicIIIThe Crown Tundra
377RegirockRockIIIUnknown
378RegiceIceIIIUnknown
379RegisteelSteelIIIUnknown
380LatiasDragon/PsychicIIIUnknown
381LatiosDragon/PsychicIIIUnknown
382KyogreWaterIIIUnknown
383GroudonGroundIIIUnknown
384RayquazaDragon/FlyingIIIUnknown
440HappinyNormalIVThe Isle of Armor
443GibleDragon/GroundIVThe Crown Tundra
444GabiteDragon/GroundIVThe Crown Tundra
466ElectivireElectricIVThe Crown Tundra
480UxiePsychicIVUnknown
481MespritPsychicIVUnknown
482AzelfPsychicIVUnknown
483DialgaSteel/DragonIVUnknown
484PalkiaWater/DragonIVUnknown
485HeatranFire/SteelIVUnknown
487GiratinaGhost/DragonIVUnknown
488CresseliaPsychicIVUnknown
571ZoroarkDarkVThe Isle of Armor
636LarvestaBug/FireVThe Isle of Armor
641TornadusFlyingVUnknown
642ThundurusElectric/FlyingVUnknown
643LandorusGround/FlyingVUnknown
661FletchlingNormal/FlyingVIUnknown
662FletchinderFire/FlyingVIUnknown
663TalonflameFire/FlyingVIUnknown
698AmauraRock/IceVIThe Crown Tundra
716XerneasFairyVIUnknown
717YveltalDark/FlyingVIUnknown
718ZygardeDragon/GroundVIUnknown
744RockruffRockVIIThe Isle of Armor
745LycanrocRockVIIThe Isle of Armor
785Tapu KokoElectric/FairyVIIUnknown
786Tapu LelePsychic/FairyVIIUnknown
787Tapu BuluGrass/FairyVIIUnknown
788Tapu FiniWater/FairyVIIUnknown
643ReshiramDragon/FireVUnknown
644ZekromDragon/ElectricVUnknown
646KyuremDragon/IceVUnknown
791SolgaleoPsychic/SteelVIIUnknown
792LunalaPsychic/GhostVIIUnknown
800NecrozmaPsychicVIIUnknown
150MewtwoPsychicIUnknown

 

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  1. BJ Kling says:

    What is your source for this list? I didnt see the Zubat, Magnemite, and other evolutionary lines in the direct and dont see them on the website.

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