Pokémon Sword and Shield Guides

All returning Pokémon coming to Sword and Shield Expansion Pass

Find out which previous generation Pokémon are returning to Pokémon Sword and Shield spotted in the Direct!

The news today that Pokémon Sword and Shield is receiving DLC (Downloadable Content) came as a surprise, alongside free updates to the game. One of the additions is that over 200 previous generation Pokémon will be added to the game. You can transfer them over to Pokémon Sword and Shield via Pokémon Home when it releases in February 2020, or catch them in the areas available through the Expansion Pass.

But what are these Pokémon? Here is our list of the ones we spotted in the Direct and the official website. Later we’ll update our Analysis of the Galar Dex article with a break-down of type distributions, generation representation, and more with this list. We are presuming all pre-evolutions and evolutions of sighted Pokémon are also included.

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  • Magnemite, Magneton, Magnezone
  • Happiny, Chansey, Blissey
  • Horsea, Seadra, Kingdra
  • Zorua, Zoroark
  • Larvesta, Volcarona
  • Azurill, Marill, Azumarill
  • Rockruff, Lycanroc (3 forms)
  • Dedenne
  • Nidoran♂, Nidorino, Nidoking
  • Nidoran♀, Nidorina, Nidoqueen
  • Elekid, Electabuzz, Electivire
  • Zubat, Golbat, Crobat
  • Spheal, Sealeo, Walrein
  • Gible, Gabite, Garchomp
  • Cryogonal
  • Beldum, Metang, Metagross
  • Amaura, Aurorus
  • Fletchling, Fletchinder, Talonflame
  • Clauncher, Clawitzer (spotted in the Isle of Armor art)
  • Psyduck, Golduck (spotted in the Isle of Armor art)

These total 50.


  • Regice
  • Registeel
  • Regirock
  • Mewtwo
  • Ho-Oh
  • Lugia
  • Entei
  • Raikou
  • Suicune
  • Kyogre
  • Groudon
  • Rayquaza
  • Latias
  • Latios
  • Mesprit
  • Uxie
  • Azelf
  • Dialga
  • Palkia
  • Giratina
  • Cresselia
  • Heatran
  • Tornadus
  • Landorus
  • Thundurus
  • Zekrom
  • Reshiram
  • Kyurem
  • Yveltal
  • Xerneas
  • Zygarde
  • Tapu Koko
  • Tapu Bulu
  • Tapu Lele
  • Tapu Fini
  • Lunala
  • Solgaleo
  • Necrozma

These total 38.

Alternate Forms

  • Galarian Slowpoke
  • Galarian Slowbro
  • Galarian Slowking
  • Galarian Articuno?
  • Galarian Zapdos?
  • Galarian Moltres?

Additionally we have two new Pokémon related to the Regis, with no known naming or typing for them, but they do not appear to parallel Regice/Registeel/Regirock. The alternate versions of the Kanto Legendary birds are not confirmed in their names or typing either, hence the question marks, but they appear to be Galar forms from appearance. These total six.

All in all, we know of 94 returning Pokémon so far of the 200+ we can expect. Which ones are you hoping to see make it into Pokémon Sword and Shield?

Edited by Zach, Rivvon, and Sheep.