New Pokemon Sword and Shield Event Unlocks Version-Exclusive Pokemon

A new Pokemon Sword and Shield event will allow players to catch some Pokemon that are exclusive to the version they do not own.As reported by Serebii.net, a selection of version-exclusive Pokemon will be available through Max Raid Battles in the Wild Area. Pokemon Shield owners will finally be able to get their hands on Farfetch’d without trading, while Pokemon Sword players can catch a Ponyta in the wild.

The special event doesn’t appear to be making every version exclusive Pokemon available – it appears that you won’t be able to get the Legendaries – but logging on between March 19 – March 26 will certainly make it possible to fill several gaps in your Pokedex.

Every New and Returning Pokemon Announced for the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass

This is a rare move for Nintendo and The Pokemon Company, as version-exclusive Pokemon typically stay that way in order to encourage players to trade with each other or even buy both versions of the game.

To see the different monsters available for each game, check out our Pokemon Sword and Shield versions guide. We’ve also got a guide to all the event Pokemon added to the game.

Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer. You can follow him on Twitter.




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