I am back to catch even more Pokémon with a whole new island to explore, battles to take on all thanks to the release of ‘The Isle of Armor’ DLC for Pokémon Sword and Sheild.
This is actually the first time I have ever seen DLC within the core Pokémon franchise, so I wonder how they did, is it everything I would have hoped for, or is it, lacking, let us find out.
As with all DLC, you purchase it, you download it then you can access it, how easy is that? Just make sure you have space on your system or SDCard. When you log in for the first time you are greeted with a card (see below) letting you know that ‘The Isle of Armor’ is now open. You get there by heading to the very first station you ever boarded ‘Wedgehurst Station’. You then board the train which takes you to armor station then you take flight with a Corviknight Taxi service to ‘The Isle of Armor’.
But before you set off, it’s time to get your first new Pokémon, while you are in ‘Wedgehurst Station’, no spoilers, just a hint, it is rather slow.
Once you arrive at ‘The Isle of Armor’ you will meet your trainer/ rival. There are two of them, and which one you meet is dependent on which version of the game you have. For Pokémon Sword you will meet Klara who is a specialist in Poison-type Pokémon, or for Pokémon Shield, you will meet Avery who is a specialist in Psychic-type Pokémon.
Once you battle it out you are invited to join a local Dojo run by Master, Mustard.
This old geezer will set you on the path of righteousness, well not really, he sets you a number of trials, with your reward being ‘Kubfu’ a fighting type Pokémon. You will then need to level the little one up in order to take on one of two towers, the ‘Tower of Darkness’ or the ‘Tower of Waters’. Dependent on which tower you choose will depend on what form your Kubfu will evolve into. If you decided to take on the ‘Tower of Darkness’ Kubfu will evolve into Urshifu Single Strike Style which is a fighting/Dark Pokémon. If you decided to take on the Tower of Waters Kubfu will evolve into Urshifu Rapid Strike Style which is fighting/Water Pokémon.
After all, this is done, there is a small amount extra to do then the ‘Isle of Armor’ is complete and well you can do whatever you want. It took me around 3 to 4 hours to complete the main story, but I did use candies to level up Kubfu faster, you do not have to do this you can enjoy the game by battling and levelling up slowly, this is totally down to you.
But you are not here just to get Kubfu right? You are here to fill your Pokédex will all-new Pokémon that did not make the cut in the original release, and you will be happy to know that there is around 100 new Pokémon to battle and catch, So go Catch ’em’ All.
Here is a list of Pokémon (Source) at this time I had NOT caught them all, so I turned to Reddit for a full list.
- Porygon 2
As you can tell there are some fan favourites like Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Jigglypuff and Psyduck, well they are my favourites, might not be everyone’s favourite Pokémon to have. There are also Pokémon that were only available through trade mechanics, which is great.
There are a number of forms to gethold of, including two Galarian forms, Slowbro and Slowpoke and a good amount of Alolan forms which you obtain from Diglett, Alolan forms include the following;
- Alolan Vulpix
- Alolan Marowak
- Alolan Meowth
- Alolan Exeggutor
- Kanto Slowpoke
- Alolan Raichu
- Alolan Shandshrew
And you can also get Alolan Diglett and an Alolan version of your starter Pokémon, either Scorbunny (Litten), Grooky (Rowlet) and Sobble (Popplio). As I started with Scorbunny I ended up with Litten.
Also do not forget to go to Master, Mustards wife as you can obtain a Squirtle or a Bulbasaur, that can GIGANTAMAX.
One of the coolest things I liked about the expansion, was the ability to have one of your adorable, lovable Pokémon out at all times, to enjoy the adventure with you. There is also a way to gain new skills, create Pokéballs with Apricorns, Raid in wild areas, and trade Galarian forms.
The game’s graphics sounds and animation all seen in the base game make its way to the first DLC and again there is no voice acting, something I feel is needed to really bring this game to life. You can get the expansion pass for £26.99, which makes this DLC £13.50 which for me and what I got is well worth it. A load more Pokémon, a Pokémon partner to walk around with me, new forms, a new island and more fun.
I do understand that many Pokémon fans wanted ALL the Pokémon to have been released in the base game, however, having an expansion like this gives us more content and more reasons to come back to the game and Catch ’em’ All.
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Pokemon Sword The Isle of Armor
The wild adventure continues later this year with Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass! The Expansion Pass contains two expansions: Part 1: The Isle of Armour and Part 2: The Crown Tundra, releasing Wednesday 17 June 2020 and Autumn 2020 respectively.
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Product Price: 26.99
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