Pokemon Sword & Shield: The Isle of Armor

The Isle of Armor expansion for the Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield is now live. A new adventure now awaits every Pokemon Sword and Shield players but you just can’t go to the expansion yet from the get go. Players need to follow a set of specific way to be able to reach the Isle of Armor.

How to start the Isle of Armor DLC

The Isle of Armor expansion will be adding new content, storyline, Pokemons, a new wild area, and returning Pokemon to the base game. Additionally, players can begin the expansion even if they have not completed the base game story yet.

To access the first expansion in-game, players will need to purchase the Pokemon Pass, available on the Nintendo eShop, for them to have access to the island of the Isle of Armor.

Once you have the expansion pass, updated the game, and acquired an Armor Pass, which is automatically given to players who purchases the expansion pass, players would simply need to head to Wedgehurst Train Station. It is the first train station that you will encounter when you first started playing the game. Located near your home town.

Once you’re in the Isle of Armor, you’ll be facing your fist Pokemon battle in the area against Klara. The battle will be easy since Klara will be using weak Pokemons against you. Afterwards, you’re free to explore the area. Be careful though, the Isle of Armor is quite large and you might get lost in your first play through.

What Level can you do the Isle of Armor?

The level of Pokemons in the area of the Isle of Armor will depend on your current Pokemon base game progress. If you have not completed the base game story yet, the Pokemons in the wild area of the Isle of Armor will scale according to your Pokemon’s level. Furthermore, the deeper you find yourself in the wild area of the expansion, the higher the level of Pokemons you will encounter.

How to farm Max Mushroom on the Isle of Armor?

Max Mushrooms are the main item requirement needed to make the Max Soup. Players will be able to learn the process of making Max Soup as they follow the story set in the Isle of Armor. Once players acquired their first cluster of Max Mushroom, Master Mustard will then teach players how to make Max Soup.

Pokémon Sword & Shield Isle of Armor - Max Soup
Max Mushroom

Max Soup is a new system content added to the base game of Pokemon Sword and Shield. Pokemons that are given the Max Soup will be able to obtain their exclusive Gigantamax form. However, only a few selected Pokemons are given such feat including:

  • Venusaur
  • Charizard
  • Blastoise
  • Butterfree
  • Pikachu
  • Meowth
  • Machamp
  • Gengar
  • Kingler
  • Lapras
  • Eevee
  • Snorlax
  • Garbodor
  • Rillaboom
  • Cinderace
  • Inteleon
  • Corviknight
  • Orbeetle
  • Drednaw
  • Coalossal
  • Flapple
  • Appletun
  • Sandaconda
  • Toxtricity
  • Centiskorch
  • Hatterene
  • Grimmsnarl
  • Alcremie
  • Copperajah
  • Duraludon
  • Urshifu

Fortunately, players will be able to obtain Max Mushroom from time to time, usually on the same location that they first spawn. In our experience, you will find Max Mushrooms on the same spot in Brawlers’ Cave and Courageous Cavern. Unfortunately, players will not be able to farm as much as they like. Once you take the cluster of Max Mushroom, it will take time for it to respawn.

Free Galarian Mr. Mime, Ponyta, Corsola & Meowth For Pokemon Sword / Shield

If you are a Pokemon Sword / Shield player, rejoice! The Pokemon Company is giving away a Galarian Mr. Mime, Galarian Ponyta, Galarian Meowth, and Galarian Corsola. This giveaway is part of the companies celebration for the upcoming first-ever Pokemon expansion game that is set to be released next month which is the Isle of Armor.

Starting May 22 until June 12. You will be able to claim these free gifts via Mystery Gift. Furthermore, you will also receive a handful of rare Poke Balls along with these Pokemons.

You can refer below for the scheduled date release of each Pokemon.

Free Pokemon Distribution Schedule



Additional Gifts

May 22 – 28

Galarian Mr. Mime

1x Lure Ball, 1x Moon Ball, 1x Dream Ball, 1x Heavy Ball

May 29 – June 4

Galarian Ponyta w/ Anticipation

1x Level Ball, 1x Fast Ball, 1x Love Ball, 1x Beast Ball

June 5 – June 11

Galarian Corsola w/ Cursed Body

Sweet Apple, Tart Apple, Chipped Pot, Cracked Pot, Sachet, Whipped Dream

June 12

Galarian Meowth w/ Unnerve

100 Exp. Candies L, 50 Big Nuggets

The Pokemon expansion game, Isle of Armor, is scheduled to be launched by the end of June. Because of this, we are somewhat anticipating more free gifts following the last give away schedule. So between June 13 until June 31, we are assuming that there will be more gifts to come. These Galarian Pokemon giveaway are just starters to spice thing up. Hopefully, could get some rare items such as Golden Caps or free first edition Pokemon such as Charmander, Bulbazor, and Squirtle.

Pokemon Expansion Sword / Shield

The Pokemon Company is set to release the first ever expansion game for Pokemon Sword & Shield this coming June. There will be two sets of expansion in which the Crown of Tundra will be the latter expansion for the game.

In the past Pokemon games, the usual progression for every edition is an enhanced version of the game with additional story line. For example, Pokemon Ruby got enhanced to Pokemon Omega Ruby. So with Pokemon Sun to Pokemon Ultra Sun. Now that the Pokemon Company has diverted from its traditional installment of the game, we expect that this will be the case for the future Pokemon games where expansion in the form of DLC will be released instead of buying the same game again.


The Isle of Armor

The Isle of Armor is the first-ever Pokemon expansion set to be released at the end of June for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. The expansion can already be pre-ordered on your favorite local game stores or from the Nintedo Eshop. The expansion pass will cost US$29.99 for each version. Heads up! Do not get confused with the bundled expansion and game. If you already have the game, all you need to do to get the expansion is to purchase the correct expansion version that corresponds to your Pokemon game.

The Isle of Armor is set to bring new features in game as well as new Pokemons with their Galarian forms.

Crown of Tundra

After the Isle of Armor, another Pokemon expansion is set to be released around the Fall of 2020 and that is that Crown of Tundra. The second expansion takes place in the eponymous Crown Tundra, a mountainous region blanketed in snow. According to the Pokemon Company, the second expansion aims to promote game exploration. A side story will follow that appoints players to be a leader of an exploration team by “a certain NPC” and will be tasked with investigating the area.

The Crown of Tundra can now also be pre-ordered for US$29.99 on Nintendo Eshop.

Be sure to stick around as we give you the latest news and update for the upcoming Pokemon Expansion Game, the Isle of Armor.