Patches & Updates

Pokémon Sword & Shield are on the Nintendo Switch and are capable of patches and updates to the software. This is done typically automatically when your Switch is in Stand By mode but can be prompted by pressing Start on the Switch's Home Screen and selecting Software Update. These updates offer a variety of changes including bugfixes and more

Version 1.2.1

Release Dates:

July 8th 2020

Size:

Fixes:

  • Fixed a problem that allowed players to match in the Y-Comm using just 7 of the 8 Link Code numbers.
  • Fixed a loophole that allowed for illegitimate raids to appear on the Y-Comm.
  • Various Bug Fixes

Notes
This update is required for your game to go online.

Version 1.2

Release Dates:

June 17th 2020

Size:

Fixes:

  • Added access to the The Isle of Armor and all its relevant contents, new items and improvements.
  • Added data for 101 Returning Pokémon, as well as the new Pokémon Kubfu, Urshifu & Zarude as well as new moves and abilities
  • Added the Battle Ready Mark, a mark that allows for you to make your Pokémon usable in Ranked Battle if transferred.
  • Added Team Preview to be on the same screen as team selection for multiplayer battles.
  • Altered Link Codes on the Y-Comm to be 8 numbers rather than 4 .
  • Fixed a problem that allowed people to disconnect in Ranked Battle and receive a win .
  • Various Bug Fixes

Notes
This update is required for your game to go online.

Version 1.1.1

Release Dates:

March 18th 2020

Size:

Fixes:

  • Fixed a bug that caused the game to crash if a player received a Pokémon that had been poorly hacked.
  • Fixed a bug where a character's name wouldn't appear above the text box.
  • Various Bug Fixes

Notes
This update is required for your game to go online.

Version 1.1

Release Dates:

January 9th 2020

Size:

Fixes:

  • Added Galarian Slowpoke
  • Added small event in Wedgehurst featuring Slowpoke
  • Fixes a bug that causes Sucker Punch or Quash to not hit when there is only one opponent Pokémon.
  • Fixes a bug that causes the game to lock if you have taught certain Pokémon many TM/TR moves and then go to the Move Relearner.
  • Various Bug Fixes

Notes
This update is required for your game to go online.