As with any generation of the Main Series of Pokemon, the game is split into two versions, and each version has a subtle difference from the other. While the exact differences very slightly from generation to generation, the most notable difference between the two has always been the selection of Pokemon available, as each version always sports a few “exclusive” Pokemon not found in the others. Because this can be the deciding factor when it comes to picking a version for many players, here is a full list of the version-exclusives for each.
Note that most of these Pokemon can be found in either version, but Gigantamax Raids for them can only be found in the exclusive version. That said, it’s still possible to join a Max Raid hosted by a player of another version in order to obtain them yourself.
These are the individual species that can only be obtained in each version, arranged into families.
The other big difference between the two versions, in this case, is the set of gym leaders that you’ll fight. Both versions have the traditional 8 gym leaders, but 2 in each version are actually exclusive.
So which version do you have, or plan to pick up; Sword or Shield? They each have some real strengths and unique aspects, but the real fun comes from being able to work with other players across the globe in order to complete your collection. Let us know which version is your favorite, and why!