Exclusives List for Pokemon Sword and Shield

  • Gigantamax Machamp, Turtonator, Swirlix, and more for Sword
  • Gigantamax Gengar, Corsola, Lunatone, and more for Shield

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.

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Gigantamax Pokemon

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.

Sword Exclusives

  • Gigantamax Machamp
  • Gigantamax Coalossal
  • Gigantamax Flapple  (Flapple is Sword Exclusive)

Shield Exclusive

  • Gigantamax Gengar
  • Gigantamax Lapras
  • Gigantamax Appletun (Appletun is Shield Exclusive)

Exclusive Pokemon to Catch

These are the individual species that can only be obtained in each version, arranged into families.

Pokemon Sword

  • Jangmo-o, Hakamo-o, Kommo-o
  • Deino, Zweilous, Hydreigon
  • Seedot, Nuzleaf, Shiftry
  • Galarian Farfetch’d, Sirfetch’d
  • Galarian Darumaka, Galarian Darmanitan
  • Gothita, Gothorita, Gothitelle
  • Scraggy, Scrafty
  • Rufflet, Braviary
  • Swirlix, Swirlpuff
  • Mawile
  • Passimian
  • Solrock
  • Turtonator
  • Stonejourner
  • Indeedee (Male)
  • Flapple
  • Basculin (Red)
  • Zacian

Pokemon Shield

  • Larvitar, Pupitar, Tyranitar
  • Goomy, Sliggoo, Goodra
  • Lotad, Lombre, Ludicolo
  • Galarian Corsola, Cursola 
  • Galarian Ponyta, Galarian Rapidash
  • Solosis, Duosion, Reniclus
  • Croagunk, Toxicroak
  • Vullaby, Mandibuzz
  • Spritzee, Aormatisse
  • Sableye
  • Oranguru
  • Lunatone
  • Drampa
  • Eiscue
  • Indeedee (Female)
  • Appletun
  • Basculin (Blue)
  • Zamazenta

Exclusive Gyms

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.

Sword Exclusive Gym Leaders


  • 4th Gym Leader, Stow-on-Side town, Fighting-type expert
  • Uses Gigantamax Machamp


  • 6th Gym Leader, Circhester town, Rock-type Expert
  • Uses Gigantamax Coalossal

Shield Exclusive Gym Leaders


  • 4th Gym Leader, Stow-on-Side town, Ghost-type expert
  • Uses Gigantamax Gengar


  • 6th Gym Leader, Circhester town, Ice-type Expert
  • Uses Gigantamax Lapras

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!


David Teraoka has been a contributor, manager, and editor for GamePress since 2017. Vinyl collector and lover of all games. From HI.