Pokemon Sword And Shield Pre-Order Guide: Double Pack, Bonuses, And More (US, UK)

Pokemon's next adventure is arriving later this year.

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Since its reveal earlier this year, Pokemon Sword and Shield have been met with a huge amount of anticipation and excitement from fans, and now we finally have more information about Nintendo's new upcoming Pokemon RPGs. In a pre-E3 Pokemon Direct on June 5, Game Freak revealed Pokemon Sword and Shield will release November 15 for Nintendo Switch, marking the first main-series Pokemon games to arrive on the console. You can check out their box art below.

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The recent Pokemon Direct gave trainers a closer look at the Galar region and its new Pokemon, as well as information about new battle mechanics, two new legendaries, and a revamped Pokedex. As in previous games, you'll have three starter Pokemon to choose from: Grookey, a grass monkey; Scorbunny, a fiery rabbit; and Sobble, a shy water lizard. The Galar region is scattered with towns where humans and Pokemon live and work together, and they include huge Pokemon gyms where people gather to watch epic battles between trainers and gym leaders.

The Direct also revealed an interesting new battle mechanic: Dynamax, an ability that turns your Pokemon into a giant form of themselves for three turns. Available to use once per battle, Dynamax boosts your Pokemon's power and is triggered by a separate button, similar to Z-Moves. Outside of gym battles, you can also pair up with three other trainers (locally or online) to fight wild Dynamax battles against one giant Pokemon, which you can afterward catch. These encounters are called Max Raid Battles.

Now that we've gotten a closer look at Pokemon Sword and Shield and have a better idea of what to expect from the games, you might be ready to throw your money at Nintendo and pre-order your copy now. In addition to ordering a single copy, Game Freak announced you'll be able to pre-order a Double Pack that contains both games. See more info about pre-ordering Pokemon Sword and Shield below.

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Pre-order bonuses for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield

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Pre-order Pokemon Sword or Shield from PokemonCenter.com, and you'll receive a free keychain plush featuring one of the game's starters: Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble.

You can also get $10 back on your order when you pre-order from either Amazon or Best Buy. At Amazon, Prime members receive $10 credit to their account when pre-ordering Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield. The same deal applies at Best Buy; however, you must be a Best Buy member to be eligible for the $10 reward credit. Signing up for their membership program is free.

While not limited to pre-orders, a special bonus will come with downloadable versions of Pokemon Sword and Shield from the Nintendo Eshop: 12 Quick Balls, special Poke Balls that make your chances of catching a Pokemon higher at the start of a battle. You'll receive a code that allows you to start the game with 12 Quick Balls in your possession. To get this perk, you have to download Pokemon Sword or Shield from the Eshop before January 15, 2020. If you purchase a digital version of the Double Pack, you'll get two separate codes for each game.

Using Nintendo's game vouchers for Pokemon Sword and/or Shield

Remember Nintendo's game vouchers deal announced a while back? You can now use those on Pokemon Sword and Shield. As a reminder, here's how that works: You'll purchase two game vouchers from Nintendo for $100, which you can then redeem for a pair of games. If you choose two full-price ($60) games, that'll end up saving you $20 total. The eligible games list for the vouchers also includes Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Super Mario Maker 2, the Pokemon: Let's Go titles, and many more Switch games, so you can mix and match however you like.

Note that if you plan to use Nintendo's game vouchers on both Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, you won't receive the special bonuses included with the double pack (detailed below).

Where to pre-order Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield

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Pre-order the Pokemon Sword and Shield Double Pack

June's Pokemon Direct announced the games will also be available as a dual bundle, and Nintendo's official website has confirmed its price: $120. In the UK, the dual pack includes an exclusive golden steelbook, but that version doesn't appear to be available in the US.

Fortunately, Nintendo recently revealed another bonus for the double pack that's available to everyone. For purchasing the double pack, you'll receive two codes (one per game) for special items called Dynamax Crystals, which will allow you to face Dynamax Larvitar and Dynamax Jangmo-o in special Max Raid battles. Normally, Jangmo-o is limited to Pokemon Sword and Larvitar is limited to Pokemon Shield, and neither can be encountered until much later in the game. But with these special bonus codes, you'll be able to quickly catch them in either version.

The double pack is now available for pre-order at most major retailers. My Best Buy members can receive $10 reward credit when pre-ordering the double pack. Unfortunately, Amazon's $10 reward credit offer only applies to the individual games.

Pokemon Sword and Shield dual pack with golden steelbook - available in UK
Pokemon Sword and Shield dual pack with golden steelbook - available in UK

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