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Pokémon Sword And Shield’s New DLC Finally Lets Pokémon Follow You Around

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Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Isle of Armor DLC adds a big new area to explore and a bunch more Pokémon to discover, but by far one of the coolest things in it is a new feature that lets you hang out with your favorite Pokémon out in the wild.

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Once you hit a certain point in Isle of Armor, which just went live earlier today, you’ll be able to let one of your Pokémon out of its Poké Ball and follow you around as you explore.

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Whether you have a favorite Incineroar or just want to show off your Galararion Ponyta’s beautiful lavender and seafoam green coat, it doesn’t matter. Any Pokémon you have in your party can follow you around as long as you put them at the top of the roster.

Pokémon walking alongside their trainers was originally introduced to the series with Pokémon Yellow but has rarely been seen since, and wasn’t available in the base Sword and Shield. Normally, the only time you get to see the Pokémon you’ve spent dozens of hours feeding, grooming, and leveling up, is during battle or while camping, so it’s nice to finally get to spend some quality with them while just out adventuring.

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The feature is limited to the Isle of Armor area itself. Back on the mainland Pokémon still have to stay inside their Poké Balls as usual. But that’s a small price to pay to finally see this big, blue lad out and about by my side. 

Kotaku staff writer. You can reach him at ethan.gach@kotaku.com

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I found Sword and Shield quite disappointing. I’ve been leveling up Charizards for more than 20 years and I found Sword and Shield one of the worst Pokemon games in a long time. For the first Pokemon console game I’ve played since Stadium on the 64 it was very disappointing. It was just such an empty game, The excitement of having Pokemon on your TV big screen was flattened by there being not that much to do or explore. I wasn’t expecting Skyrim or anything but the game map felt really by the numbers. especially compared to what the Switch is capable of as we’ve seen in Breath of the Wild.  The story was lacklustre and incredibly basic and the Difficulty was way too easy. I know that this is supposed to be a kids game but my team never had any issues in any battles. I ended up doing a Nuzlocke in my second playthrough and even then it was the easiest Nuzlocke I’ve ever attempted. The fact that it was missing most of my favourite Pokes wasn’t great either.

I haven’t picked up Pokemon Sword since Christmas and to be honest I’m in no hurry to go back to it. I might pick up the DLC if there’s a switch store sale but I don’t think I’m missing out too much.