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How to Update Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

In this article, you'll learn how to update Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

On 18 March 2020, a new software update for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield became available for download. Please take a moment to download and install this update while your Nintendo Switch console is connected to the internet.

Note

  • This update must be applied in order to use the game’s internet features.
  • Save data will still be available for use after downloading the update.
  • If the console is connected to the internet, the update will download and install automatically.

Complete these steps

  1. Connect the Nintendo Switch console to the internet.
  2. Return to the HOME Menu and launch the game.
  3. The update will be downloaded and installed automatically.
  4. Once the update is installed, the newest version number will be displayed on the title screen.

Update history

Click the version number below for information about the update. Each update also includes all previous updates.


Ver. 1.1.1 (Released 18 March 2020)

  • Fixed various issues to improve gameplay

Ver. 1.1.0 (Released 9 January 2020)

  • Added a feature to jump to Nintendo eShop
  • Added a bonus for Expansion Pass purchasers
  • Additional Pokémon will be added
  • Fixed various issues to improve gameplay