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Barely cheaper than the ShopTo Deal for £21.85 but still something and 20% discount to eshop/retail price.

Expansion includes both of the two currently announced DLC parts once they are released.
Part 1 - The Isle of Armor (available June 2020)
Part 2 - The Crown Tundra (available Autumn 2020)

Note: Base game Pokémon Sword or Shield required for this DLC to work.
Also, the expansion only covers one copy of the game - you select which expansion version out of Sword or Shield you require after purchase (so if you own both Sword and Shield you will have to buy the DLC twice).

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"Also, the expansion only covers one copy of the game - you select which expansion version out of Sword or Shield you require after purchase (so if you own both Sword and Shield you will have to buy the DLC twice)."

Because nothing says you appreciate your biggest fans like charging them twice for DLC after they've already paid for two slightly different versions of the same game!
Edited by: "BlueLiving" 13th Jan
Here we go again where are the Nintendo defense league? They're normally here by now
Pokemon: Releases altered version of original as a full game

Everyone: Loves it

Pokemon: Releases DLC far surpassing extra play time than the extra content found on revived titles

Everyone: Loses their minds


Come on people, Gamefreak spent so long developing a drop dead gorgeous game that runs on a hand held device, the resources involved must have been monumental, and you probably all fight for "living wage" and "yearly increases"....they have to pay for it somehow!
Ya'll didn't complain this much when Yellow was released! Same game just different starter!!!
Less than £22 for hours of extra gameplay in stunning environments where i don't have to buy another full installment!?....

Take my money!
Edited by: "Silverwolf555" 13th Jan
Silverwolf55513/01/2020 17:27

Pokemon: Releases altered version of original as a full gameEveryone: …Pokemon: Releases altered version of original as a full gameEveryone: Loves itPokemon: Releases DLC far surpassing extra play time than the extra content found on revived titlesEveryone: Loses their mindsCome on people, Gamefreak spent so long developing a drop dead gorgeous game that runs on a hand held device, the resources involved must have been monumental, and you probably all fight for "living wage" and "yearly increases"....they have to pay for it somehow!Ya'll didn't complain this much when Yellow was released! Same game just different starter!!!Less than £22 for hours of extra gameplay in stunning environments where i don't have to buy another full installment!?....Take my money!


This drop dead gorgeous game that has been heavily criticised for not looking anywhere near as good as it's Switch exclusive peers like Breath of the Wild or Xenoblade Chronicles 2?

This one?
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Here we go again where are the Nintendo defense league? They're normally here by now
"Also, the expansion only covers one copy of the game - you select which expansion version out of Sword or Shield you require after purchase (so if you own both Sword and Shield you will have to buy the DLC twice)."

Because nothing says you appreciate your biggest fans like charging them twice for DLC after they've already paid for two slightly different versions of the same game!
Edited by: "BlueLiving" 13th Jan
BlueLiving13/01/2020 16:55

"Also, the expansion only covers one copy of the game - you select which …"Also, the expansion only covers one copy of the game - you select which expansion version out of Sword or Shield you require after purchase (so if you own both Sword and Shield you will have to buy the DLC twice)."Because nothing says you appreciate your biggest fans like charging them twice for DLC after they've already paid for two slightly different versions of the same game!


Did not know this
BlueLiving13/01/2020 16:55

"Also, the expansion only covers one copy of the game - you select which …"Also, the expansion only covers one copy of the game - you select which expansion version out of Sword or Shield you require after purchase (so if you own both Sword and Shield you will have to buy the DLC twice)."Because nothing says you appreciate your biggest fans like charging them twice for DLC after they've already paid for two slightly different versions of the same game!


Been a fan of Pokemon since basically the beginning, but the pokemon company in recent years have just been slipping, given the amount of missing content from the core game charging this much once is a unacceptable let alone twice. This isn't the first offence either, they seem to just save up the content for the third installment or in this case the DLC
BIGUSHEADUS13/01/2020 17:04

Did not know this


I don't blame you there, it's a pretty new and unneccsary concept to try and sell version exclusive DLC.
BlueLiving13/01/2020 16:55

"Also, the expansion only covers one copy of the game - you select which …"Also, the expansion only covers one copy of the game - you select which expansion version out of Sword or Shield you require after purchase (so if you own both Sword and Shield you will have to buy the DLC twice)."Because nothing says you appreciate your biggest fans like charging them twice for DLC after they've already paid for two slightly different versions of the same game!


I am not defending Game Freaks practices but I will never understand why people buy two copies of what is pretty much the same game. Also, if you're buying both versions of the same game then you will almost certainly purchase the expansion twice.
I hope Game Freak reconsider and patch the expansion for those who have both Sw and Sh so they only need buy the expansion once, assuming the expansion doesn't vary much between the two. And I don't even own the base game because I'm still on the fence and not sure if I'd like it.
not a bad price but not available for another 5 months
Edited by: "kobrakaan1" 13th Jan
Pokemon: Releases altered version of original as a full game

Everyone: Loves it

Pokemon: Releases DLC far surpassing extra play time than the extra content found on revived titles

Everyone: Loses their minds


Come on people, Gamefreak spent so long developing a drop dead gorgeous game that runs on a hand held device, the resources involved must have been monumental, and you probably all fight for "living wage" and "yearly increases"....they have to pay for it somehow!
Ya'll didn't complain this much when Yellow was released! Same game just different starter!!!
Less than £22 for hours of extra gameplay in stunning environments where i don't have to buy another full installment!?....

Take my money!
Edited by: "Silverwolf555" 13th Jan
Silverwolf55513/01/2020 17:27

Pokemon: Releases altered version of original as a full gameEveryone: …Pokemon: Releases altered version of original as a full gameEveryone: Loves itPokemon: Releases DLC far surpassing extra play time than the extra content found on revived titlesEveryone: Loses their mindsCome on people, Gamefreak spent so long developing a drop dead gorgeous game that runs on a hand held device, the resources involved must have been monumental, and you probably all fight for "living wage" and "yearly increases"....they have to pay for it somehow!Ya'll didn't complain this much when Yellow was released! Same game just different starter!!!Less than £22 for hours of extra gameplay in stunning environments where i don't have to buy another full installment!?....Take my money!


This drop dead gorgeous game that has been heavily criticised for not looking anywhere near as good as it's Switch exclusive peers like Breath of the Wild or Xenoblade Chronicles 2?

This one?
HairyFist13/01/2020 17:19

I am not defending Game Freaks practices but I will never understand why …I am not defending Game Freaks practices but I will never understand why people buy two copies of what is pretty much the same game. Also, if you're buying both versions of the same game then you will almost certainly purchase the expansion twice.


That's not really the point though. If there's so little reason to buy both versions of the game then there's even less reason to make those people have to buy both versions of the DLC too.
freedms_stain13/01/2020 17:36

This drop dead gorgeous game that has been heavily criticised for not …This drop dead gorgeous game that has been heavily criticised for not looking anywhere near as good as it's Switch exclusive peers like Breath of the Wild or Xenoblade Chronicles 2?This one?


I really love the art style of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, but I wouldn't exactly put it at the same level as BOTW. Some of the performance drops in that game really pull it down visually.
freedms_stain13/01/2020 17:36

This drop dead gorgeous game that has been heavily criticised for not …This drop dead gorgeous game that has been heavily criticised for not looking anywhere near as good as it's Switch exclusive peers like Breath of the Wild or Xenoblade Chronicles 2?This one?


To be fair moving from handheld platforms to Switch, they had their work cut out for them. I'm gonna hold my judgment until their next game, which I bet will be much prettier. It doesn't look bad though, certainly not impressive, but it looks fine, artstyle saves it somewhat
Lionyone13/01/2020 17:22

I hope Game Freak reconsider and patch the expansion for those who have …I hope Game Freak reconsider and patch the expansion for those who have both Sw and Sh so they only need buy the expansion once, assuming the expansion doesn't vary much between the two. And I don't even own the base game because I'm still on the fence and not sure if I'd like it.


You cant thats not how digital patches work they olok for a specific game ID to which both have differnt ones. The only way they can do it is give you a free dlc for the other dlc but ppl will abuse it so they wont do that plus its already scummy they are charging you for an expansion for pokemon missing from the game in the first place.Of course they gonna charge you twice.
Silverwolf55513/01/2020 17:27

Pokemon: Releases altered version of original as a full gameEveryone: …Pokemon: Releases altered version of original as a full gameEveryone: Loves itPokemon: Releases DLC far surpassing extra play time than the extra content found on revived titlesEveryone: Loses their mindsCome on people, Gamefreak spent so long developing a drop dead gorgeous game that runs on a hand held device, the resources involved must have been monumental, and you probably all fight for "living wage" and "yearly increases"....they have to pay for it somehow!Ya'll didn't complain this much when Yellow was released! Same game just different starter!!!Less than £22 for hours of extra gameplay in stunning environments where i don't have to buy another full installment!?....Take my money!


Actually if you take a deep dive into the code behind the game it's really bad. That's why you only get 1 save slot, that's also why there are limited pokemon rather than all of them.
Example being Game Freak coded the cut scenes to reference a unique model EACH time. So rather than reusing 1 model of 'Hop' for example, a copy of his is stored on the cartrage which could have been used for more pokemon, there is an entire rabit hole behind it.

They're also using the 3DS models in the game (which is fine) but they claimed they would be built from the ground up.
Edited by: "Solado" 13th Jan
Lionyone13/01/2020 17:22

I hope Game Freak reconsider and patch the expansion for those who have …I hope Game Freak reconsider and patch the expansion for those who have both Sw and Sh so they only need buy the expansion once, assuming the expansion doesn't vary much between the two. And I don't even own the base game because I'm still on the fence and not sure if I'd like it.


good luck
BlueLiving13/01/2020 16:55

"Also, the expansion only covers one copy of the game - you select which …"Also, the expansion only covers one copy of the game - you select which expansion version out of Sword or Shield you require after purchase (so if you own both Sword and Shield you will have to buy the DLC twice)."Because nothing says you appreciate your biggest fans like charging them twice for DLC after they've already paid for two slightly different versions of the same game!


Two expansion packs would still be under the RRP of a third instalment.

Would you rather have had to buy a third instalment as you're implying this new, cheaper approach is a step backwards?
Solado13/01/2020 18:45

They're also using the 3DS models in the game (which is fine) but they …They're also using the 3DS models in the game (which is fine) but they claimed they would be built from the ground up.


the exact quote depending on translation was "remaking/rebuilding the models from scratch"
so they never actually said new models, they simply said they rebuilt them. As someone who's created 3d models before only to find compatibility issues mean I need to REBUILD them dot for dot that was my immediate response to that quote. ( the analogy i'd use is , If you build a lego set, then have to take it apart. when REBUILDING it you use the same template as before, so it will look identical)

based on what else you pointed out this makes even more sense. the idea that these guys are so bad at coding that they try to create future proof models, only to mess it up then have to spend months recreating them.

explains a lot about these games tbh. rather silly that they are still yet to heavily expand their teams. No wonder sword/shield are such messes...though some glitches are very welcome.
Jinzo13/01/2020 19:21

Two expansion packs would still be under the RRP of a third instalment. …Two expansion packs would still be under the RRP of a third instalment. Would you rather have had to buy a third instalment as you're implying this new, cheaper approach is a step backwards?


That has nothing to do with what I'm saying there at all.

No I wouldn't rather have a third version of the game, but that doesn't negate me not wanting them to charge people for the DLC twice either.
Rune_2H13/01/2020 18:40

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Hey maybe you're okay with a company charging their most loyal fans twice, but personally that seems pretty garbage to me.

It would cost them almost nothing to allow the DLC licence to work for either version of the game.
BlueLiving13/01/2020 19:30

Hey maybe you're okay with a company charging their most loyal fans twice, …Hey maybe you're okay with a company charging their most loyal fans twice, but personally that seems pretty garbage to me. It would cost them almost nothing to allow the DLC licence to work for either version of the game.


But they charge you twice for the games though, correct ?

The difference between sword and shield are minimal ( a few unique npc characters, exclusive pokemon)

the dlc operates under the same principals, ( a few unique npcs and exclusive pokemon. )

The dlc offers the same level of difference that the full games do. they don't give sword free if you buy shield do they, so why should they give you the 2nd variation of dlc free ? proportionally it'll offer the same difference between versions that the full game does. You defend buying the 2 similar versions of each pokemon game, how is this remotely different ? If there's enough of a difference between sword & shield to justify selling/purchasing both, then there's enough to justify selling/buying the expansion twice.

though i get where you're coming from. Free is a stretch. should they offer a discount if you want both versions like they do with the full games ? yes.
Edited by: "bobafettish" 13th Jan
bobafettish13/01/2020 19:52

But they charge you twice for the games though, correct ?The difference …But they charge you twice for the games though, correct ?The difference between sword and shield are minimal ( a few unique npc characters, exclusive pokemon)the dlc operates under the same principals, ( a few unique npcs and exclusive pokemon. )The dlc offers the same level of difference that the full games do. they don't give sword free if you buy shield do they, so why should they give you the 2nd variation of dlc free ? proportionally it'll offer the same difference between versions that the full game does. You defend buying the 2 similar versions of each pokemon game, how is this remotely different ? If there's enough of a difference between sword & shield to justify selling/purchasing both, then there's enough to justify selling/buying the expansion twice. though i get where you're coming from. Free is a stretch. should they offer a discount if you want both versions like they do with the full games ? yes.


I'm not saying the DLC should be free, I'm saying it should be a single purchase that works on both versions. People who own both games shouldn't be charged twice again.

I'd also gladly argue that they shouldn't even be releasing two games in the first place, but even still to charge for the DLC per version is unneccesarly greedy.
Edited by: "BlueLiving" 13th Jan
What's happening to this website? Where is the deal?
does this come with the preorder bonus?
So I've seen people bandying it around that the "most loyal fans" are the ones that buy both copies of the game themselves and they're being "made" to pay for two DLCs. You were not made to do anything. You chose to buy two copies. If you choose to buy two DLC expansions, that's on you too. They're not making you do it.
Edited by: "Trixie_McMinx" 13th Jan
Nicholas_B13/01/2020 16:38

Here we go again where are the Nintendo defense league? They're …Here we go again where are the Nintendo defense league? They're normally here by now


This was already posted so they commented on the other one
Trixie_McMinx13/01/2020 22:14

So I've seen people bandying it around that the "most loyal fans" are the …So I've seen people bandying it around that the "most loyal fans" are the ones that buy both copies of the game themselves and they're being "made" to pay for two DLCs. You were not made to do anything. You chose to buy two copies. If you choose to buy two DLC expansions, that's on you too. They're not making you do it.


Nope no one is forcing them but it is a cheap tactic from Nintendo, plus Pokemon games have had less and less content over the years. In the older gens there was so much to explore now its just well this.
Silverwolf55513/01/2020 17:27

Pokemon: Releases altered version of original as a full gameEveryone: …Pokemon: Releases altered version of original as a full gameEveryone: Loves itPokemon: Releases DLC far surpassing extra play time than the extra content found on revived titlesEveryone: Loses their mindsCome on people, Gamefreak spent so long developing a drop dead gorgeous game that runs on a hand held device, the resources involved must have been monumental, and you probably all fight for "living wage" and "yearly increases"....they have to pay for it somehow!Ya'll didn't complain this much when Yellow was released! Same game just different starter!!!Less than £22 for hours of extra gameplay in stunning environments where i don't have to buy another full installment!?....Take my money!


Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal had two different regions albet a reuse of the first game, but we got two full sets of gyms and loads of areas to explore, daily events programmed in, and extra story for the new region.... This is what more content looks like and it wasn't DLC.
Kazkari14/01/2020 02:06

Nope no one is forcing them but it is a cheap tactic from Nintendo, plus …Nope no one is forcing them but it is a cheap tactic from Nintendo, plus Pokemon games have had less and less content over the years. In the older gens there was so much to explore now its just well this.


There should be something in place for those that do buy two copies (including parents having to pay for expansion passes for their kids) but they're a company trying to make money. They know people are going to buy it if they want to play it. If people don't like what a company is doing, vote with your wallet and don't buy their product. Although, unfortunately with Pokémon, I don't think it would make much difference as there are still so many people that will buy the game, regardless of the criticism they hear/read about.
Edited by: "Trixie_McMinx" 14th Jan
Kazkari14/01/2020 02:10

Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal had two different regions albet a reuse of the …Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal had two different regions albet a reuse of the first game, but we got two full sets of gyms and loads of areas to explore, daily events programmed in, and extra story for the new region.... This is what more content looks like and it wasn't DLC.


Yeah, for me Pokemon Silver was the pinnacle of Pokemon franchise. No game I've played since then has resonated with me quite so much, and the Soul Silver remake was awesome too.

I was blown away by that. once you'd beaten the Johto region I thought 'here we go, Elite 4 time' and then it was like BOOM oh btw, heres Kanto. Also, the fact that both featured Legendaries were available in the same game (just at different points) and it was only a few exclusive mons per game - this model should have been retained for all games.

On topic of the DLC: honestly, I've no problem with the fact that people have to buy it twice if they own both games - if you were dumb enough to buy two copies of what essentially boils down to the exact same game...more fool you.

Buy the DLC pack ONCE, pick your primary game of the two = life carries on and you don't miss out on anything.
BlueLiving13/01/2020 16:55

"Also, the expansion only covers one copy of the game - you select which …"Also, the expansion only covers one copy of the game - you select which expansion version out of Sword or Shield you require after purchase (so if you own both Sword and Shield you will have to buy the DLC twice)."Because nothing says you appreciate your biggest fans like charging them twice for DLC after they've already paid for two slightly different versions of the same game!


True. But largely they don't expect the majority to buy both games I guess. The point of them was always to encourage trading with friends (who have the other versions) I suppose.

I'd love to know the % of people who buy one or both overall.

I got Shield and couldn't justify buying it twice :-p
Having said that I have Blue and Yellow of the original games so I could trade with myself. Lol


I wonder if it's be better in this day and age of they release one game and when you started it loaded a random selection of the version exclusive instead of required second purchase...
It's unfortunate for the people who want both to have to pay twice.
Having said that I totally agree the DLC would be nicer to work on both. Kind of a warm hug from the Devs for the people who buy both games in the first place...
Edited by: "Lanlith" 14th Jan
Trixie_McMinx14/01/2020 08:24

There should be something in place for those that do buy two copies …There should be something in place for those that do buy two copies (including parents having to pay for expansion passes for their kids) but they're a company trying to make money. They know people are going to buy it if they want to play it. If people don't like what a company is doing, vote with your wallet and don't buy their product. Although, unfortunately with Pokémon, I don't think it would make much difference as there are still so many people that will buy the game, regardless of the criticism they hear/read about.


My kids use a separate profile and I don't seem to have to buy it multiple times... I've bought it once for my copy of Shield and they both seem to have had it loaded on their profiles. .
Lanlith14/01/2020 10:32

My kids use a separate profile and I don't seem to have to buy it multiple …My kids use a separate profile and I don't seem to have to buy it multiple times... I've bought it once for my copy of Shield and they both seem to have had it loaded on their profiles. .


That's great news
Snor13/01/2020 21:58

does this come with the preorder bonus?


If you're talking about the Pikachu/Eevee outfits the bonus codes come up when you've redeemed the DLC code.

The codes will also come through on the email receipt. Hope this helps!
Good price. Thanks!
MatthewMurdock14/01/2020 13:33

If you're talking about the Pikachu/Eevee outfits the bonus codes come up …If you're talking about the Pikachu/Eevee outfits the bonus codes come up when you've redeemed the DLC code.The codes will also come through on the email receipt. Hope this helps!


Awesome, thanks for the answer!
Do you get the code straight away?
yh pretty much as soon as you redeem it on the eshop
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