In addition to Version Exclusive Pokemon that can and cannot be found in one version to the next, there are certain other aspects of Pokemon Sword & Shield that are different between the two games. The first is seen in the Gym Leader you will face in each game, where you will challenge the Fighting Type Gym Leader Bea in Stow-on-Side and the Rock Type Gym Leader Gordie in Circhester within Pokemon Sword while facing the Ghost Type Gym Leader Allister in Stow-on-Side and the Ice Type Gym Leader Melony in Circhester within Pokemon Shield.
Additionally, certain Items and Fossils are exclusive to one game to the next. The Rusted Sword, Tart Apple, Bob's Food Tin, Fossilized Bird, and Fossilized Dino can only be found naturally in Pokemon Sword; the Rusted Shield, Sweet Apple, Bach's Food Tin, Fossilized Fish, and Fossilized Drake can only be found naturally in Pokemon Shield. However, these items can be traded between one game to the other, and the Digging Duo (the Items Focused Brother) can actually help trainers obtain all Fossils no matter the game you're playing. Furthermore, the Reward TRs you receive from Max Raid Battles are different between the two games.
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