Pokemon Sword and Shield

LQ: 9.65


Brain grade: 9.5
Fun score: 9.8

Game Type: , ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

Nintendo Switch


Pokemon Sword and Shield are Role Playing Games where the player is on a quest to earn eight gym badges and become the number one Pokemon champion. The player gets one starter Pokemon, choosing among three different types and then sets out on their journey. Along the way, you collect Pokemon, battle other trainers, collect Trainer Cards, and battle eight distinct gym leaders. Both games play through the same story, with different Pokemon available in each title. 


Pokemon Sword and Shield’s new addition of the Wild Area allows for the player to wander through several different weather fronts, catching an ever-changing roster of Pokemon as well as some rarer ones that are very difficult to beat. This is also an area where you can battle huge versions of Pokemon called Dynamax Pokemon along with three other trainers. These Pokemon can be caught and will often drop special items for the player to collect after they have been defeated. 

When done catching and battling, the player can now set up camp to feed and play with their Pokemon. This helps build your relationship with them, and encourages them to do their best for you in each battle. 

The player wanders through the Galar region, eventually stopping at eight separate gyms, each with their own theme and type of Pokemon speciality. The player needs to put together a team of Pokemon capable of defeating the gym boss and needs to be able to solve the gym’s puzzle as well before earning their badge and moving on. 

Pokemon Sword and Shield are rated E for Everyone but younger players may need adult assistance due to the large amount of dialogue in the story and menu options. 

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield help kids practice and improve the following skills:

Organization: Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

In any role playing game, organization is an important skill to have. The player needs to make sure that they know what is currently in their inventory and what they will need to purchase before moving into new areas of the game. For people who struggle with organization, they may find that they are out of Revives or Potions in the middle of a big gym battle or that they have no Poke Balls in an area with a bunch of new Pokemon. To help with this, players should make sure that they check their inventory often and make sure that they stock up and plan ahead for what they might encounter in the future. 

Working Memory: Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working. 

Certain Pokemon are much stronger against certain other types of Pokemon, and this knowledge is very important to know in the random encounters as well as the boss battles in the gym settings. So players need to use their working memory and recall which types of Pokemon they will need to call out for different fights. For example, if fighting an electric type Pokemon, the player would need to recall that using a water type will do damage more effectively than a fire type. For players who struggle with working memory, they may find themselves struggling to beat enemies that would have been much easier with a better team of Pokemon to choose from. For these players, making a cheat sheet of type weaknesses and strengths will help to identify which Pokemon they should choose. The player may find that eventually this information will be memorized and they will no longer need to look at their sheet for assistance.

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