What the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass means for competitive play

With the announcement of the two-part Expansion Pass bringing back more than 200 Pokémon to Sword and Shield, there’s likely a lot of confusion on how this will affect both the Smogon and VGC metagames, which are only using the 400 Pokémon in the Galar Pokédex right now. 

The simple answer is that it won’t affect VGC at all for the entirety of 2020, but it will heavily impact the Smogon meta if nothing changes before The Isle of Armor expansion drops in June. 

Since the VGC 2020 rules state the Galar Pokédex will be the only one used for competitions, we know nothing will change until The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra, which will have separate Pokédexes, meaning the new and returning Pokémon will not be legal for 2020 format. 

Here is a list of VGC 2020 rules in regards to Sword and Shield that remove the possibility of the expansion Pokémon being added to the format. 

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