Pokemon Sword and Shield - How to change the language

Details on how to change the language in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Included are an overview, steps, and application.

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When starting a new game, you need to set a language. Many players speculate that leaving two compatible Pokemon of different languages together at the nursery gives a higher chance of generating a shiny Pokemon. This makes Pokemon from a different language highly sought after by collectors and those who plan to raise shiny Pokemon.

Changing the Language

After starting a new game, you can select the language. The language affects the dialogue, options, as well as the labels on your Pokemon. You can also choose to name your trainer using characters from the chosen language.

Starting a new file

When a Pokemon from a different language gets sent to another file, it will have a language tag next to it.

Below are the languages supported in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield:

Japanese English Spanish
French German Italian
Korean Traditional

Language and shiny Pokemon

Other than playing a game in a different language, there are findings of shiny Pokemon appearing in eggs. This trick is roughly translated as “international marriage” and widely known in English as the “Masuda Method.” The term is a reference to Game Freak’s director, Junichi Masuda, who posted a hint in his diary entry back in 2007. To have better odds at obtaining a shiny Pokemon, trainers must obtain two compatible Pokemon with different language tags and deposit them in the nursery. The process is simple, collect the egg and hatch it until you find a shiny Pokemon.

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