How big is the world map in Pokemon Sword & Shield?

Railroads, routes, climates, and all the massive areas for you to explore.

Welcome to Galor, the region for Pokemon Sword and Shield. This land is huge and offers a little bit of everything inside of it. From heavy forests full of Caterpies to large lakes filled with Magikarps, this is probably one of the biggest maps for a Pokemon game we’ve ever seen. Here, we’re going to go over all the different areas we know about so far based on images, trailers, and released gameplay.

First things first, let’s take a look at the full overall map.

Huge, right? Now, let’s get down to a few comparisons to show you just how big this map really is.

The full map of Pokemon Sword and Shield

We’ve all seen expanded maps of Pokemon regions before and they always seem bigger than they actually are, but that’s not the case with Sword and Shield. Instead, the Sword and Shield map works more like a TARDIS from Doctor Who. It’s bigger on the inside. That’s a lot of game considering the size of this map. It’s crazy to think that this giant map is just the tip of the iceberg. Here’s a comparison to show you what I mean.

Take a look at the piece of the map above. There are two different colored circles on this map, but we’re going to focus on the white circle at the bottom of this map first.

Here’s a purple house on the side of a lake with a small bridge attached to it. Just above it are the mountains dividing it from the next section of the map where the lakes are located. (Where the red circles are.)

Now take a look at what this purple house looks like from an in-game perspective.

It looks pretty condensed on the actual map itself, doesn’t it? Like the area may be a smaller section from an in-game perspective, but that’s not the case at all. In fact, this is but a teeny tiny section of the map and a super large section of in-game space for you to roam in.

Now, we’re going to compare the sections where red circles are. This is to show you the map-to-in-game reference of a larger section of the map and then compare it to the section with the white circles.

The red circle section of the map and the in-game reference photo below demonstrate the different geological sizes of the areas you can explore compared to the map that was released. The section of the map with the purple house is a much smaller section compared to the difference in space between the two large cities. Let’s take a look.

The red circle on the top represents the clock tower in the industrial city and the circle in the center represents where the character is standing in-game for the following image.

There are two things to look at when comparing the red circles to the in-game image. One: The clock tower is a good distance away from the lakes when looking through an in-game perspective. Two: You can see the massive city at the top of the map, and that’s an even further distance away. But, even with all that visual on such a small section of the map, it looks like it’s one serious trek to get to either one of those areas!

So, how big is the map in Sword and Shield? Pretty massive.

Bigger perspective

If we gauge the depth perception of in-game visuals to other games released in the past few years that have been published and/or developed by Nintendo, like Breath of the Wild, you’d know that just barely seeing something in the background seems like it may be close by, but in reality it means nothing.

You could see clear across the map in Breath of the Wild, but could still take at least five minutes of running time to get to the other side of the map. And that’s not even going into all the nooks and crannies of the game, either!

While we haven’t seen any footage of it in the trailers yet, I’m sure there’s going to be an exploration in the waters as well. Almost every Pokemon game has had some sort of a overseas adventure, and just about all of them have a Surf ability to ride the waters on the back of your Pokemon.

What has been confirmed are the underground adventures.

Here you can see a mine full of shiny rocks and trainers to battle. How deep the mine goes isn’t known to us, but there have always been sections of Pokemon games in caves, tunnels, and underground paths to the next town. This just goes to show that even with the massive amount of space to explore above ground there is still an entire section for you to explore underground as well!

It’s time to start getting hype

Here’s an official gameplay video of Pokemon Sword and Shield that debuted during E3 2019. There are massive areas to explore, Pokemon running freely in the wild, and weather changes in the environment.

I can’t say officially how big the map truly is, but I can say I absolutely believe this map to be the biggest map any Pokemon game has ever had. I’d even argue the map is bigger than Breath of the Wild.

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