Compatibility
Okay
Game functions with major graphical or audio glitches, but game is playable from start to finish with workarounds.
Release(s)
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Pokémon Sword

Summary

Pokémon Sword and Shield is currently in a playable state.

In order to have the best possible experience, please follow the instructions below:

  • Dump and use your NAND and keys from your console following our quickstart guide.
  • Under Graphics, enable the Use Asynchronous GPU Emulation option.
  • Under Controls, choose the Custom Preset option and map Pro Controller or Dual Joycons under the Players category along with checking Enable Docked Mode under the Handheld category.

As with most emulators, your in-game performance is highly dependent on the power of your system, especially the single core power of your CPU.

HARDWARE ISSUES

  • AMD GPU users who run Windows may experience graphical glitches in the game. They are caused by AMD’s proprietary drivers, and therefore, you either need to wait for AMD to fix drivers, or install a Linux distribution (not recommended if you have no experience with Linux) and use Mesa drivers.
  • Intel GPU users will not get reliable performance. Due to being integrated graphics is generally built on the efficiency and power saving perspective. Use of dedicated GPUs is highly recommended.

Known Issues

Title Created Last Updated
Pokemon Sword & Shield - Running in Tall Grass isn't possible November 15, 2019 October 10, 2020
Pokemon Sword & Shield - Weird graphical glitch November 17, 2019 January 18, 2020
Softlocks in pokemon sword and shield November 16, 2019 January 18, 2020
Missing HLE service command 'SetOperationMode' in 'ISystemLocalCommunicationService' (ldn:s) November 15, 2019 May 1, 2020
No 3D output in Sword/Shield on AMD November 16, 2019 November 23, 2019
Pokémon SwSh Box screen not rendering properly November 16, 2019 January 18, 2020
Wireframe on certain models in Sword/Shield on AMD November 20, 2019 September 22, 2020

Compatibility

Build Date Tested By Hardware Version Rating
10/13/2020 sohamgharat28 on 10/16/2020 Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-6006U CPU @ 2.00GHz
Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
Windows
Mainline Build
369ed72
Won't Boot
10/11/2020 Un_Known on 10/27/2020 Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-8250U CPU @ 1.60GHz
GeForce GTX 1050/PCIe/SSE2
Windows
Mainline Build
27962dc
Great
10/10/2020 Glazed_Belmont on 10/12/2020 Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-10300H CPU @ 2.50GHz
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti/PCIe/SSE2
Windows
EarlyAccess Build
ed4b9b5
Okay
10/9/2020 naelsun on 10/15/2020 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8700 CPU @ 3.20GHz
GeForce GTX 1050/PCIe/SSE2
Windows
EarlyAccess Build
d97ecbe
Perfect
10/9/2020 ChainStoner on 10/09/2020 AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Six-Core Processor
Radeon RX 580 Series
Windows
Mainline Build
e4fee37
Bad
10/7/2020 julkio009 on 10/08/2020 Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-9400F CPU @ 2.90GHz
Radeon RX 580 Series
Windows
Mainline Build
9182657
Bad
10/4/2020 RunDevilRun007 on 10/06/2020 AMD FX(tm)-6300 Six-Core Processor
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti/PCIe/SSE2
Windows
Mainline Build
aea17c2
Okay
10/4/2020 Verlengsnoer on 10/07/2020 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5500U CPU @ 2.40GHz
GeForce 930M/PCIe/SSE2
Windows
EarlyAccess Build
c5e7ef0
Bad
10/2/2020 IrishTony on 10/04/2020 AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Six-Core Processor
Radeon RX 580 Series
Windows
EarlyAccess Build
0b39ab1
Won't Boot
09/30/2020 Tulio_Santos1 on 10/03/2020 Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-9300H CPU @ 2.40GHz
GeForce GTX 1650/PCIe/SSE2
Windows
EarlyAccess Build
66187c2
Perfect

Savefiles

Name Description
Boy, John, Start Beginning of game. Past the unskippable softlock.
Girl, Jane, Start Beginning of game. Past the unskippable softlock.